Sandwiched between Mickey’s two biggest parties of the year, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, is Thanksgiving. See what I did there? “Sandwich”! I think we can all agree that the leftover Thanksgiving Turkey sandwich is the best part of the meal. A Disney Thanksgiving is a low key holiday on property, yet there is something for everyone! Let’s dive into all things Disney Thanksgiving.
As we talked about in our Epcot holiday guide, Epcot is the center for all things holiday. Why would a Disney Thanksgiving be any different? Kicking off the “Thanksgiving season”, that’s a thing right? Let’s make it happen, #ThanksgivingSeason! A cool thing to checkout is the Behind the Seeds tour over at The Land pavilion. A take a Behind the Seeds look at how Disney is making advancements with sustainable food and growing techniques with all of the food grown being used at a variety of Disney restaurants. For the fall season the gardens are decorated with Scarecrows and fall decorations throughout. Tickets can be purchased at Guest Services ($25 per person). There may even be a Hidden Mickey!
Passholder Insights: You can also see the garden decorations via the Living with the Land ride at no additional cost.
No Thanksgiving is complete without the turkey and all the fixings. A Disney Thanksgivings is no different. Get your grub on with tons of options both in the parks and at the resorts. For the most traditional/authentic holiday meal check out the Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom, as they serve up a family-style meal with all trimmings. You’ll feast in an 18th-century style tavern similar to the early settlers.
Besides Liberty Tree Tavern, many of the restaurants will be serving up a family-style holiday feast either as Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner. The list of restaurants includes the following restaurants:
· Akershus Royal Banquet hall – Norway Pavilion
· Biergarten Restaurant – Germany Pavilion
· Whispering Canyon Café – Wilderness Lodge
· California Grill – Contemporary Resort
· Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – England Pavilion
· Sanaa – Kidani Village @ Animal Kingdom Lodge
· Trail’s End Restaurant – Fort Wilderness Campground
· Ale & Compass Restaurant – Yacht Club
If you’re looking for a little spin on your traditional Thanksgiving meal, you’ll want to check out one of the following restaurants.
· Coral Reef Restaurant – Living with the Seas
· Le Cellier Steakhouse – Canada Pavilion
In our experience celebrating a Disney Thanksgiving, a majority, if not all of the sit down restaurants, will offer a Thanksgiving plate. One of our go-to restaurants for our Thanksgiving meal is Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key Resort.
The downside to celebrating Thanksgiving away from home is no leftovers. No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Ok, we get it Ralphie, no turkey hash… Well, if you’re craving a turkey sandwich next day, head over to Disney Springs and make a beeline for Earl of Sandwich and get the Thanksgiving sandwich. Yum!! They have this sandwich everyday, but for some reason it tastes the best the day after Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving and Football – That’s What…
In the DVC Duo household Thanksgiving and football go hand and hand. If you’re looking to catch any of the games during the holiday weekend we recommend checking out the ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. Plenty of TV’s both in the dining area and bar, they even bring a TV outside if the weather is nice. Enjoy the games!
Passholder Insights: The lines at ESPN Club can get long. If this is a must-do we recommend getting there early. Outside of ESPN any of the bars on property will show the games if they are nationally televised.
Retail Christmas, Black Friday
Who doesn’t love a good deal? Shopping the day after Thanksgiving is a tradition for many, and if you’re looking to keep the tradition going definitely check out Disney Springs. With tons of great shops and unique merchandise you’ll find some great deals for that special holiday gift (for a loved one, or yourself, no judging here!). Make sure to look at the Disney Springs website for all the Black Friday offers. While there we would recommend taking a walk through the Christmas Tree Trail, it’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit, while taking a break from the shopping crowds.
Celebrating a Disney Thanksgiving doesn’t mean leaving tradition behind, just a new spin on the classics (kinda like the new live recreations…). Best part is, no dishes! Let us know if you would pick the traditional turkey dinner or go for something new either below or on our Facebook Page!