November is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Disney World. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is still going on for part of the month. And, for those who love Christmas at Disney World, they can get their holiday fix with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom.
In many U.S. states and other countries, November’s weather can be chilly. With this in mind, what should you pack for your trip to Disney World in November? We’ll help break down all the packing essentials, including clothes, shoes, swimwear, and accessories — all of which can help make your trip to Disney easier and magical.
The Weather in November
Unlike most other locations, November in Florida isn’t usually very chilly. But, the weather is much more mild than summer or even early fall with average temperatures in the high-70’s degrees Fahrenheit during the day. The mornings and nights are usually in the low-60’s which means you could have some cooler moments during the day. With this in mind, having a few sweatshirts, light jackets, and long sleeve shirts on hand is always a good idea.
Still, you’ll find the weather generally very mild with humidity levels dramatically dropping. Of course, the weather in Central Florida can always change from day to day or even year to year. In fact, in the most recent years, the Disney World area has seen some increase in temperatures during November. So, it’s not a bad idea to have both cooler and warmer weather clothes packed.
Because November is typically a very mild weather month, we recommend packing a mix of clothes that you can wear in layers. Layers work well because it means you can comfortably park tour in the mornings or evenings when the weather is cool. And, you can easily remove and store your layers when the weather gets warmer in the afternoon.
This means pack some shorts, capris, t-shirts, and thicker tank tops along with jeans, slacks, long sleeve shirts, and light sweaters. In a pinch, you can buy clothing at various stores at Disney World, with some of your best options at Disney Springs at stores like UNIQLO which offers affordable and budget friendly clothing. You can also find area stores like Walmart, Target, and even outlet malls nearby too, in case you forget something essential.
When it comes to good shoes for walking in the Disney Parks and Resorts, we always recommend bringing several pairs of tennis shoes or sneakers. With cooler weather, tennis shoes or sneakers are your best bets for supportive footwear that will keep you comfortable and your feet warm.
Of course, if you and your family are set on bringing sandals with you, be sure to look for ones that are made for hiking or walking. This way you don’t get any nasty blisters or other foot injuries on your trip. You can bring some flip flops too, if you plan on doing any swimming.
November is a bit chillier than the summer or early fall months. There’s no doubt about that! But, it doesn’t mean you can’t still get in some pool time. Disney Resorts and most Florida pools are heated. So, you can easily swim without worrying about being too cold. If you plan on swimming a bit, be sure to bring along several bathing suits and any other swim gear essentials like swim diapers,
Outerwear and Other Accessories
November has pretty mild temperatures, but you won’t see temperatures that are extremely cold. This means bringing winter jackets or other winter gear might not be necessary, though you might want to pack a light jacket or sweaters.
If you’re coming from a wintery state, be sure to bring the winter clothes you need to get to and from your home state comfortably and warmly! You can always store winter jackets at your resort while you break out the shorts and t-shirts.
Check out a video uploaded to YouTube by a user that showcases how her family packs for an upcoming Disney World trip:
Here are some Disney World tips and tricks for packing accessory essentials for your trip in November.
- Light Jackets:
November’s temperatures can get down into the low-60’s. So, bringing a light jacket or some hooded sweatshirts can be a great way to stay warm when it’s slightly chilly without being too hot or bulky.
- Hats and Mittens:
If you’re staying at a park late to catch the fireworks, nighttime parades, or enjoy extra magic hours, pack a few light hats or mittens for the trip. There is always a chance that temperatures can get really chilly. Bringing light gloves and hat can help keep you toasty warm while enjoying all the nighttime entertainment Disney has to offer. If you have kiddos, this is a must bring item for your trip.
This is one of our favorite must pack items for late fall and early winter weather. A small blanket stored in your backpack or stroller can be perfect for bundling up at night while waiting for a parade or firework.
- Ponchos and Umbrellas:
If you have space, consider bringing ponchos or a small umbrella with you if the weather is predicting a lot of rain on your trip. Rain isn’t as common in November. So, if you don’t have space for these, you can easily pick up ponchos in the parks themselves, at your resort, or a local store too.
Of course, you can’t forget sunscreen, no matter what month it is. Having sunscreen on hand for your trip is a must-do.
Considerations for Children & Young Adults
If you’re visiting with children and young adults, you’ll want to think about a few other additional considerations when it comes to packing the essentials. Here are some things you’ll want to think about packing for kiddos and teenagers that include a few particular considerations for November park touring.
Below, check out a video uploaded by a YouTube user showcasing what they like to pack for the children in their family:
ID Tags or Card: While we don’t ever want to think about something scary like losing our children in a theme park, it can happen. Having an ID tag or card on hand is a way that you can help identify your children to Disney cast members and provide contact information on how to best reach you while you’re at the Disney theme parks.
Disney themed clothes: Kids love wearing their favorite Disney themed clothes when they’re at Disney. Let them pick out some of their favorites, so they have something fun to wear every single day you’re on vacation. Since November can still be fairly warm with some cooler temperatures in the mornings and nights, kids can choose shorts, pants, and t-shirts to wear on the trip.
Costumes: Many children want to dress like their favorite princess, prince, or pirate. With this in mind, you can pack a costume or two for the trip. If the weather is a bit chilly when you visit, pack a light sweater or bring costumes that are a bit warmer.
Dress up clothes: If you are planning on going to any signature dining locations, you may want to consider bringing a few fancier clothes for your kiddos, if you’re bringing them along for a family meal. They don’t have to be too fancy either. Just something that will look nice for the meal.
Favorite toys: There’s no doubt that children get used to their favorite toys. So, don’t forget to pack their favorite doll, stuffed animal, or toys for the trip.
Wet Naps: Park touring can get messy. Whether they get dirty playing or make a mess with a Mickey Bar or any other frozen treat, having some wet naps on hand is a good idea for all ages, but especially for kiddos.
ID Cards: Do make sure your teenagers have their IDs on them at all times. This is especially important if they are park touring without adults.
Deodorant, Face Wash, and Personal Care Items: You’ll want to make sure that your young adults bring the personal care items that they need. This includes deodorant, face wash (especially for those suffering from acne), and even feminine hygiene products. This way they’ll feel comfortable having all the things they need without having to run to a store during the trip. Since November is a bit warm during the day, you’ll want to make sure you teens have extra toiletries, if they need it to avoid any personal hygiene situations throughout the trip.
Phones, Headphones, Phone Chargers: Most young adults like having their technology handy. So, do make sure that they’ve packed headphones, phone chargers, and any other technology they need for the trip.
Bags: Chances are your teenagers may go on an attraction or park tour on their own. If this is the case, make sure they bring a back to pack all their essentials in when they arrive at the theme parks.
Young adults will likely have a lot of the same packing needs adults do, but these additional items are definitely ones that you’ll want to make sure they pack for the trip.
November can be a great month to visit Disney World. With so many special events and holidays, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy all that Disney World has to offer. Making sure you pack the basics to keep you warm or cool, depending on the weather, is the first step in creating a magical vacation experience for you and your whole family.
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