Disneyland in November: Holiday Celebrations, Thanksgiving, Entertainment

Disneyland in November is a favorite time for many guests to visit Disneyland for the Thanksgiving holiday or just to enjoy the holiday celebrations at Disneyland.

Every month at Disneyland has its pros and cons and this results in the most often trip planning question we get being: when should I visit Disneyland? First we recommend you read through our Disneyland crowd calendar to get an idea of which events occur seasonal and how this impacts crowd levels.

For now, we've got you covered for everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland in November including current events, what weather to expect, crowd level predictions, and what to pack!

Disneyland in November Events

Here you can find our list of all of the events impacting Disneyland in November and what there is to see!

Holiday Season 

Disneyland Christmas holiday season runs from the first week of November until the first week of January. So if you are planning a visit to Disneyland in November you will get to spot all the holiday cheer in the parks.

Festive Holidays & Christmas Celebration 

Disneyland goes all out for Christmas! I recommend reading through our Christmas guide so you have an idea of what to expect and what you want to see. Get ready to see the park in its holiday finest including Sleepy Beauty's Castle, holiday themed fireworks and parade in Disneyland, themed attractions, and more. It's truly a beautiful time to visit Disneyland.


If you plan on visiting on Thanksgiving day we have some tips and tricks to help you have a great day in our Disneyland Thanksgiving guide.

Dapper Day & Expo

Dapper Day takes place on November 14th at Disneyland with the Dapper Day Expo taking place on November 13th and 14th at the Disneyland Hotel. Dapper Day is a celebration of classic clothing that used to be worn to Disneyland and is quite the event to experience. If you're going to be at Disneyland on Dapper Day keep your eyes peeled for all the great clothing!

Universal Studios Hollywood Christmas Celebration

Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates Christmas with a celebration in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that includes decorations, a nighttime show on Hogwarts castle, and live entertainment. They also have an annual Grinchmas celebration which features characters, entertainment, and food offerings from the Dr. Seuss classic.

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Disneyland in November Pros

Longer Operating Hours

You can expect to see operating hours getting longer with the parks open for an average of 10 hours a day on weekdays and 16 hours a day on weekends due to the popularity of the holidays.

Cooler Weather

The average temperature for Anaheim in November is an average high of around 70 degrees and an average low of around 53 degrees. On the days when the sun is shining it can easily feel like summer in the parks without the extreme heat that the summer months can bring. But be sure to bring a coat for the evenings as they might get chilly!

Disneyland in November Cons

Holiday Season Crowds

Disneyland in November brings the beginning of the holiday season at Disneyland which can bring with it large crowd levels especially on popular days of the week. Locals will also turn out in higher numbers to see the holiday events  which can also impact how packed the park may feel especially on weekends. If you have flexibility you can aim to travel earlier in the month to avoid the larger crowds that materialize over Thanksgiving week.

Potential for Rain or Cold Weather

The weather can be a bit unpredictable in Anaheim November compared to the summer months. There might be a slight chance of rain or coldy weather on your trip so be sure to check the forecast.

What Should I Pack When Visiting Disneyland in November?

Always check the weather leading right up to your trip for the most up to date forecast! Because the temperature can vary throughout the day you might want to make sure you dress in layers. You also know yourself best, bring clothes that will make you feel most comfortable! It's always best to have more of what you need than not enough.

The biggest mistake guests make in packing for Disneyland in November? Not bringing a coat! The evenings have the potential to be quite chilly at Disneyland in November so bringing some extra coats, gloves, hast, etc. might come in handy if the weather shifts!

I always pack a heavy picnic blanket for watching the parades and fireworks. The cement will feel much more cold in November so sitting on a thicker blanket will be a good way to go.

You can read our giant packing list here to make sure you show up prepared for literally anything you need while you're visiting Disneyland.

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