We here at Disney Addicts get asked quite a bit about the best times of year to plan a Walt Disney World vacation, and for those with the freedom and flexibility to go any time of year, November ranks pretty high on our list. We know the lead-in to the Christmas Season can be a popular time to plan your Disney visit for the year ahead, and with that in mind, we’d like to give you 6 outstanding reasons why you may want to make your 2018 Walt Disney World visit in November.
1. The Christmas Decorations Go Up – The first 10 days of November are a pretty exciting time for Disney fans, as soon as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs for the last time at the Magic Kingdom (which happened this year on November 1st), all the trimmings of fall seemingly disappear overnight and Disney’s hardworking team of Christmas elves work tirelessly around the clock to make the transition to the Yuletide Season. This means that November visitors will get to see the parks in all of their Christmas splendor adding that extra little bit of magic to your visit.
Check out this video of Magic Kingdom making the November transition to Christmas:
2. You Get to Avoid the Christmas Crowds – If there’s one thing that late December at Disney World is synonymous with, it is absolutely heaving crowds. It’s not uncommon for the theme parks to reach capacity around the Holiday Season which tends to surprise a lot of visitors who expect it to be less busy than during the Summer. The beauty of a November visit is that you get to enjoy all the benefits of a Christmas visit to Disney World but without the lines and the general overcrowding. The only exception to this- and it is quite an exception is the week surrounding Thanksgiving where the crowds are some of the heaviest year round. For optimum Christmas viewing with minimal crowds we typically recommend the second full week in November.
3. Enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party With Lower Crowds and Cheaper Ticket Prices – Magic Kingdom’s annual Christmas Party usually kicks off in early November (the first party started this year on November 9th). By attending the party in November, not only can you expect the crowds to be slightly smaller but the tickets are also cheaper. Tickets in early November for this year’s party started around $89 whereas tickets closer to the Christmas can get up to $109. Again the only exception to this would be Thanksgiving week. Disney will also tape it’s Christmas television specials in early November which may result in the first few parties being sold out.
4. November is a Good Time For Discounts – Though there’s no guarantee that Disney World will run the same discounts year-on-year, however, November is typically a good time for those hoping for a bit of savings on your vacation package. For instance, this year’s Free Dining promotion ran from August 21st – December 23rd, with dates covering most of November. Disney also typically runs a room discount during the slower periods in the lead-in to Christmas.
5. You Can Catch The Last Few Days of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – If you time your visit just right, you may be able to enjoy not only all of the Christmas festivities but also the last few days of Epcot’s stunning Food & Wine Festival. This year the festival ran until November 13th. As most Disney foodies tend to gravitate toward the earlier dates of the Festival (August and September), I’ve found the crowds to be a lot more manageable during the November dates and the food equally as delicious.
6. Christmas Shopping at Disney Springs – Around the same time that the decorations start to go up across the theme parks, Disney Springs, Disney’s downtown shopping district, also undergoes its own magical transformation. Its the season of pumpkin spice lattes, special Christmas sales and discount offers as well as a range of fun Christmas-themed activities from meeting Santa Clause to enjoying the gorgeous Christmas Tree Trail. Disney Springs can be a wonderful place to buy all those unique Disney presents and souvenirs but it’s much for fun to do so when the crowds are a bit kinder and gentler.
We hope our six reasons above, have convinced you to give a November visit to Disney World a try. Read below to find out how we can assist you in making your November 2018 Walt Disney World vacation plans.
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