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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it an ideal destination any time of year. Pack your bags and gather your friends and family for a fun and exciting Thanksgiving vacation full of fun, sun, Thanksgiving treats, as well as some fun indoor activities to escape the heat, or the possible rainy day. Set your sights on the Orlando area and its many exciting entertainment offerings and delicious food and you’ll build a Thanksgiving in Orlando vacation to keep you happy and busy throughout your stay.

Thanksgiving Dinner

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, Orlando knows how to celebrate. Nearly every restaurant (or so it seems) is hosting some sort of special meal on Thanksgiving Day. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, restaurants across Orlando are celebrating with food and fun. Ask about take out or delivery if you want to avoid crowds.

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The Parks

The theme parks that call Orlando home seem to put on a show for every holiday and season. Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom goes all-out for Christmas starting in early November, and each of the Disney parks puts their own spin on the celebration, including traditions from around the world, and putting holiday cheer in everywhere. Some Disney park restaurants offer traditional Thanksgiving in Orlando fare. Other parks like Universal Studios have yet to complete Thanksgiving and other holiday plans, but announcements will be coming soon.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Located on International Drive along with many other must-see attractions, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum features life size and life-like wax models of many top actors, sports stars, pop icons, political and historical figures, and more. Each category or group of stars and celebrities has its own room, and the figures are organized and placed in a way that begs for fun and silly photos with you and your friends posed in the shot, too. Want to see yourself carved in wax? It will take up to four months for the professional team of artists and sculptors to perfect your image using over 200 different body measurements that capture everything that’s unique about you.


This adults-only event takes place Thanksgiving Eve – November 24 – and is full of music, food, and of course, drinks. Orlando House Party is throwing a Thanksgiving event like no other in town. Dance to the beat of hip-hop, R&B, and “tropical” tunes provided by local artists. There will also be local arts and crafts provided by @VenomNDenim. The event is outdoors, and the environment is “rocky” – so it’s best to leave the high heels at home. Advance tickets are recommended, as you’ll get into the fun much faster than buying at the door and be assured a spot. The event takes place 6:00 p.m.-midnight. Patrons must be 21+ for this event.

Outdoor Fun

The weather is likely part of the reason you chose Orlando for Thanksgiving. Getting outside and enjoying the outdoors is a great way to spend some time with those you love outside of the four walls of your accommodations. Resorts, hotels, and vacation rentals alike all have quick access to outdoor spaces like pools, hot tubs, playgrounds, and more. Grab some water and your sun gear and hit the trails for a hike or rent a bike and explore the area or ride the trails. The best part: you’ll have more time to spend outdoors since the scorching sun will be taking a little fall break itself.

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Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour

Chocolate lovers will want to add this to the top of their list for Thanksgiving dessert. Chocolate Kingdom, the Factory Adventure Tour, is an interactive tour that takes you all the way from bean to creamy, delicious chocolate treats you love to savor along with your pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving. Your Personal Chocolate Tour Guide is joined by a “handsome prince” and the prince’s dragon sidekick to take you through a Cacao Tree Greenhouse, a one-of-a-kind Chocolate Museum, the Mystical River of Chocolate, and the Micro Batch Bean-to-the-Bar Factory, which utilizes old-world machinery to produce delicious treats. Enjoy samples throughout the 45-minute tour, and for an additional fee you can customize your own chocolate bar!

Thanksgiving in Orlando

From a cozy studio or one-bedroom for a small family or lovers’ Thanksgiving getaway to a spacious nine-bedroom for a Thanksgiving family or group reunion, Global Resort Homes of Orlando has a vacation rental to fit your needs and style. Step in and feel your stresses and worries slide away, knowing all your vacation needs will be seen to. Our rentals have kitchens that come fully equipped with everything you’ll need to prepare and serve a traditional Thanksgiving home-cooked meal. Stretch out with some popcorn and your favorite show or movie in an open living space, or retreat to a private bedroom for some relaxation after the meal. Choose a premium unit for upgrades like flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, movie and TV character themed rooms, home theaters, game rooms, and more.

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For families across the U.S., the arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday often comes with much anticipation as they look forward to savory meals enjoyed around tables together. Whether you spend the day enjoying the company of family that’s traveled in from far away to be close for just a while or prefer an intimate gathering with friends complete with delicious flavors and a follow-up football game, it’s a holiday generally designed to bring people close in the name of gratitude.

In 2020, it comes as no surprise that looking forward to Thanksgiving looks a little, or perhaps a lot different. With the arrival of COVID-19 came the necessity to scale back large group gatherings in the name of protecting those we love and keeping health and safety top of mind. When it comes to holiday traditions, this can have a major impact. But just because it has to be different, doesn’t mean it can’t be amazing. Instead of hosting at home this year, turn Thanksgiving into a getaway adventure with those you’re closest to in a place that offers up much in the way of fun. Orlando, Florida is a wonderful destination to select when you’re looking to keep everyone entertained while also enjoying options to keep far from the crowds when needed. Celebrate Thanksgiving in Orlando this year!

Why Orlando is a Great Holiday Option

Orlando is an amazing city that welcomes millions of people each year, many of whom are excited to touch down in the name of Disney-based adventures. While these magical theme parks are sure to be appealing, those that set their sights on Orlando for a Thanksgiving getaway adventure will find that the lush and sprawling landscape of this destination offers up an array of options that are far from the theme parks and just as inspiring. Because Orlando enjoys warm Central Florida weather, guests looking to make the most of a holiday away don’t have to count out any activities they would equally enjoy in the summer months. Whether it’s getting out on a swan boat at Lake Eola Park or enjoying a stroll along the scenic Kissimmee Lakefront Park, visitors will be thrilled by the outdoor opportunities that keep you socially-distanced this holiday season, yet still close to those you love in a mesmerizing setting.

For the holiday travelers that can’t wait to connect with nature, this part of the state is known for some incredible birding trails to enjoy. If you’re up for an adventure that immerses you in natural color and beauty, head over to the Harry P. Leu Gardens and wander along the trails lined with towering trees to admire the native and global species that call this area home.

Consider Restaurants That Offer Take-Away

If you’re not up for serving up a home-style meal this Thanksgiving in Orlando, skip the dine-in options and look for those restaurants that serve up savory holiday meals that are available for take-away instead. The Kitchen at Universal’s Hardrock Hotel is providing options for ordering to go this year. This would be ideal for the family that finds their culinary happiness revolving around mouthwatering tacos, home-baked mac-n-cheese paired with delicious dessert options. Equally intriguing might be ordering to-go from Maggiano’s Little Italy on International Drive. Here, guests can order up everything from eggplant parmesan and ravioli to a long list of other traditional Italian favorites to define your holiday meal.

Book a Rental with Holiday Flair

Of course, if you’re the type of traveling family that can’t imagine a Thanksgiving without a home-cooked meal, the option is still on the table by purchasing your own groceries in advance and booking into a holiday rental that provides access to a fully equipped kitchen. Guests who reserve their place in a holiday vacation rental with the help of the team at Global Resort Homes will find exactly this waiting to greet them upon arrival. Traveling chefs will be thrilled by the modern appliances, spacious countertops and cabinets stocked with cookware making their holiday meal experience seamless from start to finish.

Many of our properties are also equipped with a collection of tasteful and cozy furnishings for settling in after a delicious meal. If you’re up for an alfresco Thanksgiving, home-cooked delights can always be enjoyed on private balconies, patios, or decks which highlight the best of Orlando’s warm weather in November. When you’re looking for even more home comfort included, be sure to inquire about our Thanksgiving rentals that come with access to a cozy fireplace or Wi-Fi for settling in and streaming your favorite holiday movie on a large flat-screen television during your stay.

Enjoy the Best of Florida During Your Thanksgiving in Orlando

Whether you’re in town for the holidays or headed to Orlando any other time of year, let the team at Global Resort Homes help you get settled into just the right vacation rental to elevate your experience from start to finish. Contact us today to learn more about our many property options and to start planning your Thanksgiving in Orlando!