4 Great Places to Eat at Walt Disney World During the Holidays
May 13, 2018
This year we had such a beautiful Easter Sunday with our wonderful family! The kids woke up early, so we were able to get our Easter egg hunt finished, and I was able to make breakfast before we rushed off to the late service at our church. We sure are blessed!
Not too long after service, we went out for Easter dinner this year rather than cooking it ourselves. This reminded me of Christmas before last when we were at Walt Disney World and we went to the Magic Kingdom for Christmas dinner. This memory helped me come up with the idea for this blog post – best places to eat at Walt Disney World during the holidays.
Eating at Walt Disney World rather than cooking was such a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday. I am not the best chef, and I would rather spend that time with my kids than in the kitchen. Also, where better to spend time with my kids than Walt Disney World?
For certain holidays Disney plans special menus at some of their restaurants. However, that information doesn’t come out until closer to the holiday, and if you are planning ahead to make reservations you may want to make reservations before having the chance to find out about the holiday menus.
Below are some of the best restaurant with holiday type foods on the menu. Remember, if you make reservations at 180 days for one of these restaurants, and you find somewhere you would rather go after the holiday menus comes out, you can always switch your reservation if there is room available at the restaurant of your choice. However, if you wait until the holiday menus come out before making any reservations you may not have a choice in the restaurant because most restaurants may be full by that time.
Liberty Tree Tavern
This is where we ate for Christmas dinner and I absolutely loved it. Keep in mind this is in Magic Kingdom Park, and the crowds were very crazy on Christmas day. Crowds don’t bother us, however, it took us a very long time to walk to the restaurant after entering the park that day. We spent the day at Animal Kingdom and there weren’t very many people there. I think they all went to the Magic Kingdom. However, the recent addition of Avatar land, I am not sure how the crowds in Animal Kingdom will be in the future.
Today, the menu features roasted turkey breast, pot roast, and carved pork roast with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb stuffing, and house-made macaroni and cheese all served family style! Dinner comes with dessert as well. There’s a rumbly in my tumbly just thinking about it! Menu subject to change.
Garden Grill Restaurant
This is another of my favorite restaurants which also serves holiday type foods year round. This restaurant is in Epcot which should be less crowded than the Magic Kingdom on most holidays. My kids love that this is a character meal with Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mickey, and Pluto. I love that the food is really good and brought right to the table and served family style. There is no juggling your children’s plates or fighting the crowd at the buffet. This is the most relaxing character meal I have ever been to.
Today, the menu features harvest-inspired garden salad, slow-braised pot roast, all-natural sliced turkey breast with turkey gravy, carved pork with apple chutney, french fries, buttermilk mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, seasonal vegetables, herb and leek stuffing, berry short cake with vanilla bean whip cream. Menu and characters subject to change.
Trail’s End Restaurant
If you are looking for a place at Walt Disney World without the crowds this is a great place to eat. This restaurant is located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, which is a good place to explore and to even spend the day. You can use the actual day of the holiday as a day to explore the resort and avoid all the crowds in the parks. This is one resort where you will have no trouble finding a day’s worth of activities for the entire family. As I will talk about in a future post, Walt Disney World resorts are not places to just sleep before heading to the parks. They have so much to offer that you will most certainly want to take a bit of time to explore them.
Trail’s End has a great brunch menu that would be great for a holiday meal. Today the menu features:
soup station – chili and grits
carving station – brown sugar-glazed applewood-smoked bacon (available until 11 am) and glazed bone-In ham
hot food offerings – Mickey-shaped waffles, Belgian waffles, omelets and eggs made-to-order, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, hash brown potatoes, mixed vegetables, fried chicken, baked mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, Canadian bacon Benedict, vegetable pesto pasta
cold food offerings – Sliced Cheddar Cheese, Sliced Salami, Smoked Salmon, Strawberry Yogurt, Fresh Fruit, Shrimp, Caesar Salad, Coleslaw, Mixed Green Salad, Potato Salad
dessert station – French toast bread pudding, assorted pastries, red velvet cake, cookies, apple cobbler, corn muffins
Menu subject to change.
1900 Park Fare
This is another resort restaurant located at the Grand Floridian. This would especially be a wonderful choice for a Christmas dinner. The Grand Floridian is beautiful, but at Christmas time it is spectacular! Not only do they decorate for the holiday, they create a life-sized gingerbread house that you can take your picture in front of. This resort is a must not miss at Christmas time!
1900 Park Fare is a character meal and features a buffet. The characters present for breakfast are by Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, and friends. The characters present for dinner are Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and Anastasia and Drisella.
Currently on the menu is an Easter brunch which sounds absolutely delicious. The dinner buffet features some classic holiday foods that would make your holiday bright and merry!
Today the dinner buffet features:
fresh salads – heirloom tomato salad, seasonal fruit salad, seasonal broccoli salad, mixed greens kale, spinach, arugula, assorted toppings, Caesar or kale salad, assorted cheeses, farro salad, loaded potato salad
carving stations – herb-crusted striploin with chimichurri and turkey breast
savory dishes – jasmine Rice, peel-n-eat shrimp, buttery mashed potatoes, Pork Masala Claw Chowder Chicken Noodle Soup Seasonal Vegetables Steamed Mussels Butternut Squash Ravioli Cheese Tortellini in Cream Sauce Green Beans
chef’s favorites – Floridian strawberry soup with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, Mongolian Beef, Chef’s Special of the Day
kid’s station – macaroni & cheese, pasta with olive oil, hot dog, pizza, chicken nuggets, corn
assorted desserts – selections baked in-house to include – bite-size cheesecake, fruit tart, and chocolate mousse
Menu and characters subject to change.
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