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! Be sure to hop back in late September and early October when there will be more specific information about Thanksgiving offerings in 2019. In the meantime, we offer a look at what's been offered in the past.
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 60-day reservation window opens. With Thanksgiving falling on November 28 in 2019, set a reminder on your phone for Sunday, September 29 to make a Thanksgiving dinner reservation at the Disneyland Resort. Don't fret if you 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 (Based on Past Offerings):
- Blue Bayou Restaurant
- Café Orleans
- Carnation Café
- French Market Restaurant (quick service)
- Plaza Inn (quick service)
- River Belle Terrace
- 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 has turkey all day, plus hop back the next day for a "Day After Thanksgiving" sandwich)
- Wine Country Trattoria
- Pacific Wharf Café (quick service, serving turkey pot pie soup and pumpkin spice bread pudding made with sourdough)
- Get small bites from the Festival of Holidays food booths
Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at the Disneyland Resort Hotels:
- Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom (Thanksgiving Day buffet with Disney characters) from noon until 6:00 p.m.
- Goofy's Kitchen (adds turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and seasonal desserts to the brunch and dinner menu)
- Steakhouse 55 (three-course dinner)
- Napa Rose (four-course dinner with wine pairing available)
- Storyteller's Cafe (adding seasonal tastes to the buffet)
- PCH Grill (buffet)
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 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.
- 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 60 days in advance next year.
- 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!