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7 Fantasmic
Held in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater, this short musical drama culminates in a fireworks and laser show. Mickey battles Disney's most infamous monsters to the backdrop of dynamic song and dance numbers derived from the movie "Fantasia." Spectacular waterworks, giant video screens and a large cast enhance the production. Space is tight at this extremely popular event, so come early. (407-939-3463)

6 Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Disney's Polynesian Luau is one of the most spellbinding performances in Orlando. The open-air theater is ideally situated right on the idyllic Seven Seas Lagoon, offering a spectacular view to guests as they dine on barbecued pork ribs, island rice and an array of other authentic, Polynesian dishes. As the cast weaves an enchanting, traditionally South Pacific tale augmented by elaborate costumes and impressive choreography, visitors will feel sure they've been transported to tropical paradise. (407-934-7639, 407-939-3463)

5 Capone's Dinner & Show
Enter the world of gangster Chicago through a stylized ice cream parlor. Once you make it into the speakeasy (or dining room) via password, you'll come face to face with cabaret dancers ready to transport you back to this glam yet shady era via an evening-long vehicle of song and dance. Guests enjoy an Italian buffet dinner with free beverages (including beer, wine and cocktails) and dessert. (407-397-2378, 800-220-8428)

4 Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
These engaging shows are performed in a dinner party atmosphere that serves as the backdrop for an unsolved murder. Intriguing, funny and hard-to-crack plots keep guests on the edge of their seats as they participate by questioning suspects. An improv aspect means that every show is different, which keeps the action fresh for patrons and performers alike. Meals include salad, appetizer, beer, wine and main courses like lasagna, Cornish game hen or prime rib. (407-363-1985, 800-393-1985)

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3 Pirate's Dinner Adventure
This colorful interactive show includes a fully rigged pirate ship, kidnapped princess and her court, swashbuckling pirates and, of course, terrific action. The price includes a yummy appetizer buffet, a main course that'll make your mouth water and delectable dessert options. After the show, make sure you hang around for the Pirate Bash dance party so you can burn off a few calories from dinner. Dress is casual, and reservations are required. Note: if you make reservations online, you'll get a discount. (407-248-0590, 800-866-2469)

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2 Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba
Billed as a "theatrical ride for the senses," La Nouba is one of a handful of permanent Cirque du Soleil shows. Consistent, rave reviews make the show, written and directed by Franco Dragone, a must-see for the whole family. The theater is set up so that each spectator has the best possible view, and performances live up to their reputation, featuring unbelievably magical talents. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance. (407-939-7600)

1 The Abbey
The Abbey is a unique catch-all for downtown Orlando, hosting everything from community theater to national touring acts to social events of up to 400 people. With concerts, comedians, cabaret acts on some nights, raucous DJ-fueled dance parties on others, the Abbey's clever mixed-use set up infuses the city with a cavalcade of culture on a nearly nightly basis. And $5 valet parking for every event means you won't go broke in a pay garage or break a heel on the long trek to or from your car. ((407) 704-6261)

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Fantasmic 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment
Neighborhood: Disney's Hollywood Studios™
Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment, Live Music
Neighborhood: Magic Kingdom ®
Capone's Dinner & Show 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment
Neighborhood: Kissimmee
Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment
Neighborhood: Downtown Disney ®
The Abbey 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment, Live Music
Neighborhood: Downtown
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