Disney World in November 2018
Cooler weather, Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, Festival of the Master's, and holiday decorations...what's not to love about Disney World in November? There are some crowd issues to work through but the information below should get you off to a great start!
Average High: 79° f
Average Low: 57° f
Average Monthly Precipitation: 2.24"
Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments in November:
Magic Kingdom - "Happily Ever After' Fireworks are not currently scheduled for November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 due to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties (separately ticketed event) and the park will close to the general public at 6:00PM on these nights. See the "Special Events" section below for additional information.
Magic Kingdom - Tom Sawyer Island closed October 14 - December 21, 2018.
Magic Kingdom - Liberty Square Riverboat closed through December 21, 2018.
Magic Kingdom - Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire (castle forecourt show), A Frozen Holiday Wish and the Once Upon A Time Castle Projection show will not be presented November 10 & 11, 2018 due to filming near the castle for upcoming holiday television specials. The Let the Magic Begin welcome show at opening will be audio only on these two days.
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed October 28, 2018 - January 5, 2019 for refurbishments. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be open weather permitting.
Disney World Resort Children's Activity Centers (paid childcare) are all closing permanently at the close of business on July 31, 2018. Kids Night Out will remain available for guests looking for child or babysitter services.
Disney Skyliner construction ongoing until further notice. Construction may be seen or heard at Disney’s Art of Animation, Boardwalk Inn and Villas, Caribbean Beach, and Pop Century Resorts but noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am
Disney’s Art of Animation Pool will be closed through mid-December but the Schoolyard Spray Ground, Little Mermaid Flippin’ Fins pool, and Cars Cozy Cone pools are open.
Disney's All-Star Movies Resort - Room refurbishments will begin in late February and continue through Winter 2018. Construction activities will be limited to 9:00AM - Dusk.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House - Uzima Feature Pool and Uzima Springs Pool bar will be closed for refurbishment September 2018 - early December 2018. Shuttles will provide guest transportation to the Samawati Springs Pool and Maji Pool Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas.
Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters restaurant, Cabana Pool Bar & the Calypso Trading Post will be closed from May 1, 2017 to through Fall 2018. Dining options will be available for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Centertown will serve breakfast & dinner. Spyglass Grill (opening Spring 2018), located in Trinidad South, serves breakfast. lunch and dinner. Grab-and-Go meals like pastries, salads, fruit, and sandwiches will be sold in the Aruba, Jamaica and Aruba sections of the resort. In-room dining will still be available.
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort - The Dig Site, Lost City of Cibola Feature Pool, volleyball court, playground, Iguana Arcade and Siestas Cantina will be closed September 4 - December 12, 2018. The resort is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with the 3 smaller "leisure pools", La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa, dining, and merchandise areas all open.
Disney's Old Key West Resort is undergoing some refurbishment projects across the property until further notice and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge - Artist Point Restaurant will be closed November 11 - December 15, 2018. It will reopen as a Snow Whilte character meal on December 16, 2018.
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center is undergoing expansion work through Winter 2018 and guests may notice work being done through noise should not be heard from guest rooms between dusk and 9:00AM. The resort remains in full operation with pools, dining, merchandise and recreation areas all open.
Special Events at Disney World in November:
Magic Kingdom will open to everyone (not just Disney World hotel guests) at 8am, an hour earlier than the usual 9am opening time, on Nov. (Dates to be announced).
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend - November 1-4, 2018. Click here for more details.
Magic Kingdom - an enhanced Flag Retreat will be presented on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day
Disney's Hollywood Studios - Sunset Seasons Greetings - November 8, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Colorful projections on the Hollywood Tower Hotel and billboards. laser effects. "snow" and stories, songs and holiday cheer featuring Mickey, Minnie and Olaf.
"Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!", Holiday Nighttime Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios nightly from November 9, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Head to the front of the Great Movie Ride to see this show come to life on, above and all around the Chinese Theater with music, special effects, projections, and fireworks. Click here for more information.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party- Select nights at Magic Kingdom / 7PM - Midnight. 2018 Party dates; November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 2018. These specially ticketed events - you cannot use your Magic Your Way or Park Hopper Ticket - are a lot of fun for families. Ticket prices start at $95, depending on the date and age of participant, when purchased in advance or $105 at the gate, if available. Some nights may cost more. These parties include special activities, shows, a parade, and special event fireworks. Warning: The Magic Kingdom will close to the public at 6pm on party nights and won't have 'Happily Ever After' fireworks on these nights. Restaurant reservations in the resorts closest to the Magic Kingdom fill early on these nights.
Magic Kingdom - "A Frozen Holiday Wish" - (dates to be announced) - A show featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf on the Castle Forecourt Stage in the Magic Kingdom. Check the Magic Kingdom Times Guide for exact time during your visit. Click here for a list of places you can see Anna and Elsa at Disney World.
Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival ~ August 30 - November 12, 2018. This very popular event is included with your regular Epcot admission although there are special events related to this festival that do have a separate fee. Enjoy food and wine themed demonstrations. Chefs and winemakers from around the globe have booths were you can savor the amazing flavors available for sale- both in full meals and in snack sized portions. Disney Dining Plan credits can typically be used for non-alcoholic items - in fact, a lot of people "hoard" their snack credits just to use at the festival. Tip: This is a very popular event so the weekends will be more crowded than usual at Epcot as locals and annual passholders come to take in the festivities. Weekdays, especially Mondays, will be much less crowded.
Meet Santa at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) - 2018 Dates To Be Announced from noon to 10PM. Photos included in the Memory Maker package. (Free)
Candlelight Processional (Epcot) - November 22 Performances at 5:00. 6:45 and 8:00PM. This is one of Disney World's most beautiful holiday traditions where you'll experience a wonderful retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a mass choir and full orchestra. There is no extra charge - this event is included in your Epcot theme park admission but the performances do fill early. You can reserve a Candlelight Processional Lunch or Dinner package that provides a special voucher that guarantees a spot at one of the same-day performances. Contact us for more information. 2018 Celebrity narrators: November 22 - 23 - Chita Rivera / Nov. 24 - Dec. 2 To Be Announced / Dec. 3 - 6: Neil Patrick Harris / Dec. 7 - 9: Whoopi Goldberg / Dec. 10 - 12: To Be Announced / Dex. 13-14: Blair Underwood / Dec. 15 -17: Gary Sinise / Dec. 18 - 20; Pat Sajak / Dec. 21 - 23: To Be Announced / Dec. 24 - 25: Edward James Olmos / Dec. 26 - 27: Jodi Benson / Dec. 28 - 30: To Be Announced.
Epcot - JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season from (dates to be announced). See your Epcot Times Guide (available near the park maps near the front of Epcot) for exact times during your visit, included with admission.
Epcot - Holidays Around the World Storytellers - Beginning November 18, 2018. Throughout the day, storytellers in each of the country pavilions share a holiday tradition.
Disney Springs - Lego Store Events - The Lego Store offers periodic activities like building events or Lego Club meetings, and special offers. Click here for the current month and next month's calendar.
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Crowd Warnings for Disney World in November:
Thanksgiving Week - November . Thanksgiving week is generally Disney World's third busiest week of the whole year. The great thing is that the temperatures are cool and Disney always extends the hours this week but you absolutely need a good touring plan to avoid lines that routinely are 1 - 3 hours long. Our Disney-focused travel agents can help you manage all the special issues that affect this busy season. Important Tip: The lines will be shortest in the first hour or two that the park is open so plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before opening to have the most fun in the shortest time. It is better to arrive early and take a mid-day break than to arrive late and suffer through the long lines. Book dining reservations right away!
Some thoughts on Extra Magic Hours - Extra Magic Hour(s) is when one of the Disney theme parks opens an hour early or stays open two extra hours after closing for guests staying at one of the official Disney hotels. Because Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms, the Extra Magic Hour Park will always be the most crowded park of the day so it may make sense to enjoy more attractions in less time by going to a less crowded park. Remember too that you'll have to get up early or stay up late to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours so think about your family's energy level before deciding to go. On the other hand, the Magic Kingdom closes early for parties on so many nights in November that Evening Extra Magic Hours can help you get the time you need in this wonderful park. Guests staying at a non-Disney hotel still need to know which park has Extra Magic Hours so you don't end up in line behind people who got in an hour before you.
Be smart about Character Breakfast reservations - I am not a big fan of Disney character breakfasts because the theme parks are at their least crowded and the lines are shortest when the parks first open for the day. In my opinion, there is no good reason to sit in a restaurant when lines are short and then head out to the attractions just in time to get in a long line. A character lunch or dinner can give you a much-needed break after you've had a chance to build up an appetite enjoying the rides and attractions when the lines are low. Character lunches and dinners also give you more bang for your buck when you're on a Disney Dining Plan. If you love character breakfasts, consider booking a late character breakfast seating and treat it like brunch - this will still let you enjoy the short lines just after park opening before sitting down to eat. Water park days, relaxing-at-the-resort days, and departure day are also great possibilities for people who love character breakfasts.
Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios - Fantasmic! will have at least one performance every night in November. Disney will probably add a second performance on select nights and the later performance will always be less crowded than the first. You'll need to line up at least 60 minutes early when the crowds are high. Warning: This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes and the lake catches fire, which can be frightening to some small children.
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