November is a transitional month for Walt Disney World. Halloween festivities come to a close and the Christmas holiday celebrations begin. Out with the pumpkins, in with the snoap! 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 of you who love Christmas, mild weather and low crowds, a trip to Walt Disney World in November will get you hoppin' into the holiday spirit!
Planning for Disney World in November
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 froget 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.
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! If you're visiting the week of Thanksgiving, here is our survival guide (including where to eat).
Crowd Levels at Disney World in November
This month is slightly less crowded than October and less crowded than December, which means a less hectic experience in the parks overall. The exception to this is the week of Thanksgiving, when 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. Take advantage of your FastPass+ reservations, and make sure to download our wait-time app 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! That will give you the biggest (frog) leg up on the crowds.
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. Despite being close to winter, the temperatures are still relatively great for a day at the pool!
Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon alternate refurbishment during this season, beginning in October. As one is closed for refurbishment, the other remains open and ready for fun. While one water park will be open in November, it is 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 hoppening 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 World for full details!
- EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
- EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
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