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Is September or November a better time to go?

by Jennifer

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“My husband and I are planning on taking our two kids (they’ll be 3 and 4 at the time of our trip) to Disney World in the fall of 2019 for 2 weeks.

We can’t decide if it would be better to go sometime in September or the very end of October going into November. We’ll have several break days thrown in amongst our park days.

Our biggest concerns are crowds, weather, and special events. What do you think our best option would be? Thanks in advance!! 😊”

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

The year I graduated high school, a singer with the greatest name ever, “Meatloaf” released a song called “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”.

As with most of Meatloaf’s songs, it’s kind of a twisted love song and doesn’t really have anything to do with Disney World, or September versus November, but the title is perfect for this discussion.


When it comes to crowds at Walt Disney World, September wins. It doesn’t matter what month you compare September with, it wins. The September Disney World crowds are the smallest, lightest, littlest, whatever you want to call it, of the year.

Dad's September Disney World Crowds calendar

Just take a look at the Dad’s Crowd Calendar for September. It’s all green. Green is good.

Dad’s September Disney World Crowds page

Dad's October Disney World Crowds calendar

October has become one of the busier months of the year. It does taper off a little at the end of the month, but it’s still a lot busier that September. Early November is a little better than October. But crowd wise September wins.

Dad’s October Disney World Crowds page

So for our two out of three Crowds goes to September.


The morning sun over Cinderella Castle means a hot day

The sun coming up means a hot day – Photo by Cliff Wang

Round two is weather. I’m not going to sugar coat this one, October/early November wins in a knockout/landslide. It’s not even close.

Yes, even late October/early November can get hot, but it’s nothing like September.

One of the most miserable places on earth is Orlando in September. When the temperatures and humidity both exceed 90 every day it’s miserable. Oh, and there’s always a chance of hurricanes in September.

The average high in September is right around 90. October that number goes down to 84 and by November it’s down to 78. September averages 10 days of rain, October 5 and November 3.

October/November wins the weather battle so we have a tie.


The Tower of Terror all wrapped up for Christmas

The Tower of Terror gets a whole new look at Christmas – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Our third and deciding round is Events.

Events. The events are the same. That means a tie. What was all this two out of three cr—

Pigment with a megaphone getting Dad's Attention


Yes, Dad?

In the immortal words of another Meatloaf song, “Stop Right There”. Watch your language. We can’t be talking like that.

Sorry, but you made a big deal out of two out of three and it’s going to be a tie. The events are all the same so how can you say it’s going to be two out of three? HUH? Are you fibbing again?

Nice word, fibbing. But as usual you are wrong.

Would you rather I say lying? And there’s no way I’m wrong. September, has the Food and Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party just like October. Nothing else. The events are the same. Tie ballgame. No two out of three. One, one and one. Kissing your sister.

That would be true if…

If what

If they weren’t staying into early November. Remember what happens in early November?


Yeah. “Oh”. Good reaction Pigment.

Early November brings a transformation to Walt Disney World. A transition to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Christmas comes to Walt Disney World. In fact, some of the Christmas decorations start going up in mid-October.

Dad’s Christmas at Disney World page

Depending on how long you stay in November you might even slip in to the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which will happen on either the 7th or the 8th.

You will at least start to see the decorations in all the parks. By the middle of that first full week in November almost all of the Christmas decorations will be up in the parks.

So when it comes to events. October/early November wins. Two out of three.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

When it comes to which is better, September or late October/early November, two out of three ain’t bad and in fact it’s pretty good. It all boils down to what’s more important. Low crowds or less heat and a hint of Christmas. Me, I’d go in October. I’m not a fan of the burning sauna that is September and getting a little Christmas is a big bonus.

Oh, I’ve just got to sing…

“Baby we can cry all night. But that ain’t gettin’ us nowhere…” Love that Meatloaf.


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