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  • On Oct 9, 2022
    Courtney from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be at Disney World for Thanksgiving. We will not be going to a park that day. I was unable to get a reservation for Whispering Canyon or Steakhouse. Where else will have a traditional or close to traditional on thanksgiving day?

    Hey there, hi there, Courtney! You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney! I'm so glad that you've stopped by with such a great question.

    My family and I absolutely love spending Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World Resort. The weather is usually nice, it is the practically perfect way to kick off the holiday season and nothing makes me feel more grateful than spending time with my family at The Most Magical Place on Earth. Of course, besides giving thanks and spending time with family, the next most important part of Thanksgiving is the food, so let's get to it.

    If your heart is set on having Thanksgiving lunch or dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe or Steakhouse 71 (great choices!), I recommend that you keep up your search for availability at these locations. You will find that Guests' plans change all the time, so you may just be able to find availability as your vacation approaches, even up to the day before! However, you will want a fantastic backup plan, so let's chat about your options.

    To ensure y'all have a delicious down-home Thanksgiving meal, I recommend making reservations at Trail's End Restaurant at The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness or Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' in Disney Springs. The Trail's End dinner is served family-style (perfect for Thanksgiving), and the menu is similar to what you will find at Whispering Canyon Cafe. At Homecomin', you can enjoy a seemingly home-cooked, delicious family meal (Seriously, it's SO good), and you are sure to leave your Thanksgiving dinner just as you should - with full hearts and bellies.

    While the Thanksgiving menus at the various Resort and Disney Springs restaurants have not yet been released, in the past, I found that several restaurants offered a more traditional Thanksgiving meal option, even if they don't typically offer that sort of fare. In fact, one year, I was surprised to see that even Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, which typically serves African-inspired dishes, offered a more traditional Thanksgiving meal option. I have also had delicious Thanksgiving meals at Trattoria al Forno on the BoardWalk and some of the quick-service locations at the Disney Resorts Collection Hotels. As your vacation approaches, just keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and the different restaurants' menus to see your endless options, Courtney. I'm so excited for you!

    I hope this was helpful, Courtney, and I hope you have the most magical vacation and the happiest Thanksgiving! Please stop by any time with any questions you may have along the way.

    See ya real soon,


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I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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