Disney World Thanksgiving: Where to Eat & What Do

February 12, 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.

If you’re celebrating turkey day in Orlando, chances are Disney World tickets will be part of your plans. 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.

Dine at select Disney World restaurants for a Thanksgiving feast.

Where to Eat in Disney World for Thanksgiving

While all of Disney World's renowned restaurants and eateries will be open, the following restaurants will be serving delicious Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings along with your favorite dishes:

Magic Kingdom

  • Liberty Tree Tavern: Lunch and Dinner

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Epcot

  • 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

Disney Springs

  • 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

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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

No matter where you choose to dine on Thanksgiving Day, you're in for a magical feast! Remember to place your dining reservations as far in advance as possible.

Guests are able to make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance. A Disney World Thanksgiving vacation is a popular choice among families, so reservations fill up fast!

If by chance you are not able to secure a specific Thanksgiving reservation, don't worry. You can enjoy a meal at any of Disney's dining destinations and restaurants throughout the park.

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What to Do During a Disney World Thanksgiving

Wondering what the best things to do at during a Disney World Thanksgiving vacation are? Each park features festive fun along with the classic Disney attractions you know and love.

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

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 of Bands.

This special holiday parade boasts the top marching bands from around the country. Plus, you'll see Mickey, Minnie and the gang dressed in pilgrim regalia plus a nod to the theme of the holiday—turkey!

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!

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Take your time and get in line for all of your favorite rides, shows, and attractions. Of course, don't forget to use Genie+ for crowded 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

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. After all, what's a trip to Disney World without a turkey leg? It's a rite of passage!

Experience an American Adventure

At the Epcot American Adventure pavilion, the American Adventure show takes guests on a 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.

This experience is perfect for little children who may not understand our nation's history and the meaning of Thanksgiving just yet.

If you're still feeling patriotic, 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 festivals and season to come. It's an excellent time to embrace the Christmas spirit without having to deal 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, a Disney World Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday tradition for every family. Book your Walt Disney World trip today!

How Will You Be Celebrating Thanksgiving at Disney World?

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Written By Sarina

Sarina Byron is a California-based writer whose work has been featured in leading publications such as  Authors Publish, Introvert, Dear, Thrive Global, Boo ...

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