Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World


Going to Disney World for Thanksgiving? It’s one of the best times of the year to visit Walt Disney World. With all of the decorations and festive entertainment, you are sure to get in the holiday spirit. The daytime weather is warm and it’s just a little chilly at night. If you want to swim at your resort, the pools on property are heated. Here are my top 4 tips for surviving Thanksgiving weekend.

  1. Try to use Fast Pass + and single riders line to avoid any excessive waiting. I suggest that you pick your three preordered fast passes with the rides you must absolutely do, then don’t worry about the rest of the day. I like to go to a fast pass+ kiosk after I have used my third fast pass, and just pick the ride that is available next, time-wise. Last year, I got fast passes for 11 rides and waited in line for only a few. The single rider lines really help cut the time down as well.


Tip: Wait until 5 minutes before the park closes and get in line for the ride that you are dying to do just one more time (Soarin’, Frozen, Etc.) The fast passes will have ended for that ride and it makes the line move twice as fast.

  1. Head over to Animal Kingdom to take your Christmas photo with Mickey and Minnie in their Christmas sweaters. What a great Christmas card!


Tip: Have Mickey and Minnie share a smooch in the picture and make your own Disney Christmas Cards.


  1. Eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Many Disney World restaurants offer a great Thanksgiving spread. Even Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s Boardwalk is offering a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner this year. My favorite meal is Minnie’s Holiday & Dine in Hollywood Studios.



Tip: Grab a turkey leg in the Magic Kingdom if you don’t want to waste time with a sit down meal. Nothing says Thanksgiving like turkey! What a great snap chat photo. You can get a turkey leg in Frontierland close to the waterway.

  1. Watch “A Frozen Holiday Wish” castle show in the Magic Kingdom.


Tip: Make sure to get a spot in front of the castle at least 45 minutes ahead of time. Try to get as close as possible as it will get crowded quickly. Don’t wait until showtime to find a spot!

-Christine Battista, Disney Planner and Universal Vacation Specialist with Hi Ho Vacations

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