Now that Halloween has passed most places have gone into a full on Christmas/Holidays mode, and Walt Disney World is no exception! However there is Thanksgiving standing between us and the official “start” of the holiday season and for me, that is an incredibly important holiday between the family time and of course, the incredible food! So, you find yourself at Walt Disney World over the next couple months and get a craving for a meal that rivals what you have for Thanksgiving (or maybe you just want that no matter what time of year it is!) what are your options? Pull out your knife and fork and join me as I take a look at the best options for your holiday dining pleasure!
Let’s start with your more traditional idea of a Thanksgiving meal, and by that I mean your turkey, potatoes, stuffing, green beans, etc. Two of the best places to get this kind of a meal are in the Magic Kingdom at Liberty Tree Tavern, or over in Epcot at the Garden Grill, and both are quite delicious! Both of these meals are served “family style” (all you care to enjoy) and feature salads, roasted turkey, beef, and various sides such as mac & cheese, or caramelized onion mashed potatoes, seasoned veggies and the meals end with a dessert. Liberty Tree offers a white cake filled with apples, and cranberries, while Garden Grill has a fresh baked skillet cake and both offerings come with vanilla ice cream. Liberty Tree offers your more traditional of the two meals, and is NOT a character meal, and the setting of the restaurant fits with the rest of the area in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, where Garden Grill DOES offer characters, and gives you a view of “Living with the Land” while you eat.
Looking for something outside of the parks? Take a short trip over to Fort Wilderness Campground and check out Trails End Restaurant for dinner! This buffet certainly has much more than your traditional thanksgiving dinner options such as chili, shrimp and ribs, however they do offer the classics like hand carved roasted meats, seasonal vegetables, as well a homemade fruit cobbler.
Perhaps you’re looking for something a bit less traditional, or something just a bit different? Well look no further than Animal Kingdom Lodge and Boma! I cannot recommend this place enough on a regular basis and you can certainly find great options for your thanksgiving style of a meal! While they do not offer turkey, they do offer roasted, fresh carved chicken, beef and pork, as well as various salads and other items to fill that veggie and starch/potato section (try the Bobotie and chicken corn chowder).
Is that a bit too much outside of the normal idea of thanksgiving for you? Well my final suggestion is still a break from the traditional ideas of thanksgiving dinner, but may be more your speed, and offers a character meal, or a non character meal depending on when you want to dine. Head over to Africa in Animal Kingdom for the Tusker House Restaurant! Here you will find rotisserie chicken, curry chicken, pork loin and fresh carved roast beef along with a medley of various veggies, potatoes, and rice! I also suggest you don’t overlook the warm banana-cinnamon bread pudding for dessert!
Have you had a Thanksgiving style meal at Disney before? I’d love to know where you went and how it was! Let me know in the comments and have a great Thanksgiving!