If you’re celebrating turkey day in Orlando, chances are Disney World will be a part of your plans. A Disney World Thanksgiving offers plenty of family-friendly activities, with each of the four parks—Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios—all open. From where to eat to what to see and do, my guide to a Disney World Thanksgiving will give you a head start on this traditional American holiday.
Where to Eat
The following restaurants will be serving delicious Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings:
Liberty Tree Tavern: Lunch and Dinner
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Lunch and Dinner
Biergarten – Lunch and Dinner (buffet)
Coral Reef – Lunch and Dinner
Le Cellier Steakhouse – Lunch and Dinner
Restaurant Marrakesh – Lunch and Dinner
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – Lunch and Dinner
Sunshine Seasons – Thanksgiving menu all day
Via Napoli Ristorante – Lunch and Dinner
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Hollywood and Vine – Lunch and Dinner (buffet
Hollywood Brown Derby
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Tusker House – Lunch and Dinner (buffet)
Fulton’s Crab House
Wolfgang Puck Cafe – The Café
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels will also be hosting Thanksgiving dinners.
What to Do
What are the best things to do at during a Disney World Thanksgiving? Each park features festive fun along with the classic Disney attractions you know and love. Keep in mind the theme parks will be busy, so bring your patience and be sure to utilize FastPass+.
See a Thanksgiving Parade
At the Magic Kingdom you are in for a special bonus as you can watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade as well as a Disney’s Thanksgiving Parade. It features Mickey, Minnie and the gang dressed in pilgrim regalia plus a nod to the theme of the holiday—turkey!
Have a Thanksgiving Meal To-Go
At parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, you can grab a giant turkey leg to-go and skip the massive Thanksgiving meal. This way, you’ll be able to explore more theme park attractions yet still get your traditional holiday fix.
Experience an American Adventure
At the Epcot American Adventure pavilion the American Adventure show takes guests on 45-minute journey through the history of America. Fairly fitting for Thanksgiving, it is an innovative and visually enjoyable production honoring the humble beginnings of the United States.
Get a Sneak Peak of Christmas
During the Thanksgiving holiday, the Disney World Theme Parks will decked with beautiful Christmas decorations. It’s an excellent time to embrace the Christmas spirit without having to deal with the Christmas crowds.
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