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Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner (Or a Turkey Leg) at Walt Disney World

by Mommy Frog on November 22, 2023 28 Orlando

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What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with a turkey dinner at Disney World? Our frog squad has so much to be thankful for this year. We've had so many ribbiting adventures in the parks and we truly enjoy sharing our Disney tips with all of you. Thank you, frog friends! Thanksgiving is pretty low-key at Disney, and the parks will already be decking the halls for the holidays. However, this doesn't mean you can't savor a delicious Thanksgiving feast at Disney World, as well as enjoy themed treats!

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays - Turkey Dish from American Adventure

Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney World 2023

While only a handful of restaurants have reservations still available for Thanksgiving dinner at Disney World, there are often more options for lunch. If you can't snag an Advance Dining Reservation, don't fret! Keep trying in the days leading up to your visit, especially in the two or three days leading up to Thanksgiving Day. Cancellations do happen! Even if they don't, you can check for a restaurant's walk-up availability using the My Disney Experience app. My Disney Experience is also where you can place a Mobile Order at select quick-service restaurants. And remember: To dine at a table-service restaurant inside of a theme park, you need both valid park admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation for the same park, on the same day. To dine at a resort hotel restaurant, you'll need to show your reservation to park at the resort.

Below is a list of restaurants serving up special Thanksgiving-style deliciousness, as well as some restaurants with regular menus perfect for a froggy family dinner. We also listed any special seasonal items offered only during Thanksgiving! You can also check My Disney Experience when you go to book a reservation, as Thanksgiving offerings will be listed on the menu if a restaurant is offering any. Enough jabbering. Let's talk turkey!

Thanksgiving Dinner at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom will surely be a very popular park on Thanksgiving Day, so you'll want to plan ahead. Note: There weren't any specific dinners or items confirmed for 2023, but these are a few restaurants where you could find Thanksgiving-esque food on their regular menus! Expect Liberty Tree Tavern to be the most popular.

Thanksgiving Dinner at EPCOT

Garden Grill Restaurant

A visit to The American Adventure Pavilion and the rest of World Showcase is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving, plus frog favorites such as the Garden Grill character dining (pictured above). Here are some table-service restaurants that would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner Disney World 2023:

Quick-service restaurants such as Sunshine Seasons or Connections Eatery may offer specialty options on Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to try holiday dishes from around the world with EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, running Nov. 24 to Dec. 30. Stop by the American Holiday Table for slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Near Canada, the Refreshment Port has Turkey Poutine (French fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish and crispy onions).

Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Where to Find Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney World - Turkey from Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine

Enjoy some classic homestyle meals or even food out-of-this-galaxy at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Here are some sit-down restaurant options for Thanksgiving:

  • The Hollywood Brown Derby — Enjoy quality dishes at this high-class establishment.
  • Hollywood & Vine — Partake in a full buffet and enjoy visits from Mickey and friends in their holiday best (learn more in our froggy review).
  • 50's Prime Time Cafe — Enjoy homestyle cooking (without the hassle of making it yourself!) with great options such as meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans or pot roast with gravy, potatoes and vegetables.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a wonderful place to celebrate all of the amazing people and animals in our lives. Quick-service restaurants such as Restaurantosaurus or Satu’li Canteen may offer specialty Thanksgiving options.

  • Tiffins — Taste unique dishes from around the world at this upscale restaurant.
  • Tusker House Restaurant — Savor a hearty buffet while enjoying visits from Mickey and friends in their safari outfits (learn more in our froggy review).

Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney Springs Restaurants

Thanksgiving dinner Disney World — Holiday turkey sandwich from Earl of Sandwich

Disney Springs has plenty of dining options for a Thanksgiving celebration (plus, get started on your holiday shopping!). Take a look at some of the Thanksgiving Day specials for 2023, available Nov. 23 only unless otherwise noted.

  • Earl of Sandwich — Holiday Turkey Sandwich with turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise (available all year-round, and a froggy favorite!) 
  • City Works Eatery & Pour House — Thanksgiving dinner menu features herb-roasted turkey, slow-roasted prime rib, special kids roasted turkey option, plus classic Thanksgiving sides
  • Paddlefish — Traditional Turkey Dinner featuring herb-roasted turkey breast, andouille cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, green beans, cranberry relish and pan gravy
  • Planet Hollywood — Thanksgiving Feast featuring sliced, oven-roasted, all-white meat turkey topped with gravy and served with homemade garlic mashed potatoes, southern-style cornbread stuffing, green bean blend and cranberry sauce (Prime rib is available for an additional charge)
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant — Butter and herb roast turkey, roast garlic mashed potatoes, duck fat roasties, honey glazed carrots, bacon braised Brussels sprouts, sausage meat and walnut stuffing, red wine jus, with cranberry sauce
  • Terralina Crafted Italian — Rosemary Roasted Turkey with applewood smoked bacon and granny smith apple dressing, yukon gold mash, roasted asparagus with a sage and thyme gravy and homemade cranberry relish

Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney World Resort Hotel Restaurants

Most Walt Disney World Resort hotels may have special offerings available on Thanksgiving Day only. In the past, many resort quick-service restaurants would offer a variation of oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, cornbread stuffing, seasonal vegetables and cranberry relish. This has not been confirmed for Thanksgiving dinner Disney World 2023, but day-of options may become available.

Over at Whispering Canyon at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, a special prix fixe holiday meal will be available for lunch and dinner (available on Nov. 23 only). Enjoy cornbread, house salad, a Thanksgiving skillet featuring oak-smoked turkey, barbecue and more, plus a seasonal dessert sampler.

Thanksgiving Treats at Disney World

Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney World - Pumpkin Tart

Here are the special treats available for a limited time this Thanksgiving season:

  • Turkey Cupcake — Sunshine Seasons at EPCOT
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse — Satu'li Canteen at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart — The Mara at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (pictured)
  • Pumpkin Pie-spice Beignets — Scat Cat's Club at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Maple Pot de Crème — Landscape of Flavors at Disney's Art of Animation Resort and Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney's Pop Century Resort
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake — Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Where to Find Turkey Legs at Disney World (The Next Best Thing to Thanksgiving Dinner)

Turkey leg by Cinderella Castle

Our frog family always has a backup plan just in case we can't score a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Disney World. Plus, we just love smoked turkey legs! Why yes, frogs eat turkey. Here’s a list of where you can find delicious turkey leg:

Magic Kingdom

  • Fantasyland — Prince Eric's Village Market
  • Liberty Square — Liberty Square Market
  • Frontierland — Turkey Leg Cart

EPCOT

Gotta run ... all this talk of Thanksgiving dinner is making me hungry! Be sure to check out our tips for celebrating Thanksgiving at Disney World

Related: The Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday Events

Hoppy Thanksgiving!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 13, 2020 at 2:17 p.m. Tatty Kat Says...

What about Thanksgiving 2020 any news on Traditional Thanksgiving dinner this yea in the parks? Thanks

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Oct 13, 2020 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tatty!

We haven't heard anything just yet, but keep hopping back, as we'll update as soon as we hear more! We will say that the restaurant in Magic Kingdom that most reminds us of the traditional Thanksgiving fare is Liberty Tree Tavern, which you can make a dining reservation for 60 days in advance of your visit :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2018 at 4:53 p.m. Anna Says...

Any insider knowledge on thanksgiving quick service places?

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Nov 15, 2016 at 3:09 a.m. Keiny Says...

Hello, any restaurants on property that will have thanksgiving dinner or close to the weekend before? I'll be there November 17-20.

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Nov 15, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keiny,

It looks like most of the restaurants only serve Thanksgiving dinner on actual Thanksgiving Day. You can, however, grab a turkey leg on any day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2019 at 3:47 p.m. Michael Moss Says...

Does Chef Mickey’s have nay traditional Thanksgiving good on Thanksgiving Day? Thanks for the response!!

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Oct 25, 2019 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

We gave Disney Dining a call, and there either isn't a special menu listed just yet, or they won't offer it this year. We've got our eyes and ears open for any changes!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2016 at 9:25 p.m. Vanessa Says...

I was wondering if you could tell me where to find the Thanksgiving day menu for Trattoria Al Forno? Everywhere I look only gives the typical Italian menu. It was the only place we were able to reserve this close to the holiday, and it said it was having Thanksgiving dinner but no information on exactly what that is.

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Nov 15, 2016 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa,

It's tricky finding Thanksgiving menus! Have you tried calling? You can expect traditional Thanksgiving dinner options with the restaurant's own twist.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2016 at 1:24 p.m. Jessica Says...

will tonys town square be offering thanksgiving menu? what is included? my only options are that or liberty square with bbq turkey i believe but i prefer traditional and it looks like liberty tree and tavern is booked!

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Nov 15, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

It looks like Tony's Town Square Restaurant will not be serving a Thanksgiving menu this year. We've updated this post with 2016's options. Keep trying for reservations leading up to your visit; one just might open up! If you aren't able to snag an advanced reservation, always try the day of to see if there is any walk-up availability.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2016 at 8:42 p.m. Darlene Says...

Do you know from past Thanksgivings what the menue is for whispering canyon at the wilderness lodge? We have reservations

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May 27, 2016 at 5:18 p.m. Noemi Martinez Says...

Do you know what restaurants will have something special for thanksgiving this year ?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noemi,

The dining options are typically not announced until closer to the holiday. I would check back in October or early November.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 25, 2016 at 8:46 p.m. Britt Says...

grand floridian cafe or wispering canyon cafe for thanksgiving dinner or best place outside the parks? i dont see anything about 2016 thanksgiving? Thanks

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May 31, 2016 at 5:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Britt,

Disney doesn't typically release this information until the fall. We think Whispering Canyon Cafe is a more fun, lively choice for Thanksgiving (or anytime!), but it really depends on you and what your family enjoys.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2016 at 11:59 a.m. Angela Says...

Hi, we have a reservation for Olivia's at Old Key West for Thanksgiving meal and I can't find any breakdown as to what will be served. Do you happen to have any info on that? Thanks!

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May 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

This information isn't usually revealed so far in advance (check back in early November), but this is a great restaurant choice!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 2, 2016 at 9:19 p.m. Nicole Says...

I will be traveling with my family during the thanksgiving week and wanted to know if Liberty tree will be serving thanksgiving dinner and will it be family style? Thank you!

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Jan 5, 2016 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Yes, Liberty Tavern is expected to serve a Thanksgiving buffet!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 3, 2015 at 3:02 p.m. Marina Cavallo Says...

Looking for a traditional thanksgiving dinner. 5 people. Been searching, Desparate

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Nov 17, 2015 at 2:27 a.m. Sandra Bell Says...

Did you find something?

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Oct 13, 2015 at 2:47 p.m. Cheryl Says...

We have a reservation at the California Grill on T-giving and cannot find the menu for that day... Do they have turkey and how much is it?

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Oct 28, 2015 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheryl,

They will be offering a traditional menu with roasted turkey, green beans, cornbread stuffing and truffled potatoes. Their is no price listed for the Thanksgiving menu, but the regular cost of dining ranges from $30-$59.99 per person.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2015 at 10:11 p.m. renee moceri Says...

my family is coming in for a wedding thanksgiving weekend we are wondering where would be the best sit down thanksgiving dinner at disney world we are staying at fort wilderness camp ground in the cabins

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Aug 5, 2015 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

Fort Wilderness has a couple of great options right there. There is a special version of Mickey's Backyard BBQ called Mickey's Backyard Thanksgiving Feast that could be a lot of fun for families and a variety of age groups. Trail's End Restaurant is also at Fort Wilderness and has a delicious buffet as well.

My other pick would be Raglan Road if it's an adult crowd. They usually serve a Thanksgiving special for $28/pp and it's always a good time with live music and dancers, and a fantastic bar.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 19, 2015 at 3:25 p.m. Erin Pierce Says...

Good morning!! We are considering having a late afternoon Thanksgiving meal at the Trails End resteraunt and I was wondering if anyone can tell me what it's like. Just trying to decide if I want to keep the reservations.

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Nov 18, 2013 at 12:14 a.m. Ashley Says...

mmmmm...the Pilgrim's Feast at Liberty Tree Tavern...mmmmm! So yummy! I'd have that! Great tips and info!

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