OL 056: What Can You Do on Labor Day in Orlando?
Labor Day in Orlando: The Slowest Holiday of the Year
Here's the short story. Labor Day in Orlando is a pretty slow period of the year for visitors. Kids are back in school and most people don't plan a family vacation right after school starts.
Even the locals aren't spending much time in theme parks or other locations. If they do, it's likely on the Saturday before Labor Day. That's because going out on Labor Day isn't a great idea when you have to get up early and go to school or work on Tuesday.
Labor Day in Orlando is a good time to relax.
It's also a good time to eat. Don't forget the eating.
Orlando Magical Dining Month
One of the best ways to enjoy Labor Day in Orlando is to check out the Orlando Magical Dining Month (link below). There's a long list of restaurants that provide prix fixe menus all month long. It's a great way to try out a new restaurant, or perhaps one that may generally cost more than you want to spend.
Two of the restaurants involved are Cuba Libre and Tommy Bahama, both located next to each other in Pointe Orlando. We have reviews of each restaurant below and we highly recommend both for outstanding food, service and environment.
We don't have reviews of every place listed on the Orlando Magical Dining Month web site, but there are a few others we can recommend.
- The Capital Grille
- Le Coq Au Vin – (My mother's favorite restaurant)
- Eddie V's Prime Seafood
- Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
- Roy's Restaurant
- Seasons 52
- K Restaurant
- Mama Della's Ristorante
I recognize some popular names on the complete list, but the ones mentioned above are restaurants that I've visited and enjoyed. They're easy to recommend, particularly when you get a deal like this one.
What About Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?
The annual Halloween party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is a mixed bag. It's an extra cost ticket for a special event inside the park. Guests who paid for regular admission aren't allowed in the park during the party.
We've gone to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party many times, and perhaps we're getting a bit jaded because it isn't what it used to be. The price keeps going higher and Disney allows more guests into the party than they did in previous years.
It's very likely that the Magic Kingdom will be busier during the party than it is for regular guest ticket visitors on the same day. That's because most people don't want to pay full price for a ticket and only get half as much time to enjoy the park.
If you have an annual pass or Park Hopper tickets, then the MNSSHP days are a great time to visit the Magic Kingdom with low crowd levels, and then you get out before the party starts.
Despite some of our misgivings about price and crowd levels during MNSSHP, we can still recommend it for those who've never visited. The park has a different feel with special music, lighting, a different parade, fireworks and trick or treat stations all over the place.
Check out our review below to see more details.
On the other hand, it's not something we recommend if you've already tried visiting MNSSHP. It can be fun, but the crowd levels are making things less enjoyable. People get cranky. Even the cast members. I had a snarky PhotoPass photographer come up and berate me while I was trying to take a photograph of the parade – she just came out of nowhere with a bad attitude.
I think the party is taking a toll on people.
It's worth checking out at least once, but we think that Disney is definitely milking this cow dry.
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