• Posted on 01/08/2016

Family Friendly Dining in Orlando

With so many dining choices in Orlando, visitors and locals alike might have trouble deciding where to take the family for good food and fun. Before you head to your usual spot, take a little inspiration from the magic Orlando offers in one of these kid-friendly restaurants, and turn a meal into a memorable family experience.

Family-Style Dining
There are also a growing number of family-style dining restaurants, where the food keeps coming until everyone's full. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse on International Drive, Maggiano's Little Italy at Pointe Orlando and ‘Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort are all-you-care-to-eat dining venues that love to cater to families. The New England-style dinner buffet, Cape May Cafe at Disney's Yacht Club Resort are great options to continue the fun after your day of play in Orlando's area attractions.

Character Dining
One of Orlando's most-photographed family moments is when the kids meet and mingle with their favorite characters over a delicious meal-no matter what time of day. Ranging from buffet breakfasts at Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Princess Storybook Dining at Epcot, Dine with Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando to Universal's Superstar Character Breakfast at Universal Studios Florida this world-class destination offers many options for character dining fit for all ages.

Bonus Bite: Most character dining options are in high demand. So, make your reservations early-you'll thank us later.

SEE ALSO: Check In, Then Dine In: 5 Hotel Character Dining Options in Orlando

Themed Restaurants
In Orlando, themed dining is all the rage at restaurants that immerse guests in their favorite themes, while enjoying crowd-pleasers like burgers, pastas, trendy salads and delicious desserts.

An impressive collection of theme restaurants allows guests to travel deep into jungles of the Rainforest Cafe at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and at Disney Springs; jump back to prehistoric times with larger-than-life dinosaurs at T-REX Cafe at Disney Springs; or dine among rock ‘n' roll legends at Hard Rock Cafe Orlando and sports heroes at NBC Sports Grill and Brew, both at Universal CityWalk.

Dinner Shows
Orlando's throng of dinner-theater shows delivers world-class entertainment beyond the theme parks. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of exciting live performances, daring stunts, musical entertainment and finger-licking fun.

One of the longest-running dinner shows in the United States, the Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, delivers a zany hootenanny three times a night in the replica of an Old West dance hall.

Other show favorites take on adventure, mystery and lots of laughs that will leave you "full" of excitement. Dine like a Chicago gangster at Capone's Dinner & Show, solve a crime at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show or discover the pageantry and gallantry of a faraway time and place at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.

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