Visitors to Disney World in late November may find the crowds overwhelming, especially in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Even though the parks are busy, you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in style by heading to one of the Disney World resorts for your holiday meal.
All Disney World resort restaurants will be open for Thanksgiving, but only some will offer a special turkey day menu. Resorts offering Thanksgiving meals at one or more restaurants include the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary and the Grand Floridian.
Choosing a resort meal means you'll be able to dine in relative comfort and quiet and you will avoid the rush to the table in the theme parks. Once your dinner is done, use the convenient Disney transportation system to head out to your favorite theme park.
- An Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) is a must on any holiday, including Thanksgiving. Some of the most popular Disney restaurants are in resorts; most locations book up weeks in advance.
- If you can't secure a table for dinner at your favorite restaurant, consider having Thanksgiving lunch instead.
- Plan to head to the theme park closest to your chosen resort restaurant. Once you are through with your meal, you'll be only a short drive from your destination.
- Use the Disney transportation system to arrive at the resort for your meal and you won't have to worry about parking and retrieving your car.
- You can visit a resort for dinner even if you are not staying at that resort. Stopping in for a meal is a great way to check out a new resort and decide if you would like to stay there on a future visit.
- If you visit one of the deluxe resorts, keep an eye out for the Photopass portrait sitting areas. You can have a photo snapped of everyone in their holiday best while you wait for your table.
- Don't overlook character dining as a fun Thanksgiving option; you'll be able to spend time with your favorite characters while you enjoy your holiday meal.