We’re putting the final touches on our Thanksgiving Survival Guide for the Orlando theme park, but in the meantime, we wanted to share with you something that is perhaps equally as important — especially on Thanksgiving — and that is where to get your holiday meal.
Now, if you read our lookahead for November, you know Thanksgiving is a relatively low-key affair in the parks, which will already be decorated for Christmas. Still that doesn’t mean you can’t find a traditional meal. We’ve rounded up the T-Day offerings for your feasting pleasure.
Turkey Dinner …
Listed below are the restaurants at Disney, Universal and SeaWorld that will offer a special Thanksgiving Day meal. The Disney World restaurants require Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs), and many of them are booked. That said, I had Leap take a peek at reservations as of this writing, and there are a few still available here and there (and even more if you don’t want turkey dinner). His advice is to check for cancellations every day until your trip on the Disney dining reservations site.
Epcot®: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (lunch, dinner) Biergarten (lunch, dinner), Le Cellier Steakhouse (lunch, dinner), Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (lunch, dinner), Coral Reef (lunch, dinner) Sunshine Seasons (throughout the day), Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (will have special selections)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom®: Tusker House (lunch, dinner)
Downtown Disney: Raglan Road (special menu including Bunratty Mead-glazed Turkey with butter whipped potatoes, apple, sage and sweet onion stuffing, braised Brussels sprouts, cranberry & plum chutney and gravy for $27.95 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.), Fulton’s Crab House, Portobello and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café will also offer special prix fixe menus.
In the resorts, special dining for Thanksgiving Day is planned at:
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground — Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ show located at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Four show times: noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. (Trail’s End Restaurant is also offering lunch and dinner options.)
Disney’s All-Star Resorts — Intermission Food Court and World Premiere Food Court (lunch and dinner).
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner), Sanaa (lunch and dinner).
Disney’s BoardWalk — Flying Fish Café, Kouzzina by Cat Cora (dinner).
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort — Shutters at Old Port Royale (dinner).
Disney’s Contemporary Resort — California Grill, Chef Mickey’s (Dinner); The Wave … of American Flavors (lunch and dinner).
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort — Cítricos has three seatings for dinner; Grand Floridian Café (lunch and dinner), Narcoossee’s (dinner).
Disney’s Old Key West Resort — Olivia’s Café (lunch and dinner).
Disney’s Polynesian Resort — ‘Ohana (Dinner), Kona Café (lunch and dinner).
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Boatwright’s Dining Hall (dinner).
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa — The Turf Club Bar and Grill (lunch and dinner).
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge — Artist Point (dinner), Whispering Canyon Café (lunch and dinner).
Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts — Cape May Café (dinner), Captain’s Grille (lunch and dinner), Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner).
SeaWorld Orlando: Santa’s Fireside Feast at the Seafire Inn, Shark’s Underwater Grill also has a seasonal menu, which includes pork osso bucco, filet mignon, New York strip steak and grilled salmon.
Universal Resorts: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is hosting Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration at 4:30 p.m., which will include a Thanksgiving buffet, live entertainment, pilgrims and indians, crafts, storytelling and more (Details here). The Kitchen restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel and Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort will also offer Thanksgiving meals for lunch and dinner.
… Or Turkey Leg (Or Pork Shank)?
The Frog Family always likes to have a back-up plan, so here’s a list of where you can get one of those delicious smoked turkey legs in each of the parks:
Magic Kingdom® Park: the Turkey Leg Cart (Frontierland® Area), Gaston’s Tavern (roasted pork shank in New Fantasyland® Area)
Epcot®: Fife & Drum (America Pavilion)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®: Toluca Turkey Legs (Sunset Boulevard); if Toluca Turkey Legs is closed try Fairfax Fare next door
Disney’s Animal Kingdom®: Trilo-Bites (DinoLand U.S.A.®.), Turkey Wagon (Discovery Island)
Universal Studios: Street vendor (New York)
Gotta run … all of this talk of Thanksgiving dinner is making me hungry! Be sure to check back next week for our Thanksgiving Survival Guide for the Orlando Theme Parks. You definitely need a plan if you’re gearing up for the holiday crowds!
— Mommy Frog