By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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November 2017 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

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OVERVIEW: NOVEMBER 2017 AT DISNEY WORLD

This page reviews November 2017 Walt Disney World crowds, prices, deals and discounts, weather, and operating hours; adds a few other notes; and ends with week by week summaries.

Very early, mid and late November are some of the best times of the year to visit Disney World, with cooler weather, low crowds, low prices, and fun special events.

Other parts of the month are not so good. Jersey Week see moderate crowds. Thanksgiving week, with high crowds and higher prices than the rest of the month, should be avoided.

NOVEMBER 2017 CROWDS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

November has high, low and moderate crowd weeks.

On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 10/28 has a crowd rating of 3/ low, the week beginning 11/4 6/moderate, the week beginning 11/11 3/low, the week beginning 11/18 8/high-minus, and the week beginning 11/25 3/low.

However, because of the Christmas Party and the Food and Wine Festival, you can face higher much waits if you go to the parks on the wrong days.  See this for how to avoid these crowds.

See this for more on 2017 crowds at Disney World.

NOVEMBER 2017 PRICES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Prices begin the month at the values 5-10% higher than the lowest of the year. On 11/18 they increase to 20-40% higher for Thanksgiving week, and drop back to 5-10% higher on 11/25.

Prices at the moderates begin the month 10-15% higher than than the lowest of the year. On 11/18 they increase to 20-25% higher for Thanksgiving week, and drop back to 10-15% higher on 11/25.

Prices at the deluxes begin the month at 5-15% higher than the lowest of the year. On 11/3 they increase to 15-20% higher, go back to 5-15% higher on 11/13, increase to 20-25% higher for Thanksgiving week on 11/21, and return to 5-15% higher on 11/25.

See this for more on 2017 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.

NOVEMBER 2017 DEALS AND DISCOUNTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Deals are available for  November 2017. Details are here.

NOVEMBER 2017 WEATHER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Early November weather can be about as good as Orlando gets. Over the course of the month, lower and much more variable temps emerge.  Days can be perfect or quite cool.

Disney World Temperatures and Percentile Distribution Click the image, or go to Weather and When to Go to Disney World, for more on typical November weather.

NOVEMBER 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival continues until November 13.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins November 8 and continues on select nights throughout November.

NOVEMBER 2017 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 first draft of hours for the month is here, but expect this to be updated and filled out more.

The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available six months in advance. Look especially for a major update to hours a couple of weeks before the month starts.

These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:

WEEK BY WEEK COMMENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2017 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD BY ARRIVAL DATE

The week rankings that follow below are from 2017 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

2017 Weeks to Visit Disney World Ranked in Order from yourfirstvisit.net

Click the image for a calendar view of 2017 weeks.

10/28/2017 Low prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=4. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary.

11/4/2017 Jersey Week. Low prices. Moderate crowds. Crowd ranking=6. Week ranking=14. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary.

11/11/2017 Low prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=5. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary.

11/18/2017 Thanksgiving week. Moderate+ prices. High-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=8. Week ranking=29.  Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary but swap Monday and Thursday

11/25/2017 Low prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=1. Recommended week. Use the Basic Itinerary for planning, but check back in late May for any needed revisions.
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18 comments

1 J and N Larson { 04.27.17 at 12:27 pm }

When about does Disney publish the Candlelight Processional dates?

2 Dave { 04.28.17 at 12:24 pm }

The dates will be November 24 through December 30, I expect. Official word may not be out until the end of June, which is when it came out in 2016.

3 Melissa { 05.10.17 at 3:58 pm }

Hi Dave, what type of itinerary would you suggest to follow for a stay from Sunday, November 19 – Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (No park tickets on arrival and departure day and one day off during stay (8-day park tickets with hopper))? Also would like to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Sunday,November 26th or Tuesday,November 28th which do you suggest to attend? Thanks Melissa

4 Dave { 05.12.17 at 10:08 am }

Hi Melissa, I don’t have an itinerary that works over those dates. You can adapt the high crowd itinerary for the first part, and the basic December itinerary for the second part. Note that on my itineraries, days are days–Monday is Monday, not “Day 3”. There’s not much difference in the two party dates, but Tuesday is likely to be a slightly better choice.

5 Steve { 05.21.17 at 6:55 pm }

I’m trying to decide whether I should vacation at Disney in November from 11/13 thru 11/17 or 11/27 thru 12/1.
We’d be traveling there the weekends before and after each week and going the parks during the weeks listed.
The less crowds the better.
11/13 being Veterans day and wine fest still going on at Epcot has me worried.
But traveling to Orlando post Thanksgiving day weekend seems like it may be a bit of a pain?
Anything in particular that should definitely favor one week over the other?

6 Dave { 05.22.17 at 3:15 pm }

Steve, Veteran’s Day won’t be an issue–most schools don’t have if off, and those that do will largely celebrate it Friday the 10th. If you note this, there’s not much else to distinguish the two weeks other than Disney’s Christmas stuff, which is not fully in place until 11/24. If you are driving, you might well wish to avoid the weekend after Thanksgiving…

7 Steve { 05.23.17 at 9:38 pm }

Is the Wine & Food fest at Epcot on 11/13 anything to be concerned about?

8 Dave { 05.24.17 at 8:57 am }

Steve, the evening will be crowded in World Showcase, as it will be for the couple of months before

9 Kiley { 05.30.17 at 11:05 pm }

My husband and I will be traveling to Disney with our 2.5 y/o and 7 month-old on 11/24-11/30. I would have preferred to arrive on Saturday but I couldn’t make that work with our airline reward miles. We will have 5 park days, 11/25-11/29. What parks do you recommend for each day based on crowds, park hours, etc. but also considering my kids’ ages? Based on the what I’ve read on your website so far, it sounds like MK on Sunday and Tuesday would be best since the park has an early closing time on those days? I’m thinking we may want 2.5-3 days at MK? Would a 1/2 day at Epcot be sufficient? I’m worried about crowds on 11/25, our first day! How do we best handle that? Thanks so much!

10 Dave { 05.31.17 at 10:34 am }

Hi Kiley, kids that age could spend their entire trip at MK. The next priorities would be half days at AK and HS, and last a half day at Epcot.

This will be OK 11/25, as many folk will be traveling that day.

11/25 avoid AK and MK
11/26 avoid HS
11/27 avoid MK
11/28 avoid Epcot
11/29 avoid AK and MK

11 Kiley { 06.01.17 at 9:55 pm }

Hi Dave,
Thanks for the reply. I agree that we could easily spend our entire trip at MK, so I’m concerned that three out of the 5 days of our stay you recommend to “avoid MK.” Are these dates not an ideal time for us to visit Disney? We have not booked our flight and could push our trip back to early 2018, possibly April or May. We want a good experience for our first family trip!

12 Beth { 06.02.17 at 12:31 pm }

Hi, Dave. Awesome info, as always! I’m wondering what you recommend in our case. We are not first time visitors (been several times, including first few weeks of June which are very busy) and are traveling with a larger group. Though I would love to go the the week before or after Thanksgiving, my niece performs in the Parade of Bands on Thanksgiving Day and I would love to see that.
We are considering two scenarios: 1) head into DW mid-week (Thanksgiving might be our first day in the parks, mainly to see her) and stay through part of the following week after, or 2) head in the weekend before, which would put us there for the entire week of Thanksgiving.
In the second scenario, wondering what you think crowds might be Sun-Tues -terrible? Since we aren’t first-timers, and have been there in summer, do you think that week would be comparable?
Thanks for your help!

13 Dave { 06.04.17 at 11:45 am }

Kiley, during the party season (see this) MK closes early 3-4 nights a week, making the other days wildly crowded. You can certainly succeed on these other crowded non-party days with a good plan, but the party days are much less crowded.

14 Dave { 06.04.17 at 11:47 am }

Beth, returning visitors used to crowds (and FastPass+) can be quite successful Sun-Tues Thanksgiving week! The period after Thx will be much better, though…

15 Nicole { 06.10.17 at 8:55 pm }

Hello Davery,
My family booked POF Nover 30-Dec 5. Why are those blackout dates if ths Thanksgiving holiday finished? Also, do you think we would benefit frim any deals during that time frame. Any advice for parks etc during those dates. Family of nine with children ranging from 2 to 16. Thank you in advance.

16 Nicole { 06.10.17 at 8:56 pm }

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17 Dave { 06.11.17 at 12:06 pm }

Nicole, the period after Thanksgiving is very popular with frequent visitors, so Disney does not need any free dining deals then to keep its hotels full. This has no impact in crowds, as its hotels are always 85-90% full, discount or not.

A room rate deal for then should come out this summer.

My suggested approach to the parks those dates–won’t quite work for you, but gives you an overview–is here.

18 cristina { 06.27.17 at 6:18 pm }

We are headed to Disney world nov. 25-29. Which park would you suggest for our first day?

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