Night Owls Need Not Apply: Orlando Entertainment for Early Birds

So you’re looking for something to do in Orlando. Maybe you’re in town with a group from work or visiting with young children. Or maybe you’re just not one for partying into the wee hours…. Well, you’ve come to the right place, because in the City Beautiful options for early entertainment abound. Over at the Walt Disney World resort sits the only resident Cirque du Soleil show on the east coast: La Nouba. Its performers are unparalleled – acrobats and cyclists and clowns and more – and a delight for all ages. Universal Orlando Resort is home to the quirky Blue Man Group; their high-energy show is a sure crowd-pleaser (and sometimes decorator for those who sit closest to the stage). Those with a penchant for performance art and dance won’t be disappointed. DRIP's unique brand of show brings the entertainment front and center and everywhere else, for that matter. And for those of you looking to enjoy a bit of good food and wine and quiet conversation to the strains of live music, options like Vines Grille & Wine Bar and downtown’s sleek Bosendorfer Lounge should fit the bill quite nicely.

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...  Read More

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,...  Read More

Hamburger Mary's Orlando
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Eat, drink and "be Mary," they say – and at Hamburger Mary's regular Sunday Broadway Brunch, this mantra comes between show tunes. Reservations are recommended and seating begins at 11:00 am for a noon show that brings with it regulars the...  Read More

This unique Orlando show is a performance art amalgam, combining color and dance, live music and texture, all of which its cast will be sharing with you, so be prepared to get a little messy. Raining paint and flying water, foam, powder and...  Read More

Top-shelf live jazz and blues – nightly – set the tone for the Vines Grille & Wine Bar experience, creating atmosphere that speaks to romance, relaxation, sophistication and, if you take advantage of the stellar wine selection a modicum...  Read More

Phase One of this glitering new downtown performing arts center made landfall in late 2014 with two beautiful theaters encompassing roughly 3,000 seats. The Barton Myers-designed Dr. Phillips Center is set to become an architectural icon amid...  Read More

It's theater. It's music. It's performance art. It's technology. It's Blue Man Group. And its mind-blowing creativity – virtually guaranteed to light a fire under your own – is showcased nightly at Universal Orlando Resort. Blue Man Group's...  Read More

Downtown Disney ®

With live music on two different stages and Irish dancers every night of the week, Raglan Road really packs in the entertainment. And there's plenty of good food and cold drink with which to enjoy it. Monday through Sunday you can stomp, clomp...  Read More

Downtown Disney ®

Cirque du Soleil has nine resident shows in the United States. Seven are in Las Vegas. One is in Los Angeles. And La Nouba is here in Orlando. We know we're pretty lucky and we're happy to share it with you and your entire family. Cirque du...  Read More

It's a sleek, stylish hotel haunt – the sort you'd imagine fabulous characters from classic novels or films to inhabit. And whether it's the soothing tinkle of the piano for which it is named (a gorgeous instrument, one of only a handful in...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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