Eat, Drink and Be Merry This Thanksgiving in Orlando

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Thanksgiving is coming on Nov. 23, and top Orlando restaurants are preparing special feasts for the big day.

By Erin Connett

‘Tis the season — of feasting! Thanksgiving is coming Nov. 23, and as millions of visitors have learned through the years, being in Orlando makes this family-focused celebration extra magical. From family feasts to romantic, candlelit dinners for two, here are our top Thanksgiving options in Orlando.

Thanksgiving Meals at Orlando's Theme Parks 

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Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort

The following Disney restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving Day fare for lunch and dinner, unless otherwise noted:

Chef Mickey's: This buffet-style restaurant at Disney's Contemporary Resort offers character dining. It will be serving dinner only.

Paddlefish: In addition to its full menu, this stylish Disney Springs eatery is offering a Traditional Southern Turkey Special for $34.

STK Orlando: Located at Disney Springs, the innovative steakhouse will serve a traditional Thanksgiving entrée for $29, plus a Thanksgiving dessert for $10.

Jiko — The Cooking Place: Right at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, this fine-dining restaurant will also be serving dinner only, so make your reservations early.

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Emeril's Tchoup Chop at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

The following Universal Orlando restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving Day fare for lunch and dinner, unless otherwise noted:

Amatista Cookhouse: Located at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Amatista Cookhouse will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet priced at $58 for adults and $26 for children ages 3–9. Entertainment includes a face painter, balloonist and appearances by Universal Orlando characters.

Bayliner Diner: This restaurant at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be serving Thanksgiving menu items during lunch and dinner.

Emeril's Tchoup Chop: Get a three-course Thanksgiving meal for $49 from noon to 9 p.m. This Loews Royal Pacific Resort restaurant has announced that Dec. 31 will be its last day of operation, so this is a great chance to experience it before it's gone. (Emeril's Orlando at Universal CityWalk will remain open.)

Mama Della's Ristorante: For an Italian take on Thanksgiving lunch or dinner, try this restaurant at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Thanksgiving Meals Near Orlando's Tourism District

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Eddie V’s

Andretti Grill at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games: In addition to serving special Thanksgiving food and beverages, they'll broadcast the day's football action on more than 100 high-definition televisions. Andretti is located on Universal Boulevard, a walk away from the Orange County Convention Center.

Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista: A buffet-style meal will be served in the Rosen Ballroom. The first seating is at 11:30 a.m. and the second seating is at 2:30 p.m. Pricing is $32.99 for adults and $13.99 for children ages 4–11. Additionally, guests with prepaid room reservations will receive a 10-percent discount.

Columbia Restaurant: Located in Celebration, just a short distance from Walt Disney World, Columbia will be serving Thanksgiving dinner all day. Pricing is $21.95 for adults and $5.95 for kids under 10. Their regular menu will also be served.

deep blu Seafood Grille: Inside the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, this restaurant will offer an Herb Butter Poached Turkey Breast Roulade along with its award-winning dinner menu.

Eddie V's: A member of Orlando's Restaurant Row, and located minutes from Universal Orlando, this eatery will have a traditional holiday dinner. Pricing is $39 for adults and $15 for children. Their full dinner menu will also be available.

Grande Ballroom at Reunion Resort: Approximately 20 minutes from Walt Disney World, enjoy the Grande Thanksgiving Feast. Seatings are available at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Pricing is $54.95 for adults, $21.95 for children ages 4–12, and free for children 3 and under.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: Both Hemingway's and LakeHouse will have Thanksgiving options at this resort, which is just 5 minutes from Disney. Hemingway's is offering a three-course, prix-fixe dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pricing is $40 per person, or family-style for parties of six or more at $49 per person. LakeHouse will have a Thanksgiving buffet from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., priced at $59 per adult and $25.50 for children under 12.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room: Part of the dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Pointe Orlando, this eatery is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. They're serving Oven-Roasted Turkey Roulade with gourmet trimmings.

Rosen Centre Hotel: A buffet-style dinner will be served at Café Gauguin from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., including complimentary champagne, mimosas and valet parking. Pricing is $43.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 4–12. Reservations are recommended.

Rosen Plaza Hotel: A buffet-style dinner will be served from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., including complimentary wine and parking. Pricing is $42.95 for adults with reservations and $45.95 for adults without reservations, and $18.95 for children ages 4–11. Reservations are also recommended.

Rosen Shingle Creek: A buffet-style dinner will be served at Café Osceola from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., including complimentary champagne, mimosas and valet parking. Pricing is $68.95 for adults and $29.95 for children ages 4–11. Reservations are recommended at this Rosen location as well.

Thanksgiving Meals in the Orlando and Winter Park Dining Districts

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

310 Lakeside: On Thanksgiving Day, this restaurant across the street from downtown Orlando's Lake Eola Park will have a Thanksgiving plate, featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Pricing is $22 for adults and $14 for kids. Reservations are recommended.

Canvas Restaurant & Market: Located in the Orlando neighborhood of Lake Nona, just 10 minutes from Orlando International Airport, this restaurant will have a prix-fixe Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings priced at $30 per person.

Chez Vincent: About 20 minutes from downtown Orlando in Winter Park, this restaurant will offer a special Thanksgiving menu from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can continue the festivities at the adjacent Hannibal's on the Square lounge, which is operated by Chez Vincent.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Like its Restaurant Row location, Fleming's in Winter Park will start serving a prix-fixe Thanksgiving meal with traditional trimmings and dessert at 11 a.m.

Eat to Your Heart's (and Belly's) Content in Orlando

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Thanksgiving Buffet at Rosen Plaza Hotel

Orlando's incredible restaurants don't just pull out all the stops for Thanksgiving — they do for every meal throughout the year. While you're in town, be sure to check out some of the fall-focused events that are taking place throughout the area, as well as holiday celebrations at the theme parks and other Orlando destinations. Finally, check back on this blog regularly for updates leading up to Thanksgiving Day.

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