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Are you planning on visiting Disneyland in November? Great! I’ve got all the information you need to make it a wonderful vacation! November is one of my favorite times to visit the Disneyland Park. The Holiday celebrations are just getting started, the weather is cooling down and the crowds are manageable(at least for the first half of the month). It’s a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations!
In this post, we’ll talk about everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland in November. I’ve got information on the best days to visit, weather, events, what to pack, and information on Thanksgiving at Disneyland. I’ve even got a Disneyland crowd calendar! I’m also sharing information on where to get a great deal on discounted park tickets and hotels! Make sure you check out my full guide to Disneyland during the Holidays for lots of important information to help you with your Holiday Disneyland Vacation!
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Crowd levels at Disneyland in November go from one extreme to the other. It can be very slow at the beginning of the month(early November), but crazy busy toward the end. The reason for this is the Holiday celebrations. Disneyland has lots to offer during the holidays and it draws a lot of guests to the parks. You can expect fairly low crowds at the beginning of the month. Many guests(including locals) will wait until the holiday offerings are in full swing before they visit. The holiday festivities begin November 11h and run through January 8th. Expect medium size crowds in mid-November and full-blown holiday crowds beginning the week of Thanksgiving. It will also be crowded around Veterans Day.
The middle of the week is usually less crowded at Disneyland in November. If you’re looking for the very lowest crowds try to visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
If you happen to visit when there are large crowds, don’t be discouraged. I have a bunch of information about visiting Disneyland with Holiday crowds. Make sure you read it so you can be prepared. Plan ahead by making dining reservations ahead of time. You can make them 60 days in advance. To get a jump on the crowds, I recommend rope-dropping! This means you need to arrive at the parks 60-90 minutes before they open.
Consider adding Genie Plus to your visit. Especially if you’re visiting during a crowded time of the month. Genie Plus is the new system that has taken the place of the old Fastpass/max pass system. Genie plus does cost extra, but it allows you to skip the standby line and enter select attractions through the lightning lane. This can save you so much time! Especially when you’re visiting at a busy time of year. I’ve got lots of information about using Genie Plus at Disneyland here. I’ve also got full touring plans that utilize Genie Plus if you’d like a step-by-step plan for your day. Check them out here.
Disneyland in November usually has very mild weather, which is another good reason to visit this month! The average high at Disneyland in November is 71.4°F (21.9°C) with an average low of 56.3°F (13.5°C). There’s usually very little rain.
Daytime temperatures will likely be perfect, but it can get chilly in the mornings and evenings. I suggest bringing a jacket and long pants. Those southern California nights can be chilly! You don’t want to get stuck buying expensive Disney sweatshirts if it’s cold and you forgot to bring one. It’s hard to have a great time at Disneyland in November when you’re cold.
Keep an eye on the weather as your trip gets closer to make sure you’re prepared. I have a full guide about what to wear to Disneyland in November. You can find it here.
Here’s a list of special events that you’ll find happening at Disneyland in November. There’s a lot going on for the Holidays at Disneyland in November! So much to see and do! Both parks will have festive lights, holiday decorations, and music. There will also be an incredible assortment of holiday foods. Let’s break down the other offerings by park.
Disney California Adventure Park Holiday Events
Disney Festival of Holidays: Pay tribute to multicultural and diverse music, cuisine, and traditions.
Disney Viva Navidad!: Delight in a celebration of holiday traditions from Mexico and Brazil, brought to life by cultural performers.
Santa’s Holiday Visit at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Get ready for a jolly old time when you see Santa and his band of merry elves!
Ride Overlays: Two rides in Carsland transform for the holidays! Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. Luigi’s Rollikin’ Roadsters becomes Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl.
Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting: Witness the wonder as the magnificent tree is illuminated.
Disneyland Park Holiday Events
A Christmas Fantasy Parade: Watch Disney characters join Santa for the merriest musical procession in town!
“it’s a small world” Holiday: Set off on a merry version of the park classic as children sing tidings of joy.
“Believe… In Holiday Magic” Fireworks: Don’t miss dazzling fireworks, stirring music, and even a sprinkling of snow!
Wintertime enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle: Behold a shimmering spectacle as the castle is transformed each evening.
“it’s a small world” Holiday Lighting: Witness the magic when the whimsical facade lights up in a dazzling display.
Haunted Mansion Holiday: Christmas and Halloween collide at this holiday favorite hosted by Jack Skellington from The Nightmare before Christmas.
You must visit Santa when you’re visiting Disneyland in November! It’s a highlight. There are quite a few places where you can meet Santa Claus. My favorite place to visit him is in California Adventure at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. You can find out more information about visiting Santa at Disneyland here.
Thanksgiving At Disneyland
I visited Disneyland for Thanksgiving last year and we had a really great time! I was nervous about crowd levels during Thanksgiving week, but we didn’t let them bother us. Most restaurants (table service and quick service) prepare some type of Thanksgiving meal. If you don’t have a slice of pumpkin pie is it even Thanksgiving? I really enjoyed celebrating the holiday at the parks. I think we’ll go back in a few years and do it again. I’ve got lots of information about Disneyland on Thanksgiving here.
What To Expect
Because Disneyland in November is so popular, all the attractions should be up and running. The most popular attraction in November is the Haunted Mansion Holiday which has a Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday overlay. I talk all about it on an episode of my podcast. Because this attraction is so popular, it will have long lines, especially as the day goes on. I suggest getting there early in the day for shorter wait times or using Genie Plus to skip the standby lines.
“it’s a small world’ will also have a holiday overlay for the Christmas season. It’s pretty magical! Make sure you take the time to ride on it and check out the facade at night when it’s all lit up.
On days when crowds are higher, Disneyland will have longer park hours. Use these to your advantage! Get there early for the lowest crowds. Take a break midday if things get too busy and come back in the evening for more Holiday fun.
Having a basic plan will help you navigate your day and help you avoid waiting in long lines. I have a Disneyland touring plan that I update each month with a free printable that might be helpful for you. You can find it here. Or check out my touring plans with Genie Plus here.
What To Pack
Be prepared for colder weather at night and pack accordingly. You should also be prepared for a heat wave! You just never know what you’re going to get at Disneyland in November. Pack layers so that you are prepared for anything. I have information on my favorite shoes to wear to the park that might be helpful.
You can find my full list of what I bring in my park bag here. You don’t want to be unprepared! I also buy lots of things on Amazon beforehand so I can save time and money. Disney will sell you anything you need, but it will cost more. You can find my Amazon list here.
Disneyland Planning Help
I’ve got bunches of information on planning a Disneyland trip that will be so helpful for you! Start with my complete guide to visiting Disneyland. It’s a step-by-step guide for planning your vacation that will be helpful. Check out my top 10 Disneyland tips and my guide to when to visit Disneyland to help you pick the best time for your vacation! I’ve also got a post on rope dropping at Disneyland that’s very helpful.
Make sure you check out my downloadable touring plans if you’d like a step-by-step guide to the parks!
I have a planning phone call that’s super popular! In this phone call, I can answer all of your Disneyland vacation questions and give you lots of tips and info tailored just to you and your group!
I hope this guide to Disneyland in November was helpful! I know you are going to have such a good time at the happiest place on earth! November is one of the best months to visit Disneyland. There’s something so special about the Holidays at Disneyland. It doesn’t get any better than walking down Main Street with a churro in your hand while listening to holiday music. Absolutely magical!
Make sure to check out my podcast for lots of Disney planning information! You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Just search for “Mix In Some Magic” Follow me on Instagram for more Disney tips and lots of Disney tips and fun!