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Reservations Open Today for Thanksgiving Day Dining at Disneyland Resort

posted on September 29th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

It’s countdown to turkey time, and the Disneyland Resort chefs are planning some extra-special dining for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26. Here’s where you’ll find the big bird in the theme parks and hotels. For reservations, visit or call 714-781-DINE.


The biggest celebration is from noon-5 p.m. at the Disneyland Hotel ballroom, where the annual fall harvest includes Thanksgiving favorites such as carved roasted breast of turkey and prime rib, served with homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, fresh cranberry-orange relish and smashed potatoes and gravy. You’ll also find salads, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon and cured meats, poached shrimp and king crab legs. Desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, cookies, chocolate mousse and a chocolate fountain. Fall harvest buffet is $76.99; also a special buffet just for ages 3 to 9, $27.99.

Here’s your guide to Thanksgiving Day dining throughout the Disneyland Resort:

Disneyland Park

  • Carnation Café: Slow-roasted turkey with turkey-bourbon gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, apple-cranberry stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, veggies and a dinner roll.
  • Plaza Inn: Slow-roasted turkey with traditional turkey gravy and sage dressing, mashed potatoes, veggies and a dinner roll.
  • River Belle Terrace “Fantasmic!” Dinner: Slow-roasted turkey breast with stuffing, roasted garlic-thyme mashed potatoes, home-style gravy, veggies, cornbread and cranberry relish.
  • French Market Restaurant: Slow-roasted turkey breast with andouille sausage stuffing, Market potatoes, home-style gravy, veggies, artisan bread and cranberry relish. Also pumpkin pie.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant: Slow-roasted turkey roulade with focaccia stuffing, roasted garlic, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, Cognac turkey gravy and cranberry relish.
  • Harbour Galley: Turkey tortilla soup simmered with roasted corn and black beans.
  • Café Orleans: Slow-roasted turkey breast with cornbread and giblet stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes, veggies, home-style gravy and cranberry relish.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Mortimer’s Market: Turkey-shaped sourdough bread.
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant: Receive a voucher for “World of Color” preferred viewing with your choice of Carthay Circle Salad with heirloom apples, roasted walnuts, winter greens, bacon, dates and creamy citrus vinaigrette or Cinderella Pumpkin Broth with lemongrass-cilantro grilled chicken, caramelized onion and Tuscan kale. Entrée added: grilled Sierra free-range turkey with a Poblano chile and mushroom tamale, and creamed corn with turkey jus. Dessert, also a la carte, is crunchy butterscotch pie with cashews, holiday Chantilly and caramel.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Herb-roasted turkey breast with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, herb focaccia stuffing, seasonal vegetables and orange-cranberry sauce. Also pumpkin pie.
  • Boudin Bread Cart at Pacific Wharf: Turkey-shaped sourdough bread
  • Pacific Wharf Café: Turkey pot pie soup in a bread bowl; pumpkin spice bread pudding.
  • Flo’s V8 Café: Rotisserie-roasted turkey breast with mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies and 0range-cranberry sauce.
  • Ariel’s Grotto: Slow-roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy, apple stuffing, orange-cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and veggies (includes voucher for “World of Color” preferred viewing).
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta: Pumpkin pie.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Storytellers Café: Dinner buffet with salads and fresh fruit, roasted corn chowder, hand-carved turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, hand-carved beef, pan-seared salmon, pork loin, candied yams, sourdough bread stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, green beans. Also holiday desserts include pumpkin and pecan pies, bread pudding with vanilla sauce, chocolate pate, dulce de leche pot de crème.
  • Napa Rose: Chef Andrew Sutton’s Four-Course Wine Country Feast (wine flight also available); reservations and information, 714-300-7170.

Disneyland Hotel

  • Steakhouse 55: Starter course – butternut squash soup with crispy shredded skirt steak and maple clabbered cream; Entrée – roasted turkey Wellington, brioche stuffing, cranberry, Swiss chard, wild mushroom gravy; Dessert – trio of sweet potato mousse parfait, pecan cake pop and pumpkin whoopie pie. Wine pairings available. Also available in the Steakhouse 55 Lounge.
  • Goofy’s Kitchen: Turkey and herb stuffing will be added to the buffet brunch, along with turkey gravy, sweet potatoes and tortellini with pumpkin cream sauce.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

  • Disney’s PCH Grill: Dinner Buffet – Cold selections include salads, heirloom tomato-mozzarella topped with creamy pesto & aged balsamic reduction, roasted potato salad with creamy mustard dressing. Hot selections include fried chicken, roasted sustainable fish, sausage and herb stuffing, roasted garden vegetables, mini smashed potatoes with cheddar cheese, spice-rubbed pork shoulder. On the carving station, herb-marinated roast and oven-roasted turkey breast are served with beef au jus, creamy horseradish, cranberry relish and brown gravy. Traditional holiday desserts include pumpkin pie, chocolate pecan pie, apple pie, chestnut-apricot flight, vanilla caramel and cranberry jelly, molten chocolate hazelnut crumb cake.

Note: Disney characters will not be in attendance for Thanksgiving meals served at Storytellers Café and Disney’s PCH Grill.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Plans for Extra-Special Holiday Cheer

posted on July 18th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Yesterday, we announced that Disney Cruise Line’s special Very Merrytime Cruises kick off in early November this year, giving your family even more options for celebrating the winter holidays at sea.


Beginning November 9 on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder and November 10 on the Disney Dream and Disney Magic, we’ll celebrate all your favorite winter holidays with extra-special events and activities through the new year. You can build gingerbread houses, meet Santa Claus, and listen as holiday storytellers share tales of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa … or just relax on deck instead of shoveling snow!

These voyages ignite holiday cheer from the very first night at “King Triton’s Tree Lighting Ceremony,” where a young guest will help light the three-deck-tall tree in the ship’s atrium lobby. The celebration takes on a tropical flair during the “Deck the Deck Holiday Party,” where you can do the “Yuletide Slide” with Mickey and friends, show off your hula hooping skills and limbo under oversized candy canes.

Sailing on Thanksgiving? Prepare for an extra dose of holiday magic, because we’re celebrating “turkey day” with a bountiful feast and Disney friends – and plenty of NFL football games, of course! On Christmas sailings, you’ll find surprises from Santa himself, caroling crew members and a traditional Christmas dinner that night. And celebrate New Year’s Eve on the high seas at a party with music, sparkling wine and a midnight countdown.

Even Castaway Cay is getting a holiday makeover, complete with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree and holiday island music!


Are you dreaming of a Disney Cruise Line Christmas? Let us know what you’d like most about our Very Merrytime Cruises in the comments section below.

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Thanksgiving Galore at the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 26th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

It’s just one day, but it’s one of the most special meals of the year in America – Thanksgiving. And at the Disneyland Resort, there are more than a dozen turkey day specials. Here’s where to find everything from slow-roasted turkey to pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving Galore at the Disneyland Resort

The extravaganza is the buffet at the Disneyland Hotel, a classic harvest of roast turkey, prime rib, homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, fresh cranberry-orange relish and smashed potatoes and gravy. Add to that fresh salads, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon, chilled shrimp, king crab legs and charcuterie. And that’s all before desserts such as pumpkin and pecan pies, tarts, desserts flights, cookies, cakes, macaroon pops, gourmet cupcakes, crêpes flambées and a chocolate fountain with sweets for dipping.

Thanksgiving Galore at the Disneyland Resort

Cost is $71.99, $20.99 for the child’s buffet with kid-friendly tastes from homemade pizza, mac & cheese, chicken tenders, fresh corn, mini hotdogs and other favorites.

Also at the Disneyland Hotel, Steakhouse 55 is offering three courses for $46: roasted butternut squash soup with crème fraîche; slow-roasted turkey with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, dressing and Grand Marnier cranberry sauce; and pumpkin crème brûlée for dessert.

Goofy’s Kitchen will offer brunch ($33.99) and dinner ($38.99) with an abundance of goodies, from made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict, roasted ham, huevos rancheros in the morning, and classic Thanksgiving for dinner – turkey, roasted New York strip, salmon with caper-butter sauce, mashed potatoes, brown sugar yams with marshmallows, sourdough stuffing, butternut squash soup and more. The special kids’ buffet is $17.99.

Skipping over to Disney’s PCH Grill buffet at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, there’s oven-roasted turkey breast with cranberry-orange relish, New York strip steak with horseradish cream, grilled chicken, pan-seared salmon, apple-walnut stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey giblet gravy, and bounteous salads and desserts. Cost is $31.99, $16.99 for the kids’ buffet.

Heading to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Napa Rose kicks it up with a four-course Wine Country Feast for Thanksgiving – $90, and a wine flight for an additional $45. Kids get a turkey dinner for $20.

Next door at Storytellers Café, you can choose a classic turkey dinner with brioche bread stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy and cranberry sauce for $22.99 ($11.99 for kids), or go for it at the buffet with turkey, New York strip loin, pan-seared salmon, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, grilled chicken, pork loin, candied yams, stuffing with sweet Italian sausage, mashed potatoes, golden beets and more. Plus, those pies and other desserts! The buffet is $30.99, $14.99 for the child’s buffet.

At Disney California Adventure park, you can get turkey and all the fixins’ at Ariel’s Grotto, Flo’s V8 Café, Wine Country Trattoria and Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, or a three-course dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant.

At Disneyland park, slow-roasted turkey accompanied by chefs’ favorite side dishes are on the menu at Café Orleans, French Market, Carnation Café, Plaza Inn, River Belle Terrace and Blue Bayou. And Jolly Holiday Bakery Café already has us thinking of delicious leftovers with a carved turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo.

To make reservations for table service dining, call the Disney Dine Line (714-781-DINE) or email dining reservation requests to

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Walt Disney World Turkey Time

posted on November 23rd, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

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.

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A Memorable Feast With All the Trimmings at Disney’s Vero Beach

posted on November 3rd, 2010 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Thanksgiving Brunch at Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Did you know that Thanksgiving brunch at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is an annual tradition for many locals? Besides the typical display of turkey and stuffing, the chefs add a little Florida to the menu with chilled seafood like snow crab, poached salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp and mussels. It’s a spread I thought a few of you would want to know about. There’s a ton of fave veggies and sides too, and even a kids menu for those fussy munchkins. It’s priced at $30.99 and $16.99 for ages 9 and under and reservations are required. Buffet is open from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. so come hungry, and be grateful.

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National Thanksgiving Turkey Settles into New Home at Big Thunder Ranch

posted on November 26th, 2009 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

The Turkeys, Courage and Carolina, are now in their new home at Big Thunder Ranch here at the Disneyland Resort. Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth, Courage and Carolina!
Thunder Ranch

Thunder Ranch

Thunder Ranch

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Thanksgiving Day Parade at Disneyland Park

posted on November 26th, 2009 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

The National Thanksgiving Turkey, “Courage,” pardoned by President Obama in a Rose Garden Ceremony at the White House yesterday, starred in the “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day” Thanksgiving parade today at the Disneyland Resort.
Thanksgiving Parade at Disneyland

He greeted guests as he stood atop a float and glided down Main Street, U.S.A. The turkey’s float was surrounded by 200 volunteers. Many of those volunteers gave their time at the Orange County Food Bank and helped prepare more than 20,000 bags of food for those in need for Thanksgiving. Take a look at “Courage’s” exciting day at Disneyland Park.

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It’s Turkey Time! The National Thanksgiving Turkey Visits Disneyland Resort

posted on November 3rd, 2009 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

Hi! My name is Valarie Sukovaty and I work on the Disneyland Public Relations broadcast team. We produce many of the video podcasts you see on, DisneyParks’ YouTube channel and right here on this blog. From time to time, I’ll be taking you behind the scenes with video. I’ve worked here at the Happiest Place on Earth for nearly five years and one of my favorite events is bringing the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate to the Disneyland Resort:

We are only a few weeks away from the lucky birds getting their presidential pardons and “flying” to their new home here in Southern California. The tradition began in 2005 with “Marshmallow” & “Yam,” followed by “Flyer” & “Fryer” (2006), “May” & “Flower” (Walt Disney World Resort 2007) and last year’s “Pumpkin” & “Pecan.” Here’s a look back at all our feathery friends.

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A Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast

posted on October 26th, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

Love to eat but feel you could do without the cooking and cleaning? I’m right there with you. Read more if you’d like to join the Disney family (including some of our favorite characters) this Thanksgiving, November 26, 2009.

“A Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast” at the Grand Ballroom in the Disneyland Hotel offers a delectable meal with a hearty helping of Disney fantasy mixed in. Chip and Dale and other world famous Disney Characters will spread the holiday cheer as you eat your way through an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The fall harvest and Thanksgiving favorites will include carved roasted breast of turkey and prime rib of beef, homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, fresh cranberry orange relish and smashed potato and gravy. Chilled poached shrimp, king crab legs, fresh salads, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon and cured meats will also be included in the display. It may be difficult, but you’ll want to save to room for dessert, which includes a variety of traditional pies, tarts, cookies, crepes and even a chocolate fountain with sweets for dipping.

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