Thanksgiving in the park
This is the second year that my family has chosen to celebrate Thanksgiving at Disneyland. One thing I tell people who are considering visiting Mickey and friends for Thanksgiving is to expect the park to be crowded. Longer lines for rides are inevitable and patience is key. We arrived at 7:45AM and left at 5:15PM. During our 9 and 1/2 hours we rode 9 rides; Hyperspace, Matterhorn, Thunder Mountain, Snow White, Pinocchio, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Indiana Jones, California Screamin’, and Montster’s Inc. We also took time to enjoy our favorite stage show Mickey and the Magical Map.
Reservations for sit down restaurants are not just recommended but necessary on busier days and especially on holidays. I lost count of the people who were turned away because they didn’t have a reservation at Café Orleans. Reservations are easy to make via Disneyland’s website and app. I made our reservation a month ago. In addition to what is becoming our traditional Thanksgiving dinner of Pommes Frites and Monte Cristo, we also treated ourselves to some Mickey shaped candy cane beignets. A bag of six beignets are available for $7.49 at The French Market and The Mint Julip Bar.
We had intended to return for another full day on Friday, but because I am still struggling to figure out how to pace myself with a lower energy level we only returned for a few hours. We arrived at 11:30AM and left at 2:30PM. During those 3 hours we visited The Redwood Creek Challenge which is decked out for Christmas and is where Santa is waiting to hear your Christmas wish. We enjoyed Lobster Nachos at the Cove Bar and spent the rest of our time shopping.
If you are planning a visit over Thanksgiving be prepared for the parks to be busy. The busiest being Disneyland. If or when Disneyland gets too crowded for your liking, I suggest you do what I do, hop over to California Adventure. Even when the capacity level is the same, California Adventure always feel less chaotic. When faced with a long wait time, our family likes to entertain ourselves by playing Heads Up and searching for Hidden Mickeys.
For those who have a chronic illness, physical disability, or special needs should plan ahead. Know which rides are suitable for you and how to access them before arriving by checking out my attraction posts and reading my guide. Planning ahead will help you make the most of your time in the parks.
Wishing you a magical day!
The Disabled Diva