Spending Thanksgiving at the Walt Disney World Resort? There is truly no better place to spend any holiday with the family than “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” but planning family dinner during one of the busiest days for crowds (and dining reservations!) may require some extra patience.
Plenty of restaurants around the Walt Disney World Resort have special often family-style menus for the occasion with all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings, and we’ve come up with some of our own recommendations for the holiday.
Traditional Thanksgiving Dining
You can find traditional Thanksgiving eats with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and all the sides you could ask for at a wide range of restaurants at Disney parks and resorts. Here are a few of our favorites:
Liberty Tree Tavern
Perhaps the most traditional way to have Thanksgiving dinner as a family in Disney World would be to head over to Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom, which regularly serves a Thanksgiving-style feast for dinner. The Patriots Platter is served family-style daily, and it not only comes with roasted turkey with an array of traditional Thanksgiving sides but it also includes carved pork roast and pot roast, making this a great option if you have some non-turkey fans in your group.
Since Liberty Tree Tavern serves Thanksgiving-style dinners every day, we recommend moving your Thanksgiving dinner to a different day of your trip if you plan on dining here. You’ll still have the same delicious meal for the occasion and your Magic Kingdom day will come with slightly smaller holiday crowds.
Rose & Crown Dining Room
In Epcot, the Rose & Crown Dining Room serves roasted turkey on Thanksgiving Day with sides like sweet potatoes, green beans, mashed potatoes, and of course, stuffing and gravy. Thanksgiving Dinner at Rose & Crown is topped off with pumpkin cheesecake (along with the restaurant’s full dessert and dinner menu also available). This is a nice option for families where some of the group is interested in the traditional Thanksgiving eats, while others would be more than thrilled to enjoy Rose & Crown’s famous fish and chips and a cold beer.
Dinner reservations for Rose & Crown may be limited as this restaurant is a popular choice for guests to wait at their tables for views of the fireworks, so we recommend booking as soon as you can or opting for an earlier dinner.
Tiffins, Animal Kingdom’s only signature dining experience, serves a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner with a choice of an appetizer and entree featuring Tiffins’ twist on the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Offered only on Thanksgiving Day, appetizers will include some of Tiffins’ specialties alongside seasonal favorites like butternut squash soup, and the Thanksgiving entree comes with Turkey Roulade, fine herbs, garlic whipped mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, bean amandine, and a citrus marmalade. Dessert selections ($12 extra) include pumpkin flan, Baines Cape Mountain Whiskey Butterscotch Cake, or a seasonal fruit specialty.
Thanksgiving with Character
Want to spend Thanksgiving with some of your favorite characters? These character dining locations are serving special Thanksgiving dinners exclusively on November 28:
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom is a must-do for any Disney Princess fan, and the restaurant is even offering a special Thanksgiving entree for guests spending the holiday in the park. Enjoy dinner with princesses like Cinderella, Belle, and Snow White, and get your Thanksgiving fix by ordering the Traditional Thanksgiving Plate for your entree made up of roast turkey breast with gravy, dressing, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans, and cranberry jam. The full menu and choice of appetizer and dessert are also available, and as one of the most popular character restaurants at Walt Disney World be sure to make your reservations early.
Garden Grill Restaurant
Epcot’s Garden Grill does not have a Thanksgiving-specific menu, but many traditional Thanksgiving dishes are served here daily. The family-style Chip ‘n’ Dale Harvest Feast is served family-style and includes a harvest-inspired salad, grilled chimichurri beef, sliced turkey breast with gravy, seasonal veggies, stuffing, mashed potatoes, french fries, and macaroni and cheese, with a delicious berry shortcake for dessert.
Resort Dining on Thanksgiving
Since Thanksgiving will certainly be a busy day in the parks, you may opt to have dinner at a resort instead. And there is no shortage of options for Thanksgiving dining outside the parks in Walt Disney World:
Boatwright’s Dining Hall
Port Orleans Riverside is serving up Thanksgiving dinner at Boatwright’s Dining Hall! Boatwright’s tends to fly under the radar, so while the food is always tasty here you can usually find a reservation last-minute- so keep this one in your back pocket if you’re still in the midst of planning your Thanksgiving Disney trip. Along with their full menu, Boatwright’s will offer a Southern Turkey Feast on Thanksgiving Day with slow-roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans, gravy, and house-made cranberry sauce, served with your choice of apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie.
Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort is one of our favorite underrated Disney restaurants! If you need an excuse to give this perfectly kitschy location a try, you could always stop by for their special Thanksgiving menu on November 28. The pre-fixe Thanksgiving feast includes a choice of appetizer (roasted butternut squash soup or field green salad) alongside Olivia’s very own Key West citrus-brined turkey breast, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and cornbread stuffing. Desserts (also included) come with your choice of pumpkin cheesecake or a cranberry apple pie tart.
Turf Club Bar & Grill
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort is serving their Thanksgiving Dinner at the Turf Club Bar & Grill. Take the boat over from Disney Springs and order the Turkey Dinner with stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce or from a (limited) a la carte menu. Thanksgiving dessert options include a choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Like Boatwright’s, Turf Club Bar & Grill serves up some solid eats and tends to have last-minute reservations available so we’d keep this in mind if you’re not quite ready to book yet.
The Wave… of American Flavors
For traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the most variety, head to The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Served on November 28, the appetizer selection on the buffet includes rolls with sea salted butter, Caeser salad, harvest salad, and a shaved brussels sprouts with bacon salad, corn slaw, potato salad, tomato bisque, antipasto, charcuterie and shrimp cocktail. Entrees are served tableside and while the Traditional Turkey Dinner is the most appropriately themed, you can also go for a strip loin, salmon, seared potato gnocci, pork shank, and even tikka masala.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
For the ultimate all-you-care-to-enjoy Thanksgiving dining experience, you can’t miss Whispering Canyon Cafe’s Thanksgiving Platter (only available on Thanksgiving Day). It includes select favorites from the restaurant’s popular skillets like the organic mixed greens salad, hand-carved oak-smoked beef brisket, cornbread, seasonal vegetables, and mashed potatoes, and it also comes with house-smoked turkey breast, maple-glazed ham, traditional stuffing, mashed brown sugar sweet potatoes, giblet gravy, cranberry relish, and a specialty dessert.
Moreover, Whispering Canyon Cafe always brings an extra dose of fun to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge AND this is one of the best restaurants for family-style vegan dining at Walt Disney World with their plant-based skillet.
Thanksgiving in Disney Springs
Another way to save your park tickets (or avoid long lines) on a holiday is to head to Disney Springs! And some of our favorite Disney Springs restaurants have special menus planned for the occasion:
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
Add some Italian flare to your Thanksgiving dinner this year at Maria & Enzo’s in Disney Springs! The specialty of the evening is Ricotta Gnudi with Turkey Bolognese, parmesan cream and charred lemon gremolata. Stay for dessert (the gelato and Enzo’s Torta are not to be missed!).
For more Italian cuisine on Thanksgiving day with an extra speakeasy feel, head to Enzo’s Hideaway to try their Turkey Sausage “Carbonara,” made with Pappardelle pasta, roasted winter squash, toasted garlic, and rapini. Dessert is a must here as well with a specialty menu item just for Thanksgiving: the Pumpkin Pannacotta with spiced chocolate crumb, mandarin orange, and decadent cinnamon gelato.
The Edison is enhancing their menu on Thanksgiving Day with pre-fixe holiday dining that includes oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, house-made stuffing, cranberry chutney and brown sugar honey-glazed baby carrots. Thanksgiving dining at the Edison is available all day long alongside their full menu.
Raglan Road Irish Pub
Raglan Road is always a hit when visiting Disney Springs for their Irish specialties including a festive menu, and Irish dancers and live music. For Thanksgiving, this authentic Irish pub is serving up a special dinner featuring butter and herb roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, duck fat roasties, honey-glazed carrots, bacon braised Brussels sprouts, sausage meat and walnut stuffing, and red wine jus with cranberry sauce. Top off your dinner with a Raglan Road signature brew and you’re all set for a memorable holiday meal right in the middle of Disney Springs.
Wine Bar George
Wine Bar George is serving a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day complete with mashed potatoes, stuffing, seasonal vegetables and cranberry sauce. Their new holiday menu also includes Santa Carota Short Ribs and select options from their regular dinner menu. Plus all 140 wines are available by the glass, bottle, or by the ounce!
Not interested in turkey?
Some of our favorite Disney restaurants to dine with the whole family don’t have a Thanksgiving menu and are wonderful options if you’re already feeling turkey-ed out!
- Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge serves a packed buffet spread of African and American dishes with soups, salads, a carving station, and a variety of sides and desserts (plus their famous zebra domes!). Perfect for something memorable for a family holiday without your typical Thanksgiving menu.
- The Boathouse at Disney Springs is one of our favorite options for dinner with the family because this waterfront restaurant really offers something for every taste and budget. It’s one of the best restaurants for larger families because the menu ranges from reasonably priced burgers to full clam bakes with loads of options in between.
- Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, famous for its inspiration from the Hollywood original is one signature restaurant that pleases a variety of palettes with cobb salad, filet mignon, chicken and seafood options, and more. Make the occasion extra special by booking your reservation as a Fantasmic! dining package.
With so many restaurants to choose from we recommend booking your Thanksgiving getaway with an authorized Disney vacation planner like Academy Travel. They’ll be happy to navigate the busy holiday week and ensure you’re getting the best rates and dining recommendations for your family this Thanksgiving. Click here for a free, no obligation quote, and start planning your Thanksgiving Disney trip today.