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Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is located along the treasure coast, about an hour and a half from Walt Disney World. This resort is a Disney Vacation Club resort and happens to be my home resort. My wife and I decided to have our honeymoon here during the week of Thanksgiving to take part in their Thanksgiving Dinner. We made these reservations back in September, and in October, we were sent an email from the Special Events Coordinator with the Thanksgiving dinner menu attached. The fact they sent us an email with the menu had me blown away. I am the type of person that likes to see the menu before going to a restaurant to get an idea of what I’d order. At the resort, there were two Thanksgiving dinner options. They had their ballrooms open, Sea Grape A & B, with banquet tables and a buffet-style dinner for families. The main restaurant on property, Wind and Waves, had a Thanksgiving dinner menu special to the restaurant. Our dinner was at Wind and Waves.
The Thanksgiving dinner menu was small but diverse so that those who didn’t love Thanksgiving food still had other options. The starters were a Pumpkin Bisque, French Onion Soup, and an Iceberg Wedge. The entrees were a Thanksgiving Special Dish, Char-Grilled Filet, Oscar Style Mahi, and a Plant-Based Pasta Bolognaise. The dessert menu had four desserts to choose from. The different desserts were Peach and Berry Cobbler, Turtle Sundae, Chocolate Lava Cake, and a Slice of Pumpkin Pie.
We ordered the Thanksgiving Special Dish, which had carved roasted turkey with a confit of turkey leg served with gravy, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and fresh cranberry relish. I am not a huge fan of turkey, but I still tried the roasted turkey, and it was phenomenal. The gravy covering the turkey was very flavorful and helped keep the meat from getting dry. I took one bite of the cornbread dressing, and I was in love. We even ordered more to take to the room. The mashed potatoes were delicious and creamy. You could tell that they were buttermilk mashed potatoes. The green beans were, well, green beans; nothing special, but they weren’t bad. The only thing on the plate that I wasn’t a fan of was the cranberry relish. I have never really liked cranberries, so I was hesitant to try it, but I paired it with the mashed potatoes to give it a try, and it was just too sour for my liking. I wish it were sweeter to balance out the already savory food on my plate.
We ordered the Turtle Sundae for dessert since our server told us that is his favorite dessert on the menu. It was such a great dessert to end the meal. It had vanilla ice cream, waffle cone pieces, chocolate fudge, and caramel drizzle. To top it all off, it came with a chocolate turtle. I have a major sweet tooth, so I was in love with this dessert.
Overall the dinner was fantastic, and the service was even better. Every cast member we came into contact with that night was so sweet and full of magic. The cast members at this resort truly make a difference in the experience. After dinner ended, they brought my wife and me a surprise since it was our honeymoon. They brought us some cupcakes to the table with fresh whipped cream. This kind gesture is just one small example of the cast members going above and beyond. This experience was the perfect way to kick off our trip, and it set the mood for the next few days. If you ever have the chance to make your way to Disney’s Vero Beach during the holiday season, specifically Thanksgiving, I recommend doing it.
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