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!
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).
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!
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!
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 World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando for full details.
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.
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