A Travel Agent’s Pick for the Best in Orlando Dinner Theater

Most fun dining experieces in Orlando

By Erin

One of the first questions most anyone planning a trip to Orlando asks themselves is, “What are we going to eat?”  Food and fine dining are always a treat for families on vacation. It’s a well known fact that Walt Disney World has some of the greatest opportunities for guests and families to enjoy dinner while totally immersed in experiences. One type of meal that is sure to give everyone special memories are dinner shows. But did you know there are some great dinner show opportunities both on and off Disney World property?

So as official Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida Travel for Cheapskate Princess readers, these four Orlando dinner shows (in no particular order of preference) are my top recommendations for adding the perfect memories to your vacation.

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

Location:  Pioneer Hall, Fort Wilderness Campground & Resort, Walt Disney World
Enjoy a rustic, southern, rootin’ tootin’ great family experience at the Hoop Dee Doo!  The Hoop Dee Doo has the distinction of being the longest running dinner show in America.  While the family style meal of ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cornbread and strawberry shortcake is a draw in itself, the meal is secondary to the show. Presented by the Pioneer Hall Players, the show is truly good old fashioned family fun.  Interactive with the audience, excellent voices, and hilarity galore give the audience much more than your average dinner experience. 
Many people return to the Hoop Dee Doo every time they visit Disney World, because while the main parts of the show stay the same, the audience participation gives the entertainers the chance to show off their comedy chops. Three categories of seating doesn’t mean that you can’t be part of the show either.  The Pioneer Hall Players make their way around all through the audience saying hello or asking for volunteers.
With three showtimes daily (4:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:30pm), it gives many opportunities for families to fit this exciting and delicious experience into their vacation plans.

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Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show in Orlando

Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Location: Luau Cove, Polynesian Resort, Walt Disney World
Enjoy a traditional Polynesian evening filled with traditional luau entertainment and food.  The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is a chance for Disney World guests to enjoy a dining experience that is unique, something they might not be able to attend in their home town.  This entertaining luau is complete with a story, fire-knife performers and hula dancers. 
Guests will enjoy delicious tropical mixed greens with mango poppyseed dressing, pineapple coconut bread, BBQ pork ribs, Lanoi roasted chicken, fresh seasonal veggies and Kilauea Volcano Delight Dessert. One thing to remember with the Spirit of Aloha is the weather. 
While the Hoop Dee Doo is set inside, the Spirit of Aloha is set outside with covered seating.  So, during very hot months, the later show might be the most comfortable.  If the weather forecast is 50 degrees or below, the show will be cancelled.  There are two showtimes available daily at 5:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
To purchase tickets, give me a call at 214-697-7732, call 407-WDW-DINE, or use this link.  

Wantilan Luau Universal Orlando Resorts

Wantilan Luau

Location: Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal Studios
Don’t think that you are only able to experience a luau at one location in Orlando!  At Loews Royal Pacific, a Universal Orlando Resort you will also be able to savor the exotic fare of the South Pacific and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian dinner show.  Just like at the Spirit of Aloha, guests will enjoy an evening of authentic Polynesian food and entertainment, which is held weekly on Saturday nights.  The Wantilan luau features an all-you-can-eat buffet of Polynesian delicacies, live Hawaiian music and traditional hula dancing.  Fire and hula dancer entertain the audience while also teaching some lucky dinners the hula! Dinner shows are weekly, Saturday nights at 6:00pm.

To purchase tickets, give me a call at 214-697-7732, call 407-503-DINE, or use this link.  

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Midevil Times Orlando dinner theater

Medieval Times Dinner Show & Tournament

Location:  Kissimmee, Florida
Depending on where you live, you very well might have a Medieval Times located near your home town, as there are eight locations spread out across America. But if it’s not familiar to you, then your visit to Orlando is a great reason to experience this great family dining experience.
As in keeping with the “times,” there are no utensils and guests eat everything with their hands at Medieval Times. There is a set menu including roasted spare ribs, BBQ chicken, herb roasted potato and castle bread. Now Medieval Times has never really been known for their taste bud satisfying phenomenal food. Some children might not love everything on the menu, but the entertainment and show more than makes up for it. 
The restaurant is split into teams, and guests can cheer on their knights as they compete in an epic tournament complete with horse tricks, jousting and sword fighting.  Open most days of the week, you can celebrate birthdays and other group events at this location.
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Erin, our Cheapskate Princess travel agent

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Whether it is a honeymoon, a family’s first visit to Walt Disney World, or an extended family coming together from all across the country, Erin specializes in making sure everyone gets the most magic out of their vacation!

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