A Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast
This Thanksgiving, I went to, for the first time, the Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast that is held annually in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel. I had seen pictures of it and, since my family was scattered to the winds this Thanksgiving, I wanted to treat myself.
Okay...okay...I had also seen pictures of the Three Little Pigs being there last year and, since they are amongst my "Holy Grail" characters to meet, I made reservations in hopes to meet them.
And, while, sadly, they did not make an appearance this year, I had a good time nonetheless.
I actually had no idea what the Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast was going to be like. My first impression was it was much larger than I had dreamed. I entered the Grand Ballroom and there were tables set up everywhere. One might have thought, though, that you'd be waiting in line for hours for food given the number of people, but, with the four massive food stations, I don't think I stood in line at all.
And, the place was just gorgeously designed, with Thanksgiving inspired light projections and sets of American farms throughout the ballroom. Quite lovely!
The food was delicious with breads and cheeses, bottomless vats of crab legs and shrimp, homemade pasta, traditional Thanksgiving fare (turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc), and even a station for food more appealing to children (including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches).
And, the desserts! Oh, the desserts! All the desserts were so beautiful and I had to fight every impulse to try everything. There was also a crepe station and a chocolate fountain!
While we ate, we were entertained by a band playing Christmas tunes as little children danced by the stage.
But, of course, the thing I was there for was to meet characters. As I mentioned, sadly, I did not get to meet the Three Little Pigs, they did have Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Chip n' Dale in farmer outfits (or were they cowboy outfits? I couldn't tell.). Pocahontas and Meeko were also there painting with the colors of the wind, as were Koda and Kenai and Pinocchio and Geppetto.
My only complaint was that, for the amount of money we paid ($77 -- what includes my 15% AP discount), the characters should have been rarer. Pinocchio and Geppetto are now out all the time together. In fact, I saw them meeting with people on Main Street USA as I left for the Thanksgiving Feast. And, Koda and Kenai still make appearances at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. While it didn't have to necessarily be the Three Little Pigs (although, I really hoped it was), I wish they had picked others for this event.
At the same time, I'd definitely do it over again even with all these characters. Disney really did a great job in putting a special event together and I highly recommend it to anybody who is thinking about going.
Click here to see all the photos of my trip to Disneyland on Thanksgiving Day!