Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s supposed to be one of the more relaxing holidays of the year, except for all the poor souls who are charged with cooking or cleaning up the kitchen.

Spending Thanksgiving Day at Disney World might sound like a good idea. It can be, if you are ready with some key information to plan ahead.

Let’s look at four tips to help you get the most of your Thanksgiving visit to Disney World.

1 – Be Ready For Crowds

The crowds on Thanksgiving Day and the day after are huge. The folks at Touring Plans peg the crowd levels as 8 out of 10. This means that not only will the lines for attractions be long, but so will the lines for the restrooms and the lines for food. You will wait in a long line just to get a drink. Brace yourself for lots of people and plenty of waiting. The parks will generally be open early, usually 8:00 or 9:00, and will be open late – perhaps as late as 1:00am for the Magic Kingdom. Plan to arrive early, take a mid-day break, and stay late. Most of all, prepare yourself mentally.

You can have a great time at Disney World on Thanksgiving Day.

You can have a great time at Disney World on Thanksgiving Day.

2 – Make Your Meal Plans In Advance

Be sure to call for an Advanced Dining Reservation so that you won’t have to wait too long for a meal. These reservations often book up 180 days in advance, so call as early as you can. Instead of a sit down meal at dinner time, when the nicer restaurants are busiest, you might consider having your big meal a noon.

3 – Visit A Resort Hotel

If you want a break from the crowds, you can visit a nearby resort hotel. From the Magic Kingdom, the Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are just a short monorail ride away. You can also get to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or Disney’s Fort Wilderness by a short, pleasant boat ride. From Epcot you are a short walk away from Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club and Disney’s Boardwalk. From Disney’s Hollywood Studios you can also take a boat ride to many of the resorts near Epcot as well as the World Disney World Swan and Dolphin. From Disney’s Animal Kingdom, well, you aren’t really close to a resort.

4 – Get In The Christmas Spirit

When Thanksgiving rolls around, all of Disney World will be decked out for Christmas. Consider strolling along Main Street USA to enjoy the Victorian decorations. Visit Epcot to see how countries all around the world celebrate Christmas. At Hollywood Studios you can visit the Osborne Family Lights, and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can check out the general Christmas decorations.

Thanksgiving – Disney Style

Winter time is a great time to visit Disney World. While you will encounter big crowds at Thanksgiving time, with a little planning you, can have a great trip.

Would you like to visit Disney World on Thanksgiving Day?