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 open Wednesday October 2, 2019 at 7 am.

 

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Disneyland Hotel Dinner

The most indulgent, over-the-top Thanksgiving dinner is hosted in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. 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 Dinner Price

Disneyland Hotel Thanksgiving Dinner 2019 costs $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

 

Thanksgiving Disneyland Hotel

 

This Thanksgiving Disneyland meal is buffet style and requires a reservation that can be made 60 days in advance. Dinner is served from noon to 6:00pm. The Happiest Blog on Earth reader, Jackie Hyde provided photos for this article (unless otherwise noted). Jackie also fills us in on all the details and will be quoted throughout the article.

We had a 12:15 pm reservation for the Feast and the line to check in was super long. They also didn’t call us to be seated until about 12:45. I think it’s probably better to have a later reservation. It took us close to 2.5 hours to eat and take photos with the characters and when we left, there wasn’t a line of people waiting to be seated. I think it would be best to avoid at lease the first hour to give them time to seat the first round of reservations.

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.

 

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. 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

 

Jackie Hyde Disneyland Thanksgiving

 

  • 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

 

Jackie Hyde Disneyland thanksgiving menu

 

And of course, an abundance of Thanksgiving Day desserts, all in smaller portions so you can enjoy the variety. 

 

Disneyland Thanksgiving dessert

More Thanksgiving Dinner Reservation Options

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

 

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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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