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Planning for Disney World in November

by Leap on November 1, 2012

November is a transitional month for Walt Disney World and the other Orlando theme parks as they end Halloween festivities and begin celebrating the Christmas holidays. In the case of Magic Kingdom, this happens very quickly, since there is only a week between the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. For those who love Christmas, a trip to Walt Disney World in November will get you right into the holiday spirit!

Disney World in November - Christmas decorations at Magic Kingdom

Decorating in the other Disney World parks traditionally begins the first week of November and may take several weeks to be completed. And don't forget the resorts, because they will be decking the halls as well! One of Mommy Frog's very favorite things to do this time of year is to visit the resorts for dinner and then walk off everything she ate while looking at the displays! The Grand Floridian, with its Victorian theme and life-size gingerbread house, is her absolute favorite!

This month actually sees more low crowd-level days than October, and there are plenty of special events to experience, making it a pretty terrific month to visit the Walt Disney World Resort and the other theme parks.

 

By the way, there are no major Thanksgiving Day celebrations or festivities at Disney World, although you can find places to eat a traditional feast … or at least a turkey leg at the resort. If you're visiting the week of Thanksgiving, here is our survival guide (including where to eat).

Crowd Levels at Disney World in November

Disney World  in November- Thanksgiving Mickey and Minnie

This month is slightly less crowded than October and less crowded than December, which means a less hectic experience in the parks. The exception to this is the week of Thanksgiving, where the parks will see very high traffic (but still not as high as the week of Christmas). If you are planning to visit during this week, make sure to look at the crowd calendar and try to visit the individual parks on the suggested days when the daily crowd level is lowest. Make sure to download our wait-time apps and follow our advice on Extra Magic Hours. Finally, the single biggest piece of advice we can give is ... get to the park early. By that we mean get to the park before it opens!

Weather at Disney World in November

Rainfall chances this month are low, with average highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and LEGOLAND's Water Park have closed for the season. While the other water parks are open and the water is heated, they are subject to closure when the weather gets especially cold or nasty. The Disney resort pools and most Orlando hotel pools are heated!

Events at Disney World in November

There are a ton of events happening in November, and quite a few major events. Here’s the rundown of what’s happening this month. Be sure to check out special events pages for Disney WorldUniversal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando for full details.

Disney World in November - Holidays Around The World at Epcot

No matter when you decide to visit Disney World, be sure to check out the blog for the latest Disney World news, tips and information. You'll find a ton more resources inside our Orlando Planning Guide.

Hoppy planning!

Leap

 

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Antoinette Boston Nov 1, 2012 at 5:47 p.m.

Is Blizzard Beach one of the parks with heated water? If so, will it be opened around Christmas?

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FrogBlog Nov 7, 2012 at 4:49 p.m.

Hi Antoinette,

Yes. Blizzard Beach will open around Christmas, but is subject to closures if the weather gets too cool. The water is heated.

Hope this helps!

-- Leap

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Steve Hahn Nov 7, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.

This was a helpful article. I have a very specific question as we are vsiting DW and have a choice with Magic Kingdom to visit either this Thursday or Friday (Nov.8 or 9). Thursday has extra early hours and the park is open later. Friday the park closes early at 7:00 for a separate party. Which day will be better for us if crowd levels and wait times are our largest concern?? Thanks--I know I am asking about tomorrow, but would love to hear if there is any god advice on this.

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FrogBlog Nov 7, 2012 at 4:37 p.m.

Hi Steven,

Friday is definitely the better day in terms of crowd levels and wait times. I would factor in when you plan on visiting the park. If you plan on getting to the park at opening, Friday will probably be better for you. The morning extra magic hours on Thursday will bring in more people earlier and generally mean longer wait times throughout the day.

Have a great time in the park and let us know what you decide!

-- Leap

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Steve Hahn Nov 7, 2012 at 5:28 p.m.

Thank you. We are actually driving 8 hours from Charlotte and arriving directly at Disney, probably around 9:30. The family wants to do MK first thinking the park will be busier Friday-Sunday, but I am thinking we will actually do better by getting there prior to open Friday even if the park closes at 7:00. Sounds like you agree. Generally, how crowded will it be this weekend? I am thinking Thursday Epcot, Friday MK, Saturday AK and Sunday HS as we will need to hit the road around 4:00 Sunday. We will not have hoppers. Any advice would be appreciated as there is so much conflicting info on the web. . .

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Cherie Nov 12, 2012 at 2:03 a.m.

Can you tell me when Mr. And Mrs. Claus will be in Epcot, we are going before Thanksgiving this year as opposed to after like we usually do, and I really want to get our family Christmas picture taken with the Claus'

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Nov 13, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.

Hi Cherie,

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at Epcot starting Nov. 23. I hope that ends up working with your schedule!

-- Leap

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LINDA Nov 14, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

I SAW THAT TEST TRACK IS SCHEDULED FOR REFURBISHMENT DURING NOVEMBER THIS YEAR! BOO...... DOES THIS MEAN IT WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED OR THAT THEY WILL JUST BE WORKING ON THE DISPLAY WHILE WE STAND IN LINE TO RIDE? I AM TAKING MY ADULT SON AS HE WANTS TO RIDE THIS SO BADLY AND HAS NEVER BEEN BEFORE TO WDW AND THIS IS AWFUL NEWS!

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FrogBlog Nov 14, 2012 at 10:06 p.m.

Linda,

It officially reopens Dec. 6. I would check to see if perhaps Test Track is having a "soft opening" while you're visiting the parks. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!!!

-- Mommy Frog

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Eileen Underwood Nov 7, 2014 at 8:26 p.m.

Are there any evening parades during the week of November 16 - 22? We love the parades!

What are opening and closing hours during this period? Thank.

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FrogBlog Nov 10, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.

Hi Eileen,

Yes, there are evening parades every evening, but on nights with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, you must have a party ticket to get in. You can see all park hours on our Crowd Calendar.

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