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A guide to Disney World in November

Christmas decorations start going up in November, making it the perfect time to visit the theme parks before the rush of the holiday season
Heather Leigh

November is just the beginning of the holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resorts. During this time, guests will be treated to a variety of music, décor and the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas. Because of the new, themed additions to the already amazing Disney line-up, the theme parks and resorts start to get a little bit more crowded as the month of November progresses.

If you plan to visit in November, try to do so as early in the month as possible. You will still be able to enjoy the holiday décor and festivities, without the parks being overly crowded. If you do not want to deal with the heavy crowds in the theme parks, consider touring the different Disney resorts where there will plenty of Christmas decorations and lots of goodies.

Events happening in November include:

Magic Kingdom

  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (final day or two)
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party


  • International Food and Wine Festival
  • Eat to the Beat Concert Series
  • Holidays Around the World
  • Candlelight Processional

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade

Downtown Disney

  • Festival of the Masters

Palm and Magnolia Golf Courses

  • Children’s Miracle Network Classic

Because of the expected increase in crowds, Disney is prepared by having almost every attraction open and all of the characters, even some that are not out the rest of the year, ready to meet and greet with guests of all ages. Bring your camera and autograph book with when you visit the theme parks, because you never know who you will run into.

If you plan to enjoy a meal while at Disney in November, take full advantage of the Advance Dining Reservation system and book your tables at least 180 days prior to your arrival. Also, to help reduce the time wasted waiting in line, use Disney’s FastPass+ to select when you will enjoy your favorite rides and attractions. Single rider lines and the rider switch program will also help reduce the amount of time waiting in line.

The weather in November is pleasant, making the theme parks not as hot and unbearable. Just remember to bring a jacket with so you can continue enjoying the theme parks after the sun goes down. You could still bring a swimsuit and enjoy the heated pools at the Disney resorts, however, depending upon the temperature, it may be a little chilly getting out of the pool.

November is definitely the month that will get you in the holiday spirit and is the best time to go, if visiting around Christmastime is not an option.

Happy vacationing!

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