Sink, sleuth and swashbuckle while you sup at these Orlando dinner shows
For those who long for the kitschy throwback vibe of dinner theater (and those of you who like the idea of food + entertainment = awesome convenience), herein lie 10 great Orlando venues where these two staples meld into one splendid evening out. Disney aficionados who haven’t yet been should mouse-earmark both the Spirit of Aloha show at Walt Disney World’s deluxe Polynesian resort and its family-friendly Hoop-Dee-Doo Review – which celebrated its 40th anniversary not long ago! Both offer up delicious all-you-can-eat fare and signature entertainment delivered in true Disney tradition.
Off the Mickey grid, however, those without children in tow might enjoy the spoils of the Teatro Martini for a saucy little sideshow that’s best for those 18 and over. The whole family, on the other hand, can enjoy the entertainment in places like WonderWorks, where the one-man Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show serves up loads of laughs alongside pizza just adjacent to the Pointe Orlando entertainment complex. Music fans of all ages will enjoy the new Rock Dinner Show where impersonators from the likes of Michael Jackson to Katy Perry entertain the crowd.
Enjoy dinner as you rock out to Katy Perry, Elvis, Prince and other music legends, or at least live musicians paying tribute to these fan favorites. The all-ages show is about 1 hour 20 minutes and promises to take you on a high-energy musical journey through the ages. When you’re not belting out the tunes, you’ll be enjoying a three course dinner. The “opening act” is a house salad, the “headliner” is a choice between chicken and pasta. You can upgrade to beef tenderloin or salmon for $9.95. The final course, “encore – sweet emotions,” is a chef’s selection of desserts. There also is a children’s menu for guests ages 3 -12 that includes pizza or chicken tenders.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: For Titanic buffs (ship, film and otherwise) the Gala Dinner experience is a must. Will your character survive? Come find out.
Michelle’s expert tip: Check Groupon for deep discounts.
Bring your kids. Bring your grandparents. The cheekiest of humor will sail over the former’s heads while everyone enjoys a trip back to a time modeled on the gangland era of 1930s Chicago. The fare here is all-you-can-eat Italian, which includes a pasta bar, both New York- and Chicago-style pizza, lasagna and more. Drinks (soft and hard) are included in the overhead. Upsells like Capone-style fedoras and feather boas are available via online ticketing where the discounts on admission can be deep. Navigate their seating chart to find your preferred section, then show up for a good time with the gangsters and the gun molls.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: All-you-can-eat dinner, a high-energy show, a very reasonable price. Everyone wins.
Sarah’s expert tip: Online discounts are deep. Be sure to look into it and if possible, buy there.
This colorful and highly interactive show includes a fully rigged pirate ship, a kidnapped princess and her court, bloodthirsty pirates and, of course, plenty of terrific swashbuckling action. The venue’s new Rise of the Sea Dragons show incorporates life-sized dragons into the mix to the delight of young, old and everyone in between. Admission here includes an appetizer, main course and dessert options. Come early for a pirate cocktail party and enjoy an appetizer buffet while magicians entertain and storytellers regale your party with seafaring tales of yore. Visiting around the holidays? Pirate’s Dinner Adventure offers special themed performances around Halloween and Christmastime.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: A dinner show fun for pirates of all ages. There aren’t many place you can board a pirate ship anchored in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon.
A.D.’s expert tip: Visit Pirate’s Dinner Adventure online; discounts are often available.
Aloha and welcome to the idyllic, open-air Luau Theater where the mesmerizing magic of the South Seas melds with that of the Happiest Place on Earth. The result? The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, where guests enjoy all-you-can-eat island pulled pork, roasted chicken, barbecued ribs, rice, vegetables and more while enjoying an immersive spectacle that begins the moment you enter Disney’s spectacularly themed Polynesian Resort. Elaborate costumes and choreography â” watch out for the fire dancer! â” pair up with a traditional South Pacific tale. It’s multicultural, too, featuring cultural experiences from New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and of course, Hawaii, all without leaving Orlando.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: The Spirit of Aloha show offers up South Seas culture and all-you-can-eat comfort food with Disney’s signature panache.
Sarah’s expert tip: Come early. This resort is worth exploring before show time; the theming is spectacular.
Engaging and intellectual, at Sleuths dinner show, guests use their powers of observation to become expert detectives and help solve the mystery. Over two-and-a-half hours, you’ll meet the cast, enjoy dinner and unlimited beer, wine or soft drinks, engaging with the venue’s charming and outrageous characters as you unravel what’s happened. Audience participation is the order of the evening and the dinner companions and your table will become a team of detectives, discussing the clues and having lots of laughs while doing so. Prizes are awarded to the evening’s most successful detectives, but everyone enjoys entrees including prime rib, lasagna and Cornish Hen.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: Whodunits are always a blast. Sleuths’ engaging cast keeps things lively while guests solve the mystery.
Michelle’s expert tip: There are 14 different shows that rotate through the month. Usually there are different shows each day of the week so you can attend more than once in one week.
By day, WonderWorks’ signature upside-down building features more than 100 interactive exhibits, as well as a ropes challenge course, laser tag, and 4D theater. But some of the best it has to offer comes after dark at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, one of the most popular evening attractions in Orlando. Showman Tony Brent brings with him a rapid-fire arsenal of magic, impersonations, improv and comedy to the delight of audience members young and old. Guests enjoy pizza and unlimited beer, wine or soda as an accompaniment. The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show has received many accolades over the years. Most recently, Tony Brent was named “Best Local Entertainer” by Orlando Magazine.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show offers a wide range of entertainment for a very reasonable price.
Sarah’s expert tip: Wanna get involved? This popular show is loaded with audience participation opportunities. Two shows nightly.
As of January 2020, Treasure Tavern is now known as Teatro Martini. The adult variety show is already popular in Los Angeles and made the move across the country. The dinner and theater show includes music, comedy, magic, burlesque and even a hula hoop act. Consider this a date night because the show is recommended for 18 and up. Doors open at 7 p.m. when dinner starts. The show begins promptly at 8 p.m. and ends about 9:30 p.m. Shows run Wednesday through Sunday and cost $67.95. Dinner includes Popular with locals, convention crowds and special-occasion groups, musical numbers are performed up close and personal and the acts often rotate, which gives folks a reason to come back.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: At Teatro Martini, old-school variety melds with off-color humor that makes for an engaging night out.
Michelle’s expert tip: Lunchtime shows are offered once a month.
No, “Game of Thrones” fans, winter is not coming. This is Orlando, after all. Even so, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will certainly help you get into the spirit of an age of bravery, honor and epic battles with zero fear of contracting the plague. Witness the spectacle of the joust, marvel at the superb horsemanship and epic falconry and just as fun and adventurous, tear into your four-course meal (roasted chicken, ribs and beer in part) sans silverware. This is the sort of place parents take their kids only to realize that the grown-ups find it just as exciting as they cheer boldly for their representative knight amid the splendor of the Kissimmee Castle. An eight-cottage medieval village adds to the attraction’s authenticity.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: With a castle and museum to explore (come early!) in addition tot the exciting dinner show, Medieval Times is a three-fold experience.
Michelle’s expert tip: Florida resident specials are often offered. Check the website for details. Tips aren’t included in the price, bring cash for your server.
Saddle up, partner and get ready to experience the family-friendly fun of one of the longest-running dinner shows in the city. Set in a rustic dance hall, the theater’s home-style menu features a wide range of traditional American favorites, including everything from BBQ ribs, seasonal vegetables and fried chicken to corn on the cob, baked beans and strawberry shortcake. The dinner price also covers unlimited drinks, including soft drinks and alcoholic beverages such as draft beer, wine and sangria. The hoedown usually lasts about two hours, and reservations, as well as pre-payment, is required. Casual attire is suggested.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: With three seatings, 4, 6:15 and 8:30 p.m., Hoop-Dee-Doo satisfies your hunger for both wholesome entertainment and hearty barbecue. Fun whether you’re 4 or 104.
Michelle’s expert tip: Celebrating something special? Let them know and you could be part of the show!
Feel the Floridian breezes turn all kinds of South Seas as you decompress into an evening of authentic Polynesian food and enchanting entertainment at the beautiful Loews Royal Pacific Resort. The enchanting Wantilan Luau, a weekly event, features an all-you-can-eat buffet of Hawaiian specialties including pit-roasted suckling pig, soy-marinated flank steak and a flaky-delicious Pacific catch of the day. Also on tap: live music, traditional hula and exciting fire dancing! Want a bonus? Wine, beer and Mai Tais are included in the price. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and seating starts at 6 p.m. And be ready, there’s a chance you could be called on to show off your hula skills.
Recommended for Dinner Theaters because: If you love singing in the car, the shower, really anywhere, this dinner show is for you!
Michelle’s expert tip: Dig audience participation? You may get called up to the stage to show off your hip shaking skills.