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 in the month you arrive, the busier the parks get, with crowds peaking around Thanksgiving weekend. For Disney fans, visiting the park in November is a great way to get a head start on holiday decorating and shopping and pick up some inspirational decorating ideas for your own home.
Orlando stays 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.
Disney World Weather in November
You can expect relatively warm, dry days and nights at Disney World throughout the month of November. You may get a chilly morning or two, and a light sweater or jacket can keep you comfortable after the sun goes down or in air-conditioned restaurants.
- Average high temperature: 78 F (26 C)
- Average low temperature: 59 F (15 C)
The Orlando area receives an average of 2.42 inches of rainfall in November, with only three days of rain in a typical year. Chances of rain are the lowest in November of all year, and you get between 10.5 and 11 hours of daylight to enjoy the outdoors.
What to Pack
Bring a bathing suit, shorts, and T-shirts plus a few long-sleeved pullovers and long pants if you get cold easily at night. You can still get a sunburn, so don't forget to add sunscreen to your packing list. You can probably get away without an umbrella during this month of light rainfall, but a windbreaker/rain jacket combo won't take up much room in your luggage, so it's a good idea to pack one just in case.
November Events at Disney World
Crowd levels vary in November, with increasing numbers of people visiting 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.
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: This multi-month event features food and drink from around the world, with celebrity chef appearances, professional cooking demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on opportunities so you can expand your own culinary skill set.
- Disney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon Weekend: This event presents four days of family fitness activities throughout Walt Disney World Resort. With full and half marathon courses, a 10K, a 5K, and kid-sized dashes, the whole family can get in on the fun. Disney characters line the courses to cheer on participants.
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: Santa Claus joins Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom for a jolly Christmas celebration sure to thrill the youngsters in your family—and the young at heart. Disney characters don their holiday finery while joyful music plays and favorite attractions light up with holiday theme decor.
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: With music, costumed performers, and seasonal food and drink specialties, this festival shares the holiday traditions of Epcot's 11 World Showcase nations.
- Candlelight Processional: With a celebrity narrator, 50-piece orchestra, and enormous choir, this performance at Epcot brings the biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ to life.
- Plan your November trip for early in the month to experience Disney at its best, with low crowds, short lines, and comfortable weather and temperatures.
- Make sure to leave room in your luggage for some Disney souvenirs and Christmas goodies as most of Disney's holiday collection comes out in November. Pack an autograph book as the holiday events that begin in November feature some rarely seen Disney characters.
- Use FastPass+ and be prepared with fun things to do while you wait in line for rides; 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.
The crowded Thanksgiving weekend is not the best time to visit Disney World if you prefer a quiet, relaxed vacation experience.
To learn more about the pros and cons of visiting Disney World during November, check out our guide on the best time to visit.
- Edited by Dawn Henthorn