• On Feb 6, 2017
    Lauren from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family is visiting the week of Thanksgiving. I've heard that it is one of the busiest weeks of the year. Any tips for dealing with the crowds?

    Hi Lauren,

    Though it is a bit more crowded than other times of the year, my family loves Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World, spending time as a family in one of our favorite places. We're already debating where to have our Thanksgiving meal there this year so that we're ready to make our reservation at the 180 day mark.

    That would be my top recommendation: make your advanced dining reservations as early as possible, especially for Thanksgiving Day, especially if you want one of the more traditional restaurants such as the Liberty Tree Inn. You'll find that many of the restaurants will offer a Thanksgiving special along with their usual fare.

    You also will want to take advantage of FastPass+ for your top rides and attractions. That will assure that you get to enjoy your favorites without a long wait.

    You'll find smaller crowds in the parks early in the morning and late at night as the parks offer extended hours. On our Thanksgiving visits, we often enter Magic Kingdom at 10 p.m. and stay until closing at midnight or 1 a.m. If you can stay up that late, you'll find it truly magical.

    I also recommend doing a resort tour to see the holiday decorations. We often combine that with a tasting tour of some of the resort lounges, such as the Territory Lounge at Wilderness Lodge and the Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian Village Resort. The lounges have shareable plates, such as meat and cheese assortments or sticky wings that can be a light meal.

    I'm limited on space, Lauren, but please check back if you would like restaurant recommendations or other ideas for activities during your family's Walt Disney World holiday. Enjoy!

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