November 2012 at Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
OVERVIEW: NOVEMBER 2012 AT DISNEY WORLD
Early November, with cooling but typically nice weather, low crowds (other than the week beginning 11/3 Jersey Week) and lower prices, has some of the best weeks of the year to visit.
Thanksgiving Week is more expensive, and much more crowded.
The last few days of the month begin one of the three best weeks of the year to visit Walt Disney World.
November also has two special parties: the last shows of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and the first of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, each a special evening event–with its own ticket–that have become family traditions for many.
The Candlelight Processional begins the Friday after Thanksgiving.
NOVEMBER 2012 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Much–but not all–of November is one of the least crowded periods at Walt Disney World. Crowds hit a small mini-peak over Jersey Week and hit a very high level during Thanksgiving Week, but are low the rest of the month.
On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 10/27 has a ranking of 2/lower, 11/3 6/moderate, 11/10 2/lower, 11/17 9/high, and 11/24 2/lower.
NOVEMBER 2012 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
All resort prices bump up $30-65 per night over Thanksgiving week, and then return t0 the level at which they began the month.
NOVEMBER 2012 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Deals are available for November. For details, click here.
NOVEMBER 2012 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Early November has weather near as good as Orlando gets. Over the course of the month, lower temps, and more variability in temps, emerges. Days can be perfect or quite cool.
Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on temperatures.
NOVEMBER 2012 SPECIAL EVENTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off in September 2012 and continues in November, on November 2.
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is a hit with many repeat visitors, and runs from September 28 to November 11.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off early in the month and continues except for Thanksgiving Week.
2012 dates include
- November 2012: 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30
- December 2012: 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 21.
NOVEMBER 2012 OPERATING HOURS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Park operating hours vary by the day, and sometimes change without notice. It is rare for hours to be shorter than Disney has publicized, but Disney may lengthen them in response to unanticipated crowds.
The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance, but changing during busy periods even the day before.
These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:
The calendars can be tricky to use–see this for hints on how to work with Walt Disney World’s online calendars.
WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2012 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE
The week rankings that follow below are from 2012 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.
10/27/12 Prices are 6-13% higher than the lowest of the year. Lower crowds–crowd ranking is 2. Week ranking=6. Recommended Week. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary, but see this for required changes.
11/17/12 Thanksgiving Week. Prices kick up for the Thanksgiving holiday week. High crowds–crowd ranking is 9. Week ranking=37. Use the Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary, but see this for possible changes
MORE ON WHEN TO GO TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
- For when to go to Walt Disney World, see this
- For the next best dates, see this
- For the best and worst times to visit, see this
- For forecasting crowds at Walt Disney World, see this
- For seasonal pricing at Walt Disney World, see this
- For weather at Walt Disney World, see this