Thanksgiving Dinner at Walt Disney World – Trail’s End Restaurant

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since our little family is in our new city, and the rest of our family will be traveling down in a few days, we decided to take advantage of all the Thanksgiving meal options available at Walt Disney World and enjoy an easy dinner (late lunch, more specifically) at Trail’s End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness.

A Thanksgiving meal at Walt Disney World? Yes! In fact, in addition to all the restaurants open normal hours, there are several restaurants that offer a special Thanksgiving meal:

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • California Grill
  • Chef Mickey
  • The Wave
  • Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Captain’s Grille
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Narcoossee’s
  • Victoria & Albert’s
  • Flying Fish Cafe
  • Trattoria Al Forno
  • Jiko
  • Sanaa
  • Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast
  • Trail’s End Restaurant
  • Olivia’s Cafe
  • The Turf Club
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe
  • Raglan Road
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe

At Trail’s End, lunch is normally an a la carte menu, while dinner is a buffet, but on Thanksgiving, lunch is also a buffet. You can see that the meal is special for the holiday on your reservation.

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On a nice 81 degree day (helloooo Florida) we headed to Trail’s End. Add in extra transportation time when going to Fort Wilderness if you drive, because once you park, you have to take a bus deep within the resort to where the restaurant is. Christmas decorations add to the holiday ambience.

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The buffet includes all the standard Thanksgiving fare…all you care to eat smoked turkey, cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Some of the usual buffet items, like shrimp cocktail, salad, fried chicken and pork ribs, are also included. And the best part…SWEET TEA!!

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We love buffets with the kids because kids under 3 eat for free!

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Both kids loved the turkey and ate quite a bit.

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Dessert options are plentiful…my plate below didn’t even include everything to choose from. The pumpkin pie was a must on Thanksgiving, but the strawberry shortcake is my favorite and they offer it at dinner every day!

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After dinner, the kids played on the playground and watched the horses.

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Again, the downside to Fort Wilderness is the bus ride, with the ride going back to the parking lot making many more steps and taking much longer. I would say the trip back took about 10 minutes. The kids enjoy looking out the window at the Christmas decorations and wildlife (we saw about 10 deer in various spots).
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I can see something like this becoming our tradition! Yum!

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