Thanksgiving 2013

 

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While the Universal Orlando theme parks themselves don’t do anything out of the ordinary for Thanksgiving — other than have extended park hours because of the busy holiday weekend — Thanksgiving is celebrated at Universal’s three on-site hotels: Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific Resort.

On this page we’ll take a look at what the hotels have set for November 28, 2013.

 

Portofino Bay Hotel

Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration

Celebrate a joyful tribute to the first Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with turkey and all the trimmings, live entertainment, Pilgrims and Indians, plus crafts, storytelling, face painters, and traditional drumming and dancing for the kids. This event begins at 4:30pm.

Adults $70, children (ages 3 – 9) $26.50. Prices include all taxes, gratuity, ticketing fees, and self-parking.

View the menu (PDF file) or buy tickets online.

A 'Gather Together Thanksgiving' at Portofino Bay Hotel.

A ‘Gather Together Thanksgiving’ at Portofino Bay Hotel.

 

Trattoria del Porto

A Thanksgiving Day sparkling wine buffet will be served from 11:00am to 8:00pm, featuring roasted turkey with wild mushroom and thyme stuffing, baked ham, garlic-crusted prime rib, chilled seafood, omelet and crepes station, pasta station, all the trimmings, plus desserts. Entertainment will include a strolling musician, Universal Orlando characters, children’s holiday craft and activity table, face painters, and balloon twisters.

Adults $62, 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

On Friday, November 29, experience the exceptional Holiday Harbor Nights at Portofino Bay Hotel, a wine tasting and jazz event designed to capture the ambiance of the Mediterranean. Enjoy select wines and sparkling wines, gourmet food, complimentary hand-rolled cigars, and live music by The I-4 Band. Plus, don’t miss the grand illumination of Portofino’s Christmas tree under the twinkling lights of the majestic Harbor Piazza.

General admission in advance $45, reserved seating advance only $75.

View the menu (PDF file) or buy tickets online. (Tell me this doesn’t look like fun!)

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 shellfish bar, citrus and sage-brined roasted turkey, glazed country ham, garlic-rubbed New York strip, baked salmon Florentine, plus traditional sides, soups, salads, kid-friendly items, and desserts.  Entertainment will feature Universal Orlando characters, a magic man, face painter, and a balloon artist.

Adults $54, 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. You can read her story and find out about the fun her family had in this blog post (the link will open in a new window for your convenience).

 

Royal Pacific Resort

Islands Dining Room

Dine in tropical paradise on Thanksgiving Day from 10:00am – 8:00pm for a holiday buffet featuring roasted Caroline turkey, prime rib, pan-seared grouper, stuffed pork loin, sushi and stir fry station, omelet station, iced raw bar and desserts.  Entertainment will feature Universal Orlando characters, face painter and balloonist, islands musician and hula dancer.

Adults $54, 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

 

That wraps up the buffets and special events for Thanksgiving 2013 at Universal Orlando. Although the many other restaurants at Universal may not be having Thanksgiving buffets, you can expect virtually all of them to offer holiday-inspired selections on November 28 along with their normal menus, including Mama Della’s, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, and all the venues at Universal CityWalk.

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