As a native of Aruba and someone who loves yummy food, I have a confession to make. I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving. Christmas, yes. New Year’s, absolutely, but Thanksgiving is a holiday that simply was not a part of my family’s culture. Now, after moving to the U.S., I celebrate this scrumptious holiday every year, and with great enthusiasm because it involves one of my favorite things — delicious food shared with family and friends. So, in that spirit, here’s a roundup of all of the great dining options at our Orlando hotels. (Hint: the best part is, our expert teams do all the cooking and the clean-up, leaving the best part — the feasting — up to you.)

Thanksgiving Breakfast

Waking up early on Thanksgiving has its rewards! Delight your family with an impressive Thanksgiving breakfast buffet at three of our five on-site hotels at Universal Orlando. Indulge in a variety of tasty breakfast selections that everyone will love. One thing is certain, a good breakfast is the best fuel to kick-start a fun-filled Thanksgiving at the theme parks.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Breakfast Buffet in Jake’s American Bar – Nov. 23, 7 AM–12 PM

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse – Nov. 23, 7 AM–11 AM

Hard Rock Hotel

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Buffet in Avalon Ballroom – Nov. 23, 7 AM–11 AM

Thanksgiving Day Feasts with Kid-Friendly Entertainment

Gather the family and get ready to fill your tummy with holiday favorites. Our chefs roll out an amazing spread of Thanksgiving favorites, with some specialty items added that tie into the hotel’s theme. It’s a festive setting for adults and kids alike. You can even meet and take photos with Universal characters when you dine with us at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort or Loews Sapphire Falls Resort!

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Thanksgiving Day Buffet in Trattoria Del Porto – Nov. 23, 11 AM–6 PM

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Thanksgiving Day Buffet in Islands Dining Room – Nov. 23, 11 AM–9 PM

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Thanksgiving Day Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse – Nov. 23, 11 AM–9 PM

Hard Rock Hotel

Thanksgiving Day Buffet in The Kitchen Restaurant Nov. 23, 11 AM–4 PM and 5–10 PM

Additional Holiday Activities

Holiday Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Nov. 24

Savor great food, wine, live music and a tree lighting on the beautiful Harbor Piazza. 6:30 PM–9:00 PM 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Winter Wonderland — Nov. 24

Nothing signals the arrival of the Christmas season more than the tree lighting ceremony. Join us at Cabana Bay’s lobby for this joyous occasion. We’re celebrating with live holiday music, special guest appearance, hot chocolate and cookies, face painting and more. 4 PM–8 PM

Photo credits: @grisel68

Feeding Children Everywhere — Nov. 25

At Loews Hotels, we love giving back to our community. Each year, our team members and guests come together to assemble meals in partnership with our friends at Feeding Children Everywhere. This year’s goal is to make 375,000 meals across all five hotels for those in need. You can help out by signing up to volunteer here9 AM–1 PM 

After all, giving thanks and giving back are all part of this most special holiday that I have come to love.

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