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Orlando Dinner Theaters - The Ultimate Visitor's Guide

There are so many minor attractions in Orlando that the offerings can all begin to look alike, but there is a world of difference between the top Dinner Theaters.  Here's the run-down on the various Dinner Theater Attractions in the Orlando/Kissimmee area.


 Medieval Times Dinner Theater And Tournament

The first Medieval Times theater was opened in 1977 in Spain.  The Kissimmee show opened in 1983, and proved its popularity immediately.  Since then, millions of families worldwide have enjoyed a night of jousting, pageantry, and fun in nine locations accross the United States.  The show includes a medieval "feast" (intended to be eaten without silverware, though you can request it!), jousting and weapons demonstrations, and equestrian performances.  Guests are seated in a color-coordinated section dedicated to cheering a particular "knight."  As with most dinner attractions, there is a story to provide continuity, and a Champion is named at the end of the night.  Set inside a highly decorated Castle, with vivid costuming and beautiful horses, this is a good choice for all families - they've had a lot of practice getting it right!

Overall Entertainment Rating: 5/5
Best For Ages:  ALL AGES

Medieval Times Dinner Theater And Tournament
4510 W. Irlo Bronson Highway - Kissimmee, FL 34747
For Reservations Call: 1-888-WE-JOUST


Arabian Nights Dinner Show

An alternative equestrian show, set in the Middle East, and performed in the largest indoor equestrian arena in the US.  Arabian Nights tends more towards storyline and plot than Medieval Times, but the cast of over 30 performers and 60+ horses make this a dynamic and exciting show.  The storyline is basically that of the wedding of the Princess Scheherezade to her prince; hence the title.  A genie summons the horses and performers, who exhibit riding styles and performances from all over the world for the wedding guests' entertainment.  Exhibitions include a Roman-style chariot race, gypsy stunt-riding, Native American trick-riding, and more.  The bill of fare is average - think family restaurant - but you'll hardly notice the food while watching the show!

Overall Entertainment Rating: 4/5
Best For Ages:  ALL AGES

Arabian Nights Dinner Show
3081 Arabian Nights Boulevard - Kissimmee, FL 34747
For Reservations Call: 1-800-553-6116


Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

This popular, perennial Luau, located at Disney's Polynesian Resort, has been a favorite for years.  A typical luau - with plentiful food, trim hula dancers, musicians, and fire twirlers, served with Disney flair and customer service and including an all-you-care-to-eat banquet inspired by the flavors of the South Seas (but still friendly to American palates).  Guests are welcome to participate in hula lessons while the evening unfolds.

Overall Entertainment Rating: 4/5
Best For Ages:  ALL AGES

Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Post Office Box 10,000 - Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
For Reservations Call: 1-407-939-3463


Makahiki Luau At Sea World

Sea World's foray into the dinner attraction business is a change of pace, with a Polynesian theme.  The bill of fare is themed - with better quality than other dinner attractions.  Music and dancing accompany fire-juggling, hula, and other traditional performances, and the setting and costuming are as flamboyant as you could wish.  Not quite as great for younger kids as some of the other shows, although there is an audience-participation hula lesson for them furing the performance.  This show is perfect for your dinner after a day at Sea World - the food is satisfying, the show is dynamic, and the music and dancing are exactly what you should expect at a "luau."  You should call ahead or order online for reservations, as the show often sells out.

Overall Entertainment Rating: 4/5
Best For Ages:  AGES 7 & UP

Makahiki Luau At Sea World
7007 SeaWorld Drive - Orlando, FL 32821
For Reservations Call: 1-800-327-2424


Pirate's Dinner Adventure

The Pirate's Dinner Adventure is heavy on special effects, as you'd expect from a show which features a 46-foot long, 18th Century Spanish galleon as a set-piece.  The ship rests in a 300,000 gallon indoor lagoon, upon and around which the action takes place.  Audience participation is similar to that of Medieval Times - guests are seated in one of six "ships" and assigned their own Pirate to cheer on during the performance.  Additionally, there are minor participation roles allotted for over 100 guests during each performace, allowing for greater interaction in the program.  The performance features pyrotechnics, cannon fire, and lots of choreographed fighting, which may be just a little intense for the youngest of children, but is hugely entertaining for those who enjoyed the recent Disney movies.

Overall Entertainment Rating: 5/5
Best For Ages:  ALL AGES

Pirate's Dinner Adventure
6400 Carrier Drive - Orlando, FL 32819
For Reservations Call: 1-800-866-2469


Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction

An over-the-top "everything goes" action-packed and very long evening! Admission price includes the Carriage Room Opening Act, the Main Show in the Arena and dinner.  The Carriage Room Opening Act begins 50 minutes prior to the scheduled show time.  The Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show includes livestock exhibitions, equestrian displays, musical and theatrical performances, and dramatic lighting and special effects with a very distinctive Midwestern flavor.  If you're traveling during the holiday season, don't miss the extended holiday shows including longer performances and dramatic re-enactments.

Overall Entertainment Rating: 4/5
Best For Ages:  AGES 10 & UP

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction
8251 Vineland Avenue - Orlando, FL 32821
For Reservations Call: 1-866-443-4943


Capone's Dinner And Show

This show is a musical comedy set in Gangland Chicago, ca. 1931.  Capone’s one of a kind prohibition era Speak-easy and Cabaret offers a fun and not entirely authentic glimpse at Prohibition-Era antics.  The beautiful and talented Miss Jewel is your hostess for the festivities, and Miss Bunny-June is Capone’s flighty dancing girl. Fingers Salvotorio is Bunny-June’s unbelievably goofy Mobster boyfriend.  These and a host of other colorful characters will entertain you throughout the evening's performance.  Not recommended for young children - mainly because most of the jokes, innuendo, and references will go right over their heads.

Overall Entertainment Rating: 3/5
Best For Ages:  Adults And Teens

Capone's Dinner And Show
4740 West US Highway 192 - Kissimmee, FL 34746
For Reservations Call: 1-407-397-2378