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Thanksgiving 2016 at Universal Orlando – complete guide

While Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure don’t plan specific Thanksgiving festivities – other than extended park hours because of the busy holiday weekend – Thanksgiving is celebrated at Universal’s on-site hotels: Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock HotelRoyal Pacific Resort, Sapphire Falls Resort, and Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

This year, the on-site hotels are featuring a festive lineup of Thanksgiving celebrations. From holiday buffets with live entertainment to a tree-lighting luau and Holiday Harbor Nights, the resorts will glisten with holiday decorations and the spirit of the season.

Let’s check out the full lineup!

Portofino Bay Hotel

Trattoria del Porto

A holiday buffet will be served from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day, featuring roasted turkey and more. Entertainment will include Universal Orlando characters, children’s holiday craft and activity table, face painter, and balloon twister.

Adults: $64, children (ages 3 – 9): $18.

For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

Trattoria del Porto at Portofino Bay Hotel.
Trattoria del Porto at Portofino Bay Hotel.

Special event: Holiday Harbor Nights

Check our Christmas page for details on Holiday Harbor Nights at Portofino Bay, which will take place on Friday, November 25 from 6:30pm to 9pm.

Holiday Harbor Nights at Portofino Bay Hotel.
Holiday Harbor Nights at Portofino Bay Hotel.

Hard Rock Hotel

The Kitchen restaurant

A Thanksgiving Day buffet will be offered from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and 5:00 – 10:00 pm, featuring a chilled seafood bar, sage butter roasted turkey, and more. Entertainment will feature Universal Orlando characters, a magic man, face painter, and a balloon artist.

Adults: $59, children (ages 3 – 9): $20.

For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

The Kitchen restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel.
The Kitchen restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel.

The image above was shared with us by Dana Trivino. After having Thanksgiving at Hard Rock Hotel in 2012, it instantly became a family tradition.

Royal Pacific Resort

Islands Dining Room

A holiday buffet will be served from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day, featuring roasted Carolina turkey, fresh baked ham, and more. Entertainment will feature Universal Orlando characters, face painter and balloonist, islands musician and hula dancers.

Adults: $56, children (ages 3 – 9): $24.

For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

Islands Dining Room at Royal Pacific Resort.Islands Dining Room at Royal Pacific Resort. Source

 

Sapphire Falls Resort

Amatista Cookhouse

From 10am to 9pm on Thanksgiving Day, Sapphire Falls will offer its first ever Caribbean-style Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Entertainment will include a steel drummer, face painter, balloonist, and Universal Orlando characters.

Adults: $58, Children (3-9): $24

For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls at Universal Orlando
Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls at Universal Orlando

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Bayliner Diner

On Thanksgiving from 12pm to 11pm, there will be a special meal available for purchase in the Bayliner Diner. The menu will include traditional holiday favorites including turkey, stuffing, cranberry compote, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, and of course biscuits. In addition, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be shown on the jumbo screens in the Bayliner for guests to enjoy.

Adults: $16.99, Children (3-9): $7.99
Add on dessert for $2.00

Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando & Feeding Children Everywhere

It’s the season of giving back! Help Loews accomplish their goal of assembling 350,000 meals for Feeding Children Everywhere. This year, 300,000 meals will go to Central Florida and 50,000 will be earmarked for shipment to Haiti to assist people in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Volunteer for one or multiple one-hour shifts at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Loews Sapphire Falls Resort between 9 am and 1 pm. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

 

This wraps up the buffets and special events for Thanksgiving 2016 at Universal Orlando. Keep in mind that, although many other restaurants at Universal may not be serving a turkey buffet on Thanksgiving, you can expect virtually all full-service restaurants to offer holiday-inspired selections on November 26 along with their normal menus. This includes Mama Della’s, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, and all the venues at Universal CityWalk.

For contact information covering Universal’s restaurants not mentioned in this guide (in case you want to ask what they might be serving on Thanksgiving), visit our Dining reservations page.

To learn so much more about Universal’s on-site hotels, and to view our massive photo galleries with over 2000 full-screen images of the properties, click here.

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