Hi. I’m planning a trip to Disney World during the 1st week of November, and I was worried that some of my favorite rides will be closed during my visit because they will be preparing the Christmas decorations. Do you know how this works? Will they have rides like Haunted Mansion closed the whole time they are decorating?
The entrance to the Magic Kingdom decorated up for Christmas Photo by Express Monorail
Dad’s Open for Business Answer
The first week of November is a fantastic time to visit Walt Disney World – the weather is cooling down but still pleasantly warm, the crowds are very easy to manage, and you can even participate in the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. Best of all, you’ll be able to witness the magical transformation as the Halloween decorations are quickly removed from the parks as the dazzling Christmas decorations are installed!
But Dad, that’s just what I’m worried about – won’t these Christmas decorations interfere with my favorite rides? Not in the least! The holiday decorations at Walt Disney World are mostly applied throughout the parks or to the exterior facades of attractions. None of the decorations will affect the regular operation of shows and attractions throughout the parks.
In fact, there are only minimal closures scheduled currently the for first week of November. Test Track at EPCOT will be closed as part of its ongoing refurbishment, and, Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for it’s annual maintenance. Other than that, all attractions are scheduled to be open (but please beware this can change at any time).
While Walt Disney World doesn’t close any attractions in preparation for the holiday season, Disneyland in California does close two of their classic attractions for a few weeks to install special holiday overlays. At Disneyland, It’s a Small World Holiday features Christmas décor and holiday music, and Haunted Mansion Holiday includes an impressive array of elements from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
These special holiday overlays have been popular in Disneyland, and in fact both Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland include seasonal overlays on their It’s a Small World Attractions. Who knows – one day Walt Disney World may follow suit. But for now, you’ll be able to experience It’s a Small World and The Haunted Mansion just as you remember them.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Lauren, an early November trip to Walt Disney World sounds like pure magic. There are no special seasonal closures, so unless a sudden maintenance need pops up, all your favorite attractions will be open for business. Have a great trip!
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