November 2013 Disney World Operating Schedule Available

Disney released the November 2013 operating schedule at the usual location today:  If it doesn’t say “November 2013” in the top right hand corner, hit the refresh button on your browser.

November is a good time to visit with two major exceptions.  The first is obvious – Thanksgiving.  Saturday November 23rd – Saturday November 30th will be busy with crowds comparable to much of July.  It isn’t Easter or Christmas busy, but it’s going to be comparable to the very busy spring break and summer seasons.  In addition, room prices are higher on and off property.  I don’t think anyone chooses to visit over Thanksgiving holiday if given other options, but be aware that it is quite busy during the week.  It’s still doable with a good plan and the weather is cooler, which is a big plus in my book.

The second busy time may be less obvious, but it occurs when Jersey Week collides with Veteran’s Day and the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  New Jersey pubic schools have November 7th and 8th off in 2013.  Normally, a two day break wouldn’t make that big of a deal, but Jersey is one of Disney’s largest domestic markets and the brief break brings a ton of people of Disney World.  Friday November 8th – Monday November 11th is very busy, particularly at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.  Last year, the Saturday and Sunday of the Half Marathon Weekend were two of the top ten busiest days of the year at Epcot as far as attendance is concerned.  It does make for a fun atmosphere, but also leads to long lines at the Festival booths and a lot of drunk old people.  November 5th – 7th sees average level crowds as Jersey Week gets off to an early start, but the heavy crowds don’t materialize until the weekend.

With those two exceptions, November sees below average to average crowds for the most part.  November 1st will be the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Any day where Magic Kingdom closes at 7pm after that is a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party date.  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights begins November 8th.

Otherwise, the operating schedule looks to have conservative hours and entertainment.  You can take a look at November 2012’s final operating schedule here to get an idea of what to expect when Disney makes their big update, which should come on July 15th.  Note that Thanksgiving was a week earlier in 2012 and those long hours would transfer to the 23rd – 30th in 2013.


  1. Mike says

    Thx Josh, 2 questions:
    1) Will MK be recommended again on Mon 11/11, Vet day, due to early close/party and Sun EMH, or does the holiday Monday overpower that? How are MK crowds on Veteran day Mondays historically?
    2). What’s going on at DHS on thu, 11/14? Private event?

  2. tricia says

    The disney site has a listing of no show dates for Cirque du soleil and November 5th & 6th are two of them. Can you check on this?

  3. Psac says

    Also note that half marathon day, getting around to the Epcot resorts in the evening is “literally” impossible. We stayed at the Boardwalk and did dinner at Kona in the Poly, and it took about an hour to get back by taxi. The meter was something like $60, but he only charged $20. (I think I gave him $30.)

  4. Tracy says

    I can attest to the annoying drunk crowds of Jersey Week. I’m sure there are some very nice people that live in New Jersey, unfortunately none of them seemed to be in Disney last year.

  5. Wendy says

    Also curious as to why DHS is shutting down on 11/14? Just a private event that night or is WDW hosting a group during that time frame? Thanks!

  6. Laura says

    Do you have a planning guide for those of us visiting from Nov. 23-29? My last day to visit the park will be on Thanksgiving as I am leaving early on the 29th. I do have park hoppers, but will be traveling with my three girls ages 2-11. They are not very early risers is another problem. Any help would be appreciated. My plan was AK, MK, HS, EP, ?, MK, It looks like Thanksgiving is a RED day for MK, but I really want to end my trip at that park.

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  8. Jenny says

    Also for ‘Tracy’, considering NJ was reeling from Superstorm Sandy last year at that time, it’s actually likely that the annoying drunks were from someplace other than NJ. I personally knew of 6 families that cancelled their WDW plans for that week and instead helped their fellow New Jersyeans deal with the loss of their homes and other basic needs, and sat in the dark and cold for weeks with no power.

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