Welcome to those of you joining me from DISTherapy and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Today we are sharing ways to have a Disney Thanksgiving at home.

A lot of Holiday traditions in our house revolve around television shows/specials and movies. I grew up in a world before DVRs (the horror!) so my Mom always made a big deal about Holiday shows. I keep this tradition alive by cramming as many Holiday movies, television specials, and parades I can into our festivities. Here are a few ideas to add a little Disney into your Thanksgiving.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Disney’s first balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ©Disney

On Thanksgiving we would always get up early to watch the parade and have breakfast while my Mom began prep work in the kitchen. I still have to watch Macy’s parade each year and my favorite part has always been the Disney themed balloons. Disney has participated since 1934 so I can’t think of a better way to spend your Thanksgiving morning.

See You at the Movies

A newer tradition in our house is to head out to the movie theater in the evening. This year we’ll be seeing Disney’s newest animated feature Frozen. I have to say that I am really excited about this movie. I was pretty much sold when Olaf compares his nose to a little baby unicorn in the trailer.

Time to Start Spreading Some Christmas Cheer
Prep & Landing


By the end of Thanksgiving I’m ready to move on to my favorite holiday, Christmas!! To end the day I suggest watching one of my new favorites Disney’s Prep & Landing. I could watch these specials every day but I try not to drive Drew crazy with my Prep & Landing obsession love. The original is my favorite but I love Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice too. They are short so it’s a great way to relax after a day filled with family, food, and fun.

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  1. dfmaguire on November 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Love seeing Mickey in the Macy’s parade and I love Prep and Landing, they are part of our tradition too

  2. Kathy Kelly on November 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I love that old Black & White photo from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

  3. Jodi Whisenhunt on November 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Oh yeah! Gotta watch the parades and see Frozen at the theater! What fun traditions!

  4. Beth Green on November 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    YES YES YES! I love the parade and TV shows that are all Disney! I too can’t wait to see Frozen. We most likely won’t go on Thanksgiving, but we will see it! 🙂

  5. DIStherapy on November 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I have to say I miss those pre- DVR days, when you would wait all year to watch your favorite traditional shows on TV. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on in my house- I don’t think I could cook without it!! 😉

  6. Mickey on November 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

    What a great Thanksgiving lineup Melissa! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Tricia on November 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

    The Macy’s parade is a tradition for us too! We love seeing the Disney balloons 🙂

  8. Deb @ Focused on the Magic on November 1, 2013 at 8:35 am

    We always watch a movie on Thanksgiving. It is so much fun gathering around the TV with our Thanksgiving company to watch a new release. That’s the toughest part, finding something everyone hasn’t seen yet;) I am a huge Prep and Landing fan!!

  9. Mary Connor on November 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Growing up we ALWAYS hit the movie theatre on Thanksgiving. Now I am more a stay at home with Prep and Landing kind of gal. Are they on netflix or hulu?

    • Melissa on November 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

      I’ll have to check. Hopefully it will be closer to Christmas!

  10. Hedy @ WDW Not Just for Kids on November 1, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Sounds great. I am thinking about seeing Frozen as well.

  11. Heidi Strawser on November 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Going to the movies on Thanksgiving evening is a great idea! Our family has a tradition of going on Christmas afternoon (this year, we’ve got TWO movies on the schedule – I’m just hoping they will be playing at the right times!)

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