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Thanksgiving Week Crowds and November Crowd Calendar

Patchogue, NY


I am looking during Thanksgiving, but I am so nervous about the Thanksgiving week crowds. They have an opening at the hotel I want and I am ready to go for it but the crowd is holding me back. What do you think it is going to be like Nov 21-25? Also, I see that you haven’t posted November and December 2020 calendar’s yet I was just wondering if there was a reason why.

Dad Answers

Seeing the gingerbread house in the Grand Floridian is a good thing to do even with Thanksgiving Week Crowds

November means Christmas at WDW, the most wonderful time of the year – photo by Cliff Wang

Hi Christina,


The 2020 Crowd Calendars for November and December are up now. We were doing some updates to the site and couldn’t change things for a while but that’s all done now.


Dad's November 2020 Disney World Crowd Calendar to see the Thanksgiving Week crowds

Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest weeks of the year at WDW. That being said, the weekend before Thanksgiving hasn’t been to bad crowd wise from what I’ve seen. In 2019, I took the family and we arrived for a Thanksgiving week visit the Friday before Thanksgiving planning on moderate to maybe heavy crowds. Oops.

CRAZY Crowds

The crowds ended up being a whole lot busier than we expected. Saturday was really busy at EPCOT. Sunday (a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party day, which usually means low crowds) was crazy busy. Monday in Animal Kingdom was heavy and Tuesday in Hollywood Studios was absolutely crazy.


I think this was an anomaly, but I’d not recommend going on the weekend before Thanksgiving just in case. In my opinion the 21st through the 25th would be dicey at best.


I know it’s counterintuitive, but if I HAD to go again Thanksgiving week, I’d arrive on Wednesday the 25th and stay through Sunday the 29th if possible. Those may be bad airline days to travel, but I think the parks will be less busy… I think. If 2020 follows 2019’s pattern.

PLAN for Big Crowds

You can handle big crowds if you have a good PLAN. Even with the huge crowds we finished everything we wanted to. It did take some standing in line that we weren’t really prepared for it, but we made it work.


Be sure to follow Dad’s 10 Tips for avoiding crowds and you’ll be OK.

The big ones are:

  1. Have a PLAN
  2. Learn how to use FastPass
  3. Ride the busy rides first

If you follow Dad’s tips, you should be able to deal with the crowds.

Enjoy Christmas at Disney World

Crowds may be big Thanksgiving week, but you are going to be there during Christmas time. The mostest, bestest time of the whole year. If you go later in the week, you can see the Candlelight Processional which starts the day after Thanksgiving. It’s not to be missed!

Dad’s Christmas at Disney World page

Dad’s Bottom Line


There’s really no way to avoid crowds during Thanksgiving week. Sorry, but it’s just the way it is. The crowds will be big, you just will need a good PLAN to deal with them.


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