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Thanksgiving, Christmas Day Ideas for Dining at Walt Disney World Resort

There’s a feast of dining options for the upcoming holidays at Walt Disney World Resort. Starting with Thanksgiving Day (November 28), special menus include all the classics – turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day Ideas for Dining at Walt Disney World Resort

In the theme parks, Thanksgiving specials are on the menu for lunch and dinner:

In the resorts, special dining for Thanksgiving Day is planned at:

For Christmas Day, there’s everything from Mickey’s Christmas Feast at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to a prixe fixe at Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk.

In the theme parks:

  • At Epcot, Biergarten Restaurant at the Germany Pavilion will plus up the buffet with special holiday dishes, and Le Cellier Steakhouse is offering a special menu.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Restaurant will have Christmas specials on the buffet.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Hollywood & Vine will have Christmas lunch and two dinner seatings with carved turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, root beer glazed butternut squash, spiced pumpkin mousse on the buffet.
  • In Magic Kingdom Park, The Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland will offer Christmas Day dinner, and Tangaroa Terrace and Tortuga Tavern will feature a special holiday dinner buffet.
  • At Downtown Disney, Fulton’s Crab House and Portobello will have a holiday prix fixe offering.

In the resorts:

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground — Mickey’s Backyard Christmas Day Feast at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ show located at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Two shows at 5 and 7 p.m. will offer all the holiday classics. (Trail’s End Restaurant is also offering lunch and dinner options.)
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts – Cape May Café will be serving hand-carved smoked ham with winter pineapple chutney and turkey with stuffing. Captain’s Grille will offer a holiday buffet. Yachtsman Steakhouse will feature a special menu.
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – The Wave … of American Flavors will offer a special menu. And Chef Mickey’s will offer a Christmas Day brunch.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Cítricos will have two seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. as well as special Christmas Day seating in the private Chef’s Domain, offering a four-course menu.
  • Disney’s Boardwalk – Flying Fish Cafe will feature a prixe fixe four-course menu.
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort – Whispering Canyon Café will offer an all-you-care-to-eat holiday dinner with turkey, ham, beef strip loin, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cornbread and cranberry sauce.

Additional information and dining reservations can be made by visiting or calling 407-WDW-DINE (3463).


  • We hope to spend Christmas break at DisneyWorld in the next year or two – how magical!

  • My family and I have done Christmas last year and this year at Liberty Tree Tavern. The food was good as well as the service and the atmosphere. They made you feel welcome and part of their family. Disney really knows how to make you feel welcome. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a place to eat for Christmas.

  • My family at at the Rose & Crown last year for Christmas Day. Not traditional, certainly, but it was a lovely experience nonetheless.

  • I have reservations for 50’s Prime Time for 9:50pm on thanksgiving but the park closes at 8pm that day. There are no extra magic hours, but the restraunt hours are listed as until 10pm that day. What will the park be like after 8pm? Will we be allowed to walk around? Will stores or rides stay open? Thanks

  • Pam did a great Parks Blog about all of the Disneyland Resort Thanksgiving offerings last year. I’m sure the majority of what she listed in that blog is applicable again this year (except maybe with slight price differences).

    What is missing, however, is a comprehensive, thorough list of Disneyland Resort’s Christmas Eve/Christmas Day dining/special menus and New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day dining/special menus. There doesn’t seem to be a solid list to reference (in print) anywhere.

  • Any idea about Disneyland resort and their Thanksgiving offerings??

  • Is Disneyland not doing anything?

  • Do I have to make reservations for Xmas day? Or can we just go to the restaurants and enjoy? thanks!

  • For Christmas Day, will the resorts also have their typical specials? I’m specifically referring to Cape May Cafe and their crab legs.

  • So is Hollywood Brown Derby not having a traditional thanksgiving dinner this year?

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