What to Expect and Where to Eat for Thanksgiving in Disney World 2016

Mickey Mouse and Minnie ThanksgivingDisney World is a hot location for families who want to spend a great time together during the day and a great Thanksgiving meal for dinner.  The temperatures in Orlando are mild in November.  Guests can even admire the holiday decorations!  Here is what you should expect when visiting Disney World for Thanksgiving:

Crowds Levels –

The week of Thanksgiving will be very busy at Disney World.  Most every child is not in school for that entire week.  As a result, the crowds swell throughout the week leading to a very high level for Saturday-Wednesday.  However, later on in the week, Thursday-Sunday, the crowds reduce slightly.  It is recommended that you use the Extra Magic Hours to get the most time in the parks with the least amount of crowds.

Where to Eat your Thanksgiving Dinner – 

The number of locations serving Thanksgiving meals has increased and the list includes the following:

Magic Kingdom

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Liberty Tree Tavern serving their typical menu items of Thanksgiving items.


  • Akershus
  • Biergarten
  • Coral Reef
  • Le Cellier
  • Rose & Crown

Hollywood Studios

  • The Hollywood Brown Derby

Animal Kingdom

  • Tusker House

Located at resorts

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall (Port Orleans Riverside)
  • California Grill (The Contemporary)
  • Cape May Cafe (Beach Club)
  • Captain’s Grille (Yacht Club)
  • Chef Mickey’s (The Contemporary)
  • Fresh Mediterranean Market (at The Dolphin)
  • Garden Grove (at The Swan)
  • Grand Floridian Cafe (at The Grand Floridian)
  • Il Mulino (at The Swan)
  • Jiko (at Animal Kingdom Lodge)
  • Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (at Ft. Wilderness)
  • Narcoossee’s (at The Grand Floridian)
  • Olivia’s Cafe (at Old Key West)
  • Sanaa (at Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village)
  • Trail’s End (at Ft. Wilderness)
  • Trattoria al Forno (on the Boardwalk)
  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill (at Saratoga Springs)
  • Victoria & Albert’s (at The Grand Floridian)
  • The Wave (at The Contemporary)
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe (at Wilderness Lodge)

Although restaurants often book up way ahead of time, you can check availability on the Disney World site at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/#/search=thanksgiving/sort=relevance/.

Holiday festivities in the parks – 

The parks do not overly decorate for Thanksgiving but instead focus on Halloween, then Christmas.  However, you should expect to find some Thanksgiving decor in the parks and resorts.  What you should not expect to find that week of Thanksgiving is the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as it does not take play that week.  Following Thanksgiving, you will be able to experience the Candlelight Processional, starting on November 25, 2016.  Click here for additional information.

Be sure to plan well so you can make the most of your Thanksgiving week in Disney World!


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