This is what we’re looking at for November. Click to enlarge or view as a prettier PDF. And if you don’t know what the numbers/letters mean, read the top of this post. The full operating schedule is available here.
November 2015 is similar to 2014 for the most part, though there are some major differences. The first is the Extra Magic Hours schedule, which departs quite a bit from past years with Magic Kingdom hosting morning Extra Magic Hour on Mondays (historically it’s been Thursdays) and evening Extra Magic Hours on Wednesdays (historically it’s been Saturdays and before that Sundays), and Animal Kingdom moves one of its morning Extra Magic Hours from Sundays to Fridays. That schedule continues after the Food and Wine Festival concludes on the 16th and into the week of Thanksgiving, with its long operating hours and lack of Mickey’s Christmas Parties.
While Disney omitted the Electrical Parade and Wishes from the linked operating schedule over Thanksgiving week, it’s a foregone conclusion that both will be scheduled. Expect the Electrical Parade to step off from Main Street at 9pm and 11pm and Wishes to begin at 10pm nightly from the 22nd through the 28th. With Veterans Day falling on Wednesday the 11th this year, we shouldn’t see crowds quite as big as last year over Wine and Dine Marathon weekend from the 6th through the 8th. Still, Jersey Week is always popular, in addition to the Marathon crowds and the continuation of the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, which is expected to bring in record crowds and record profit for another year.
Otherwise, the best week to visit is the full week before Thanksgiving. This year, you’d even have an opportunity to catch the tail end of Food and Wine on the 15th and 16th. Or if you want to avoid the Festival entirely, that’s easy too beginning the 17th. Thanksgiving sees the heaviest crowds and highest prices of the month. It’s more manageable than the Christmas or Easter seasons, but sees waits and crowds similar to July. The heat is at least less of an issue in late November.
It looks like the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights will return November 6th, barring surprise construction. Magic Kingdom’s Main Street will be decked out in Christmas decorations by the time the first Party starts on the 8th. Resort decorations typically begin going up on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. Holidays Around the World at Epcot begins the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The Mickey’s Party schedule is what drives crowds from Park to Park over the course of the week. Casual vacationers typically avoid Magic Kingdom on Party dates with the early close and lack of nighttime spectaculars. That makes picking Magic Kingdom days with low crowds easy. It makes picking Magic Kingdom days with nighttime entertainment and late closes a little harder. I would still favor the Wednesday with evening Extra Magic Hours over a Saturday, but Wednesdays will not be “tentatively recommended for nighttime entertainment” this year with the evening Extra Magic Hours complication and heavier crowds for the entertainment.