What I’m Thankful For At Disney World

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Is your turkey in the oven? Are you watching the parade or maybe one of the big games? I hope you have a wonderful day planned with family and friends. There are so many things to be thankful for this year, I thought it would be fun to create a list of what I’m most thankful for at Walt Disney World.

The Memories

I am thankful for all of the memories I’ve enjoyed with my family and friends throughout the years on our Disney World vacations. I’ve been visiting the resort since I was a baby and so have my kids. The special times that I have shared with my loved ones are priceless.

IMG_8789The Cast Members

It is the cast members that are really what makes Disney World unique. Without their smiling faces, hard work, and exceptional hospitality, Disney World would just be like any other theme park.

Magic Kingdom Holiday FireworksOther Guests

Sure, you might come across a few guests that drive you nuts, but for the most part, I find most of the people at Disney World to be friendly and just enjoying the magic. My family and I have had lots of fun talking with other visitors in line and while waiting for shows. Part of what makes Disney so magical is the shared experience. Imagine watching Wishes all by yourself with no other guests in the park…it wouldn’t feel the same, would it?

Pirates 1The Attractions

The Disney Imagineers have poured their hearts and souls into these attractions and it shows. Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, Tower of Terror, Everest…the list goes on and on. These are not just “rides”.

The Treats

I am thankful for all of the Disney treats. I could spend my entire vacation eating nothing but desserts!

Epcot's World Fellowship FountainWhat It Represents

Lastly, I am also thankful for what Walt Disney World represents. To me, this resort is more than just attractions, food, and fun, at its heart Disney World embodies all that is good in the world. It is a symbol of family, fun, friendship, goodwill, charity, hospitality, love, peace, education, acceptance, hard work, determination, imagination, and dreams. During the holiday season and throughout the year, Disney World and Walt’s legacy demonstrate a “world” that we should strive to become.

What about Disney World are you most thankful for?
Please leave a comment; I would love to hear from you!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

More About Thanksgiving In Disney World

Liberty Tree Tavern

Will you be spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Walt Disney World? If so, you have lots of delicious choices for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Here’s the scoop courtesy of Disney:


Walt Disney World Resort guests can indulge in a fresh take on an American tradition by enjoying their Thanksgiving feast November 26, 2015 with a bounty of Disney tastes. With more than 30 different dining choices at Disney theme parks and resorts, families and friends can come together for a variety of Thanksgiving lunch and dinner offerings.

Special holiday menus include roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings plus traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, poppy seed lavash, house-made naan, and apple-cranberry achar at Sanaa, roasted heirloom beets with candied walnuts and mulled apple cider at Artist Point, and other unique dishes to enjoy with the holiday classics.

Disney World ThanksgivingAt Epcot, guests can dine on Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Restaurant Marrakesh, and Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, as well as quick service at Sunshine Seasons.

Holiday menus also are offered at 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Hollywood & Vine and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Within the Walt Disney World Resort hotels, special Thanksgiving dining options are available at:

  • Artist Point and Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Port Orleans Resort Riverside
  • California Grill, Chef Mickey’s and The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Captain’s Grille and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Citricos, Grand Floridian Café, Narcoossee’s and Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Flying Fish Café and Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
  • Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast and Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas-Disney’s Kidani Village
  • Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Sanaa at Disney’s Kidani Village Resort
  • Shutters at Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Be sure to make your dining reservations as soon as possible, because availability is limited and dining events are subject to change. For more information or to make reservations, please click here or call 407-WDW-DINE.

501 WaysHeading to Disney World for Thanksgiving?

If you are planning a vacation to Disney World for the holiday, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Have you celebrated Thanksgiving in Disney World before?
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Celebrating Thanksgiving In Disney World

Disney World Thanksgiving

Are you planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Disney World? If so, you have lots of delicious options for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Here’s the scoop courtesy of Disney:


Walt Disney World Resort guests can join together for a joyous and delicious Thanksgiving Day dinner. With a variety of dining options at the theme parks and resorts, there is a cornucopia of exciting lunch and dinner offerings inspired by this American tradition.

Guests can enjoy menu options for Thanksgiving Day meals at Walt Disney World Resort featuring a classic turkey dinner, such as the hearty all-American eats and traditional family- style Thanksgiving feast at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park. For guests looking for a special spin on the traditional turkey dinner, try some of the more unique options, such as traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall or roasted heirloom beets with candied walnuts and mulled apple cider at Artist Point.

At Epcot, guests can dine on Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Tutto Itlalia Ristorante, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Dining Room, and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, as well as quick service at Sunshine Seasons.

Holiday menus also are offered at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom; Hollywood & Vine, 50’s Prime Time Café and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Planet Hollywood, Portobello Country Italian Tattoria, Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Fulton’s Crab House and Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downtown Disney; and in resort hotels throughout Walt Disney World Resort.


Be sure to make your dining reservations as soon as possible, because availability is limited. For more information or to make reservations, please click here or call 407-WDW-DINE.

501 WaysHeading to Disney World soon?

If you are planning a vacation to Disney World, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Have you celebrated Thanksgiving in Disney World before?
What was it like? Please leave a comment!