November marks the official start of the holiday season at Disney World, with festivities that embrace the music, decor, and charm of an old-fashioned Christmas. November in Disney World can be calm or chaotic, depending on when you go.
The later you arrive in the month, the more crowded the parks will be, with crowds peaking around Thanksgiving weekend. You can get a head start on your own holiday decorating and shopping and pick up some inspirational decorating ideas for your own home.
In terms of the weather, Orlando, Florida is warm year-round but can get a little chilly at night in the latter part of November. Bring your bathing suit if you are staying at a Disney resort, the pools are heated to a comfortable temperature and you may want to take a dip. Plan your November trip for early in the month to experience Disney at its best, with low crowds and lines and comfortable weather and temperatures.
Crowd Sizes and Events
Crowd levels will vary in November, with increasing numbers of people flooding the parks as Thanksgiving approaches. Travel early in the month and enjoy the weather, decor, and low crowd levels. You can catch the following special events when you visit Disney World in November. Some require additional admission, and most run through December unless otherwise noted:
- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Thanksgiving weekend is not the time to visit Disney World if you prefer a quiet, relaxed vacation experience. The parks will be very crowded! Use FastPass+ and be prepared with fun things to do while you wait in line for rides; and, if you do go during a peak time, use every other option you have to reduce the time you spend waiting in line, including Rider Switch passes and single rider lines.
If you are relying on the Disney transportation system during the busy holiday period, allow extra time to get from place to place.
Weather and What to Pack
If you're planning on staying at Disney World Resorts in November, knowing what the average temperatures and amount of rainfall are will help you pack for your trip. With average highs of 79 F and lows of 57 F and a monthly rainfall average of 2.4 inches, you can expect relatively warm, dry days and nights throughout most of the month.
As a result, you should bring a bathing suit, shorts, and t-shirts as well as a few long-sleeved pullovers and long pants if you easily get cold at night. Don't forget to pack your autograph book as the holiday events that begin in November feature some rarely seen Disney characters. Even though it is November, you can still get a sunburn, so also don't forget to add sunscreen to your packing list.
Additionally, make sure to leave room in your luggage to return with some Disney souvenirs and Christmas goodies as most of Disney's holiday collection comes out in November.
- Edited by Dawn Henthorn