Dining at Walt Disney World during the holiday season offers the chance to sample special entrees, desserts, and entire menus geared to Christmas travelers.
Disney restaurants often open up extra options — from counter-service to table-service to buffets — during the holiday season, and especially on Christmas Day.
We’ve got three ways that Disney dining changes during the holidays, and a few specific suggestions for you!
Disney Specialty Holiday Meals
Many Disney restaurants announce specialty Christmas Day menus! There are three different types of “options” offered during the season…
Extra Counter Service Options Open Up
A few of Disney’s oft-shuttered restaurants like Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland, Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland, and the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland open their doors for counter-service eats during the holiday season (and other busy seasons throughout the year).
Diamond Horseshoe actually offeres a special table-service meal on Christmas, and is counter-service for the busiest portion of the season.
Diamond Horseshoe Counter-Service
From December 17 – 31st from 11am until 3pm (dates and times subject to change), counter-service lunch will be served.
The menu may include Barbecued Turkey Sandwich, Hand Carved Turkey Sandwich, Hand-carved Ham Sandwich, Tuna Salad with Croissant, Portobello Sandwich, Portobello Salad, Mixed Green Salad, Chips, Fruit Cup, Cake, Beverages. Kids’ Picks include choice of sandwiches – Peanut Butter & Jelly, Hand-Carved Turkey, or Hand-Carved Ham.
Diamond Horseshoe Table-Service
On Christmas, this location serves an all-you-can eat meal with the same family-style menu offered at the Liberty Tree Tavern. Feast on roasted meats, traditional trimmings, and more!
Table-Service Holiday Menus are Available
Several buffet restaurants in Disney World will have a holiday menu at Christmas time, changing out some of their standard items for more traditional eats.
For example, as Christmas carols ring out in the Biergarten’s festive hall, this Germany pavilion restaurant serves up a seasonal menu on Christmas Day.
Special Holiday Meals are Offered on Table-Service Menus
Some restaurants, like the Hollywood Brown Derby, add a special entree to their regular offerings on Christmas Day. Here, the standard menu will be offered, but a traditional dish will be added to the menu.
Modeled after the original Brown Derby in Hollywood, this restaurant takes you back in time to a perfect setting for your holiday meal. As a Signature Restaurant, it’ll be pricier but very suitable for a special meal. On Christmas Day, expect a holiday entree to be offered at both lunch and dinner!
We have a complete listing of Walt Disney World restaurants offering a special entree or complete feast on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day in our new DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012 e-Book!
You’ll want to book your Advance Dining Reservation FAR in advance for seasonal meals, especially for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Booking 180 days in advance of your vacation is recommended via 407-WDW-DINE or Disney’s online reservation system.
No reservation? You won’t go hungry. Out-of-the-way restaurants are likely to have open tables. Check out a resort restaurant – Olivia’s Cafe at the Old Key West resort or Captain’s Grille at Yacht Club are good bets.
And while we’ve let you know the kinds of options that are available to you for holiday meals here, we’ve got lots more in our Holiday guide!
There are more crawls, bonus items, and over 230 pages of holiday tips in the new DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2012. Over 200 colorful photos will aid you in your decisions, too! Hurry — as there are only a few more days to our Grand Launch sale! Use code HOLIDAY for $3 off your guide.
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There will be plenty of counter-service options too. And quick-service kiosks erected just for the holiday season. We can’t wait for you to discover all the wonderful eats!
Where’s your favorite place to dine during the holiday season at Walt Disney World?