Thanksgiving at Disneyland

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Thanksgiving at Disneyland sounds like the most magical of holidays: no cooking, no cleaning and no crazy relatives. Well I’m not sure about that last one, but if you’re planning a Thanksgiving trip to Disneyland here is everything you need to know. Thanksgiving Day at Disneyland

Thanksgiving at Disneyland Tickets & Crowds

Is it going to be crowded at Disneyland on Thanksgiving? You’d be surprised at how many people want to spend their Thanksgiving day at Disneyland as well.

 

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But don’t let that deter you. Even if it’s not completely empty, here’s how to make the most of Thanksgiving at Disneyland:

  1. Get discount tickets with Disney MaxPass through my ticket partner before your arrival
  2. Download the official Disneyland app and get familiar with layout layout of the resort
  3. See what holiday festivities you can enjoy during your Thanksgiving visit
  4. Print out a Disneyland Plan to get you from ride to ride in less time
  5. Plan out your Thanksgiving Day dinner which we’ll dive into below

Disneyland Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations

There are so many places to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Disneyland. Some require advance reservations which can be made up to 60 days in advance by calling 714-781-3463. Reservations are expected to open late September or early October, so keep checking back.

 

Mickey and Minnie Thanksgiving

 

Disneyland Hotel Dinner

The most indulgent, incredible spread of Thanksgiving dinner is hosted in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

 

Happy thanksgiving disneyland

 

In 2019 there will be two reservation sessions:

  1. Check-in times available for 10:30, 10:45 and 11 am. Thanksgiving dinner will run from 11 am-2 pm.
  2. Check-in times available for 3:30, 3:45 and 4 pm. Thanksgiving dinner will run from 4 pm-7 pm.

 

Disneyland hotel thanksgiving feast

Disneyland Hotel Thanksgiving Dinner Price

Disneyland Hotel Thanksgiving Dinner in 2019 cost $180 for adults, $70 for kids ages 3-9, and free for children under 3. Prices includes tax and gratuity. Read more about tipping at Disneyland Resort here

 

Family Thanksgiving Disneyland

 

This Thanksgiving Disneyland meal is an over-the-top amazing buffet style meal. Thanksgiving at Disneyland Hotel requires a reservation that can be made 60 days in advance, but often times they don’t open reservations for this meal until closer to the date. Keep an eye on this article for updates. 

 

thanksgiving treat

 

While you wait to be seated, kids can enjoy a movie and festive fall crafts. Upon checking in, you’ll also receive your special gift which in years past was a Thanksgiving Day button or trading pin. You’ll show this as your parking validation when you exit the hotel. 

 

Disneyland Thanksgiving
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Disneyland Hotel Thanksgiving Day Menu consists of various buffet options, along with an extensive list of eats for kids like chicken nuggets, Mac and cheese and more. But let’s start with a photo of dessert, because why not?

 

Thanksgiving dessert disneyland

 

Adults will enjoy all the kid food including these options available for everyone:

  • Salad Station featuring spinach blend, harvest blend, vegetable ratatouille blend, sweet potato
  • Cold Side Starters with assorted cheeses and meats, smoked salmon, jumbo prawns

 

Thanksgiving cheese Disneyland

 

  • Carving Station with prime rib or beef, chicken, turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy

 

 

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  • Pasta Station with various pastas, accompany meats and sauces, along with vegetarian options

 

Disney thanksgving pasta

 

  • Soup Station features seasonal soups
  • Hot Side Dishes like mashed potatoes, cranberry apple stuffing, sweet potatoes, vegetables and fish

 

Thanksgiving meal Disneyland Hotel

 

And of course, an abundance of Thanksgiving Day desserts like soft serve ice cream station, chocolate fondue fountain and mini treats all in smaller portions so you can enjoy the variety. 

 

Chocolate fountain Disney

 

Thanksgiving dinner at the Disneyland Hotel isn’t all about the food. You’ll also be serenaded by live music during your meal. 

 

Thanksgiving music Disneyland

 

And enjoy the company of some of your favorite Disney friends. Each family receives a time to visit characters for photo ops so you can have the best Thanksgiving meal possible, without a ton of waiting. 

 

Snow White Dopey Thanksgiving

 

Princesses take turns making a visit, so yours may be different but Snow White and Dopey arrived in style and posed next to the wishing well. Pocahontas and Meeko arrived for the occasion, as well as Pluto, Donald, Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale. 

 

Chip and Dale thanksgiving

 

Always the characters, those two! And let’s throw in one more picture of the food because we totally can picture ourselves right here! Each family also received a parting gift as they left. 

 

Thanksgiving shrimp disneyland

More Thanksgiving Dinner Reservation Options

Many restaurants across Disneyland Resort jazz up their menus just in time for Thanksgiving day including the following options. 

 

Thanksgiving drink

 

Blue Bayou Thanksgiving Offerings

Dinner at Disneyland Park. Valid theme park admission and reservations are required for this a la carte meal:

  • Oven-roasted Turkey with Home-style Gravy
  • Pineapple-glazed Ham
  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Andouille Sausage Stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Creme Brûlée

Kids’ menu features a traditional turkey dinner. 

Cafe Orleans Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving at Disneyland Park. Valid theme park admission and reservations are required for this a la carte meal:

  • Thanksgiving Monte Cristo filled with turkey and cheese, served with cranberry sauce and home-style gravy
  • Kid-sized Monte Cristo also available

Carthay Circle Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving feast at California Adventure Park. Valid theme park admission and reservations are required for this a la carte meal:

  • Grilled Sierra Foothills Turkey served with Creamed Corn, Turkey Chorizo, Cranberry Fritter, and Natural Jus
  • Spiced pumpkin dulce de leche bar
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Carnation Cafe Thanksgiving Meal

Special menu at Disneyland Park. Valid theme park admission and reservations are required for this a la carte dish:

  • Oven-roasted Turkey Breast with Bourbon Gravy and Cornbread Stuffing
  • Kid portion also available
  • Pumpkin Pie

Goofy’s Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner at Disneyland Hotel. Reservations are required, but no theme park admission is needed for this buffet style meal.

 

Goofys Kitchen food buffet

 

Napa Rose Traditional Menu

Thanksgiving at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Reservations are required, but no theme park admission is needed for this four course meal, wine country inspired meal, wine pairing optional. Kids’ meal available. 

PCH Grill Thanksgiving 

Dinner at Paradise Pier Hotel. Reservations are required, but no theme park admission is needed for this buffet style meal.

River Belle Terrace Traditional Turkey Dinner

Thanksgiving at Disneyland Park. Valid theme park admission and reservations are required for this a la carte meal or as a prix-fixe menu with the Fantasmic! dining package:
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Oven-roasted Turkey Breast with Country Pork Belly Stuffing
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Bourbon Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Tart
Kids’ menu offers Oven-roasted Turkey Breast with Country Pork Belly Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce. 
 


 

Steakhouse 55 Dinner

Thanksgiving at Disneyland Hotel. Reservations are required, but no theme park admission is needed for the Chef’s Tasting Menu:

  • Butternut Squash Tortellini
  • Roasted Turkey Wellington
  • Pumpkin Brûlée

Storytellers Cafe

Thanksgiving at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Reservations are required, but no theme park admission is needed for this buffet style meal.

Wine Country Trattoria Thanksgiving Dinner

Dine at California Adventure Park. Valid theme park admission and reservations are required for this a la carte meal featuring:

  • Oven-roasted Turkey
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Haricot Verts
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie

A traditional turkey dinner for kids is also available. 

 

Wine Country Trattoria overlooks the parade route at California Adventure.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner No Reservations Needed

If you’re spending a day in Disneyland Park you may not have time to sit down for a two or three hour Thanksgiving Day meal. Or maybe you missed out on dining reservations, and that’s totally okay.

 

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Here we list the many restaurants across the resort offering seasonal Thanksgiving day menus.

  • Flo’s V8 Cafe Fried Chicken with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Seasonal Vegetables.
  • French Market Restaurant Southern-style Oven Roasted Half Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Seasonal Vegetables.
  • Jolly Holiday Thanks-Mas sandwich 
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  • Pacific Wharf Cafe specialty soup in a sourdough bread bowl.
  • Paradise Garden Grill Traditional Pork Tamales with Golden Rice and Black Beans, topped with Cheese and Red Chile Sauce.
  • Plaza Inn three pieces of Chicken fried to a golden brown and seasoned with distinctive Herbs and Spices, served with Mashed Potatoes, Buttermilk Biscuit and a mixture of Vegetables.
  • Turkey Leg Carts throughout the park for turkey on the go.
  • Rancho del Zocalo 1/2 Chicken seasoned in a Savory Marinade of Chile and Citrus served with Mexican Rice and Refried Beans.

 

Disneyland French Market

Looking for even more Thanksgiving Day options? Think outside the parks with locations at Downtown Disney, including Black Tap who’s famous Crazy Shakes are literally over the top!

Black Tap Thanksgiving Burger and Shake Photo Credit Black Tap
Photo Credit Black Tap

 

We have covered a lot of food in this short time; I would love to see what you eat at Disneyland on Thanksgiving day, please send your photos to [email protected] to be featured in this article. Need more tips for Disneyland? See our yearly planning guide here for ride closures, new entertainment and more. 

 

Fall season Disneyland
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