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Best Locations For a Holiday Meal at Disney

We are quickly approaching the holiday season at Walt Disney World. When the calendar turns to November, we will see a transition hit the Parks as they switch from fall to Christmas. If you plan a Walt Disney World trip, you are probably thinking about where you want to eat.

Some excellent table service locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort are lovely for celebrating the holiday season. Take a look at these options and be ready to book those reservations as soon as possible.

Liberty Tree

Liberty Tree Tavern: Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom

One of the best holiday restaurants is found in Magic Kingdom. Liberty Tree Tavern is a fantastic traditional family-style Thanksgiving meal. It not only has the great foods we come to think about when it comes to holiday meals, but it also is great for larger groups. Liberty Tree Tavern is an excellent choice for family meals during the holiday season.

The meal includes delicious items such as roasted turkey, pot roast, mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, and macaroni & cheese. Don’t forget the famous oooey gooey toffee cake. These items are perfect for the holiday season. Liberty Tree Tavern is excellent for a holiday meal with a cozy atmosphere that feels like hanging out together as a family.

Hollywood and Vine
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Hollywood and Vine: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Get ready for the holiday season with Minnie’s Holiday Dine. This meal takes place at Hollywood and Vine starting in November for lunch and dinner. Minnie and her friends greet Guests in their adorable holiday outfits.

Guests enjoy a buffet full of roasted pork, whipped potato, herb-crusted tenderloin steak, brussels sprouts, and bread pudding. While enjoying these items from the buffet, Guests can take pictures with Minnie and her friends and get autographs.

There is something truly magical about enjoying a meal with the characters in their best holiday.

California Grill Fireworks
With sweeping views of Magic Kingdom fireworks from atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the re-imagined California Grill also features a new design inspired by mid-century modern California, and a new menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and a lighter touch. Known for its stellar wine list, the restaurant now boasts about 250 wine selections, 80 by the glass, an expanded sake list, eight kinds of craft beers and ciders and signature cocktails created by staff mixologists. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

California Grill- Disney’s Contemporary Resort

If you are looking for a meal that will feel special for the holiday season, look to dinner at California Grill. With amazing views overlooking the Magic Kingdom, you can enjoy all the beautiful holiday decorations from above.

California Grill continues to offer the special 50th-anniversary prix fixe menu, a three-course meal. We haven’t heard if this will be adjusted for the holiday season, but no matter what is being served, you will have a fantastic meal and beautiful views.

Remember the California Grill pipes in music for the firework shows that take place at Magic Kingdom each evening. This means that you will enjoy the sights and sounds of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks at Disney’s Enchantment or during a night when Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party is happening.

Be Our Guest
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Be Our Guest- Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

You might think about Be Our Guest when looking for a holiday meal, but it is a top choice. Guests can enjoy lunch and dinner at Be Our Guest during their Magic Kingdom day. This restaurant is always magical, but during the holiday season, it is transformed.

Christmas decorations, a holiday tree, and the snow outside the ballroom window combine to make a holiday wonderland. Check the menu to ensure you will all find something you will enjoy here, as the cost is higher, so you will want to ensure it will fit your holiday needs.

Whispering Canyon
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Whispering Canyon Cafe- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Another great place to eat during the holiday is Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Wilderness Lodge is a beautiful Disney Resort made for the holiday season. Enjoy an excellent meal at Whispering Canyon Cafe while taking in the impressive lobby of this Resort.

The all-you-care-to-eat skillets are fantastic. From all the Mickey waffles you want at breakfast to the land and sea skillet filled with salmon, chicken, potatoes, and vegetables, there is something for everyone here.

This large eating area is excellent for the whole family to enjoy a meal together. Perfect for the holiday season together.

Maria and Enzo's
Maria and Enzo’s

Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante- Disney’s Springs

For a truly holiday meal, head to Maria & Enzo’s for breakfast, where you can enjoy breakfast with Santa! This is an excellent option if you prefer a sit-down meal early in the day, as the other options have focused chiefly on lunch and dinner.

There are classic Italian items, a visit with Santa, a photo souvenir, and even a take-home treat. This is the first year this is being offered at Mario & Enzo’s, and we are thrilled to see how it works.

If you aren’t looking for a sit-down meal, you can still enjoy the holiday atmosphere throughout the Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disney's Enchanted Rose
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Enchanted Rose- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is one of the most magical places in Walt Disney World during the holiday season. Visit the beautiful lobby with the giant Christmas tree and the famous gingerbread house.

One of the best places to do this is the stunning Enchanted Rose. This lounge if located on the second floor of the lobby and provides Guests with great drinks and beautiful views. You will be in the holiday spirit after this stop.

Wilderness Lodge
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Roaring Fork and Geyser Point Bar & Grill- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

As mentioned before, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge was designed for the holiday season. If you don’t want a full sit-down meal, head to enjoy a quick meal at either Roaring Fork or Geyser Point. Both offer excellent views of the Resort, great drinks and sound, and solid entree options.

When you head to Walt Disney World for the holiday season, make sure you take time to enjoy a meal at one of these top locations.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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