Having Thanksgiving dinner at Walt Disney World is magical, even if it’s not on Thanksgiving Day but in the days leading up to the holiday. There are a few restaurants on property that are perfect for Thanksgiving. These restaurants have a great atmosphere to make for a fun Thanksgiving dinner, and of course, they have foods that fall under the Thanksgiving food category.
If your family wants to enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner and be within steps away from the Cinderella Castle, then Liberty Tree Tavern is the perfect restaurant for you. Liberty Tree Tavern is in Liberty Square, and this restaurant serves family-style food, which means all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving food. The family-style all you care to enjoy meal comes with a platter named “Patriot’s Platter,” which comes with roast turkey, pot roast, oven-roasted pork, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb stuffing, and homemade macaroni and cheese. In my opinion, the macaroni and cheese steals the show, but that’s because I love macaroni and cheese. Other than this platter, they also bring salad and dessert to the table. It’s important to note that they also have plant-based options along with allergy-friendly options. Dining here will feel very patriotic as colonial-style decor surrounds you.
If you are looking for a family-style dinner outside the parks, I recommend Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge. This restaurant has started to get better, and it’s such a fun time. Whispering Canyon is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, allowing families to decide what kind of meal they’d like to have for Thanksgiving. I know many people who prefer a Thanksgiving brunch or lunch rather than dinner, so this is a good option for guests who feel that way. As I mentioned, this restaurant serves their food family-style, which means all-you-can-eat food brought to your table. They have several different family skillets ranging between skillets for meat lovers, plant eaters, and those that enjoy meat with seafood. If you are traveling with guests who want comedy and good food, this is the perfect spot. They are offering a Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day, which will be $45 per adult and $27 per child. The feast is a three-course meal that will be available from noon to 10 pm. The breakfast menu will not be affected by this Thanksgiving Feast. The three-course dinner includes a salad, an all-you-care-to-eat Thanksgiving Skillet, and dessert. The skillet will consist of turkey and barbecue favorites.
If Disney Springs is more your speed, then Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin is the place to go. You can’t go wrong with some fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and sweet potatoes. This menu has something for everyone. They have vegetarian options, allergy-friendly options, and of course, they have more than just fried chicken. In 2020, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin had a Thanksgiving meal that included smoked turkey with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, a biscuit, and a vegetable option. I wonder if they will do the same thing like this again this year. Even if they don’t, they have plenty of other great options that could get you in that Thanksgiving mood. I think their macaroni and cheese and the sweet potatoes are the perfect sides to celebrate Thanksgiving.
These dining locations are my top three for Thanksgiving dinner, but of course, there are plenty of other options on the property for a holiday dinner. I want to mention an honorable mention: Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. This dining location has so much food and can accommodate many different food allergies and dietary restrictions. For example, they have plant-based options for those who don’t eat meat since this restaurant has many meat options. The last time I dined here was in January 2021, and we ordered the plant-based meats and the typical meat that the restaurant offers. Both options were very delicious, and we were full. This restaurant doesn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Still, I know some people don’t like traditional Thanksgiving food, so this could be an excellent option for families who don’t enjoy typical Thanksgiving food.
All in all, Thanksgiving dinner at Walt Disney World can be magical and delicious. These restaurants all offer great food and service. It’s also important to note that restaurants may have specific Thanksgiving Day food items only available on the actual day. In my opinion, dining is always an essential part of the vacation because some of the best memories can be made when food is involved; whether the experience is fantastic or mediocre, those memories will last a lifetime.
Have you had Thanksgiving dinner at Walt Disney World? If so, where?
Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.