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Thanksgiving meal at Walt Disney World Florida

Updated on September 10, 2010

While Halloween and Christmas celebrations are huge at Walt Disney World, Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World is celebrated quietly. It is a great time to celebrate Thanksgiving at Disneyland in Orlando Florida. If you do chose to attend during Thanksgiving, you will be assured of having a good American Thanksgiving feast. Most of the onsite DisneyWorld restaurants feature a version of the Pilgrim's most famous meal. While you won't be seeing a magical Thanksgiving parade, you will get to experience the beauty of Walt Disney World's Christmas decorations. Starting on Veterans Day the Christmas decorations start going up all over the parks. The decorating is complete by Thanksgiving day.

Make no mistake, Disneyland will be extremely crowded during Thanksgiving weekend. This time of year is one of the busiest along with Christmas and the summer months. Disney has extended magic hours during these busy seasons to compensate for the crowd factor.

If you're spending Thanksgiving week in Orlando Florida this year, you've got plenty of choices for a gourmet Thanksgiving meal at Walt Disney World Florida. From all-you-can-eat buffets at Disney restaurants, to elegant menus at resorts and hotels.

Thanksgiving at disney
Thanksgiving at disney

Thanksgiving at Disneyland

Great restaurants in Disneyland for Thanksgiving meal

Here are some of the restaurants in Walt Disney World that feature world famous Thanksgiving meals:

Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

Liberate your appetite! Show your "Character" by joining Minnie and her friends dressed in their finest Revolutionary War-era garb - as you band together for a revolutionary dinner feast. Your Mouse hostess invites you to enjoy a hearty American meal of roasted turkey, marinated flank steak and other colonial favorites with all the trimmings.

Cinderella's Royal Table

Features a pre-plated turkey dinner. Make your once-upon-a-time dreams come true and dine in the one and only Cinderella Castle. Cinderella invites you into the glorious private dining hall of her castle for a storybook meal. Meet characters from Disney's Royal Family at the all-you-care-to-eat Once Upon a Time Breakfast or the customized prix fixe menu offered at the Fairytale Lunch.

Jiko - The Cooking Place

Choose from New African and Mediterranean-inspired dishes and unique combinations of flavors. Relax as twin wood-burning ovens roar and the soothing, warm colors of an African sunset bring energy to this remarkable restaurant's comfortable setting. Taste creative African cooking that is a unique blend of multi-cultural influences - from the Mediterranean coast, India and Europe. Savor seafood, steak, chicken and vegetarian offerings infused with the vibrant flavors and fragrant spices of Africa.

50's Prime Time Cafe

The Chef offers a traditional menu, dessert is included. Bop into a Fabulous Fifties kitchenette where Mom is waiting to serve you a heaping plate of comfort food. Enjoy some of your favorite classic sitcom Moms on television sets while you gulp down such favorites as meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast and milk shakes. So, come in, relax and be prepared for Mom, in her loving way, to treat you as one of her own and encourage you to "join the clean plate club."

Thanksgiving turkey at disneyland
Thanksgiving turkey at disneyland


Have dinner at Spoodles for a Mediterranean-inspired meal. The restaurant is located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. Take a trip around the Mediterranean Sea with an eclectic menu featuring coastal cuisine favorites from such locales as Greece, Italy, Spain and North Africa. This "cuisine of the sun" concept is inspired by the abundant flavors of the southern European coast - noted for a creative use of spices, cheeses and other fresh ingredients. Enjoy favorites like oak-fired flatbread, authentic dips, pasta and seafood specialties. Bon voyage! A great place for a fulfilling Thanksgiving meal at Walt Disney World.

Coral Reef

Serving up a traditional Turkey and fixings dinner. Plunge into the deep of this gourmet seafood restaurant in the midst of a living coral reef. Dive into such sea-worthy specialties as grilled mahi mahi, pan-seared flounder and other seafood favorites, as well as NY strip steak, grilled chicken and vegetable strudel.All tables view the largest inland saltwater environment ever built, containing 85 different species of tropical fish.


Traditional turkey and stuffing dinner for thanksgiving at disneyland. A feast in the royal palace that's fit for the royal palate! Join this regal gathering of Disney Princesses and Friends in a fairytale Norwegian castle for a breakfast of American cuisine served family-style. Later, enjoy a lunch or dinner that offers a sovereign menu of Norwegian specialties, both ala carte and from the buffet, crowned with a family-style dessert as sweet as a princess' smile.

Crystal Palace

The buffet features Thanksgiving favorites at Walt Disney World. Indulge yourself in a bountiful buffet with Winnie the Pooh and friends. The light and airy ambience fits the upbeat blustery mood provided by Pooh and his pals from the Hundred Acre Wood. Be here as the room comes alive with the sights and smells of the day's offerings, prepared in a live on-stage kitchen. Enjoy American favorites, including the fmous sundae bar. And don't miss "Pooh Corner," the separate buffet just for kids!

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