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Thanksgiving is a holiday where guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort like to indulge in turkey and all the trimmings. However, what do you do if you have a special diet? Guests with food allergies and intolerances and other dietary needs need not worry when visiting the parks & resorts during this time of year, because there are tons of options available. Whether you’re looking for a traditional turkey feast or a quick bite that’s Turkey Day inspired, you’ll find lots of great options that cover many special dietary needs. Of course, always check with cast members at each restaurant location and the Walt Disney World Special Diets Department — and don’t forget to make those holiday ADRs well in advance!
If you are looking for a traditional holiday meal, look no further than Liberty Tree Tavern. This location serves family style meals for dinner and an a la carte lunch menu. Dinner at Liberty Tree is made up of Thanksgiving favorites and guests who are gluten free and dairy free can rejoice in the fact that they can enjoy many of these favorites too. The Bill of Fare consists of:
Declaration Salad – Tossed mixed greens with house-made dressing
Patriot’s Platter – Roasted turkey breast, carved beef, and sliced pork, with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, herb-bread stuffing and macaroni and cheese
Guests who are gluten free & dairy free can enjoy the salad with no modifications. They can also enjoy special dietary rolls (which are currently GNI brand) and even Earth Balance vegan margarine. Each of the three meats are GF/DF. Liberty Tree also makes dairy free mashed potatoes (hurrah!) and GF/DF gravy. Yes, gravy! Add the seasonal vegetables and you have a proper Pilgrim’s Feast. Dessert includes a seasonal sorbet, but you’ll probably be too stuffed by the time you get to it. You can read about Liberty Tree Tavern in my most recent review HERE. The great news about this location is that you can get this holiday feast year-round. Craving Thanksgiving dinner in June? Liberty Tree Tavern has you covered!
Here is the most recent list of locations that are serving Thanksgiving Dinner that are known for great special diets accommodations.
- Tusker House – There will be a lunch & dinner Thanksgiving Day meal
- 50’s Prime Time – Traditional Thanksgiving fare for lunch & dinner
One of the best options for diners with special diets, are the resort restaurants. With advance notice, they can often work with guests to make modifications to their holiday menu offerings. The offerings this year include:
- Fort Wilderness – Mickey’s Backyard BBQ will be hosting it’s annual Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast (*Note: Dinner Shows require advance preparation for special dietary meals)
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Sanaa will be serving a holiday inspired lunch and dinner
- Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – Kouzzina will be serving a Mediterranean style Thanksgiving dinner
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort – O’hana & Kona will be serving Thanksgiving fare (lunch and dinner)
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Boatwright’s will serve a holiday dinner
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Artist Point & Whispering Canyon Cafe will be serving Thanksgiving meals
*Note: This is not a comprehensive list. See Disney’s website for more information.
Quick Service Fare
Your best bets for quick service locations that will offer Thanksgiving inspired fare that will provide some safe options are those located in the resorts. Value resorts, such as Pop Century, All Stars, and Art of Animation will have have some type of holiday fare served throughout the day.
In the parks? Check out locations like Sunshine Seasons which will already be serving a Thanksgiving menu throughout the day on the big Turkey Day. They are already well known for accommodating gluten free and special diets diners.
And looking for something totally not Thanksgiving related? There’s always those amazing allergy friendly chicken tenders! Head to Columbia Harbour House for my personal favorite version of these!
Who says you need to have a traditional meal to celebrate Thanksgiving? Grab a famous turkey leg, which is gluten free & dairy free at one of the various quick service and kiosk locations throughout the parks. This gives you a chance to enjoy your holiday turkey while on the go! Read more about these turkey legs in the November newsletter for the blog. Krista Joy from Disneyways.com tells us all about the turkey legs & how to get inspired for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Looking for another holiday inspired snack? Why not grab the roasted pork shank from Gaston’s Tavern. This is also gluten free & dairy free.
Craving all things pumpkin? Head to Babycakes NYC at Downtown Disney for all sorts of terrific pumpkin flavored treats. From pumpkin muffins, loaves, and donuts, you’ll be sure to find something to give you that pumpkin fix. Pumpkin Pie is soooo passe! The best part about Babycakes is that all of these items are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and refined sugar free, so it’s seasonal and healthful!
|Babycakes NYC Wonderbuns & Pumpkin Muffin|
The great news is that Disney offers tons of great food choices throughout the holidays that guests with special dietary needs can enjoy!
Looking for other thoughts on Thanksgiving alternatives? Eating WDW covers non-special diets options that my give you some Turkey Day inspiration when planning your special diets visit! (that post is HERE)
Have you been to Disney on Thanksgiving with a special diet? What is your go-to Thanksgiving Day meal?