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A Complete Guide to Walt Disney World in November

Visiting Walt Disney World in November can be a trip to remember, thanks to the many special events and holidays it includes.

If you’re planning to visit during this month, keep reading for tips about weather, what to pack, special events and holidays, closures and refurbishments, and more.

All dates and information subject to change throughout the year. This post will be updated frequently, but for the most up to date information on what’s closed and what’s reopened, check out my post about Disney World closures and what’s new.

Weather in Orlando in November

Photo of a group of 3 kids enjoying snacks at Disney World.
Photo by Abigail Nilsson, courtesy of Disney.

November brings comfortable weather this month, with the average high of 78℉ and average low of 60℉. As for precipitation, the average in November is 2.42 inches.

Weather-wise, November through February are my favorite due to lower temps, less humidity, and less precipitation.

So if heat or rain is your biggest concern, definitely consider visiting in November for more favorable weather conditions!

Weather data courtesy of US Climate Data.

What to Wear to Disney World in November

Photo of a girl posing in a spirit jersey and hat from Walt Disney World.
Photo by Courtney Kiefer, courtesy of Disney.

With temperatures starting to lower in the Orlando and Lake Buena Vista area, you’ll definitely want to pack a few warm layers.

Usually a long-sleeve spirit jersey, flannel, sweatshirt, or light jacket are plenty. You can layer them on top of a tank top or tshirt easily enough.

I still recommend packing shorts, although you might want to throw in some jeans or leggings for nighttime.

Of course, with Florida being Florida, it’s definitely possible that you’ll have a hot, humid weather on one day and a cold snap on the next. Or even all of that in the same day!

Even if you check the weather the day before you leave, the weather can take a U-turn and surprise you.

But that’s what these guides are for – I let you know what’s typical so you can pack accordingly and avoid having to spend extra souvenir money on clothes at Disney Springs.

Lastly, if you’ll be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, definitely pack a festive outfit to get into the holiday spirit, like Christmas Minnie ears or an ugly Christmas sweater or t-shirt.

For more packing tips, check out my ultimate guide on what to pack for Disney World.

Events & holidays

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Custom graphic by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

November is a lovely time to visit, with all of the parks and resorts decked out in Christmas decorations pretty much right at the top of the month.

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting during the holiday season, but can’t fathom the crowds or prices in mid-late December, November could be a great time for you!

Disney’s 100th Celebration continues, with Epcot as the main or “host” park for this milestone celebration.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival also concludes in early November, ending with the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which runs November 2 through 5.

Photo of the finish line with racers running by at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon.
Photo courtesy of Disney.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom starts up on November 9th and runs on select dates. I love this after hours event! It costs extra from your regular park ticket or annual pass, but it’s well worth the added cost.

You can read more in my guide to Mickey’s Christmas Party, where I discuss dates, ticket prices, exclusive shows and attractions, as well as all the yummy food that will be available.

Veterans Day is Monday, November 11, 2024. As it is a federal holiday, expect heavier crowds that weekend as people take a short break.

Plus, with the Wine & Dine race usually the weekend before, this week will definitely see moderate or even high crowds.

Thanksgiving Week

The week leading up the Thanksgiving tends to be very crowded at Disney World, with many schools on break the whole week or at least half the week.

If you’re concerned about visiting Disney World at Thanksgiving because you don’t want to miss out on all the yummy traditional food, don’t be!

There are tons of restaurants throughout the parks and resorts that will be serving traditional Thanksgiving dishes. So you can always set up a reservation at a participating restaurant.

Another option is to book a DVC resort with a full kitchen and whipping up your usual faves. You can have groceries delivered to the resort or head to the grocery store via your car, a rental car, or ride share, too.

Lastly, the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays typically starts the day after Thanksgiving.

What’s closed

There are minimal closures at Disney World in November this year.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Photo of Timon and Rafiki on a boat at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Photo by Kent Philips, courtesy of Disney.
  • The face painting station in Pandora, Colors of Mo’Ara, is temporarily closed with no reopening date announced as of January 10, 2024.

Epcot

Photo of a Christmas tree with the monorail and Epcot's Spaceship Earth in the background.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney.

A handful of shops and restaurants at Epcot have been closed for some time now, with no opening date announced.

There’s a possibility some might reopen by November, but also just as much a possibility that some will still be closed.

The shops and restaurants that are closed are:

  • China/Germany: Village Traders
  • Germany: Der Teddybar
  • Japan: Mitsukoshi Kiosk
  • Mexico: El Ranchito del Norte
  • Morocco: The Brass Bazaar, Casablanca Carpets, Marketplace in the Medina, and Restaurant Marrakesh
  • United Kingdom: Sportsman’s Shoppe
  • Canada/UK: Trading Post

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photo of Hollywood Studio's Tower of Terror with a Christmas overlay.
Photo courtesy of Disney.

There are several shops and attractions that have been closed at Hollywood Studios for quite a while, but still expected to reopen at some point in the future.

Disney hasn’t announced them as permanently closed, but they also haven’t stated when they’ll reopen. So it’s very possible that some or all will still be closed in November.

The impacted shops and attractions include:

  1. Star Wars Launch Bay Theater*
  2. In Character
  3. Disney Studio Store
  4. Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
  5. It’s a Wonderful Shop
  6. Stage 1 Company Store

Despite so many closures at Hollywood Studios, there’s still tons to do, so it is still worth a visit in my opinion.

*Note that most of the shops and meet-and-greets at Star Wars Launch Bay are available.

Magic Kingdom

Photo of a Christmas wreath with pineapples on it with Magic Kingdom's Cinderella's Castle in the background.
Photo by Courtney Kiefer, courtesy of Disney.
  • Splash Mountain is closed for a complete makeover until Fall 2024, when it will reopen as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. It might be open for some or all of November 2024, though I do expect it to open on the earlier end of the Fall season.

Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon typically closes in November for refurbishment and Blizzard Beach reopens. However, Disney has not announced open/close dates for these parks this far in advance, so this is purely based on patterns from the past few years.

Also, keep in mind that if the temperatures get too low, Disney will close this park as a safety precaution.

Disney Springs

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disney Springs and Grand Floridian Resort is closed until further notice.

Will you be visiting Walt Disney World in November?

November is a great time to visit, especially in the first 2 weeks if you want to avoid holiday crowds. It’s also a really fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Lastly, for more monthly vacation planning guides, check out these posts:

  1. WDW in January
  2. WDW in February
  3. WDW in March
  4. WDW in April
  5. WDW in May
  6. WDW in June
  7. WDW in July
  8. WDW in August
  9. WDW in September
  10. WDW in October
  11. WDW in November – you are here!
  12. WDW in December

About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Photo by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was originally published January 19, 2023. It was last updated January 16, 2024.

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