Food, Forks and Fantasy: Orlando’s Best Dinner Theaters

Orlando is like Las Vegas in at least one way – the city’s hundreds of live entertainment venues are central to a full experience of the city. Just like Sin City, Orlando has an excellent variety of dinner and show theaters. To anyone who loves the idea of watching television along with a meal, dinner and a show theaters are a winning concept. You get creative, high-voltage live entertainment along with a great dinner.

There are plenty of vacation home rentals in Orlando. With a bewildering range of acts on stage in every part of the city each day, you’ll probably only need to do a little bit of research to find a dinner theater experience near you.

From sword fighting knights on real white horses to Hawaiian dancers, comedy clubs and naughty variety show, the choice available to you is practically infinite. Here’s a short list of some of the most popular dinner theaters in Orlando to help you get started with your research.

Treasure Tavern

Orlando is mostly about wholesome family fun. Treasure Tavern, though, is a slight departure. The show is full of lighthearted adult comedy and entertainment. It isn’t an actual play, though. The show is supposed to be about a tavern owner who likes to show off all the entertainment he has – mimes, contortionists, magicians, comedians and acrobats from Europe. These artists change from one month to the next.

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To make sure that you get a good seat and don’t miss anything, you should show up at 7 in the evening. You’ll get to take pictures with the waitresses/dancers and talk to them. One of the highlights of the show is the way the waitresses serve each course by beautifully dancing right up to each table with it, while dressed in various skimpy outfits.

You can order from a variety of excellent choices on the menu. Since the show is an adult themed, they recommend that you leave anyone under 15 at home.

Orlando Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre

Even if you have excellent comedy clubs in your hometown, the Orlando Improv will not disappoint. Ticket prices vary, depending on how popular the comedian performing on the day is. Since the routines presented often have racy humor, most shows are only open to guests over 21.

Each two-hour show features two or three comedians opening. After them, comes the headliner. While the food at the Orlando Improv is on the expensive side, it is popular for its taste. This theater packs its audiences in tight on little tables that are set very close to one another. If you want a table close to the stage, you need to arrive at about 6 in the evening. The best part about this theater is that no matter where you sit, the acoustics are excellent. You’ll never miss a word.

Parking at the Orlando Improv is validated. You only need to pay $2.

Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

This Disney dinner theater is in the Polynesian Resort. You get to take the Disney monorail there. One of the most common comments you get to hear about the Spirit of Aloha dinner show is that it feels like you’re actually in Hawaii. While the Hawaiian food and culture does tend to be Disneyfied, somewhat, it can feel authentic to someone who hasn’t seen the real thing.

The show’s Hawaiian food is imaginative and exotic. Desserts like pineapple bread pudding and pineapple coconut bread are popular. Entrées like the Kalua pig and the mahi-mahi are top-notch.

The entire experience is well-choreographed. If you can manage it, you should come a little early. The entire resort is beautifully designed and is worth exploring.

Marcus Anderson, now retired, loves the nightlife of Orlando. An avid blogger, you can find his interesting articles on various blog sites.

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