Disney World Weather in November: What to Expect
The weather at Disney World in November is generally delightful, with falling temperatures and easing humidity that mark the shift toward the cooler winter months.
- Temperature: The average highs are around 79°F (26°C), and lows are near 57°F (14°C), providing a comfortable climate for theme park exploration.
- Rainfall: With an average of just four rainy days and a total rainfall of roughly 1.99 inches, showers are brief and infrequent in November.
- Hurricane Season: November is still technically part of Florida’s hurricane season, but the risk is significantly lower, and Disney World has never closed due to a hurricane in November.
- Cool Evenings: November nights can feel chilly, particularly for those used to Florida’s warmer months. It’s wise to pack a few extra layers for the cooler evenings.
- Heat and Rain: Heat is less of a concern, but it’s good to be prepared for potentially warmer days and light showers. Remember, occasional rain is part of the Florida experience and typically doesn’t last long.
In a nutshell, November offers a mild climate, less rainfall, and minimal hurricane risk, making it an ideal time for a Disney World vacation. Make sure you review your Disney packing list before you leave home.
Ride Maintenance, Closures, and Refurbishments in November 2024
There are fewer refurbishments and maintenance projects during November as parks prepare for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Short-term projects are usually completed by mid-month when the parks are starting to get ready for holiday crowds.
Theme Parks and Attractions
- Christmas Décor: Following the conclusion of Halloween events on or around November 1, the Christmas decorating season begins and will continue throughout the month.
- Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Magic Kingdom): This Splash Mountain replacement is due to open sometime in Summer 2024 and should therefore be operating during your November 2024 vacation.
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Hollywood Studios): This stage show never reopened following the COVID-19 pandemic closure, and is now being re-imagined into a new show. The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure is expected to debut in fall 2024.
Resort Hotels and Amenities
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (Cabins): The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness will be refurbished and become a separate DVC property. The first of the new cabins will have opened on July 1, 2024, but additional work is possible through the remainder of the year. (Note: this refurbishment applies to the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, not the Cabins at Wilderness Lodge/Copper Creek Villas)
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Construction continues on a new Disney Vacation Club tower on the site of the former Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Its grand opening is expected sometime in 2024.
Transportation, Water Parks, Golf Courses, and More
- Disney Water Parks: Only one of the two parks (Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon) typically operates at a time, with the other being closed. See Water Parks section below for further info.
These details are subject to change. We recommended checking with Disney World’s customer service or contacting a reputable Disney travel agency like The Vacationeer for the latest information.
Disney World Water Parks in November (2024): What to Expect
Disney World offers two fun water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, each with unique themes and attractions. Here’s what you can expect if you’re planning a visit in November 2024:
- Operational Trends: In recent years, Disney has implemented a rotating schedule for its water parks, with only one open at a time. Here’s a recent operating schedule history:
- November 13, 2022: Blizzard Beach opens and Typhoon Lagoon closes.
- March 19, 2023: Typhoon Lagoon opens and Blizzard Beach closes.
- November 6, 2023: Blizzard Beach opens and Typhoon Lagoon closes.
- March 17, 2024: Typhoon Lagoon opens and Blizzard Beach closes.
- Seasonal Themes: Since 2022, Blizzard Beach has adopted a holiday theme, expected to continue in 2024. If the current schedule holds, Typhoon Lagoon will generally operate from spring to fall, with Blizzard Beach taking over from fall to spring.
- November 2024 Forecast: Based on these trends, we expect that Typhoon Lagoon will likely operate for the first week or two of November 2024, replaced by Blizzard Beach for the last part of the month. Schedules are always subject to change.
Consider including a water park visit on your Disney World trip this November. The Vacationeer can help you plan your trip and provide information on Disney’s water parks.
What is the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon?
The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, taking place from October 31 – November 3, 2024, brings together physical activity and Disney magic. This event features races inspired by Disney’s culinary adventures, adding an athletic twist to the magical atmosphere of Disney World.
We’re awaiting 2024’s details, but here’s what the 2023 event looked like:
Participants could join the Alice in Wonderland-themed 5K, a kooky tea party dash, or respond to the dinner bell at the Be Our Guest-themed 10K. For those seeking a more substantial challenge, the Encanto-themed Half Marathon summoned Luisa’s strength to tackle the course. The most dedicated runners could engage in the Disney Two Course Challenge, completing both the 10K and Half Marathon to earn Figment’s topsy-turvy kitchen medal. The 2023 half-marathon weekend concluded with a global cuisine Post-Race Party – a real Banquet Bash. Runners could also join the virtual races and run in their own locations.
Although half-marathon weekends typically bring an influx of runners, they don’t significantly affect park crowds. In fact, they may even slightly decrease.
Veterans Day Impact on November Visits
Veterans Day, which is celebrated every year on November 11th, can have an impact on the crowd levels at Disney World. When it falls on (or near) a weekend, as it does on a Monday in 2024, it could attract more vacationers looking to make use of the extended weekend.
However, when Veterans Day occurs mid-week (as it does in 2025 and 2026), it mainly draws in locals, creating just a single moderately busy day. Even with these fluctuations, it’s important to note that Veterans Day typically has little impact on Disney World’s prices.
Veterans Day has a less pronounced effect on crowd patterns than other holidays, making it a great time to visit Disney in November.
Final Days of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival
November is a time of transformation for Epcot as it moves through three different stages. It kicks off the month with the International Food & Wine Festival, enters a brief festival-free period during the Thanksgiving crowd surge, and finally transitions into the International Festival of the Holidays.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, an annual culinary extravaganza, typically stretches from July until mid-November. Therefore, those visiting Epcot in November can enjoy the last days of this global culinary showcase.
Although the festival is popular, November usually has fewer crowds at the event, so it’s the ideal time to go. You will be able to sample food and drinks from over 18 diverse global marketplaces spread throughout Epcot’s World Showcase, each replicating the flavors of different cultures.
Included in your Epcot admission are numerous highlights like the popular “Eat to the Beat” Concerts, engaging exhibits, and exciting meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs. Additionally, extra-cost events are available to enhance your festival experience further.
My friend Serena, who attended the festival last November, said, “I especially enjoyed the food and beverage pairings and the cooking demonstrations. It wasn’t crowded at all. I would love to bring my mom next year!”
It’s worth noting that the 2024 Food & Wine Festival dates are yet to be announced, but the event promises to be a crowd-pleaser. Remember, while festival access is included with regular Epcot admission, food, and beverages are an additional cost.
Thanksgiving: A Special Time at Disney World in November
Thanksgiving – celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November (November 28, 2024), holds considerable significance in the United States. Many people enjoy a long weekend with Thursday and Friday off work or school; some families or schools even extend the break to the preceding week.
The influx of families during this time can lead to increased crowds and slightly higher prices around the holiday period. Although Disney World itself doesn’t host notable Thanksgiving celebrations, several restaurants may offer special meals to mark the occasion. However, by this time, the resort is already busy with Christmas and winter holiday activities.
Experience Christmas at Disney World in November
November signals the start of the enchanting Christmas season at Walt Disney World. The decorations begin appearing right after Halloween, gradually transforming the Magic Kingdom over the first few days of the month into a winter wonderland.
The first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in early November serves as the beginning of the holiday season at Disney World. 2024 dates are not yet announced, but the first party in 2023 was on November 9.
The magic doesn’t stop at the Magic Kingdom; other parks join the cheer with their own spectacular events. There’s the “Flurry of Fun” at Hollywood Studios, the vibrant Holiday Celebrations at Animal Kingdom, and Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Additionally, we’re awaiting to see if the brand new ticketed “Jollywood Nights” event will return to Hollywood Studios in 2024.
Resort hotels are the final touch to this holiday transformation, typically completing their décor by mid-November. From this point forward, the spirit of Christmas permeates the entire resort until the end of the year. Christmas magic will be in full swing whether you visit Disney World in mid-November or mid-December.
If you would like to purchase tickets for holiday ticketed events (including Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party), contact The Vacationeer.
Is November the Best Month to Visit Disney World?
When asked about the best time to visit Disney World, November often ranks very high on my list. Here’s why.
Firstly, the weather is just right. As the summer heat fades, pleasant, comfortable temperatures set in, ideal for daytime park exploration and evening activities.
The first few weeks of November are calmer, so you can enjoy popular attractions without waiting in long lines. My wife, Jaimie, and I particularly enjoy the relative calm before Thanksgiving week.
November also hosts the last leg of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival and the start of the park’s transformation for Christmas. Although we believe the full festive spirit is best experienced in December, Christmas enthusiasts may appreciate November’s less crowded holiday events.
Generally, November doesn’t experience a significant rise in prices. However, due to high demand, costs tend to increase during Thanksgiving week and the month’s end. Even though Veterans Day sees more visitors, it doesn’t usually affect prices much.
Ultimately, the first few weeks of November present a well-balanced blend of comfortable weather, manageable crowds, reasonable pricing, and a mix of seasonal events. Even Thanksgiving week during school break may still be an intriguing option for festive family vacations with great weather, despite increased crowds and prices. Some may view November’s Christmas celebrations as premature (like Jaimie and me), but others may see them as a delightful preview.
In my opinion, November is a fantastic time to visit. Is it the right month for you? Let The Vacationeer help you decide.
Comparing Disney World in November to Neighboring Months
When planning your Disney World adventure, it’s helpful to compare November with its neighboring months, October and December:
- October vs. November: October offers pleasant weather and moderate crowds, with fun events like Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. However, transitioning into November, these activities wrap up, and the park begins its Christmas makeover. The weather in November is slightly more pleasant than in October, but the number of visitors can increase due to Veterans Day and Thanksgiving week. My wife Jamie and I enjoy the early November tranquility before the holiday rush starts. Yet, the latter half of November might be more appealing for those keen to begin their Christmas festivities early.
- November vs. December: November presents a mix of fall and early winter experiences, with the commencement of Christmas events such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. In contrast, December dives headfirst into the holiday spirit, hosting grander festivities. While Jaimie and I think early November is a bit soon for Christmas, holiday enthusiasts might find it perfect. Be aware that crowd levels and prices are more manageable in November, excluding Thanksgiving, but tend to peak in December around Christmas and New Year.
Overall, early November can offer a balanced, less crowded, and relatively affordable Disney World experience, ideal for those wanting a mix of fall and winter festivities. Despite higher crowds and prices, you can achieve a truly magical Christmas experience during the latter part of November and December.