November Disney World Crowds and Jersey Week

November Disney World Crowds and Jersey Week

by Fritz

My family and I are going to Disney World November 4-12 of 2011 and we keep hearing about November Disney World crowds and Jersey Week. I was wondering what you expect the crowd level to be a this time?

November Disney World Crowds have a lot of fun

The Christmas Parade in the Magic Kingdom entertains November Disney World Crowds and Jersey Week

Photo by Don Sullivan

Dad's Amazing and Complete Answer

Fritz,

First, let me tackle the easy one. For crowd levels in November check out ...

Dad's November Disney World crowds page


Now, lets move on to November Disney World crowds and Jersey week.

Jersey Week is the creation of someone with an overactive imagination. Every year the first or second week of November, the New Jersey schools dismiss classes on Thursday and Friday. The story is that every family in New Jersey packs up and goes to Walt Disney World for the whole week and the crowds are uncontrollable.

It's not true. Yes, you will run into a few people from New Jersey but the crowd levels are historically low. (To see the historical daily crowd numbers for November go to Touringplans.com. They have a database with the numbers all the way back to 2006.)

I get this question every year. Here is a link to some feedback I got about November Disney World crowds and Jersey week from last years question.

Dad's Bottom Line

Fritz, there is a little bounce in crowds during Jersey Week at Walt Disney World. Crowds go from light to light to moderate. It's still a wonderful time to visit. You'll have a great time.

PS, It's such a great time to visit that Dad is probably going to go at that time this year.

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Nov 19, 2016
Jersey week is also Ffod and Wine and Marathon weekend
by: Araina

I think the problem has been exacerbated by the Wine and Dine Marathon and the additional bonus races added. Disney added more races that weekend and now has more properties as host resorts. Nov 5-6 2016 was horrible. We were told by staff at Animal Kingdom Lodge that 23,000 runners registered.

Nov 15, 2016
Jersey Week is a real thing...
by: Anonymous

We just got back Monday (11/14) and yes there were tons of Jersey families there and MOST were just trying to have a good time like the rest of us. There were occasional flare ups by some of the Jersey moms that felt the rules did not apply to their precious families and let everyone around know about it.

The parks were completely packed due to Food and Wine Festival, taping of Disney Christmas, Jersey Week, Dapper Day, etc..

We have been many times and this was the worst for crowds. 45 minute wait for the Land ride, 120 minutes for Space Mountain...Fast passes are great but they were snapped up quick.

We made the best of it, but we will not be going back during this time of year.

Nov 13, 2016
Jersey Week
by: Anonymous

It's not New Jerseyan's fault that Disney closes half the magic kingdom to film a holiday show that is in their best interest (and the major networks) and not their guest's. Mob size crowds, funneling through a restaurant to exit the park while they are letting in concert attendees. Absolutely ridiculous. Let's figure out who Disney really cares about. And that instead of blaming residents in the state of New Jersey - let's think about corporate greed.

Nov 09, 2016
Living in Jersey Hell
by: Anonymous

We are literally in the middle of Jersey week now. Parks are completely over crowded and the people are incredibly rude.
When planning this trip, I completely thought the Jersey thing was blown out of proportion. Now that I am here, I can promise you that it is worse than I could have imagined.

Sep 29, 2016
Jersey in the house
by: E$

Jersey girl right here!!! We do Disney 2-3 times per year... Jersey week is the best!!! Jerseyans are not rude or pushy, we just live with purpose and do not get distracted from that!

May 26, 2016
Edit-Jersey week
by: Bacon

I'm sorry it was 2014, not 2015. I couldn't find a way to edit my comment after it was posted.

May 26, 2016
Jersey week
by: Bacon

Our family went to Disney World during Jersey week 2015 and there were wall to wall crowds. Wait time for big rides was 1-1/2 hours! Never again. The trip was hardly enjoyable.

Jun 22, 2015
Jersey week; I wouldn't do it unless I was from NJ
by: Anonymous

I have also gone to Disneyworld many, many times and have made the mistake of going during Jersey week and will never do so again. I don't care what anyone else says, I'm from the south and when Jersey takes over Disneyworld, it's awful.

They are not friendly, they are rude and very pushy and non-apologetic about it. I also think the huge tours from Brazil have taken over and they are also very rude and pushy and LOUD. I would never want to be there during Jersey week and deal with the Brazilian tours at the same time. That would be my Disney nightmare. I came here to see when Jersey week was so I know what week to avoid. Don't believe the low crowd estimates during this week as it just isn't accurate.

Oct 11, 2014
I don't agree.
by: TracieClaiborne

We went during Jersey Week in 2009 and it was very low crowds and everyone we encountered was very pleasant. They were mostly from New Jersey. We chuckled that we were the only Southerners in the park. But they were all lovely people!

Didn't really even notice it until we were in the Monsters, Inc. Laugh place where they ask where you're from. Everyone in there was from Jersey but us! So the next time (2011), we avoided that week and went the second week of November, thinking it would be lighter and the crowds were so bad towards the end of the week, we could barely stand it.

So I've figured out a strategy. It's not as much about the week (in November) as it is about picking the right park to go to. We go to Epcot on a Monday because everyone wants to start their week off at WDW at Magic Kingdom and it's packed. So we go there Tuesday and Wednesday and then to Hollywood on Friday and we are going on an EMH day at Magic Kingdom for our third day on a Thursday but we already will have ridden our faves and we're just going to see the parades, hang out in the shops on Main Street and re-ride any favorites with a FP so we're expecting a high crowd that day.

If you expect a low crowd at Disney - you'll be disappointed. Expect the crowds and plan accordingly and then you'll be pleasantly surprised if it's not that bad. Having said all that, the MOST we've ever waited for a ride at WDW in November was 30 minutes and that was the Safari at AK.

It takes planning and Fast Pass use to get it done but you can ride everything quickly in November, even on a high crowd day. A high crowd day for November is nothing like a high crowd day in the summer or spring, in my opinion. I wouldn't even go then.

May 12, 2014
"Jersey Week"
by: Anonymous

Yes it is a "Jersey thing" and you do have to live here to understand it. The reason New Jersey schools are off those two days during the first week in November is New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) holds their annual teachers convention at that time. Since the weather is great in November, the crowds are low and the the holidays are about to begin it really is the best time for "Jerseyans" to head down to Disney. It has been my experience that there are far less Jerseyans than peoepl think. So don't stay away for fear of being overrun by us Jerseyans, it doesn't happen. Go and have fun!

Apr 16, 2014
Jersey Week baby
by: Dave

It's a Jersey thing baby, If you're not from Jersey you just don't get it!

I just wonder, why no Wyoming week? I want to go on Wyoming week! Talk about light crowds...

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Coming real close to violating Dad's Code let's be careful. (But it is funny.)

Nov 19, 2013
Jersey Week Nov. 2013
by: Michelle

This year was my first visit to Disney and we're from New Jersey so obviously decided on Jersey Week. We did Sunday to Sunday, the 3rd - 10th. First day, Hollywood Studios, VERY low crowd. Monday EPCOT, VERY low crowd. Tuesday MAGIC K. VERY LOW crowd. WEd & Thurs, Universal Parks (low crowds) FRIDAY & SAT couldn't even come CLOSE to Epcot or Magic Kingdom. The crowds were horrible!! Lines down the block kind of horrible!! I covered my child and said "I'm sorry love, but we're definitely in danger of a stampede here, let's go!" I highly highly recommend the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at Grand Floridian 1900 Fare, and Mary Poppins breakfast with Characters at 1900 Fare! HIGHLY recommend visiting your favorite parks on Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday.

Nov 06, 2013
First time with 7 and 10 year old - Jersey week
by: Jim Matthews

It's not a "cultural difference" when a wannabe statge Mom with an inflated sense of entitlement pushes other children out of the way.

Nor is it a "sensibility viewpoint" when adults, unencumbered by children shove to the front of the line. If I had packed a cattle prod - I would have used it.

Packing children over the age of eight into a stroller isn't an "accomodation" when it's used as a plow. Half of the crowding would vanish if the land yacht sized strollers designed for running the Paris-Dakkar rally through the Serengeti were banned.

Jersey week is no longer a myth.

******

The Villas at the Wilderness lodge are worth the premium cost. They're genuinely quiet and well appointed. The pools are amenities are often overlooked, as many are frantic to "make memories".

If you are given the come-on to join the Disney Vacation Club, with the promise of a 40 minute pitch - that's how long the bus ride takes.

They're attempting to capitalize on your enthusiasm - not surprising that most of their tours are set up at the kiosk near bars.

Shop around, RENT - DO NOT BUY - housing.
There's lots of it and a good agent will find some. Ours included a comprehensive meal plan that exceeded $1100 value for the week - and were not disappointed.

The one thing that I can say Disney has improved
is their commissary and upscale dining.

Those are on par with what you'll find most anywhere, and it's better than it has to be.

Bus rides are interminable, follow random routes and there's no way to know when one is coming.

Use the boats, where possible - they're faster.

Find out when the Jersey schools are on break, and try to book around that. I did not have any unpleasant interaction with people from outside the US. The Jersey crowd was another matter.

I live just outside Boston and Providence, rude
is something we swim in. I would rather not set myself up to deal with that, on vacation.

Thank you very little.

Jim
Westport, MA


Nov 04, 2013
Jersey. crowds
by: Anonymous

However from my experience, Bunnys comment is accurate. For those not from the northeast, the (let's call it) slight cultural differences you may experience from the Jersey crowd can be off-puting.

Oct 24, 2013
Can do without the NJ insults
by: Anonymous

WOW, really disappointed in the rude comments about "people from this area" Bunny! We could all do without comments like that., especially when we are talking about such a happy place. What a shame.

Apr 01, 2013
Jersey week
by: WV Mommy

We went the week of jersey week as well and had a great time. The whole week the most we ever stood in line was 10 minutes. The most crowded park was epcot(but my kids weren't into the world showcase anyway) and then we were able to go to the MVMCP on Friday eve and that was more crowded than when we actually went to magic kingdom(wednesday).

I am actually starting to work on dates for our 2014 trip and plan on going in that very same timeframe again. If i could upload a photo i would show you my kids in front of the castle with NO ONE else in the picture! People ask all the time how I was able to do that because theirs are full of random strangers. Lol! However we went early and rode all the "big ticket" rides first. We did this all withOUT using a fastpass at all the whole week. :-)

Feb 15, 2013
November crowds
by: Anonymous

For 10 years we have been going every other year over the 11th holiday and this year it was the worst. It was the end of the Food & Wine Festival, a midnight road race, the start of the Xmas lights at Hollywood Studios, a golf tournament and Jersey Week.(Sandy did not stop them & the draw was the Cake Boss at Epcot) Epcot was the worst on the weekend with locals coming for the end of F&W. And the resorts indicated they were waiting on Christmas decorations for the end of F & W. Bus trips to Downtown and Magic were twice as long. A week later would be the best as that weekend turned into the perfect storm of crowds.

Jan 09, 2013
Jersey Week - Not Too Bad
by: Bunny

Dont be scared, Jersey week is fine. The worst we encountered was the attitude, abrasiveness and agressiveness of the people from this area. The crowds were VERY LOW.

Jan 08, 2013
November crowds...boo, hiss...
by: susan lawless

We were there Nov 1-10 2012. Most crowded ever, and we usually go around this same time. Rude people, really rude, especially at the MVMCP...hmm, isnt Christmas supposed to bring out the BEST in people? Seems like even the cast members were less enthused to be there. I am going again in the fall, but going to try an October week. I hate to say it, but if that isnt a good time, I may not go again. (looks sad, lower lip trembles.)

Jan 06, 2013
Jersey week was packed
by: John

Took my family to WDW 11-2-2012 / 11-10-2012 and all the parks were packed. Not only with the folks from NJ but from all over the world (UK, Brazil, etc.).

We typically go in October or the 2nd week in January and were not used to the massive crowds, including a lot of scooters with over sized people and strollers. The scooter and stroller people seem to use them as battering rams while pushing through the enormous crowds. Lines for rides were typically 30 - 90 minute wait times.

An employee there told me it seems WDW is crowded all the time and the days of off time are virtually non existent anymore. It seems everybody looks for a low time so there isn't anymore low time. After almost 30 years of visiting WDW I think this was my last. Over crowded, long lines, rude people, most rides are still the same and over priced. If you go have fun (if you can) but this is my opinion.

Dec 13, 2012
Crowds Higher than expected
by: Tiffany

Definitely was busier than expected. And there were so many people from Jersey! Definitely lived up to it's name of Jersey Week.

I've been spoiled by always visiting with light crowds. So I wouldn't do this week again.

Nov 12, 2012
Jersey week
by: Twin Dad

I just got back from jersey week at wdw (11/3 thru 11/10 and I must say that I was shocked at how crowded the magic kingdom was! It felt like we where there in the middle of July, all I can say is thank goodness for FAST PASS! The only reason we went this time of the year is because we read that the crowds are light, but I guess everybody else heard about that also. I even heard one of the guys that work at the monorail station say how surprised he was about the number of visitors that day(11-8-12).

Aug 15, 2012
Jersey week
by: Histosue from NJ

I have gone during Jersey week before and I do not think it is just crazy because of jersey week but it usually coincides with the food and wine festival. Just the same plan you day and you will be fine, use fast pass.

May 20, 2012
real question
by: Anonymous

The real question is whether or not Snookie or any Jersey housewives will be there....

May 08, 2012
The dreaded "Jersey week"
by: susan

I am sooo glad to hear this!!!! another website predicts a terrible time during "Jersey week", and I was considering paying the extra money to rebook airfare and change my reservation. I will let you know what I found after attending during that week!

Nov 14, 2011
Jersey Week Crowds
by: Buzz

Hi Dad. Please tell all of your readers the truth about Jersey Week. This is one of the worst weeks to visit WDW. It is so overly crowded when the Jerseyites take over, that there is no room for anyone else.

Please warn everyone that isn't from New Jersey to stay away from the parks. This way I can continue to enjoy the low crowds and have a wonderful time each year.

Thank you.
Buzz from NJ


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