• On Jul 25, 2018
    Andrea from IA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My 40th birthday is on Thanksgiving this year. We are celebrating at Disneyland. I'd like to do one of the dining experiences that evening with our family of five. (Kids ages 12, 10, and 8) What do you recommend?

    Hi again, Andrea! Thanks for trusting the Disney Parks Moms Panel to help you plan your adventure to the Happiest Place on Earth.

    I am thrilled to hear that you will enjoy your birthday at the Disneyland Resort on Thanksgiving! So many wonderful memories are in store for you and your family. Be sure to stop by City Hall in Disneyland Park on your special day to pick up a complimentary birthday button. This will garner you birthday wishes from Cast Members throughout the day. 

    When it comes to dining on Thanksgiving, there are an abundance of options! Many restaurants throughout the parks will add traditional Thanksgiving fare to their menus on this day and in the past some restaurants, like Steakhouse 55, have offered special three-course meals for the occasion. However, the absolute best option for this day is the Thanksgiving buffet in the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom. This buffet is over-the-top with favorites like roasted turkey, prime rib, stuffing, sweet potato soufflé, and mashed potatoes and gravy. Plus there are usually salads, an assortment of cheeses and meats, shrimp, and king crab legs! Oh, and let’s not forget dessert where you can choose from pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cookies, tarts, and freshly made crepes. Finally, to make the meal even more magnificent, characters are usually stationed throughout the ballroom to meet. 

    This special buffet is always an extremely popular event, so be ready to make reservations as soon as they become available either online or by calling (714) 781-3463. Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for an official announcement and check the Disneyland Resort Dining page often in mid to late September. 

    I hope you have a very magical birthday trip to the Disneyland Resort!

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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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