• On Oct 15, 2016
    Trellis from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    The week of thanksgiving is there anything special going on ?

    Hi Trellis,

    My family loves spending Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World. It's a special way to celebrate the holiday and kick off the Christmas season.

    While I don't know of any specific Thanksgiving events, you will find special Thanksgiving-themed meals throughout the restaurants on that day, and across the theme parks and resorts, you will see an overall holiday attitude. Magic Kingdom tends to stay open really late that week, as long as 2 a.m.  for those taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours. We love visiting late at night when the crowds are small and the park takes on an even more magical feel.

    The Holidays Around the World activities at Epcot, including the Candlelight Processional, begin the day after Thanksgiving. 

    Holidays at Disney Springs, with visits with Santa, the Festival of Holiday Trees and special entertainment, kicks off November 14. So does the new Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! projection and fireworks show at Hollywood Studios.

    We always make time to tour the resorts on our Thanksgiving vacations to take in all the holiday decorations. My favorite is the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge with the Animal Kingdom Lodge as a close second. And don't miss the life-sized Gingerbread House in the lobby of the Grand Floridian resort.

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Please let us know if we can help in any other way as you make your final vacation plans. Enjoy!

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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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