How do you know that your child has Disney on the brain? Well, she draws a pair of Mickey Ears on your head for a school project. I am thankful that she has been to Disney so many times and sees me as a reflection of the fun times we always have. 

Here are 5 things to avoid as you give thanks this year. And a few holiday tips along the way…

  1. DON’T go to Disney unless you are ready to deal with crowds. Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest times of year at Disney. If you are willing, try pushing your vacation back a week. The week AFTER Thanksgiving is always nice, peaceful, and full of holiday spirit.
  2. Were you hoping for Christmas to come early this year? Well, you’re in luck. DON’T expect to see Thanksgiving specific entertainment in any of the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts.  Do expect to see many Christmas Trees. And Christmas Decorations. And Christmas Parades. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins mid November and will not be held ON Thanksgiving Day but will be held Thanksgiving week
  3. Do you have restaurant reservations on Thanksgiving? DON’T automatically expect a traditional Thanksgiving meal to be offered on the menu. You MUST do your research first, as only about a handful of restaurants end up offering Turkey as a meal. 
  4. DON’T expect to be able to walk into a restaurant without a reservation. You must make your reservations as close to 180 days (6 months) in advance as possible, or you will be ordering pizza or Chinese food to your room – not always a bad thing! If you can’t get a restaurant reservation, you can always grab a smoke turkey leg at the Frontierland Turkey Leg Car in the Magic Kingdom. 
  5. DON’T miss the Jungle Cruise Ride at the Magic Kingdom. It becomes the Jingle Cruise! And is full of yule tide cheer!
  6. DON’T miss Black Friday shopping at Disney Springs. It begins at 8:00AM. Upon arrival, you will receive a special pamphlet detailing available promotions

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Wherever you are – Do give thanks! Life is about what you make it. 

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