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Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World

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.

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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:

Magic Kingdom
LIbery Tree Tavern

Disney’s Contemporary Resort
The Wave
Chef Mickey’s
California Grill

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Narcoossee’s

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Mickey’s backyard BBQ
Trails End

Epcot
Le Cellier
Rose and Crown
Biergarten Restaurant
Akershus Royal Banquet

Hollywood Studios
Brown Derby

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jiko
Sanaa

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!

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5 New Attractions I can’t wait to experience coming to Disney!

Guardians of the Galaxy – This will be a gigantic enclosed roller coaster based on the hugely popular (and one of our favorite movies) “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The coaster will be located in Epcot’s Future World and is slated to open in 2021.

Disney’s Skyliner – Walt Disney World is in the process of constructing a much needed new transportation option called Disney Skyliner, a gondola style lift system. It will be a new way to connect several resorts right to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios . This is rumored to be opened the fall of 2019, just before Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge will open in Hollywood Studios.

Ratatouille – The Adventure in Epcot at the Frace Pavilion: This was such a cute movie and will be a great addition to the France Pavilion. I’m always excited when Disney upgrades and adds new rides to the World Showcase Pavilion, it’s one of my favorite places to visit at WDW. Apparently this will be a 4-D adventure that is similar to one already located at Disneyland in Paris. This ride is scheduled to open in 2021.

Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Holiday Studios: opening fall of 2019. We are particularly excited about this addition as my family are all huge Star Wars fans, so it goes without saying that we can’t wait for this one! Black Spire Outpost is the name of Disney’s newest and largest completely immersive land. Guests will be able to board the Millennium Falcon as well as other life sized Star Wars attractions from the movies. Of course there will be the favorite Star War’s characters on site to meet and greet. This will be a hugely popular new addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will be extremely crowded upon opening. Make sure to plan for this while deciding when to visit.

Mickie and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – To be honest, I was very disappointed about the loss of “The Great Movie Ride”. That has always been one of our “must do” attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, I’m very pleased that a new Mickey and Minnie themed ride will be taking its place and I’m sure it’s going to be incredible. This ride will be based on a Mickey and Minnie cartoon short film that will take riders on a wacky railroad adventure. This attraction will be open the fall of 2019.  Visit disneyworld.disney.go.com for more information.