Let’s Talk Thanksgiving Week Disney Dining
Are you spending Thanksgiving Week at Walt Disney World? Those DVC members fortunate to do so will discover a treasure trove of holiday dining options, including every kind of turkey imaginable. Let’s talk about your Thanksgiving Week Disney dining options.
Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner at the Parks
As usual, you’ll find plenty of theme park restaurants serving classical Thanksgiving meals or at least components. Of course, we’ll start with Liberty Tree Tavern, which has made Thanksgiving dinner its menu for decades now. In recent years, Disney has introduced plant-based options as well.
Guests can enjoy the Bill of Fare, the standard Thanksgiving meal. It includes Roasted Turkey, Pot Roast, Oven-roasted Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herbed Stuffing, and House-made Macaroni & Cheese. This meal also comes with a salad and the legendary Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.
Alternatively, you can choose the Tavern Keeper’s Feast. It includes Plant-based Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy, and Seasonal Vegetables. You’ll also get the salad and Johnny Appleseed’s Warm Apple Cake.
As a reminder, Disney has turned The Diamond Horseshoe into a second Liberty Tree Tavern. You’ll find the same menu at both restaurants. The only differences are the setting and theming.
At Crystal Tree Tavern, you can choose any of the buffet options that comprise the typical Thanksgiving dinner. That’s true at places like Hollywood & Vine and Garden Grill as well.
Where You Can Probably Eat Thanksgiving Dinner
At the time of publication, Disney hasn’t listed Thanksgiving dining options at the various parks and resorts. However, we do have last year’s list. I think it’s fair to expect many of the same offerings for the 2023 holiday:
- Intermission Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Riverside Mill and Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and French Quarter
- The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Here are the locations that served a Thanksgiving dinner, turkey plate, or something similar last year:
- 50’s Prime Time Café
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- The Hollywood Brown Derby
- Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Satu’li Canteen
- Sunshine Seasons
- Tusker House
Disney Sells Other Thanksgiving Treats
Every holiday season, Disney chefs reveal new concoctions they’ve field-tested in their labs. It’s a whole process, one the cooking staff takes seriously.
For 2023, Disney has revealed several new Thanksgiving-related entrees, desserts, and snacks at various restaurants. Here’s a list:
- Turkey Cupcake at Sunshine Seasons at EPCOT
- Here We Come A-Croquetting at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart at The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Pumpkin Pie-spice Beignets at Scat Cat’s Club – Café at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Maple Pot de Crème at Landscape of Flavors (Disney’s Art of Animation Resort) and Everything POP Shopping & Dining (Disney’s Pop Century Resort)
- Pumpkin Cheesecake at Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse at Satu’li Canteen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
So, you can find four of these offerings at theme parks and DVC resorts. You can also hop on the Disney Skyliner to reach Art of Animation and Pop Century. A boat will also transport you from Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa to Disney Springs and Port Orleans – French Quarter.
In other words, DVC members can easily visit all the locations serving unique Thanksgiving fare. Sample as much as you like! I won’t be at Disney next week, but Maple Pot de Crème looks and sounds decadent. You can see a picture of it on the Disney Eats Instagram account.
Eating Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney Springs
Longtime DVC members know that Disney Springs often works well as a Thanksgiving dinner option. Since many tourists spend the holiday at the parks, especially Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs restaurants aren’t as crowded.
Part of the explanation stems from the sheer depth of eateries serving Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s a current list of options:
- The BOATHOUSE
- Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
- City Works Eatery & Pour House
- Earl of Sandwich
- The Edison
- Enzo’s Hideaway
- Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
- Morimoto Asia
- Planet Hollywood
- Raglan Road Irish Pub
- STK Orlando
- Wine Bar George
I’m not including other places that do sell unique Thanksgiving treats. For example, you can grab a Thanksgiving Donut at Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew from now through November 30th. So, you’ll find quick bites as well as full meals.
For other locations like Jaleo, you can read the full menu online. Highlights include “Thanksgiving” Croquetas and Tarta de Quéso con Calabaza.
Meanwhile, you’ll find “heritage turkey” at Maria & Enzos. For those who prefer a more conventional Thanksgiving dinner experience, The Edison promises “traditional Thanksgiving turkey breast with all the accompaniments including stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.”
The Edison, Raglan Road, and Morimoto Asia are all taking an interesting approach to pricing. While most other Disney Springs dining options use their typical pricing structures, these three locales will charge a single price for a Thanksgiving meal. Their dinners range from $38-$45 for adults and $18-$20 for children.
PS: While visiting Disney Springs, don’t forget to do the Christmas Tree Stroll!