Disney World Thanksgiving: Where to Eat & What To Do

October 19, 2022

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.

Slightly cooler temperatures, giant, tasty turkey legs, and Mickey in pilgrim attire. There is so much to be thankful for when you spend Thanksgiving at Disney World. Escape the kitchen chores of a traditional Turkey Day when you experience Disney World during Thanksgiving.

Follow along to uncover everything you need to know about your Disney World Thanksgiving getaway in 2022!

Enjoy rides and attractions at all four magical parks as you alternate between roller coasters and mouthfuls of luscious pumpkin pie.

Scream yourself silly on Space Mountain, or enjoy a traditional meal with all the trimmings at Liberty Tree Tavern. 

From where to feast on the best Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney World to the timing of the annual parade, we’ll spill all the tea on giving thanks at Disney.

close up of Thanksgiving tablescape with pumpkin pie turkey soup and sunflowersWhere to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Disney World

While we think countless rides on Big Thunder Mountain more than makeup for missing Aunt Mabel’s candied yams, if you are craving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Disney World* in 2022, you’re in luck. Many of Disney’s most revered eateries will serve a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

Loyal Mouseketeers should know that Turkey Day is one of the busiest times to visit the park. We highly recommend you plan your dining reservations accordingly. Not in the mood for turkey, stuffing, and fluffy mashed potatoes? No worries! Disney’s other iconic eateries will all be open as well. For a heaping helping of gratitude, gravy, and more, head to:

Magic Kingdom Thanksgiving 2022

  • Liberty Tree Tavern: Lunch and Dinner

Epcot Thanksgiving 2022

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: Lunch and Dinner
  • Biergarten Restaurant: Lunch and Dinner
  • Coral Reef: Lunch and Dinner
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse: Lunch and Dinner
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room: Lunch and Dinner
  • View of the entrance to to Le Cellier Steakhouse with flowers on either side of the arched iron entrance in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Teresa Christopher Thornborough via Facebook

Animal Kingdom Thanksgiving 2022

  • Restaurantosaurus: on the go Thanksgiving Options

Disney Springs Thanksgiving 2022

  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Wolfgang Puck Cafe - The Café
View of performers dancing and playing music on the stage at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Raglan Road Orlando via Facebook

Walt Disney World Resort Dinners

In addition to traditional Thanksgiving feasts throughout the theme parks, various Disney World Resort hotels will also serve a Thanksgiving dinner:

  • Cape May Cafe at Disney's Beach Club Resort: Dinner
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge: Lunch and Dinner
  • California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort: Dinner
  • Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village: Lunch and Dinner
  • Trail's End Restaurant at The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort: Brunch and Dinner
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney's Yacht Club Resort: Brunch and Dinner
Close up of an entree from Whispering Canyon Cafe, a bowl with different types of meat and vegetables, in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Judilyn Ricaña White via Facebook

Didn’t score the Turkey Day reservation of your dreams? Don’t sweat it. From Dole Whip to churros to stacked burgers, there are plenty of mouthwatering food options to munch on. For an uber-special meal, you could also swing by the Biergarten Restaurant for Thanksgiving at EPCOT. Sip some lager and celebrate the convivial atmosphere of Oktoberfest with plenty of ales, entertainment, and wursts. 

In addition, there’s always the chance that guests will cancel their ADRs (advanced dining reservations). So be sure to keep checking or utilize the walk-up waitlist. When planning the ultimate Disney World Thanksgiving, it pays to be flexible!

What to Do at Disney World on Thanksgiving Day

Curious about the best things to do during a Disney World Thanksgiving vacation? Each park features festive fun, decorations, and the classic Disney attractions you know and love.

Do keep in mind that the theme parks will be packed with people during this holiday, so Genie+ is your best friend. Keep it handy!

See a Thanksgiving Parade

Wondering what Mickey festivities you can encounter at the Magic Kingdom on Thanksgiving Day? Head to this epicenter of Americana for plenty of Disney characters, joy, and parades. At the Magic Kingdom, you are in for a special bonus as you can watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade and Disney’s Thanksgiving Parade of Bands.

Prime your ears for plenty of special arrangements, trumpets, and more! This special holiday parade boasts the top marching bands from around the country. Plus, you'll see Mickey, Minnie, and the gang decked out in pilgrim attire.

Cheerleaders marching in the Disney Thanksgiving Parade with a view of Cinderella's Castle in the background on a sunny day in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Leeann Young Yammarino via Facebook

Ride Your Favorite Rides

From classic Disney World rides to new additions such as the land of Pandora - The World of Avatar and Toy Story Land, your Thanksgiving Day will be filled with thrills! For a more toddler-friendly affair, swing by the Magic Kingdom on Thanksgiving to ham it up with your favorite characters, or sing along to It’s A Small World. 

Take your time and get in line for all of your favorite rides, shows, and attractions. During a busy time like Thanksgiving weekend Genie+ will be your new BFF. Make sure to download and utilize the app to make it onto popular rides such as Space Mountain, Everest, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, or Test Track!

Trees and Plants at Pandora The World of Avatar at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - Orlando, Florida, USA

Trek amid floating mountains, glowing fauna, and flora, and discover all that makes Pandora spectacular.

Have a Thanksgiving Meal To-Go

Have a Thanksgiving Meal To-Go

At parks like the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom, you can grab a giant Disney World turkey leg to-go and skip the massive Thanksgiving meal. This handheld monstrosity offers the ideal way to get your L-tryptophan fix and explore the park’s attractions.

For an Animal Kingdom Turkey Leg, head to Yak & Yeti™ Restaurant. Stuffing yourself silly at EPCOT? Next, eat your fill of this lean protein at the Fife and Drum Tavern. Lastly, linger over this smokey delicacy at the Magic Kingdom’s Tortuga Tavern, Liberty Square Market, or Prince Eric’s Village Market.

Got a hankering for a sweet treat after all of the smoky savoriness? Sidle up to Gideon’s Bakehouse for a gooey handmade chocolate chip cookie the size of your face! Or satisfy your sweet tooth with a cooler treat when you stop by Ahola Isle for an iconic Dole Whip.

close up of chocolate chip cookies on wooden board with bottles in background at Gideon's Bakehouse at Disney World in Orlando, Flordia, USA

photo credit: Gideon's Bakehouse via Facebook

Experience an American Adventure

What’s more patriotic than an animatronic journey through our Nation’s History? Pay heed to presidents and revolutionaries past when you swing by the Epcot American Adventure pavilion. Featuring 35 Audio-Animatronics figures, digital rear-projection images, and stirring songs, this dramatic show is an awesome way to pay homage to the USA.

Meet characters like Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain as you dive into the history of the Mayflower, the Boston Tea Party, the Declaration of Independence, and more. 

Unfortunately, this 45-minute historical escape is currently in the middle of refurbishment. Wondering just exactly when did American Adventure close? This dynamic experience shut down on September 19th, 2022 but is expected to reopen again come mid-December. 

If you're still feeling the need to reflect on leaders' past, head to Magic Kingdom to check out the newly updated Hall of Presidents!

Close up of The American Adventure sign with their building decorated with red white and blue in the background on a sunny day in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Park Savers - Disney Parks News & Tips via Facebook

Get a Sneak Peek of Christmas

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the Disney World Theme Parks will be decked out with beautiful Christmas decorations in preparation for the holiday season to come. It's an excellent time to embrace the Christmas spirit without dealing with the Christmas crowds.

Plus, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party begins in November, meaning your family can join in the celebrations during your Disney World Thanksgiving adventures! Just remember to purchase your party tickets in advance, as this is a separately ticketed event.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Disney World This Year

Whether you're looking forward to carving the turkey with Mickey Mouse or screaming at the top of your lungs on a rollercoaster, Disney on Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday tradition for every family. 

From irreplaceable Disney Thanksgiving pictures showcasing you and your family with your favorite princesses to tantalizing turkey feasts, there’s much to be thankful for.

 

Clap along to the finest marching band parades, admire Minnie’s Thanksgiving couture, or usher in the giving season with Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Ready to give thanks for the ultimate Walt Disney World escape? Don’t wait; book your Walt Disney World trip today!

How Will You Be Celebrating Thanksgiving 2022 at Disney World?

Leave us a comment below!

*Please note that at the current time, Disney World Thanksgiving Dinner 2022 options are still being updated. This is not an exhaustive list of Thanksgiving Dinner options.


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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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