By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019, the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever.

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November 2018 at Walt Disney World

By Dave Shute

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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, beginning 11/3 in 2018, sees moderate crowds and higher prices at the deluxes. Thanksgiving week, beginning 11/17 in 2018, with high crowds and higher prices than the rest of the month, should be avoided.

Note also that picking the right park to visit each day is critical at this time of the year. See this, and use the comment form below to ask me about your specific dates!


On a crowd scale of 1-11, the week beginning 10/27 has a crowd ranking of 3/low, the week beginning 11/3 5/moderate minus, the week beginning 11/10 3/low, the week beginning 11/17  8/high-minus, and the week beginning 11/24 3/low.

However, this time of year you will see much worse crowds if you don’t carefully pick which day to see which park. See this for guidance on picking Disney World park days, or use the comment form below to ask questions about your dates.

See this for more on 2018 crowds at Disney World.


Prices begin the month 5-10% higher than the lowest of the year at the values, 10-15% higher at the moderates and and 5-15% higher than lowest of the year at the deluxes.

  • At the values, prices pop up to 30-40% higher than the lowest of the year on 11/17, and then drop back to 5-10% higher on 11/24
  • At the moderates, prices pop up to 20-25% higher than the lowest of the year on 11/17, and then drop back to 5-15% higher on 11/24
  • The deluxes follow a different price calendar much of the month. On 11/2 prices increase to 10-2-% higher than the lowest of the year.  On 11/12, they drop back to 5-15% higher than lowest of the year. On 11/20 they increase to 25-40% higher, and on 11/24 they drop back to 5-15% higher.

See this for more on 2018 resort hotel prices at Walt Disney World.


Deals for the general public are available for November 2018. Find them here.


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.


The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues until November 12.

The 2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off on November 8 and has many dates during the rest of the month–except for Thanksgiving week.


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. Opening hours may change to 8a.

The best way to keep up with operating hours is to check Disney’s official calendars, usually available about six months in advance. Major hours updates–often with later closes–can happen a month before.

These calendars can be found by clicking the following links:


The week rankings that follow below are from 2018 weeks to visit, ranked in order, and are designed for first-time visitors who do not know whether or not they will return.

Click the image for a calendar view of 2018 weeks.

10/27/2018 Moderate prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=5. Recommended week. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

11/3/2018  Jersey week. Moderate prices. Moderate-minus crowds, better earlier in the week, worse later. Crowd ranking=5. Week ranking=15. Use the Lower Crowd Itinerary

11/10/2018 Moderate prices. Low crowds, Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=4. Recommended weekUse the Lower Crowd Itinerary

11/17/2018 Thanksgiving week. Moderate+ prices, higher later in the week. High-minus crowds. Crowd ranking=8. Week ranking=28. Use the Higher Crowd Itinerary for planning, but see this for changes

11/24/2018 Low-plus prices. Low crowds. Crowd ranking=3. Week ranking=1. Recommended week. Use the Basic December Itinerary


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1 Jennifer { 05.24.18 at 12:50 pm }

Going 11/25-12/5. Split stay starting at gf and then going over to beach club.xmas party tickets with 8 day park hopper and two off park days. We’re doing no park on 11/25 and party on 11/30.

What days should we do which parks?

2 Dave { 05.25.18 at 7:26 am }

Jennifer, here’s my preliminary view–it may change once the actual operating schedule for those dates is posted by Disney World:

11/24: all bad, AK the worst
11/25: avoid HS
11/26: avoid MK
11/27:avoid Epcot
11/28: avoid MK and AK
11/29: avoid Epcot
11/30: avoid MK (but not during the party) (unless you are both eligible for and can arrive before the start of Morning Extra Magic Hours)
12/1: avoid AK, MK
12/2: avoid HS
12/3: avoid MK and AK
12/4: avoid Epcot
12/5: avoid MK

See also my December itinerary (which is really my “After Thanksgiving but before the weekend before Christmas Itinerary,” but that’s too long to be a title…).

3 Joy { 11.12.18 at 9:53 am }

Hey Dave! Any changes to your recommendations for 11/26 now that hours have been posted? Thinking of doing AK that day. Think it will be swamped? We have FOP FP.

4 Dave { 11.13.18 at 6:55 am }

Joy, you will see a bump from the morning extra magic hours. But with MK open late, and closing early the day before and after, it will be enough of a draw away from AK that it should be a good day–especially if you are EMH eligible and can arrive before it begins. Most folk will go to Pandora for EMH–with your FP+, you will start ahead of the crowd and stay ahead of them!

5 Cassie { 05.24.18 at 2:05 pm }

I am going similar dates as above, but will you let me know which park you recommend on 11/24? We were tentatively thinking Epcot. . .

6 Dave { 05.25.18 at 6:57 am }

Cassie, 11/24 will be pretty bad everywhere. Animal Kingdom will be worst, and probably the Studios the best.

7 MomOf3 { 05.25.18 at 9:12 am }

Do you still recommend avoiding AK on 11/28, if we are eligible for EMH? We were tentatively planning to be there early for EMH, and then head out by early afternoon.

8 Dave { 05.26.18 at 9:41 am }

Hi Mom, if you plan to arrive well before EMH starts and leave in the early afternoon, AK the 28th can work quite well!

9 Brett { 05.25.18 at 5:18 pm }

Hi Dave – We’re going 11/24-11/28. 1st night @ WL, the rest @ AKL. No MVMCP tickets, 6 day park hopper tickets & “free” dining.
Thanks for the breakdown in the 2nd comment above. Would you change anything given a shorter stay like mine?

10 Dave { 05.26.18 at 9:48 am }

Brett, no I would not!

11 Kevin { 05.28.18 at 9:28 pm }

Regarding your suggestions in post #2 above, (our trip dates are almost the same as Jennifer’s), what is your reasoning for no MK on 11/28, 12/1 and 12/3? Is it because of those are HEA nights and the crowds will be bigger? What about your Epcot reasoning on 11/29? Thanks!

12 Dave { 05.29.18 at 9:07 am }

Kevin, yes HEA days can be a madhouse at MK. See this. Epcot is expected to have morning EMH on 11/29, and MK closes at 6 that day. Many folks repelled by the 6p close will be attracted by the EMH, so Epcot will be busier than other possible days there.

13 Roberta { 05.29.18 at 11:01 am }

Dear Dave; Greetings from Canada. We are arriving Nov. 8 (early) (a bit of Jersey week) and leaving Nov. 18.
We will have been up since 3 am, (2 1/2 hr. flight) and are in a park by 11:00 I used to start with HS but we are think Epcot this year due to the new Toy Story rides. Frozen and Soaring are our 2 must sees. The food and wine show is on but I am hoping it is not too busy on a Thursday. I also try to avoid Extra Disney Hours even though we stay on site.
Nov. 8 – Epcot
Nov. 9 – Cape Canaveral
Nov. 10 – Universal
Nov. 11 – Animal Kingdom
Nov. 12 – MK
Nov. 13 – HS
Nov. 14 – Universal or Disney Water Park
Nov. 15 – Universal or Disney Water Park
Nov. 16 – Water Park or Downtown Disney we have a reservation at the Hoop dee do Review
Nov. 17 – MK with Fireworks w/garden view reservations.
Nov. 18 exhausted/fly home.
This is the plan if I can get the Fast passes. Do you see anything that should be changed with your expert eye.
Love your very helpful sight. Thanks for everything.

14 Dave { 05.29.18 at 6:09 pm }

Hi Roberta, I do have some thoughts, but they are based on assumptions, rather than your day choices, only one of which–Epcot on 11/8–I have a problem with.

Your comment suggests you’ve been before, and so know what you like, but I would never advocate three days of water parks but only five days of Disney theme parks–especially in mid-November when the weather can be great, or not.

I would do another day or half day at AK if you’ve not been the past few years (see this), and/or another half day at HS to see all three Toy Story rides if you like the rest of HS as well, and/or another half day at Epcot as both your targets are Tier One and your planned Epcot day (which will be a bit busy as it is an EMH day) does not give you a rope drop opportunity. So I would avoid Epcot 11/8, add a half day at HS or AK on 11/8 to your already existing AK and HS plans, and do Epcot 11/14 or 11/16…

BTW MK 11/17 will be a mob, but with a good plan you can make it work!

15 Krissy { 05.29.18 at 11:08 pm }

I would appreciate your thoughts on which parks to go to on Nov 10-15. Thanks so much!! Love your site!!

16 Dave { 05.30.18 at 8:58 am }

Hi Krissy and thanks for the kind words!!

11/10 avoid all parks except HS
11/11 avoid MK and HS
11/12 avoid AK
11/13 avoid Epcot
11/14 avoid MK
11/15 avoid Epcot

17 Cathy { 05.30.18 at 12:49 am }

We’re planning a trip for the week after Thanksgiving (11/26-11/29) and I see that there’s a Christmas party planned at MK for Tuesday and Thursday of that week. If we’re not going to the Christmas party, would you still recommend going to MK those two days? I assume they’ll kick us out when the party starts.

18 Dave { 05.30.18 at 8:59 am }

Cathy, part days are typically much less crowded than non-party days–see this. So yes, I do recommend those days. And you will have to leave at 6p.

19 Cathy { 05.30.18 at 1:09 am }

Also, one more question. If we go on a day when there is MVMCP but we don’t have tickets for its can we still make a dinner reservation in the park?

20 Dave { 05.30.18 at 9:00 am }

Cathy yes, with a reservation start up til around 6p.

21 Kelly { 05.30.18 at 3:57 pm }

I think I’m going to cry based on your input to Jennifer above. We will only have 3 days at Disney this year and want to do AK, MK, and Epcot. Our dates are 11/25-11/27. We were planning on the following because we want to see fireworks at MK.
11/25 – AK
11/26 – MK
11/27 – Epcot

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Our other option is during Thanksgiving time 11/21-11/24, but from everything I have read those days will likely be worse.

22 Dave { 05.31.18 at 6:46 am }

Hi Kelly, this simplest fix is to swap your AK and Epcot days. You will need a good plan, good FastPass+, and an early start to make MK work. There is a one-day MK plan in my book.

A more complicated approach is to buy a hopper, which might be an unwise use of funds and travel time on such a short trip. You could then swap around days and evenings, e.g doing Epcot during the day on 11/26 then going to MK just for the evening show. 11/25 you could do AK, and 11/27 you could do MK until the 6p close then hop to Epcot for EPcot’s evening show.

23 Cashel Rabitaille { 05.31.18 at 1:57 pm }

Hey! We have a trip planned for Nov. 28, 29, 30, &1st. We have 4 day 1 park per day tickets. We, being myself and husband and 11 year old son, and my brother , his wife and 6 year old daughter I dont think we are interested in going to the mickeys holiday party. (Unless its super spectacular and worth the cost?) We would like to do 1 day at each park ! Which days would be best. We want to be able to have enough time at MK.
Thanks !!

24 Kelly { 05.31.18 at 2:21 pm }

Thanks for the feedback Dave! We actually do have a 4 day hopper but were only going to utilize 3 days, possible doing an evening at HS on the 24th, but I like your thoughts on hopping over to MK for the fireworks.

25 kathi { 06.06.18 at 3:48 pm }

hey there, will be taking my 19 yo niece and my 62yo self, wed 11/21@10:30 to mon 11/26 at noon. I have engaged Kelly B from your recommendations. What a god fairy send! Use her folks—she gets ya the deals. I need help with itinerary. thanks.

26 Brigida Schumacher { 06.10.18 at 7:52 pm }

Greetings from sweltering Texas!! We are going Nov 18th – Nov 23rd from a Costco deal we recieved that includes 5 day Park Hopper Plus passes with Fast Pass+. We were planning the following to hit the family’s wish list: Thanksgiving lunch at a park, fireworks, Pandora land at night? so I was thinking the following:
11/18: get in late so check in and sleep
11/19: MK (7th and 4 yo wish list)
11/20: 7:45 Early Morning Magic in Fantasyland – already reserved (Family wishlist)
11/21: AK (Pandora) / HS (Meet DJ Pals &Olaf)
11/22: Epcot (Coral Reef Thanksgiving Lunch-already reserved /Pizzeria Dinner- already reserved)

We really want to do fireworks so.ewhere but I,am,not sure how to get those in… Any help, thoughts or guidance is appreciated!

27 Dave { 06.11.18 at 9:42 am }

Hi Brigida, that will be a busy time, so good daily plans are the key. I don’t have daily plans on this site that will work, but you can find them in my book.

Your schedule will let you do all the evening shows except those at Hollywood Studios. You could hopp over there one one of your two MK days to see at least one of the two shows there.

28 Anonymous { 06.11.18 at 9:59 pm }

Thank you so much. I will adjust make sure to make daily plans. I am still waiting for Disney to post their Holiday activities for that week and work them in as well. Buying your book tonight! Thank you again.

29 Devyn { 07.06.18 at 11:44 pm }

Hi, thanks for all the great advice. We are planning on going 11/24 and 11/25. Which parks do you recommend for these days? Or, would it be better to go 11/3 and 11/4?

30 Dave { 07.08.18 at 8:41 am }

Hi Devyn, weekends are always busy, but I do see your earlier dates a slightly better. I wouldn’t really recommend picking a park on a two day visit based much on how crowded it is, but rather on what you wanted to see and do. Overviews of the four parks are here.

That said, on both weekends, on Saturday the best park will be HS, and the best park on Sunday will be MK.

31 Rachael { 07.23.18 at 10:38 am }

I saw in a comment where you said to avoid MK on 11/28. May I ask why?

32 Dave { 07.24.18 at 7:36 am }

Hi Rachael, see this.

33 Adriana { 09.03.18 at 12:09 am }

Hi! I am going to Disney on November 7th-19th. My plans are:
– 11/8 MK
– 11/9 Epcot
– 11/10 – Sea World
– 11/11 Legoland
-11/12 MK at MVMCP (my son’s Bday, having dinner at Crystal)
– 11/13 – HS or AK
– 11/14 – Epcot
– 11/15 – HS or AK
– 11/16 MK
– 11/17 – Islands od Adventure
– 11/18 – no park

What do you think?

34 Dave { 09.03.18 at 8:51 am }

Hi Adriana! I can only comment on the WDW part of your itinerary. 11/9 will be mobbed at Epcot–HS would be the best choice that day. MK 11/16 is fine if 1. you are eligible for and 2 can arrive before the start of, morning EMH.

35 Joy { 09.17.18 at 9:29 pm }

Hi Dave!

We are going 11/25-12/1 and here is my plan:

11/25 MVMCP (We arrive this day no park other than the party)
11/26 HS
11/27 MK
11/28 Epcot
11/29 AK
11/30 MK
12/1 No park

What do you think of this plan?

36 Dave { 09.18.18 at 10:38 am }

Hi Joy this is great!

37 Diane { 09.18.18 at 10:29 am }

We (4 adults) are going to Disney World 11/28 to 12/2 (half day on 12/2), what parks would you recommend going to for each of those days.

Thank you!

38 James { 09.18.18 at 2:06 pm }

I’m planning my first trip to Disneyworld with my two children ages 5 and 1 (almost 2) we’d like to see fireworks at least one night while were there, before my fastpass date comes up I’d appreciate any advice/suggestions on the dates I have us planned to go

11/27 – Animal Kingdom
11/28- Hollywood Studios
11/29- Magic Kingdom

Thank You!

39 Dave { 09.19.18 at 9:19 am }

James, there’s an evening show at Animal Kingdom, but no fireworks. Hollywood Studios has tow evening shows, one STar Wars focused, largely projections but also with a lot of fireworks. The other show, Fantasmic, is more Disney but often scary for kids that age. MK is not showing fireworks the day you’ve picked–it closes at 6p that day.

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