Thanksgiving Dinner At Disney World: Theme Parks & Disney Springs
For us, celebrating Thanksgiving is all about spending time with the ones we love – and, of course, sharing in a delicious, bountiful meal. And what better place to do both of those things than Walt Disney World, land of family-friendly fun and decadent dishes of all sizes and flavors? So, bring your appetites as we dig into this cornucopia of places to go for Thanksgiving dinner at Disney World in 2021.
Wondering what else you can do for Thanksgiving at Disney World besides eat? Check out our guide on going to Walt Disney World for Thanksgiving, where we talk turkey on everything from crowd size to family-friendly activities. Thinking of dining at the Walt Disney World Hotels? We’ve got you covered with our Resort Hotel Thanksgiving Guide.
Things to Know Before Your Disney World Thanksgiving Dinner
If you’re the kind of folks who only feel right indulging in traditional Thanksgiving trappings like turkey and pumpkin pie amid gallons of gourds and a blaze of fiery fall leaves, then a Disney Thanksgiving dinner may not be for you. After all, Walt Disney World doesn’t make much of a fuss over this foodiest of holidays. Instead, it sheds most of its autumnal accoutrements right after Halloween passes, well in advance of any Thanksgiving-fueled food comas, in a veritable overnight blizzard of festive Christmas decorations.
However, that doesn’t stop many restaurants at Disney World from crafting a special spread in honor of the occasion. Needless to say, if you and your crew aren’t fazed by a few Christmas trees and other themed holiday décor, then you’ll find Walt Disney World a welcome place for your Thanksgiving feast.
As we just mentioned, some table-service Disney dining options create an entire holiday menu – complete with harvest-inspired sides, sweets and sips – while quick-service locations may offer a turkey-centric sandwich or pumpkin-forward dessert. So, whether you’d like to have one massive meal or taste the holiday all day long, there’s a Disney World Thanksgiving dinner (or lunch!) option that’s right for you.
Although restaurants may also have walk-up availability on Thanksgiving Day, an Advance Dining Reservation is crucial to securing your holiday feast at Disney World. Reservations can be booked up to 60 days in advance, so there are only a handful of spots left available at the time of writing.
We recommend you keep checking the My Disney Experience app in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, particularly two-to-three days before, in case of any last-minute cancelations. Of course, should you not be able to snag a spot at a table-service restaurant, you can also opt for a more low-key Thanksgiving meal at one of Disney World’s quick-service restaurants. Turkey Day food tour, anyone?
Last year, The Polite Pig at Disney Springs even offered a family-sized, pre-order Thanksgiving feast perfect for guests staying in a villa or one of the other larger rooms on property or camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. In short, there’s no shortage of options. Keep in mind that whichever restaurant you choose, should it be located inside one of the theme parks, you will need a valid Park Pass Reservation to gain entry.
Where to Go for a Disney Thanksgiving Dinner
If you’re doing Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World, from turkey dinners with all the fixings to a delectable array of pumpkin and apple desserts, these following restaurants will leave you grateful for the delicious food and fun times shared with family and friends this Turkey Day. Remember that many of the options listed below are exclusively available on Thanksgiving Day, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. Also, please note that unless indicated otherwise, the below dishes are available all year-round.
Magic Kingdom Park
Magic Kingdom may not be the first theme park that comes to mind when you think of the best places to eat at Walt Disney World (that title goes to the likes of Epcot and Disney Springs). Still, the Central Florida resort’s most enchanting park is actually home to one of our top picks for Thanksgiving dinner.
Liberty Tree Tavern | Liberty Square
Every day is Thanksgiving Day at Liberty Tree Tavern. Here, guests dine on bottomless, family-style helpings (because who can ever stop at just one plate of those cozy comfort food classics?) of holiday favorites like roast turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing all year long, in a restaurant inspired by our nation’s founding.
Can’t imagine your Thanksgiving turkey without a side of cranberries? While it isn’t on the menu, the kitchen often keeps some of the ruby-hued sauce on hand, so feel free to ask your server if there is any available.
Patriot’s Platter – Roast Turkey Breast, Pennsylvania Pot Roast, and Oven-roasted Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Stuffing, and House-made Macaroni & Cheese; served with Declaration Salad and Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake
Plant-based Tavern Keeper’s Feast – Plant-based Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy and Seasonal Vegetables; served with Declaration Salad and Johnny Appleseed’s Warm Apple Cake
Other Spots for Thanksgiving Dinner at Magic Kingdom
If Liberty Tree Tavern is full, The Diamond Horseshoe just a few doors down is an excellent alternative, as it actually serves the exact same menu as Liberty Tree Tavern, where diners can choose from either the Saloon Feast or Plant-based Cowpoke Platter instead.
While there are no special Thanksgiving dishes on offer (and no Disney character dining, for that matter), Cinderella’s Royal Table makes for an appropriately celebratory meal. Both The Plaza Restaurant and The Crystal Palace aren’t concocting any Thanksgiving specialties either, but their quaint settings make them an ideal spot for dinner with the family.
A perpetual favorite of food-loving Disney World fans everywhere, Epcot is a no-brainer for those searching for holiday classics, as well as for guests hoping for a Thanksgiving feast with global flair.
Garden Grill Restaurant | The Land Pavilion at World Nature
For some of the best Thanksgiving dinner at Disney World, head to Garden Grill Restaurant for Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast. That’s right, not only does this meal come with all-you-can-eat holiday favorites served family-style (many made with ingredients grown right there in The Land Pavilion). But, as a Disney character meal, you’ll also get to see those rascally chipmunks and pals Mickey Mouse and Pluto, all dressed up in their farmer finery.
Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast – Sliced Turkey Breast with Turkey Gravy, Harvest-inspired Garden Salad, Herb and Leek Stuffing, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Seasonal Vegetables and Berry Short Cake
American Holiday Table | American Adventure Pavilion at World Showcase
Yes, our next suggestion isn’t even a permanent fixture at Epcot. In fact, it isn’t even open until the day after Thanksgiving, but we thought it deserved to be on our list anyway – because turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Part of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays, the American Holiday Table food booth is a tasty choice whether you’re in the mood for Thanksgiving food on the go or just a taste of Turkey Day. (Available November 26-December 30, 2021)
Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce
Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions and Puff Pastry (plant-based)
Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds
Other Spots for Thanksgiving Dinner at Epcot
While Thanksgiving brings families across the United States and Canada together, Oktoberfest does the same for those in Germany. Only, instead of turkey and gratefulness, people toast to foamy beers and yummy Bavarian cuisine. If that sounds like your kind of Thanksgiving, then make your way to Biergarten Restaurant in the Germany Pavilion in World Showcase for cozy dishes like Rotisserie Chicken, Spätzle, and Schnitzel.
Or, for those who prefer their Thanksgiving with a side of patriotism (and perfectly smoked meats), the craft drafts and barbecue of Regal Eagle Smokehouse make for an all-American meal of Memphis Dry-rub Pork Ribs, Sliced Texas Beef Brisket or Kansas City Smoked Half-Chicken.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
While there aren’t any unique Disney Thanksgiving dinner options at Hollywood Studios this year, there are a few restaurants at this star-studded theme park worthy of your holiday feast. All thanks to either a special seasonal menu, fancy setting or a selection of family-friendly favorites just like grandma used to make.
Hollywood & Vine | Echo Lake
At first glance, with the character meal’s Christmas decorations and the gang’s festive attire, Minnie’s Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine feels more ‘Merry Christmas’ than ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ this time of year. That is until you look at the menu for Minnie’s Holiday Dine. While you could opt for a more yuletide-ready entrée like Spice-rubbed Pork Loin or Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Sliced Beef Tenderloin, the Carved Herb-roasted Turkey Breast with stuffing and cranberry relish has Thanksgiving written all over it. (Available November 4, 2021-January 3, 2022)
Carved Herb-roasted Turkey Breast – Served with Garlic Redskin Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Sauteed Green Beans, Turkey Gravy and Cranberry-Orange Relish
50’s Prime Time Café | Echo Lake
It may not be turkey, but 50’s Prime Time Café does serve up a tasty fried chicken, complete with mashed potatoes and gravy, and other homespun classics like pot roast and meatloaf. Best of all, each dining room makes you feel like you’ve been transported from the crowded theme parks directly into a relative’s charming kitchen, so you don’t have to feel like you’re on vacation this Thanksgiving. Be sure to save space for some Traditional Warm Apple Crisp for dessert.
Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken – Served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy and Seasonal Vegetables
Mom’s Old-fashioned Pot Roast – Slow-cooked ‘til fork-tender and served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Brown Gravy and garnished with Carrots, Celery and Onions
Other Spots for Thanksgiving Dinner at Hollywood Studios
While The Hollywood Brown Derby on Hollywood Boulevard isn’t offering any Thanksgiving specials, this signature restaurant is an excellent place for those who don’t need turkey and pumpkin on Turkey Day. With its elegant setting and elevated dishes like Free-Range Chicken à la King and Wild Mushroom Risotto, you won’t even miss the stuffing and mashed potatoes.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Believe it or not, if you’re on the hunt for Thanksgiving specialty items, then a visit to Animal Kingdom is a must. Here you’ll find everything from traditional and elevated takes on the classic Thanksgiving Day feast to more casual variations like sandwiches and bowls.
Tiffins Restaurant | Discovery Island
The regular menu at Tiffins Restaurant may be inspired by the global adventures of the Disney Imagineers when dreaming up Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Still, its Thanksgiving dishes are about as familiar and comforting as it gets. Surprising pops of flavors like pickled jalapeño and wild mushrooms make this an ideal choice for an adult Disney trip over Turkey Day. (Available November 25, 2021)
Thanksgiving Plate – Turkey Roulade, Fine Herbs Whipped Potatoes, Maple-Glazed Carrots, Sweet Potato Pavé, Wild Mushrooms, Green Bean Casserole, Cornbread Dressing, Cranberry Gel and Turkey Gravy.
Roasted Squash Soup – Served with Ginger-Pear Chutney, Pickled Jalapeño and Chai-spiced & Candied Pistachios
Apple Pie Cheesecake – Whipped Caramel Cheesecake with Apple Pie Compote, White Chocolate streusel and Cranberry Sauce
Tusker House Restaurant | Africa
While Tiffins Restaurant brings the coziness of Thanksgiving with an upscale, grown-up twist, Tusker House Restaurant is a win for families with kids thanks to visits from Donald Duck and his friends Mickey and Goofy. With the characters all decked out in their safari gear and a temporary, Thanksgiving-inspired makeover of the buffet offerings, it’s a fun way to celebrate everything you’re grateful for. (Available November 25, 2021)
Thanksgiving Dinner – Spit-roasted Turkey, Turkey Gravy, Mashed Red Potatoes and Focaccia Bread Dressing along with Seasonal Vegetables, Pork Loin, Flank Steak and an Assortment of Desserts
Other Spots for Thanksgiving Dinner at Animal Kingdom
Don’t have time (or stomach space) for a complete Thanksgiving feast? No worries! These Animal Kingdom quick-service restaurants celebrate the spirit of Turkey Day without requiring an Advance Dining Reservation or lucking out with the walk-up list. Instead, limited-time dishes satisfy with a surprising combination of well-loved Thanksgiving flavors like turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, all stuffed into a convenient package.
Restaurantosaurus| DinoLand U.S.A.
Open-Faced Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich – Grilled Multigrain Bread with Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise, Cornbread Stuffing Waffle, Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast, Herb Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and a Fried Sage Leaf (Available November 25, 2021)
Satu’li Canteen | Pandora – The World of Avatar
Thanksgiving Bowl – Cornbread Stuffing, Sliced Roasted Turkey, Cranberry Boba Pearls, Gravy and Slaw (Available November 25, 2021)
Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse – Pumpkin Cheesecake, Chocolate “Dirt” and Cranberry Boba Pearls (Available November 25-28, 2021)
Disney Springs is a must-visit destination for any foodie traveling through Walt Disney World any time of year, but especially during the holidays, Thanksgiving included. Here you’ll find a buffet of cuisines and dishes, from celebrity chef-driven restaurants to award-winning bakeries and much more.
There’s no denying that the Irish are experts in food that warms both the body and soul, making Raglan Road an obvious choice for your Thanksgiving dinner at Disney Springs. Best of all, if you schedule your meal for the evening, you’ll even get to enjoy entertainment with your feast since this Disney dinner show features live music and Irish step dancing. (Available November 25, 2021)
Special Thanksgiving Menu – Butter & Herb Roast Turkey, Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Duck Fat Roasties, Honey-Glazed Carrots, Bacon-Braised Brussels Sprouts, Sausage Meat & Walnut Stuffing and Red Wine Jus with Cranberry Sauce
Known for transforming into a booming club as the evening wears on (courtesy of the in-house DJ), STK Orlando is a chic spot for your Turkey Day dinner and perfect for those wanting a bit of Disney luxury. A full feast with all the sides and accompaniments will be offered throughout Thanksgiving, or choose one of the equally autumnal specials with pumpkin as the star.
Thanksgiving Special – Roasted Free Range Turkey Breast with Confit Turkey Thighs and all the sides and trimmings; past sides include Foie Gras Stuffing, Cranberry, Maple Baked Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Corn Pudding Brussels Sprouts and Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Candied Ginger Cream and Crunchy Caramel Honeycomb (Available November 25, 2021)
Pumpkin & Truffle Tortellini with Sage Butter, Champagne Confit Mushrooms, Spaghetti Squash, Prosciutto, Pecorino and Pine Nuts
Pumpkin Pie with Caramelized Pepitas, Whipped Ginger Cream and Crunchy Toffee
Pumpkin Spiced Old Fashioned – Woodford Reserve, Fresh Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie Syrup, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Walnut Bitters, Star Anise and Brown Sugar Rim
With its creative spins (and filling portions) on classic bar foods and comfort food favorites and unique live entertainment to boot, The Edison has long been a popular place to eat at Walt Disney World, whether for a kid-friendly meal or Disney date night. Thanksgiving Day is no different, thanks to a traditional turkey feast with all the fixings and a cheeky, fall-themed cocktail that swaps pumpkin for a more unexpected gourd: the butternut squash.
Traditional Turkey Dinner – Oven-roasted Turkey, Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Stuffing, Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
Squash the Rumors – Malibu Coconut Rum, Curried Butternut Squash Cream, House-made Falernum, Brown Sugar, Ginger, Clove and Nutmeg, served with an Edible Garnish Set of Candied Butternut Squash and Toasted Marshmallows
City Works Eatery & Pour House
While the NBA Experience may be no more, you can still enjoy a meal in this temple to all things basketball. Not only will City Works Eatery & Pour House be dishing up Thanksgiving classics, but its 17 flatscreen TVs and a massive video wall make this sporty restaurant a no-brainer for guests who can’t imagine a Turkey Day without football.
Herb Roasted Turkey – Hand-carved Turkey, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Traditional Stuffing, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Lardons, Corn Casserole and Gravy (Child’s portion also available)
S’mores Dip – Hershey’s Chocolate, Marshmallows and Graham Crackers
Other Spots for Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney Springs
For those who don’t have time for a whole feast or are in the mood for a more low-key Thanksgiving, these quick-service restaurants have you covered with their turkey dinners in sandwich, burger and poutine form.
Earl of Sandwich
Holiday Turkey Sandwich – Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and Mayo
Holiday Turkey Burger – Turkey Patty, Butternut Squash Risotto Cake, Bacon-Cranberry Jam, Lettuce and Tomato (Available November 5-December 1, 2021)
The Daily Poutine
Gobbler Poutine – French Fries with Shredded Turkey, Gravy and Cheese Curds (Available November 5-December 30, 2021)
Still hoping for more table-service options? While we can’t guarantee that they’ll have a special Disney World Thanksgiving Dinner 2021 menu, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, Enzo’s Hideaway and Paddlefish have all hosted a Turkey Day feast in past years.
So, there’s a chance that one may still be announced. If there is, plan on dishes like Smoked Turkey and Cornbread Stuffing (Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’), a Turkey Porchetta with pancetta and Polenta “Dressing”(Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante), Pumpkin Panna Cotta (Enzo’s Hideaway) and Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes (Paddlefish).
Finally, though more in the vein of Christmas-themed pop-up bars, Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar is a charming place for bar bites and cocktails at Disney World. With delightfully tacky decorations and seasonal-inspired appetizers and drinks make this yuletide takeover of the Hangar Bar a fun stop to eat. Think, Venison Sliders with cranberry aioli, Fried Brussels Sprouts and Cookies & Milk – only the milk is replaced with boozy, coconutty, eggnog-y coquito.
Well, folks, that wraps up our guide on where to enjoy the best Thanksgiving dinner at Disney World. Not to get all mushy, but as grateful as we are for all the yummy things to eat at Walt Disney World, we are just as thankful for readers like you.
Have you spent Thanksgiving Day at Walt Disney World? Where is your favorite place for a Disney Thanksgiving dinner? Let us know in the comments below!
And remember, if you can’t get an Advance Dining Reservation or place a Mobile Food Order for any of the restaurants on our list, there’s one last place you can turn to for a little lot of turkey on Turkey Day: the humble-yet-iconic Turkey Leg.