A note from Mommy Frog: Disneyland has been temporarily closed due to COVID-19. This post on Thanksgiving dining at Disneyland is based on details from previous years. Hop over to our post on enjoying Disneyland at Thanksgiving for holiday treats and meals at Downtown Disney in 2020, and the Disneyland reopening post for the latest news and details!
Gobble, 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 were 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.
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
Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at Disneyland Park:
- Blue Bayou Restaurant (Turkey and ham)
- Café Orleans (Turkey monte cristo)
- Carnation Café (Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, cornbread stuffing and pumpkin pie)
- French Market Restaurant (Quick-service restaurant with turkey, seasonal foods and pumpkin pie)
- Plaza Inn (Quick-service restaurant with turkey, seasonal foods and pumpkin pie)
- River Belle Terrace (Turkey dinner)
- Rancho del Zocalo (Seasonal tamales)
Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney California Adventure Park (based on past offerings):
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Flo's V-8 Cafe (Quick-service restaurant has turkey all day, plus hop back the next day for a "Day After Thanksgiving" sandwich)
- Wine Country Trattoria
- Pacific Wharf Café (Quick-service restaurant)
- Get small bites from the Festival of Holidays food booths
Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at the Disneyland Resort Hotels:
- 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.
- 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 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
- 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!