Ask a Disney Question: Visiting WDW the First Two Weeks in November.

This question comes from Jazmine, who asks:

Is it better to go to Disney World the 1st two weeks of November?  How is the weather during that time?  Will they have Christmas decorations up during that time? And last but not least is it busy during that time.  We are going to be staying at Port Orleans Riverside. Have a magical day and keep spreading your magic.


Thanks for your question and for reading Chip and Co. We appreciate it a lot.  Early November is a great time to visit Disney World. You can usually get a discount of some kind and the crowds are not bad. The only times you’ll see a slight increase in crowds is during the so-called “Jersey Week” but it’s really just a slight bump in crowd levels.  Overall, with low crowds and great weather, it’s a fantastic time to visit.

Christmas decorations are usually up in the parks by November 2. The exception is the large Christmas tree in Town  Square in the Magic Kingdom, which doesn’t go up until after the Christmas parade taping in early December.  Resort decorations take a little longer. While they are often up my mid-month, expect the resorts to be completely decorated by Thanksgiving week.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the nightly castle lighting ceremony, and the Osborne Festival of Lights in Hollywood Studios usually starts around the 8th or the 9th, so you can enjoy that as well. Best of all, you can do all of this without the crowds.

Good luck and have fun planning your vacation!

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  • Lynn Green Brooks

    Never been in November. Put have in Dec. It can get really cold in December

  • Lori Batronis

    We visited the first few days of December 2006. We wore pants or capris, started the day off with light jackets, and then took them off and stowed them in the stroller during the day. The jackets came back out in the evenings most days. We only had one day of rain. We did have two instances of being quite cold. (We even bought hats and gloves) Once was watching the fireworks from the Poly beach one night, and the other was watching Fantasmic. Being near water seemed to make it much colder at night.

  • WDW40th2011

    It is decorated by the second week of November. We go about every other year the week of Veteran’s Day. It is always beautiful. Parks are decorated well, but the hotel have less done. They still look beautiful & are gorgeous. You can get lots of great Christmas card shots while there. The MVMCP begins in 2011 on 11/8.

    We stayed at POFQ in 2008 & loved it. It is the first stop on the bus, then it goes to PORiverside. I think you will love it!

  • Tabcans

    no Christmas deco’s at that time, but WDW is all done up for Fall though……the Christmas decorations go up magically for the day after Thanksgiving. Port Orleans is a great resort