At Walt Disney World, as soon as the Halloween decorations come down, the Christmas ones are ready to take their place. Somewhere between October 31 and December 25 is a great holiday in our country known as Thanksgiving. However, Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that seems to get lost at Walt Disney World!
I have not been to WDW during Thanksgiving week. I have been there two weeks prior and the week following, but never the week or day of Thanksgiving. So, in preparing this post, I had to do a bit of research. What I found is that there are MANY opportunities for families to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Disney parks and resorts on Thanksgiving day. That’s about it. From what I’ve found on Disney related web sites, there are not any special Thanksgiving parades or parties. What I did find is there will be high school bands from around the USA performing and at the Hollywood Studios, there will be cheerleading and dance teams from around the country performing in the Opening of the Magic Kingdom Park Main Street, USA Parade.
After lunch, we would walk, or boat, to the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. We would make our way around the World Showcase to experience The American Adventure. Again, a perfect tribute to our country on the one day we set aside to say Thanks! After enjoying the other countries, we would head back to the Boardwalk and take in a little football at the ESPN Zone- what Thanksgiving day is complete without football!?!
If you don’t want to eat your Thanksgiving meal at 50’s Prime Time Cafe, there are plenty other options around the parks and resorts. Don’t forget to call to make your reservations. You can begin calling as early as 180 days prior to your vacation. You may make reservations online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/, or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
Be Our Guest – Lunch and Dinner
Liberty Tree Tavern – Lunch and Dinner (family style)
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – Lunch and Dinner
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Lunch and Dinner
Biergarten – Lunch and Dinner (buffet)
Coral Reef Restaurant – Lunch and Dinner
Le Cellier Steakhouse – Lunch and Dinner
Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room – Lunch and Dinner
Sunshine Seasons- Thanksgiving menu all day
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
End Zone Food Court – Dinner
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Flying Fish Cafe – Dinner (Prix Fixe Menu)
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Turf Club Bar & Grill – Lunch and Dinner