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There is no place like Disneyland for the Holidays.
Although seasonal menus abound, Thanksgiving will spur on a particular set of menu options at select restaurants around the resort.
If you plan to visit on Thanksgiving day, then here is a guide to what you can expect for a Disneyland Thanksgiving.
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Disneyland at Thanksgiving
The second week of November and Thanksgiving weekend is typically among the busiest times of the year at the Disneyland resort, although Thanksgiving Day can be either very crowded or practically empty.
There is no real way to predict how it will play out in 2019 for Disneyland.
However, attendance has been light all year, and that should continue, relatively speaking, into the holiday season.
Nevertheless, Disneyland’s crowd calendar, which determines ticket prices based on projected attendance, shows November 28 to be a peak day.
Disney California Adventure
Disney’s California Adventure is historically an overflow park, which means if it is busy there, then Disneyland must have reached capacity.
Last year’s attendance at Disney’s California Adventure was only half of Disneyland’s 2018 attendance record.
Disneyland’s ticket calendar does not distinguish between the two parks on what constitutes.a peak day, so the price of admission is the same for either park.
Disneyland Thanksgiving Food
Slow Roasted Turkey will be served at restaurants throughout Disneyland park on Thanksgiving Day.
Most notably at Carnation Cafe, Plaza Inn, River Belle Terrace, Blue Bayou Restaurant, and Cafe Orleans. Each of these terrific dining locations features a unique take on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Carnation Cafe features a bourbon gravy and cornbread stuffing. The French Market includes a non-specific seasonal Smothered Beef, and some decadent Haunted Mansion inspired desserts.
Cafe Orleans, on the other hand, will offer a special Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich this year. Plus, they’ll have a traditional Pumpkin Pie.
Perhaps the most unique turkey dinner is the Blue Bayou’s turkey and glazed ham dinner with andouille stuffing. Harbour Galley offers a holiday pozole for the occasion, as well.
River Belle Terrace has the best traditional Turkey dinner for 2019 with Butternut Squash Soup, Oven-roasted Turkey Breast with Country Pork Belly Stuffing, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Bourbon Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Tart. Order these a la carte or as a Prix-Fixe meal with reserved viewing for Fantasmic!
Disney California Adventure
There are lots of fun and exciting ways to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday at Disney’s California Adventure, starting with the festive sourdough bread shapes at Mortimer’s Market.
If you miss it at the entrance of the park, you can also find them at the Boudin Bread Cart on Pacific Wharf.
Even the Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta counter service location at Paradise Gardens Park offers a Thanksgiving feast inspired pizza slice and a traditional holiday meal throughout the season.
Around California, Adventure four restaurants have historically offered special menus. One of those was Ariel’s Grotto, which is now gone.
However, with the new seasonal offerings at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and special holiday menus at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Wine Country Trattoria, we still have plenty to be thankful for.
Carthay Circle’s Thanksgiving Menu includes an entree and desert. the Grilled Sierra Foothills Turkey is served with Creamed Corn, Turkey Chorizo, Cranberry Fritter and Natural Jus, while the dessert on the menu is a Spiced Pumpkin Bar with Dulce De Leche Creme Anglaise and Cranberry Compote.
Wine Country Trattoria offers a traditional turkey dinner with Pumpkin Pie for dessert. The entree includes roasted turkey, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, haricot verts, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce.
Disneyland Thanksgiving Around the Resort
Disneyland Hotel Thanksgiving
The Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel will host a special Thanksgiving Day feast with a dash of Disney magic provided by Characters to help commemorate the celebratory event.
The buffet will feature traditional holiday favorites and even a children’s buffet. The Carving Station will offer roast turkey or prime rib, and the sides will include sweet potato souffle, mashed potatoes cranberry orange relish, and more.
Plus, the dessert station will feature traditional pumpkin pie among a variety of other sweets.
The ballroom will be decorated in immersive autumn theming for an enhanced experience during the extravagant feast.
The feast lasts from 11:30 to 6:00 on November 28, and the price of admission is $180 per adult. Children 3-9 are $70. Children 2 and under are free.
The experience is very lavish and worthwhile for couples or a small group of adults, but larger families, particularly with younger kids (3-6), may choose to miss this event due to the overall cost of the experience.
Steakhouse 55 has a popular menu returning for the occasion, as well.
A three-course meal will include butternut squash soup with crispy skirt steak and maple clabbered cream; roasted turkey wellington with brioche stuffing, cranberry, swiss chard, and wild mushroom gravy; and a dessert trio including sweet potato mousse parfait, pecan cake pop, and pumpkin whoopie pie.
Additionally, the restaurant and lounge provide wine pairings.
Starter course – butternut squash soup with crispy shredded skirt steak and maple clabbered cream; Entrée – roasted turkey Wellington, brioche stuffing, cranberry, Swiss chard, wild mushroom gravy; Dessert – trio of sweet potato mousse parfait, pecan cake pop, and pumpkin whoopie pie. Wine pairings are available.
And it’s also available in the Steakhouse 55 Lounge.
Although the big Thanksgiving event takes place at the Grand Ballroom in the Disneyland Hotel, the character buffets at all three Disneyland resort hotels are still serving guests all-you care-to-enjoy banquets.
The Character Experiences take place in the morning exclusively, although Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel has a Dinner service, which will include Turkey at the carving station for Thanksgiving.
PCH Grill and Storyteller Cafe have modified Thanksgiving Dinner buffets as well, although there will not be characters at the Paradise Pier and Grand California locations for dinner service.
Grand Californian Hotel and Spa Thanksgiving
Chef Andrew Sutton will have a Four-Course Wine Country Feast for Thanksgiving day with two seatings.
The first dinner seating will be at 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, and 5:30pm. The second seating will be every half hour as well, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.
This is a $125 per adult dinner. However, the price for children drops dramatically to only $25 per person. Wine flights are an additional $55.
Parking is complimentary for 5 hours at the Grand Californian with this event, and although you should make reservations, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.