Orlando's Dinner Theaters: Sleuth, Swashbuckle and Sink While You Sup

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 recently celebrated its 40th anniversary! 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 comedy spoils of the Orlando Improv where headliners both famed and up-and-coming bring the yuks or head over to Treasure Tavern 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 while history buffs can immerse themselves in Ren Fest flair (sans silverware at Medieval Times) or icy water – though not literally – at Titanic, the Experience’s Gala Dinner, which gives guests a tour of the attraction and re-enacts the events of that fateful April night when the ship deemed unsinkable met its match in the cold north Atlantic. 

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...  Read More

This unique museum attraction is dedicated to the history of this infamous doomed ship, but Titanic, the Experience one-ups its exhibits on weekend nights, allowing visitors to slide into the roles of its ill-fated passengers without the...  Read More

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...  Read More

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. Fare here is all-you-can-eat Italian, which includes a...  Read More

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...  Read More

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

Leave the kids home and enjoy a slightly more adult night out at Treasure Tavern, where dinner and theater – that includes music, comedy, dance, a bit of cheeky (but not too cheeky!) burlesque – combine to create a show that delights the...  Read More

Orlando Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre

Comedy is subjective, of course, but if you're a fan of stand-up and looking for a relatively intimate venue that books plenty of performers you've heard of – at last update names like Jay Mohr, Mo'Nique, Carlos Mencia, Tommy Davidson and...  Read More

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...  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


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.

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