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Delicious Options for Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner

by Mommy Frog on September 12, 2019 12 Los Angeles

Delicious Options for Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - PinterestGobble, gobble! It's never too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving, especially if you're hopping to the Disneyland Resort. While Thanksgiving itself isn't a major affair in the parks since they will be decorated for Christmas, the dining experience is. Here is everything you need to know to find your Disneyland Thanksgiving dinner ... plus a few tips! The Disneyland Thanksgiving dinner offerings for 2019 are available as of Oct. 2! Are you hungry for the mouth-watering details? Us too! Let's hop to it!

There are many options for Disneyland Thanksgiving dinner. There are large buffet dinners, table-service dinners and quick-service turkey dinners. Most Disney dining reservations for table-service and large ballroom events fill up as soon as the reservation window opens. With Thanksgiving falling on November 28 in 2019, reservations are open as of Wed, Oct. 2, 2019, at 7:00 a.m. You can call Disneyland Dining or book online to make a Thanksgiving dinner reservation at the Disneyland Resort. Don't fret if you've missed that window! Keep checking back in case of cancellations. For quick-service Disneyland Thanksgiving dinners, there are plenty of delicious options in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Turkey and Sides

If you want to have a full, sit-down meal for Thanksgiving at the parks, you can make advance reservations (be aware that many will sell out) at disneyland.com/dining or by calling 714-781-DINE. 

Where to Find Your Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Carnation Cafe

Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at Disneyland Park (based on past offerings):

Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney California Adventure Park (based on past offerings):

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Flo's V8 Cafe at Disney California Adventure

Delicious Options for Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Festival Booths

Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at the Disneyland Resort Hotels:

Disneyland Hotel

  • Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom: The Thanksgiving Day buffet with Disney characters has the first meal from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The feast costs $180 for adults and $70 for kids (ages 3-9). The price includes tax and gratuity. Reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to the event. Nonalcoholic beverages are included plus one specialty cocktail or drink. One complimentary family PhotoPass photo is included. (If you could not get a reservation, try calling. There was a glitch when reservations opened, but it's fixed now.)
  • Goofy's Kitchen: The buffet adds turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and seasonal desserts to the brunch and dinner menu. The characters are there to help you celebrate. Adults are $49 and kids are $29 (plus tax and gratuity).
  • Steakhouse 55: Three-course dinner for $75 per person and add wine paring for $35.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Napa Rose 4-Course Wine Country Feast: The first seating times are at 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The second seating times are 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per adult with additional charge of $55 per person for wine flight. The cost is $25 per child. Beverages, tax and gratuities are not included.
  • Storyteller's Cafe: Seasonal tastes are added to the buffet, and the characters help you celebrate all day. Adults are $49 and kids are $29 (plus tax and gratuity).

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

  • Disney's PCH Grill: A host of Thanksgiving options are added to the buffet, and the characters will help you celebrate all day. Adults are $49 and kids are $29 (plus tax and gratuity).

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Find a Turkey LegHere are a few dining tips that may come in handy if you're hopping to enjoy a Disneyland Thanksgiving dinner (or perhaps even just a turkey leg!):

  • Make reservations. Cast members have a much easier time making changes to your reservations the day of. It's much more difficult to seat people who do not have reservations.
  • Need to adjust your reservation, such as the time or party size? Check with the host or hostess that day. It's possible you may have better luck changing that current reservation to suit your needs.
  • Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you book. Some meals must be cancelled 72 hours before the event.
  • If you have no reservation, keep calling to check for cancellations and ask at the restaurant. It may not work, but it can’t hurt to try.
  • If you have a group of six or eight, see if you can get two smaller reservations at the same time.
  • When dining at a quick-service restaurant, consider eating early or at times between regular meal times.
  • If you have missed the chance to make a reservation on Thanksgiving, we still recommend reserving another meal on a different day during your journey. Know that turkey is generally on the menu only on Thanksgiving. If that doesn't work, use this information to plan ahead and reserve in advance next year (in 2019, the magical reservation date is Oct. 2).
  • Hop by the Festival of Holidays food booths at California Adventure for seasonal tastes and treats if you are more into holiday snacking than dining.
  • If all else fails, go for the turkey legs! It toadally counts as a Disneyland Thanksgiving dinner.

Have a question about planning your Disneyland Thanksgiving dinner? Share your question in the comments. Want to know what crowds will be like on Thanksgiving Day? Check out our Los Angeles crowd calendar

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 7, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. Nicole Says...

Do you know any more info about the food offerings for the thanksgiving buffet at storytellers?

Also just to make sure... storytellers thanksgiving dinner is a character dinner like last year?

I still have to decide if I want to do goofy’s kitchen or storytellers and I try to gather all the information I can to make the right choice...

Oct 7, 2019 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

We’ve called to get more specifics, but they do not have all the menu details yet. Dinner has the characters. Starting with brunch, there will be carved turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and Thanksgiving pies and desserts. The dinner will have the normal buffet plus Thanksgiving foods. She said they were completely sold out, so we hope you have a reservation already!

Hoppy planning (and turkey-eating)!

Mommy Frog

Oct 2, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. Tyler Says...

Any idea on the cost of the buffet at Storyteller's? I have heard from several people its an excellent Thanksgiving Dinner but am wondering after seeing how expensive the buffet at DH is.

Oct 2, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tyler!

We sure do! The Storyteller's Cafe dinner is $49 for adults and $29 for kids ages 3-9, plus tax and gratuity.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 2, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. De Says...

How much for storybook thanksgiving buffet ?

Oct 2, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi De!

The Storyteller's Cafe dinner is $49 for adults and $29 for kids ages 3-9, plus tax and gratuity.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 30, 2019 at 6:12 p.m. Allison Says...

Do you have pricing the Buffet at the Disneyland Hotel ballroom?

Oct 1, 2019 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allison!

The details will be out Wednesday Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. As soon as it's released, we'll be sure to update here, as well!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 23, 2017 at 7:22 p.m. Judy Says...

Where is the best place to eat Thanksgiving dinner at Disneyland? We'd like a full traditional meal.

And when can we make a reservation?


Sep 24, 2017 at 8:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy,

We prefer Carnation Cafe as well as Plaza Inn. Both of them have served traditional Thanksgiving dinners in the past. Don't forget about the big Thanksgiving dinner at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom. Check disneyland.com/dining or call 714-781-DINE for reservations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 10, 2017 at 5:47 p.m. Kerry Cavazos Says...

Do we need reservations for thanksgiving diner at carnation or it restaurant inside the park for thanksgiving day

Jul 10, 2017 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry,

You may make reservations 60-days before, or try for walk-up reservations that day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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