A time for gratitude and good times, Thanksgiving is a fun family day – especially for a traditional turkey day meal at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts.
Most fun of all is dining al fresco with Mickey Mouse and friends – we’re in the Sunshine State after all – at the Fort Wilderness outdoor pavilion for an old-fashioned, all-you-care-to-eat feast and dance party.
Dinner includes cornbread, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, green bean casserole, yellow squash and butternut squash, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more. While you chow down, enjoy live country music by the popular band “Margo Rochelle and Rodeo Drive,” take a turn on the dance floor with Mickey, Minnie and their pals, and enjoy high-spirited rope twirlin’ by special guest artist Trick Ropin’ Trevor.
There are four shows on Thanksgiving Day, but reservations are going fast – the noon and 2 p.m. seatings are your best bet, with limited spots left for 4 and 6 p.m. (Dinner is two points on the Disney Dining Plan.) This is real family fun, with plenty of room for little ones to frolic with the Disney characters.
If you prefer fine dining, some of the Disney chefs get creative with the traditional meal. At Artist Point, the dinner includes smoky butternut squash and ginger soup with crispy pancetta, pumpkinseed oil and lemon cream; smoked turkey breast based with sage butter; dried cherry dressing; buttermilk-chive mashed potatoes with fig gravy; and pumpkin cheesecake.
Kouzzina by Cat Cora is adding all-American fare to the Greek-inspired menu: butternut squash soup, turkey, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, cornbread, glazed sweet potatoes, green beans, pecan and pumpkin pie tartlets.
At Citricos, oven-roasted turkey goes on the menu, along with pumpkin cheesecake. For an all-you-care-to eat option, Cape May Café plusses up the buffet with turkey and giblet gravy, homestyle stuffing, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes.
The Wave…of American Flavors offers butternut squash bisque, turkey, mashed potatoes, sage gravy, cranberry relish and green beans on their market-fresh menu.
If you’re in the theme parks on turkey day, here’s where you’ll find the traditional bird and trimmings: The Hollywood Brown Derby, 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Hollywood & Vine (buffet) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Tusker House Restaurant (buffet) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Biergarten Restaurant (buffet), Le Cellier Steakhouse, Coral Reef Restaurant and The Garden Grill (family style) at Epcot. Magic Kingdom restaurants are fully booked.
Happy eating! To make reservations, visit Disney Dining & Reservations or call 407-WDW-DINE.