Disney World in November can be best labeled as a transition month. At the beginning of November, they have to quickly take down the Halloween decor and replace it with Christmas decor. This is really no easy feat since every park and every Disney hotel gets a full Christmas makeover every year during this short time. Not only does the weather make this month a terrific time to visit but also the crowd levels. On average this month is quieter than October at Disney World. Plus you can catch the Food and Wine Festival and see the fabulous Christmas decorations.
If you want an idea of what is going to be closed or down for refurbishment please be sure to read our Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments.
The Weather in Disney During November
November is when the weather returns to normal at Disney World! The average daytime temperature is 78 degrees during November with overnight temperatures dropping to 57 degrees on average. This is the perfect time to escape the snow and freezing temperatures found in northern parts of the country.
It can get toasty when you are out in the sun which is why layering will be important for visiting during this time. A jacket is must have on hand as we can have freakish cold snaps (my first Thanksgiving in Florida was 33 degrees!!) Tees and jeans would be a great idea as your main staple for this trip. If you wear shorts be warned that after dinner you might find yourself freezing your butt off! For more on what to pack check out our FREE: The Ultimate Disney Packing List.
Disney Events in November
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This is a special separately ticketed event held in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on select nights. For 2018, the party will be held November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21. Tickets for the party are now on sale you can find pricing details here! For tips and tricks read our Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018. If you plan on bringing your little ones I recommend reading why 5 Reasons Why Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a Toddler Must.
Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is an event held every fall here at Walt Disney World. The festival includes food booths, special events, chef demos, and live concerts! This year the event runs from August 31 – November 13, 2018. For more information read Guide to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival and Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Booths.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
This running event runs from November 2 -5, 2018. You will see increased crowds during this weekend due to the influx of people coming in to run in the various events. If you would like to sign up to run or find out more visit the Official RunDisney Website.
Flurry of Fun
This event begins at Hollywood Studios on November 8th. Jingle Bell Jingle Bam returns, (which means the Star Wars fireworks leave for that time period) and the Sunset Seasons Greetings Show on the Tower of Terror will be back. Toy Story Land is filled with Christmas decor and there is even new music for the Alien Saucers ride.
Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs
Disney Springs will start its Christmas Tree Trail and visits with Santa begin November 8th – Jan. 5th. We have the scoop on all 27-holiday trees that are on display you can see them here.
Mickey’s 90 Birthday Celebration
From November 16 – 18th you can celebrate Mickey’s birthday with special merchandise and food & beverage items as well as the chance for guests to celebrate at Magic Kingdom Park during the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party. Or if you rather you can sing “Happy Birthday” along with the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A. Plus don’t forget to join in a special birthday dance party at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.
Fall Dapper Day weekend fall on November 17th and 18th this year at Disney World. Check out their official site for more info and great special resort rates. For Dapper day tips read What is Dapper Day at Disney World?
Festival of the Holidays
On November 18th this holiday festival begins at Epcot. For more read The Magic of Epcot at Christmas.
November 22nd kicks off this show at Epcot. You can read all about this retelling of the birth of Jesus here. The following is a look at the narrator schedule.
- Chita Rivera, Nov. 22 – 23
- Helen Hunt, Nov. 24-25 – NEW
- Alfonso Ribeiro, Nov. 26-27 – NEW
- Robby Benson, Nov. 28-30
- John Stamos, Dec. 1 – 2
- Neil Patrick Harris, Dec. 3 – 6
- Whoopi Goldberg, Dec. 7 – 9
- Bart Millard, Dec. 10-12 – NEW
- Blair Underwood, Dec. 13 – 14
- Gary Sinise, Dec. 15 – 17
- Pat Sajak, Dec. 18 – 20
- Auli’i Cravalho, Dec. 21-23 – NEW
- Edward James Olmos, Dec. 24 – 25
- Jodi Benson, Dec. 26 – 27
- Cal Ripken Jr., Dec. 28-30
November Crowd Calendar for Disney World
For the most part, the crowds remain low to average for the month. At the end of the month, you just have to watch out for the Thanksgiving chaos when Disney World has very heavy crowds. For more information on crowds read Disney Crowd Calendar.
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I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!