Disney Thanksgiving day events, parades and dining restaurants

Thanksgiving dining at Disney

Disney Thanksgiving day events are often confused with other Holiday activities going on in that same month. Many think that there is a Walt Disney World Thanksgiving day parade, but that is not true, not at the Disney in Orlando.

There is a Disney Thanksgiving day parade at DisneyLand in California. Also many Disney floats are in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. So just what is going on for Disney Thanksgiving day events?

Well there is a lot of other activities going on around the same time. All the parks will be open, and many of the big Disney park dining restaurants will be serving full Thanksgiving day meals, a list of which I made below.

Walt Disney World usually starts putting up their Christmas decorations on Thanksgiving weekend. So you will not see them on Thanksgiving day, but you will over that weekend.

There will be no special Thanksgiving parades, but they will have their normal ones as well as the fireworks they normally have. The Sunday after Thanksgiving day you can see the Mickey’s very merry Christmas party parade and events at the Magic Kingdom.

Also on Thanksgiving weekend at Epcot is the Holidays Around The World – Candlelight Processional event. Over at Disney’s Hollywood studios you can check out The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights too.

So there is many things to do and see during Disney Thanksgiving day and over the weekend. Because it’s a Holiday weekend, the parks get PACKED! So go early and stay at one park if you can.

Disney Thanksgiving day dining meals

Many of the big restaurants in the Disney theme parks will be serving classic Thanksgiving day meals with all the trimmings. Here’s a list:

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe: Lunch and Dinner
Hollywood Brown Derby: Lunch and Dinner
Hollywood and Vine: Lunch and Dinner

Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Liberty Tree Tavern: Lunch and Dinner
Cinderella’s Royal Table: Lunch and Dinner
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant: Lunch and Dinner
Crystal Palace Lunch: and Dinner

Disney’s Epcot
Garden Grill: Dinner only
Coral Reef Restaurant: Lunch only
Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus: Lunch and Dinner
Sunshine Seasons Food Court: Lunch and Dinner
Biergarten: Lunch and Dinner
Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room: Lunch and Dinner
Le Cellier Steakhouse: Lunch and Dinner

Most of the Disney resorts and hotels will also be serving Thanksgiving day meals for lunch, dinner or both. Often these meals cost a bit more than normal. Ask ahead of time at the Disney resort where your staying for information.

So if your coming down for Disney Thanksgiving day weekend, be prepared for big crowds and long waits. But there is lots to do and see, so it’s worth it if you love all things Disney! Plus you’ll be the first to see this years Disney Christmas decorations over the weekend.


  1. You need to get your facts straight. Disney WORLD is in Orlando, Florida. Disney LAND is in California!!!

  2. Hmmm, yup, your right it is. In fact I use to correct people all the time about that myself. Must have been a copy/paste I overlooked. Thanks, I’ll fix that right now!

  3. regina hyman says:

    My daughter was choosen to perfom as a ALL AMERICAN CHEERLEADER at the thanksgiving parade in ORLANDO… SOoo… what is it call? AND WHO CAN I CALL FOR MORE INFOMATION?