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 — though you likely won't need to bake a life-sized house made of real gingerbread and candy as part of your holiday decor!
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
- Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series
- Holidays Around the World
- Candlelight Processional
Crowds and tips
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.
Pack your autograph book. The holiday events that begin in November feature some rarely seen Disney characters, so be prepared if you have the chance to meet a favorite Disney pal.
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.
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.
Warnings and Cautions
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.
Even though it is November, you can still get a sunburn — don't forget to add sunscreen to your packing list. You will be visiting sunny Florida, but evening temperatures can drop to the 50s in November, so pack a jacket for every member of your party.
- Edited by Dawn Henthorn