Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, and if you’re planning an Orlando theme park visit during the holiday or the week after, we have a few tips to ensure you make the most of your visit. From enjoying a real Thanksgiving dinner to getting a head start on the holidays, here are the top tips:

Arrive Early
We always recommend arriving to an Orlando theme park early, but over Thanksgiving break we really recommend it! While this week isn’t as crowded as the week between Christmas and New Year’s, it still sees its fair share of guests. Often the park reaches capacity during this week so make sure you arrive early.

Dine Before or After Normal Eating Times
The crowds for Thanksgiving will make everything busier, including the restaurants. You’ll save time waiting in line for food if you eat during off-peak times. This means eat an early breakfast and early lunch or enjoy a big breakfast and a later lunch. Also, be sure to take advantage of mobile ordering. Both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando offer ways to order food by phone.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner
Speaking of eating, if you will be at an Orlando theme park on Thanksgiving, you can still enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Several restaurants will be serving up a traditional Thanksgiving meal (and some brunches) including Liberty Tree Tavern and Cinderella’s Royal Table at Walt Disney World. Several Universal Orlando hotels will also invite you to the table including The Kitchen Restaurant at Hard Rock Hotel, Trattoria del Porto at Portofino Bay Hotel, Islands Dining Room at Royal Pacific Resort and more.

Enjoy the Holiday Events
By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, most Orlando theme parks have already begun their Christmas celebrations. Get a jump on the season by checking these out. Walt Disney World invites you to enjoy a merry Christmas at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, the International Festival of the Holidays at Epcot, a flurry of fun at Hollywood Studios and .a festival of lights at Animal Kingdom.  Put a little mischief in your holiday at Universal Orlando with Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Mannheim Steamroller. SeaWorld Orlando will get you into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Celebration full of festive shopping, food, decor and live shows. Busch Gardens Tampa takes you away to a winter wonderland with its annual Christmas Town full of sparkling lights, holiday dining and even Rudolph and Santa.