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Delicious Options for Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner

by Mommy Frog on November 10, 2023 27 Los Angeles

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - PinterestGobble, gobble! It's never too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving, especially if you're hopping to the Disneyland Resort. Reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at Disneyland went live as of Oct. 4, 2023. Go get them!

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! Disneyland's Thanksgiving dinner offerings often become available on a Wednesday in early October each year. But it's always a good idea to start looking for reservations 60 days in advance at 6:00 a.m. just in case. Are you hungry for all of the mouth-watering details? Us, too! Let's hop to it!

There are usually many options for Disneyland Thanksgiving dinner. In past years, there were large banquet hall dinners. But the last few years have been limited to select hotel restaurants offering special dining on Thanksgiving day. You can dine at Napa Rose, Storyteller's Café, Goofy's Kitchen and the new Great Maple. Most Disney dining reservations for table-service restaurants fill up as soon as the reservation window opens. You can book online or through the Disneyland app 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. You can also try to join walk-up lists in the Disneyland app that day.

For quick-service Disneyland Thanksgiving food, there are plenty of delicious options in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Turkey and Sides

If you want to have a full, sit-down meal for Thanksgiving at the hotels, you can make advance reservations (be aware that many will be fully booked) in the Disneyland app and at as early as 60 days in advance (about 6 a.m. PST). But always keep checking because not all restaurant reservations open up that day or at the same time. Special Thanksgiving menu items start appearing on the Disneyland app up to a few weeks or days in advance of Thanksgiving. But for the most part, the in-park menus are set for the holidays in general and not a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Flo's V-8 is one of the only in-park quick-service restaurants to serve a Thanksgiving meal.

Where to Find Thanksgiving Food at Disneyland Park in 2023

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Carnation Cafe

Keep in mind that you can look up each restaurant's menu to see both seasonal and Thanksgiving offerings for that day. Menus usually appear online or in the app a few weeks in advance. Here are a few options for Thanksgiving Day in the park (options are less than traditional, but here's where you can find turkey or seasonal desserts):

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Holiday Turkey Sandwich

Ultimately, you can type "turkey" into the Disneyland app and find all of the restaurants with turkey on the menu. It might be a yummy holiday turkey sandwich, such as this one from Jolly Holiday Café, but it will be turkey.

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Pumpkin Pie

Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner and Food at Disney California Adventure Park in 2023

There are fewer choices at this park on Thanksgiving, but still, a ton of holiday foods to try (you can look up each restaurant's menu in the app about a day or few weeks ahead of time to see special items for Thanksgiving Day 2023):

  • Carthay Circle Restaurant (Seasonal flavors such as American Heirloom Turkey Schnitzel, Butternut Squash & Sage Gnocchi, and Pumpkin Chocoflan)
  • Flo's V-8 Cafe (Quick-service restaurant that offers a Thanksgiving dinner for lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day. It has with turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables and cranberry sauce as well as pumpkin pie on the menu)
  • Aunt Cass Café (Quick-service restaurant with a Turkey Pesto Club and Turkey sourdough bread as of Nov. 19, 2023.)
  • At Studio Catering Co. in Hollywood Land, hold your whole Thanksgiving dinner in one hand with the Holiday Turkey Empanada. It's a fried empanada filled with turkey, stuffing and gravy with cranberry dipping sauce (and it's on the Sip & Savor pass).
  • Get small bites from the Festival of Holidays food booths such as Pumpkin Layered Cheesecake at the Making Things Bright booth.

Delicious Options for Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Pumpkin cheescake

In both parks, you can always grab a turkey leg and corn on the cob for a Thanksgiving meal on the go. Get some turkey poutine from a festival marketplace (but of course, it's no substitute for the real thing). Other restaurants have seasonal offerings that you can find in our yummy guide to holiday food at Disneyland.

Delicious Options for Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Goofy and Pluto in parade

Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at the Disneyland Resort Hotels

Delicious Options for Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Buffet at Goofy's Kitchen

Here's a look at the 2023 offerings. Reservations and menus went live Oct. 4, 2023.

Disneyland Hotel

    • Goofy's Kitchen: The buffet adds turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and seasonal desserts to the brunch and dinner menus. Plus the characters are there to help you celebrate! Bunch meals (7 a.m. until 1 p.m.) are $60 for adults and $32 for kids (plus tax and gratuity). Dinner is $85 for adults and $35 for kids (plus tax and gratuity). Dinner also includes prime rib eye, seafood cocktail, and pumpkin and assorted pies. You must cancel at least 72 hours in advance.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

    • Napa Rose 4-Course Wine Country Feast: Enjoy Chef Andrew Sutton's four-course feast that celebrates the flavors of California. The seating times are from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $140 per adult with an additional charge of $55 per person for a wine flight. The cost is $35 per child. Beverages, tax and gratuities are not included. Complimentary 5-hour parking is included with validation. (Princess Breakfast Adventure is closed Nov. 22-23, 2023.) Attire is dinner attire, such as dress pants, jeans in good condition, collared shirts, dress shorts, sweaters, blouses, dresses and lifestyle shoes. No hats, swimwear, tank tops, cutoffs or distressed jeans.

Delicious Options for Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner - Minnie meets diner at Storyteller's

    • Storyteller's Cafe: Seasonal tastes are added to the buffet, and the characters help you celebrate all day. At brunch (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.), enjoy carved turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, assorted pies, and an array of hot and cold breakfast items. Brunch is $60 for adults and $32 for kids, plus tax and gratuity, while dinner is $85 per adult and $35 for kids, plus tax and gratuity. Dinner ( 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.) includes carved turkey, cranberry sauce, seafood cocktail, roasted ribeye, pumpkin pie, assorted pies and an array of classic hot and cold comfort foods. Three hours of parking are included at the Grand Californian with validation.
  • Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel (Soon to be Pixar Place Hotel) 
    • (New!) Great Maple: This brand-new eatery just opened in November 2023. Great Maple offers a full Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23, 2023. Enjoy a Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu with sparkling wine and a choice of Duo of Turkey with maple-brined and buttermilk-fried varieties; Duo of Ham with rosemary-apple cider and luxardo-glazed preparations; or Turkey & Ham ($10 extra). Each entrée is served with all the fixings, including mashed potatoes, cranberry, French bread stuffing and truffled green bean casserole. Desserts include Pumpkin Mousse or Roasted Apple & Red Grape Parfait. It costs $55 per guest and is served from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cancellations for all Thanksgiving dining must be made at least 72 hours in advance to avoid the full package price charge per person. The Disney Princess Adventure breakfast is closed on Thanksgiving.

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

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

  • Make dining reservations. Cast members have a much easier time making changes to your reservations on 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. You may have better luck changing that current reservation to suit your needs.
  • Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you book. Holiday meals must be canceled 72 hours before the event.
  • If you have no reservation, keep checking for cancellations and look for walk-up availability in the Disneyland app. 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 odd times between regular meal times.
  • If you've 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 was Oct. 2. In 2021 and 2022, it was not announced in advance. Reservations went live (unannounced) on Oct. 4, 2023, so check on a Wednesday in early October for future years.
  • Hop by the Festival of Holidays food booths at California Adventure for seasonal tastes and treats if you're 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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Sep 26, 2023 at 6:13 a.m. Shannon Gray Says...

I’ve been trying for a Thanksgiving reservation at Storytellers since 6 am 9/24 but they haven’t released this day on the calendar for Storyteller yet. Have you heard any updates?

Oct 2, 2023 at 7:32 p.m. Marlene Says...

I’m not sure if the Thanksgiving reservations for storytellers or goofy came up I checked every single day on the 60 days were up which was 9/24 but nothing has anyone heard anything. Did I miss it without realizing it

Oct 2, 2023 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marlene!

We have been looking daily for Thanksgiving dining information and have not seen anything yet either. It's possible that the dining reservations just haven't been released yet. We also haven't seen any Thanksgiving menus but hopefully we'll hear more soon! Our best advice is to keep checking regularly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 4, 2023 at 5 p.m. Marlene Says...

Hello I just wanted to inform everyone here that reservations are up for Thanksgiving dinner for goofy and storytellers. I just booked mine.

Oct 4, 2023 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for the head's up, Marlene!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 24, 2023 at 1:18 p.m. Shannon Gray Says...

It’s 9/24 and 3 of us tried for Storytellers for thanksgiving and neither storytellers or goofys kitchen are showing any times for 11/23. I’m wondering if they are holding releasing those restaurants, they’ve done that in the past. Did anyone else have luck?

Sep 26, 2023 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

It's definitely possible that those restaurants haven't released reservations for Thanksgiving yet, as dining reservations can become available up to 60 days in advance. If reservations are not available right at the 60-day mark, then it could mean that restaurants might be waiting on menus, park hours, etc. before they release any. Disney has not announced any Thanksgiving information yet either, but we should expect to hear some details in the coming weeks. We'd encourage you to keep checking regularly in the meantime.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 7, 2023 at 7:11 p.m. Elvira Says...

I want to make reservations at the Disney Hotel Ballroom for Thanksgiving dinner. Does anyone know if they will be doing it this year?

Sep 13, 2023 at 4:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elvira!

The Disneyland Ballroom Thanksgiving dinner has not happened since the pandemic, but there hasn't been any announcements for this year yet. We should hear more in the next month or so.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 4, 2023 at 11:42 p.m. Juan C San Agustin Jr Says...

When can I make Thanksgiving dinner reservations at the Disneyland Hotel for 2023?

Feb 6, 2023 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Juan!

Dining reservations typically open 60 days in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 9, 2022 at 6:49 p.m. Frenesi Says...

I have reservations for the Wine Country Trattoria in DCA on Thanksgiving day. It is for a Brunch. Will they be serving a Thanksgiving complete meal ??

Nov 10, 2022 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frenesi!

As the date moves closer, special menus will start to appear online and in the app. Currently, we do not see a Thanksgiving brunch option for that restaurant — just lunch and dinner. It will have a regular menu but may add special holiday items. If you are looking for a Thanksgiving meal, Storytellers Cafe has a full Thanksgiving brunch buffet that day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 23, 2019 at 6:22 a.m. Brittany Says...

Any idea of the PCH grill thanksgiving menu. We have reservations but don’t want to be surprised.

Nov 25, 2019 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

The menu has their normal brunch food plus extra items such as turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry and Thanksgiving desserts. You can call Disney Dining for complete details, but popular Thanksgiving favorites are all available that day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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 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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