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Yes, Virginia…There Still Will Be Thanksgiving….

With all of the Christmas decorations gleaming, snow falling, jingle bells jingling and music playing, we know that Christmas is here in the parks. But do not fear my friends, we have not forgotten about that one day that sets the mood for carb overload, family “discussions” around the table and yes, that all important food coma nap. I am talking about Thanksgiving.

Yes, this holiday is sometimes not even noticed by some and truly overlooked by the “marketing” Gods. However, Thanksgiving is the one day during the year that we have an excuse to sit back and relax, eat whatever we want without guilt and most importantly, be thankful for those things in our life that bless us. Of course, things may not be perfect, and most of the time they are not, but, no matter what, there is always something to be grateful and thankful for.

So, if your are able to be at Disney World during Thanksgiving (like myself) and looking for a place to have that “traditional” Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings without the work of making it, here are some suggestions. We may even try one ourselves on Thanksgiving, so let me know where you would like to try or if you have been to the parks on this turkey day, let me know your recommendation.

Let’s start with Magic Kingdom:

Cinderella’s Royal Table Cinderella’s Royal Table is offering the Traditional Thanksgiving Plate with roast turkey breast with gravydressingsweet potato mashgreen beans, and cranberry jam for both lunch and dinner! You also get to meet the Princesses during dinner so this is an added bonus!

The Plaza is also adding the carved-to-order traditional oak-roasted turkey served with giblet gravy as a holiday dish. This dining venue is often overlooked and offers great food at reasonable pricing.

On top of Crystal Palace‘s already expansive buffet, you can also pile up your plates with the hand-carved traditional oak-roasted turkeyhand-carved prime ribsweet potato casserolecornbread stuffing, and apple or pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. You get a lot of food here but it does carry a little bit of a price tag per person.

Animal Kingdom Offerings:

TIFFINS:

Live on the wild side this holiday with Tiffins‘ Thanksgiving Feast! For $40 per person, you can start your meal with the butternut squash soupKey West shrimp, and pumpkin seed-pistachio granola and then dig into their entrée featuring turkey roulade with fine herbsgarlic whipped potatocornbread dressingheirloom bean amandine, and cranberry-citrus marmalade. For $12 more per person, guests can end their feast with pumpkin flanBaines Cape Mountain Whiskey butterscotchhorchata cake, or fall fruit for dessert! A great option for those looking for some traditional twist!

EPCOT:

Of course Epcot is known for it’s dining options and this park does not disappoint.

ROSE AND CROWN DINING ROOM:

Take a trip to England with the Thanksgiving Special Menu at the Rose & Crown Dining Room! For $35 per adult and $15 per child, everyone can indulge in herb-crusted roasted turkeysavory stuffing with gravyroasted sweet potatoesmashed potatoesgreen beans, and cranberry relish. And, don’t forget to finish your meal with the lovely pumpkin cheesecake too!

LE CELLIER:

Continue your world travels and go to the Canada pavilion for a taste of Le Cellier‘s ‘turducken for Thanksgiving! Available at lunch and dinner, the meal will include maple-brined turkey breastduck confitchicken-apple sausagecornbread stuffingmashed potatoesmaple-whiskey glazed Brussel sprouts (maybe I would like them with whisky), maple-bacon sweet potatoesgravy, and citrus-cranberry sauce.

Turkey at a seafood restaurant?! Yeah, that’s right — Coral Reef is trying something a lil bit different with their Thanksgiving Special! At $36 for adults or $13 for kids, the feast will feature roasted turkeycornbread stuffingmashed potatoesgreen beansgravy, and cranberry relish while you watch the fish swim around you! This is right up my alley!!

Of course, Disney Springs is also a great option for those looking for Thanksgiving Fare. Places such as Raglan Road, House of Blues, Terralina, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Wine Bar George and even T-Rex are offering special menu entrees for this holiday. And don’t forget the resorts around Walt Disney World Resort. From the Wave, Olivia’s (oh my, that fried chicken!) to Boatwright’s, they are offering special menu items to help you celebrate this special day. Be sure to make your reservation though if you have not yet done so, as they can be very busy.

Where would you go if you were at Walt Disney World for Thanksgiving? Where would you like to see us go on stream? Let me know in the comments and be sure and subscribe and follow at spokesmayne on all social media. Get out those stretchy pants and let’s do this!!