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Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World

While Disney World is already starting the Christmas celebrations with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas evening event on select nights, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving in the Most Magical Place on Earth. Plus, when you reserve one of the vacation villas at FantasyWorld, one of the top resorts in Kissimmee FL, you get a full kitchen to make some of your own family Thanksgiving favorites if you want. While Thanksgiving isn’t the main celebration at Disney World, there are plenty of ways to make the most of a visit.

First off, you need to make your Disney World reservations, because it’s one of the busiest times of year and passes sell out quickly. Be sure to make your FantasyWorld Resort reservations, as well. Obviously, all of this means that the parks will be crowded, so you need to be prepared for long lines and lots of people everywhere.

Your best bet is to make a plan in advance that focuses on the attractions and rides that are most important to each member of the family. Focus on those, rather than planning on seeing more of the park.

Also, with FastPasses retired, the only way to save some time with the long lines that are everywhere at Thanksgiving is through the use of Disney Genie+.  Be aware that it costs $15 per day, per person. The service, accessed through Disney World’s My Disney Experience app, lets you choose the next available time at participating attractions and experiences. When it is time, you can use special Lightning Lane entries to skip the standby lines. However, not all attractions are included, so this is why it’s important to do some planning in advance to make sure the extra cost is worthwhile. However, due to the length of the lines at this time of year, the extra cost probably is worth it.

To help you pass the time while you are standing in line, look into the Play Disney Parks  and Heads Up apps to keep everyone entertained and stave off the grumpies. It’s also a bit cooler this time of year, so you’re less likely to wilt from the heat as you wait.

While the park isn’t decorated specifically for Thanksgiving, it is decorated for Christmas, which tends to look and feel pretty magical, even for those who aren’t fans of such early decorations. Enjoy the extra sparkle and twinkle with the lights and decorations.

For most people, Thanksgiving revolves around a big feast. Just as with your Disney reservations, be sure to make your dinner reservations in advance if you want the full Thanksgiving meal experience at Disney. Besides some of the hotels, and restaurants at Disney Springs, your best bet for a traditional dinner is at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern and its Patriot’s Platter filled with turkey, pot roast, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. If you’re visiting other parks during your vacation, Epcot is another great place to be on Thanksgiving Day as The Garden Grill Restaurant hosts Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast. A character dining experience, this is a great way to celebrate for those with young kids and it features all you can eat turkey breast, herb and leek stuffing, and creamy mashed potatoes, and many ingredients grown right there at The Land Pavilion.

Of course, when you stay at FantasyWorld, one of the best resorts in Kissimmee FL, you can take advantage of the full kitchen and Publix grocery delivery to cook your own Thanksgiving meal. Even a scaled-back version or just your favorite Thanksgiving desserts can help you feel the warmth of celebrating this holiday with your loved ones, while also enjoying the magic of Disney World.

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