November ushers the holidays into the parks with festive decorations and entertainment offerings. But, the holidays also mean "crowds."
Here's what you need to know:
November CROWDS & PARK HOURS
Disney publishes its park hours about 78 days in advance, but those hours can (and very often do) change.
Note: This used to be about 180 days in advance, but since the reopening, they have transitioned to a 78-day window.
As the dates get closer, it isn't unusual for Disney to tweak either the opening or closing times. And during especially busy times of the year, they may change both.
That means to avoid having your plans sidetracked that you'll definitely want to keep checking the park hours - including while on your trip.
For many Disney World visitors, 78 days isn't enough time for planning. That's why we use historical data and current park hour trends to show the "Anticipated Hours" for dates around 79-110 days out. After Disney releases official park hours, we update the calendar above.
When it comes to park hours - in general - the heavier the crowds, the longer the parks will be open during the day. Of course, that also means that the parks will be open fewer hours of the day during less busy times of the years.
That means in November you can expect to see the parks open more hours around both the busy Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays.
Disney World Crowd Calendar
PRICES AND DISCOUNTS
Even though November has a couple of very busy holidays, there are still chances for some discounts.
Guide to Disney World Discounts
50th Anniversary Celebration
October 1, 2021 is the official kickoff for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Extending all the way until April 1, 2023, this celebration will offer guests the opportunities for new experiences, entertainment, and of course merchandise and treats.
Complete Guide to the 50th Anniversary at Walt Disney World
International Food and Wine Festival
Probably the most famous of all the Epcot festivals is the International Food and Wine Festival.
Held every year in the fall, for 2021 we will see the dates extend from July 15 all the way until November 20.
If you are a fan of good food and fun drinks, you'll definitely want to plan to spend some time at Epcot during your trip.
Overview of the International Food and Wine Festival
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Note: Due to current health and safety measures, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was suspended for 2020. We will update with 2021 information as soon as it becomes available.
One of the hottest parties around, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a specially ticketed event (translation: it costs extra) at Magic Kingdom. During the party you'll find special character meet and greet opportunities, dance parties, a special parade, fireworks, and special treat stations where you can get hot cocoa and cookies.
Complete Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Festival of the Holidays
Typically starting at the end of November, Epcot's Festival of the Holidays introduces guests to holiday customs and traditions throughout the world.
An Overview of the Festival of the Holidays
November at Disney World can be anything from hot to perfect to cool. That means you'll definitely want to check the forecast when your trip gets closer and then consider packing layers.
During November, the temperatures will range from lows in the 60's to highs in the upper 70s.
The rain chances also decrease, with November only seeing around 2 and a half inches of rain per year.
But even though the rain chances aren't as high, we still recommend that you come prepared with ponchos, multiple pairs of shoes (in case one pair gets wet), and umbrellas just in case.
How to handle the weather at Disney World
Swimming in November
Even though it may be too cold to swim in November where you live, at Disney World the pools are heated which means even if the air is a bit chilly, the pools are still a comfortable temp.
In addition to the pools at the resorts, at least 1 of Disney's 2 water parks will remain open.
FAQ's about the Pools at Walt Disney World
WHAT TO WEAR
Traveling in November? We recommend you start with clothes that are comfortable for summer but that you also consider bringing jackets or sweatshirts for the nighttime or early morning.
In fact, even during the hottest months we keep a light jacket in our park bag because coming out of the sun into an air-conditioned space is sometimes too cold for our liking. And in November, that can still be true.
If you're the kind of person that finds sitting under the AC to be too much, you might want to consider tossing in a light jacket, too.
Ultimate Packing List for Walt Disney World
REFURBISHMENTS AND CLOSURES
While routine refurbishments aren't typically scheduled in November, you'll likely still run into a few attractions that are closed.
We keep track of those on the calendar above.
To see what will be closed on your trip, toggle the "attractions closings" tab.
During the colder months, Disney also typically closes Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (one at a time) for refurbishment.
These scheduled closings typically take place between the end of October and mid-March.
Make sure you check the calendar above to see what park will be open during your visit.
At this time, no major new attraction, restaurant, or show is scheduled to open in November
TIPS FOR DISNEY WORLD IN November
- If you can avoid Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving you'll have the best chances for lower than average crowds.
- Keep checking for discounts. Even if you've already booked discounts can still be applied.
- The pools can get quite busy. For the lowest crowds consider visiting in the morning.
- If you plan to visit the Food & Wine Festival, consider going on a weekday when the crowds are lower.