Foodie Friday: Thanksgiving Meal Options in Walt Disney World

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The Holidays are almost here, with Thanksgiving, of course, being next week.  Many people wonder when planning their Thanksgiving holiday vacations, where can I get a traditional Thanksgiving meal?  The most common thought is, of course, Liberty Tree Tavern, which serves up a Thanksgiving style meal each and every day.  But unless you can get your dining reservation schedule for 180 days out, the chances of getting to dine there for Thanksgiving is actually pretty slim.  Everyone wants that option because it’s the most obvious!

But I have good news for you!  Quite a few other restaurants will be serving up Thanksgiving day meals!  Guests will be delighted by many delicious options at a variety of different Walt Disney World restaurants.  Here is a look at all the different Thanksgiving meal options in Walt Disney World, including where you can dine in both the parks, as well as at the resorts during this year’s Thanksgiving Holiday.

Magic Kingdom:

Liberty Tree Tavern – Liberty Square (lunch and dinner)

  • Thanksgiving Lunch Pilgrim’s Feast: Roast Turkey, Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes (Other lunch options are available.)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Patriot’s Platter (served family-style): Roasted Turkey Breast, Carved Beef, and Sliced Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Bread Stuffing, and Macaroni & Cheese.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – Main Street USA (lunch and dinner)

  • Turkey with Marsala Mushroom Gravy, Sage Italian Sausage, Cornbread Stuffing, Romano Mash, Cheese Crisp Garnish, Green Beans


Sunshine Seasons –  The Land Pavilion (lunch and dinner)

  • a special Thanksgiving menu

Coral Reef Restaurant – The Seas with Nemo & Friends (lunch and dinner)

  •   offering both a Holiday entree, as well as their regular a la carte menu

Biergerten – Germany Pavilion (lunch and dinner)

  • The following additional Holiday offerings include: Turkey and Cornbread Stuffing, Green Beans with Almonds and Butter, Cranberry Sauce and Gravy

Tutto Italia Ristorante – Italy Pavilion (lunch and dinner)

  • offering special holiday selections in addition to the regular menu

Via Napoli – Italy Pavilion (lunch and dinner)

  • offering special holiday selections in addition to the regular menu.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Norway Pavilion (lunch and dinner)

  • In addition to the regular menu, they will be offering Roasted Turkey Breast with Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Stuffing, Sautéed Green Beans, Gravy, & Cranberry Sauce


Le Cellier Steakhouse – Canada Pavilion (lunch and dinner)

  • Seasonal Signature Dining Menu with Holiday Offerings and a Special Holiday Dessert.

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – United Kingdom Pavilion (lunch and dinner)

  • Rose & Crown will offer a Holiday entree in addition to their regular menu


Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Hollywood & Vine – Echo Lake (lunch and dinner)

  • In addition to their regular menu, Thanksgiving offerings include: Carved Turkey Breast, Cornbread Stuffing, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, and Spiced Pumpkin Mousse

50’s Prime Time Cafe – Echo Lake (lunch and dinner)

  • In addition to their regular menu, Thanksgiving Offerings include: Herb-roasted Turkey, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and Fresh-baked Pumpkin Tart


Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

Tusker House Restaurant – Africa (lunch and dinner)

  • Thanksgiving offerings include: Carved Turkey Breast, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie


All-Star Resorts:

Intermission Food Court and World Premiere Food Court (lunch and dinner)

  • Offering special Thanksgiving Day dining

End Zone Food Court (lunch and dinner)

  • Offers a Thanksgiving Menu including: Roast Turkey served Turkey Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, Seasonal Vegetables, Cranberry Sauce, Dinner Roll and your choice of Pumpkin or Apple Pie.


Animal Kingdom Lodge:

Sanaa (lunch and dinner)

  • In addition to their regular menu, Thanksgiving offerings include: Oven-roasted Turkey Breast, Slow-cooked Turkey Leg Masala, Mashed Potatoes, Braised Collard Greens, Cornbread Stuffing, Apple-Cranberry Achar, and Turkey Gravy, and Holiday Pumpkin Cheesecake

Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner)

  • Only a Thanksgiving Menu served

Beach Club Resort:

Cape May Café

  • In addition to the regular menu, Thanksgiving offerings include: Fresh-roasted Turkey Breast with Giblet Gravy, Home-style Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Holiday Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and traditional Dessert


BoardWalk Resort:

Flying Fish Café (Dinner)

  • Offering a holiday entree & regular a la carte menu

Kouzzina by Cat Cora (Dinner)

  • Offering a Holiday Entree, as well as a limited a la carte menu


Caribbean Resort:

Shutters at Old Port Royale (Dinner)

  • A la carte menu with a special Thanksgiving entree and desserts


Contemporary Resort:

Chef Mickey’s (Dinner)

  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet: Seasonal Soup & Salad Bar; Soup of the Day; Spiced Rubbed Sirloin of Beef; Oven-roasted Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables, and Dressing; Italian Baked Pasta; Crab-stuffed Salmon with Lobster Cream Sauce; Sautéed Green Lip Mussels; Parmesan Mashed Potatoes; Brussels Sprouts; Mickey-Shaped Cheese Ravioli with Marinara; Glazed Baby Carrots; Sauteed Green Beans tossed with Cherry Tomatoes and Vidalia Onions’ Tomatoes and Vidalia Onions; Steamed Broccoli with Cheese Sauce; Scalloped Potatoes; Wild Rice; Chef Mickey’s Macaroni and Cheese; Goofy’s Cheese Pizza; Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets; Pluto’s Baked Chicken Tenders; Spaghetti & Meatballs; Ice Cream Sundae Bar; Assorted Seasonal Desserts

California Grill (dinner)

  • Offering both a holiday entree and regular a la carte menu

The Wave … of American Flavors (lunch and dinner)

  • Holiday Buffet Only including: Prime Rib and Oven-roasted Whole Turkey, Ravioli, Penne, Orchiette, and Cheese Tortellini; Pasta Garnishes: Chicken, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Garlic, Onions, Lump Crab, Sausage, Alfredo and Marinara Sauce, Leg of Lamb, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Steamed Mussels with Lemon, Sweet Potatoes, and Prince Edward Island Mussels , Florida Strawberries, Blueberries Canteloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon, Sliced Meats, Caesar Salad, Roasted Beet Salad, Cheese Course, and Bread Course


Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground:

Trail’s End (lunch and dinner)

  • Thanksgiving Meal only including:  Hearty Vegetable Soup, Salad Bar, Cornbread, Turkey Breast, Honey Mustard-glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, Seasonal Vegetables, Cornbread Stuffing, Country Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, and Assorted Desserts

Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast

  • Four Show Times: 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm  Thanksgiving Day Holiday Buffet Menu: Hearty Vegetable Soup, Tossed Garden Salad with Dressings, assorted Dinner Rolls, Corn Bread, Butter, Turkey Breast, Honey Mustard-glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, Seasonal Vegatables, Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese, Corn Bread Stuffing, Country Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, Ice Cream Novelties, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffee, Beer, and Wine


Grand Floridian Resort and Spa:

Citricos (dinner)

  • Citricos will serve Thanksgiving Dinner in three separate seatings

Grand Floridian Café (lunch and dinner)

  • Holiday entrees & regular a la carte menu will be served

Narcoossee’s (dinner)

  • Holiday Entree & Regular a la carte menu


Old Key West Resort:

Olivia’s Café (lunch and dinner)

  • Holiday entree & limited a la carte menu


Polynesian Resort:

‘Ohana (dinner)

  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Kona Café (lunch and dinner)

  • Thanksgiving Menu Served and limited a la carte menu


Port Orleans Resort:

Boatwright’s Dining Hall (dinner)

  • Offering both a holiday entree for Dinner and regular a la carte menu


Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa:

The Turf Club Bar & Grill (lunch and dinner)

  • Holiday Entree & Limited a la carte menu

Wilderness Lodge Resort:

Artist Point (dinner)

  • Offering traditional holiday meal or choice of Artist Point favorites


Whispering Canyon Café (lunch and dinner)

  • Holiday Dinner only including: Holiday Salad, Platter of Smoked Turkey and Seasonal Meats, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Giblet Gravy, Seasonal Vegetables, Traditional Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, Cornbread, Holiday Dessert


Yacht Club Resort:

Captain’s Grille (lunch and dinner)

  • Thanksgiving Buffet including: Carved Strip Loin with Dressings and Sauces; Roast Turkey with Dressings and Sauces; Pasta Station with choice of Sauces and Accoutrements; Dinner Selections: Country Herb and Sausage Stuffing, Haricot Verts with Brown Butter and Garlic, Smoked Codfish, Roasted Root Vegetables, Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Braised Chicken Cassoulet, Mashed Potatoes, Warm Marble Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette, Baked Crab Cakes with Stone-ground Mustard Sauce, Portuguese Seafood Stew, Seasonal Succotash, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Glazed Baby Carrots, and Chicken Tenders; Cooler Options: Gourmet Cheese Selections and Charcuterie, Chilled Shrimp, Tuna Niçoise Salad, Seafood Salad, Golden Beet Salad, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, Farmer’s Market Salad, Romaine with Green Goddess Dressing, Fresh Fruit, and Yogurt with Toppings and House-made Granola; Tomato Bisque with Shaved Parmesan and Multigrain Croutons; Bakery fresh Breads and Rolls; Seasonal Selection of Desserts and Gelato Bar

Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner)

  • Holiday entree & regular a la carte menu for Dinner


For more information about any of these restaurants for Thanksgiving, The Mouse For Less has a great page you should check out:

I hope that in the future, this blog post can be a tool for those who are looking to schedule Advanced Dining Reservations for upcoming year’s Thanksgivings.  I hope this post will help to give you an idea of places you should maybe consider to dine to celebrate the Holiday with your family and friends.  While a few dishes and restaurants may change, there are lots of options available for guests to celebrate, not just Liberty Tree Tavern!

Where would I choose to dine if I had the option of eating Thanksgiving dinner at Walt Disney World?  Here’s my Top 5 choices:

  1. Liberty Tree Tavern (because it’s the most traditional)
  2. Trail’s End (also has a very traditional menu)
  3. 50s Prime Time Cafe (if I’m not at home, I’d want to be with “family”)
  4. Cape May Cafe (crab legs AND Thanksgiving…sold!)
  5. Whispering Canyon Cafe (again, it seems like a more traditional offering and a fun setting)

(Honorable mention: Tusker House.  Some friends of mine ate their last year and they raved about it.)

Of course, no matter where you choose to dine during the Thanksgiving Holiday, it truly doesn’t matter what’s on the menu.  All that matters is that you are there celebrating with your loved ones.

I hope that no matter where you celebrate Thanksgiving, you enjoy this holiday where we realize what we are most thankful for.  As for me, I am most thankful that because of Disney, I have been able to welcome some wonderful people in my life, many of whom I call my best friends.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


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