Thanksgiving at Disneyland

Thanksgiving at Disneyland Resort 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 in 2021. Thanksgiving Day at Disneyland

There are so many places to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Disneyland. Most require advance reservations which can be made up to 60 days in advance or by signing up for free dining alerts with MouseDining here

Thanksgiving Dinner at The Disney Hotels

The three Disney owned hotels, The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel are all known for their unique assortment of dining and snack options. 

Thanksgiving Day brings that unique flavor to the forefront as we celebrate together with a mix of tradition and Disney flare.

Brunch and Dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen

Take part in American tradition with a scrumptious buffet feast, along with some favorite friends at the Disneyland Hotel on Thanksgiving Day 2021.

 

Mickey and Minnie Thanksgiving

 

On November 25, 2021, Disney Characters will be on hand to make your Thanksgiving meal an especially memorable outing.

Make your reservation for Goofy’s Kitchen on Thanksgiving Day here. Remember, if no spots are showing available sign up for free dining alerts with MouseDining here.

Brunch Buffet
Kick off your Thanksgiving celebration with a bountiful brunch featuring turkey and all the tasty sides and desserts you love.

 

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  • Time: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: Brunch is $55 plus tax per adult (ages 10 and up) and $32 plus tax per child (ages 3 to 9). Prices do not include tax and gratuities.

Dinner Buffet
Sit down for a delectable dinner featuring turkey, quintessential Thanksgiving sides, prime ribeye, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes and pumpkin pie.

 

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  • Time: 1:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Dinner is $75 plus tax per adult (ages 10 and up) and $35 plus tax per child (ages 3 to 9). Prices do not include tax and gratuities.

Brunch and Dinner at Storytellers Cafe

Storytellers is all about bounty, and your Thanksgiving Day will include all the traditional elements in a brunch or dinner buffet—along with some beloved Disney Characters at the Grand Californian Hotel.

 

Snow White Dopey Thanksgiving

 

On November 25, 2021, begin your Thanksgiving meal with a trip to the all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. And wave hellos and grab a selfie when Disney Characters come to visit.

Make your reservation for Storytellers Cafe on Thanksgiving Day here. Remember, if no spots are showing available sign up for free dining alerts with MouseDining here.

Brunch Buffet
Thanksgiving brunch will be served from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The buffet menu will feature holiday favorites and breakfast foods, including:

  • Carved turkey
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pumpkin pie
  • An array of breakfast options, both hot and cold

 

storytellers food

 

Price: $55 plus tax per adult (ages 10 and up) and $32 plus tax per child (ages 3 to 9). Prices do not include tax and gratuities.

Dinner Buffet
Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The buffet menu will feature holiday favorites, including:

  • Carved turkey
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Roasted ribeye
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Crab cakes
  • Pumpkin pie
  • An array of classic comfort foods, both hot and cold

 

Dessert platter storytellers

 

Price: $75 plus tax per adult (ages 10 and up) and $35 plus tax per child (ages 3 to 9). Prices do not include tax and gratuities.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Napa Rose

Another dining option at The Grand Californian, you’ll be treated to a Thanksgiving feast featuring authentic California cuisine.

 

Princess breakfast drinks

 

On November 25, 2021, celebrate family and friends over a Thanksgiving experience with Chef Andrew Sutton’s indulgent 4-Course Wine Country Feast.

Make your reservation for Napa Rose on Thanksgiving Day here. Remember, if no spots are showing available sign up for free dining alerts with MouseDining here.

 

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This prix fixe menu features Golden State’s finest flavors along with hand-selected flight of wines for an additional charge. Kids can pick the turkey dinner or items from our children’s menu.

Thanksgiving Dinner Details

  • Location: Napa Rose Restaurant
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: Thanksgiving dinner is $135 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $25 per child (ages 3 to 9). A wine flight can be added for Guests ages 21 and up at an additional charge of $55 per person. Prices do not include tax and gratuities.

Disneyland Hotel Classic Thanksgiving Dinner

I haven’t seen this listed as an option for 2021, but will update if I hear an official word. I would make other plans to have a placeholder though.

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

 

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There are typically 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. 

 

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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
Courtesy Enchanted Type

 

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

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. 

 

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Thanksgiving Dinner inside Disneyland

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

The following were Thanksgiving dinner options from 2019, but it gives you an idea of which restaurants typically serve a Thanksgiving menu. I’ll update this with 2021 information as it’s released. 

 

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

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

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. 
 


 

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.

 

Day-of Thanksgiving Dinner Options

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.

The following were Thanksgiving dinner options from 2019, but it gives you an idea of which restaurants typically serve a Thanksgiving menu. I’ll update this with 2021 information as it’s released. 

 

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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.

 

Disneyland French Market

 

  • 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.

Downtown Disney Thanksgiving Dinner 

Looking for a day out, a day of relaxation and maybe some shopping? Disneyland Resort is ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with special dining you only get once a year. 

2021 means snagging reservations early because locations will fill up fast due to limited capacity. If you’re not finding what you’re looking for be sure to sign up for free dining alerts with MouseDining here

La Brea Bakery Cafe Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Adults Turkey Dinner. Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy, Corn Bread Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans, House-made Cranberry Sauce, and Apple Pie with Whipped Cream.
  • Kids’ Turkey Dinner. Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy, Corn Bread Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans, and House-made Cranberry Sauce. 

See reservation information here

Jazz Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Slow-roasted Turkey. Andouille Dressing, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Autumn Vegetables, Apple-Cranberry Chutney, and Giblet Gravy.
  • Kid’s Turkey. Yukon Gold Mashed Potato, Green Beans, Giblet Gravy.
  • Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding. Maple Pecan Creme Anglaise, Chantilly Cream.

See reservation information here

Black Tap Thanksgiving Dinner

Last year Black Tap got in on the action, so we’ll see if this offering makes a return. Black Tap who’s famous Crazy Shakes are literally over the top!

 

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Photo Credit Black Tap

 

 

Thanksgiving 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 and book reservations prior to 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

 

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. 

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