Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World Resort

With Thanksgiving only a few days away we thought we would list our five favorite places on Disney Property to experience Thanksgiving Dinner.

5.  Mickey's Backyard Thanksgiving Feast at Mickey's Backyard BBQ Show located at the Fort Wilderness Pavilion.  There will be four show times:  noon, 2, 4 and 6pm.  Traditional Thanksgiving food is offered including Turkey, Ham, Cornbread Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Pumpkin Pie for dessert.  This is a great, casual (outside dinning, plastic plates) dinning experience for the whole family.

4.  Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada Pavilion Epcot):  Many of the World Showcase restaurants at Epcot will be serving Thanksgiving dinner.  Our favorite is Le Cellier Steakhouse, modeled after a wine cellar the restaurant has no windows but the ambient lighting, stone arches and beam ceilings create an intimate atmosphere.  This is one of the most romantic restaurants at Epcot.

3.  50's Primetime Cafe (Disney's Hollywood Studios):  for an old fashioned Thanksgiving we recommend the 50's Primetime Cafe where you will be served traditional Thanksgiving fare in the comfort of a kitschy 50's kitchen.  The menu is a la carte and includes, carved roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, seasonal vegetables,  and a pumpkin torte for dessert.

2.  Fulton's Crab House (Downtown Disney):  this award winning restaurant set in a replica of an old fashioned riverboat with nautical themed rooms is one of our favorite places to eat in all of WDW.  With its beautiful decor and great service Fulton's is an exceptional experience for Thanksgiving.  Some of the offerings include: herb roasted turkey breast, brown butter mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and for dessert classic pumpkin pie.

1.  Liberty Tree Tavern (Magic Kingdom):  What better way to spend Thanksgiving Day with your family than at the Magic Kingdom.  Our suggestion (priority seating arrangements are highly suggested) is Liberty Tree Tavern located in Frontierland.  With its wood paneling, brick fireplaces and candelabra chandeliers the Liberty Tree Tavern has the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner.  Each of the 6 rooms commemorates an important figure in the history of our country including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross.  Expect traditional Thanksgiving offerings.

Thanksgiving is a very busy day at Walt Disney World some suggestions would be to arrive at the parks early, check opening hours as they do change, if you are planning on eating Thanksgiving Dinner make a priority seating arrangement in advance, eat at off hours as they tend to be less busy, and take advantage of the Fast Pass system to minimize wait times for attractions.

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