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 has even offered a special table-service meal on Christmas while remaining counter-service for the busiest portion of the season.
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 has served 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.
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 2019 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, My Disney Experience, 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, Boatwright’s at Port Orleans — Riverside, or Ale & Compass 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 350 pages of holiday tips in the new DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2019. Over 250 colorful photos will aid you in your decisions, too!
Where’s your favorite place to dine during the holiday season at Walt Disney World?