What to Do/ Where to Dine on Thanksgiving Day at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World restaurants ARE OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.
Expect a holiday surcharge in addition to the regular price with buffet dining. Buffets will generally have traditional items such as turkey and stuffing. Table Service restaurants may have a special entree with traditional turkey dinner. Regular menu items may or may not be offered.
Make reservations in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).
- Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Royal Table
- Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace
- Magic Kingdom’s Plaza Restaurant
- Disney Springs’ Boathouse
- Disney Springs’ House of Blues
- Disney Springs’ Paddlefish
- Disney Springs’ Planet Hollywood
- Disney Springs’ Rainforest Cafe
- Disney Springs’ T-Rex Cafe
- Disney Springs’ Terralina Crafted Italian
- Dolphin’s Fresh Mediterranean Market
- Dolphin’s Todd English’s Bluezoo
- Old Key West’s Olivia’s Cafe
- Port Orleans Riversides’ Boatwrights
- Saratoga Springs’ Turf Club
- Swan’s Il Mulino New York Trattoria
- Wilderness Lodge’s Whispering Canyon
AllEars® Readers were asked:
“What do you do on Thanksgiving Day when you’re in Walt Disney World?”
THINGS TO DO:
As for what to do on Thanksgiving I would visit the countries in Epcot’s World Showcase and learn about how they celebrate their countries heritage. Wendy
Our favorite thing to do on Thanksgiving at WDW is people-watch. The parks were wonderfully uncrowded, great for leisurely touring, but best of all was visiting the hotels (many of which had their holiday decorations already up) and watching the families dressed up in festive clothing as they went to Thanksgiving dinner at the hotel restaurants. Seeing so many folks in their holiday best, obviously happy just to be together (and at Disney World!) and sharing the celebration was what really made my day. Linda Tomsho
We love to go to the water park over the holidays. It is certainly something we cannot do over Thanksgiving up at our home in Pennsylvania, then we come back home and tell everyone we were swimming to celebrate the day. Mary Ward
My birthday is November 25th, and every six years November 25th is Thanksgiving Day! Combining my Birthday with the Thanksgiving Holidays and celebrating both at Walt Disney World makes for a one-of-a-kind celebration. Since my family pampers me on this special double celebration day, I get to do the choosing. All you can eat breakfast at Animal Kingdom to start the day. On to the Magic Kingdom. Ride my favorite ride, Splash Mountain, as many times as possible. Catch a lunch at The Liberty Tree Tavern. (Turkey with all the trimmings of course) Find good seats for the Parade. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the Magic Kingdom. Keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, I would also enjoy a smoked turkey leg or two prior to leaving.
A quick dip in the Wilderness Lodge pool before heading to the late show of the Hoop-Dee-Doo revue at Pioneer Hall. Of course I will begrudgingly let my family announce that it’s my birthday. After all, I would not want to disappoint my grandkids (Kara, Corey or Billy) on Papa’s special day. Strawberry Shortcake is a great replacement for ice cream and birthday cake. A hot cup of coffee to end the festivities. Then, I will cringe in fear that I will get picked as part of the show. I don’t think I would look good in a tutu. Plus I think I ate too much. But, what a wonderful day! wow74vette