Walt Disney World is a fabulous place to visit over the Thanksgiving holiday but can get very crowded, so make sure to plan ahead. There are no Thanksgiving activities to speak of, but the Christmas celebration is in full swing and the parks are bustling with Christmas cheer! Although there is not much going on for Thanksgiving, you can still enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the yummy fixings. I love it this time of the year and don’t even mind the crowds.
We have visited Disney twice over the years during the Thanksgiving holiday. On both occasions we ate dinner within the WDW resort. The first time we were there on Thanksgiving Day we were traveling with our own family as well as with extended family and we ate at Jiko located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. They provided a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner as well as everything on their regular menu. I opted for the traditional Thanksgiving feast and the food was outstanding, I was very pleased! We had a large group, but were all able to sit together at a comfortable table and the service was exceptional. I would recommend this restaurant not only for Thanksgiving but for any time of the year. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is a great place to explore after dinner and check out the animals right on the property, it’s a beautiful resort.
The second time we visited Disney on Thanksgiving was with a large group of friends and we ate at the Rose and Crown Pub at the England Pavilion in Epcot. It seemed a little ironic to eat at the British themed Rose and Crown but it really was a great experience! They also had the traditional Thanksgiving option as well as their main menu items. I enjoyed their Thanksgiving fare and was very pleased with my meal. We had late dinner reservations which worked out well, it gave us more time to enjoy a nice evening in the park, then finish the day with a delicious meal and great memories with friends.
My NUMBER ONE TIP is to Make sure to make reservations as soon as you can!!! If you haven’t then you may need to have alternative plans. If you are unable to make reservations, try visiting lounges within some of the resort restaurants that provide full menu options. You will have a wait time but it’s a great way to eat at a nice restaurant opposed to quick service dining on Thanksgiving Day.
Popular Disney restaurants that usually provide Thanksgiving dinner:
LIbery Tree Tavern
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Mickey’s backyard BBQ
Rose and Crown
Akershus Royal Banquet
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Be sure to check the Walt Disney World website, disneyworld.disney.go.com to get all their updated information for the Thanksgiving Day Dining options and to make your reservations!