Savor unbelievably real character dining, spectacular dinner shows, and more family-friendly dining options in Orlando, including Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant (pictured, ©Disney) at DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS®, part of WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort.
Create a little vacation magic with these incredible family-friendly restaurants in Orlando, where you can meet your favorite characters, play along with dazzling dinner shows, and get lost in immersive themed restaurants that are fun for everyone in your group. Here, anything is possible — yep, even a meal that satisfies all ages and palates. Bon appétit!
Family-Friendly Dinner Shows in Orlando
Enjoy a night out with the family at these unforgettable dinner shows, where you can drink, dine and get in on the action as you take in dazzling acrobats, thrilling medieval jousting, belly-busting variety acts and more.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Clap your hands and stomp your feet as you chow down on Southern-inspired fare at this high-spirited comedy revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, part of Walt Disney World® Resort. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is two hours of nonstop fun, featuring skits and songs from the Pioneer Hall Players paired with all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken, smoked barbecue pork ribs, succulent sides and dessert. Unlimited draft beer, wine and sangria are included for guests 21 years of age or older.
Savor authentic Polynesian food and entertainment at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, part of Universal Orlando Resort. Their weekly Wantilan Luau features captivating hula and fire dancers, live music, and an exotic all-you-can-eat buffet complete with a pit-roasted suckling pig, unlimited mai-tais and more tropical fare, plus kid-friendly favorites like pizza, fruit and chicken fingers.
Capone’s Dinner & Show
Hidden within a turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor is Capone’s Dinner & Show, a Prohibition-era speakeasy cabaret with plenty of laughs. Appropriate for guests ages 2 and up, this gut-busting variety show serves up classic American-Italian cuisine along with stand-up performances, dancing and toe-tapping musical productions. Audience participation is encouraged, and unlimited bootleg spirits (for guests 21 and up) and kiddy cocktails are included in the ticket price.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Travel back to an 11th century castle for an epic jousting tournament at Medieval Times, conveniently located just 10 miles from Walt Disney World® Resort. See majestic horses, gallant knights and birds of prey, then indulge in a rich four-course feast (complete with flagons of ale) as you cheer your knight to victory.
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Pirates Dinner Adventure
Lassies, lads and scallywags of all ages are welcome at Pirates Dinner Adventure, a swashbuckling dinner show featuring acrobats, entertainers and cutthroats battling for control of an 18th-century galleon pirate ship. Savor a three-course captain’s feast with kid-friendly options like veggie pasta, chicken nuggets, and mac and cheese, and watch out for pirates who may bring you aboard this interactive adventure.
Bonus Tip: For an adults-only alternative, check out Teatro Martini, a spectacular variety show featuring aerialists, acrobats, burlesque performers, magicians and more, plus a swanky speakeasy bar for after-dinner drinks and more surprises. Teatro Martini and Pirates Dinner Adventure are both located in the International Drive Entertainment District, aka I-Drive, near the theme parks.
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Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show
Step right up to the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show for an evening of nonstop comedy, pizza and mind-bending magic. Located inside WonderWorks on International Drive, this hilarious interactive dinner experience will have the whole family laughing, with plenty of opportunities to hop onstage and join the show. Enjoy unlimited pizza, salad, beer, wine, soft drinks and dessert, then explore the family-friendly wonder zones at WonderWorks for a full evening of hands-on fun (separate ticket required).
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Character Dining in Orlando’s Theme Parks
Dine with princesses, beloved story book characters and living legends with unforgettable character dining in Orlando, the Theme Park Capital of the World. Highlights include aquarium-side dining with orcas and sharks at SeaWorld® Orlando, enchanting encounters with Mickey Mouse and friends throughout Walt Disney World® Resort, seasonal soirees at Universal Orlando Resort, and intimate chats with real-life astronauts at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. There are over 15 unique character dining experiences in Orlando’s world-class theme parks and resorts — see all of them here.
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Immersive Family-Friendly Dining in Orlando
In addition to beloved character dining, Orlando’s parks, resorts and tourism districts are home to incredible themed restaurants, where you can step back in time, dance all night long (or at least until bedtime), eat alongside exotic wildlife, and more. Savor a night to remember with these family-friendly themed dining picks in Orlando.
Immersive Themed Dining at Orlando Theme Parks & Attractions
Discover over incredible themed dining experiences at Walt Disney World® Resort. Blast off into space or dive under the sea at EPCOT®, dine like royalty at enchanted castles at Magic Kingdom® Park, travel to a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, and discover immersive animal worlds at Disney Springs® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Discover these and more incredible dining options in Lake Buena Vista, which encompasses Walt Disney World.
Plus, indulge in sweet treats at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™, a 19th-century steampunk eatery and confectionary at Universal CityWalk, part of Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Orlando is also home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, where you can perfect your Butterbeer™ mustache and dine on authentic British fare at immersive locations like The Three Broomsticks™, The Leaky Cauldron™ and more.
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At SeaWorld® Orlando, swim on over to Sharks Underwater Grill®, an upscale restaurant where you can get up close with the world of sharks. Panoramic views into the 700,000-gallon shark tank are sure to keep little ones entertained throughout the meal, where adults can enjoy environmentally-conscious cocktails or a glass of wine alongside fine dining options like filet mignon, pan seared scallops, and Miso roasted Atlantic salmon. Kids meals come with dessert — shark sundae, anyone? — adding to the fun of this unique dining experience.
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Finally, for a meal that’s sure to satisfy all ages, head to Taco Everyday! at THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD, part of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. This fun spot offers California street-style tacos with a unique twist: kids tacos are pink or blue, inspired by favorite characters from The LEGO Movie. Then spend the rest of the day exploring the resort’s 50+ attractions, including the all-new Pirate River Quest, which sets sail in mid-January.
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Immersive Family-Friendly Dining Throughout Orlando
Venture beyond the theme parks for more family-friendly themed dining options, featuring live entertainment, kid-approved flavors and more.
Cafe Tu Tu Tango
If you’re trying to raise adventurous eaters, you can’t beat Cafe Tu Tu Tango, a vibrant small plates restaurant in the International Drive area. The menu features spirited artist-inspired cocktails and colorful tapas alongside kid-approved staples like popcorn chicken, mini corn dogs and pasta. The restaurant is themed to feel like a modern artist’s loft, and kids and adults alike will delight in live music, dancers and resident artists constantly creating new works of art throughout the meal.
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American Girl Bistro
Celebrate the joy of childhood at American Girl Bistro, located inside the American Girl store at The Florida Mall®. Treat your little ones to a tea time experience, including petite sandwiches, sweet treats, tea and crafts, or go all out with a charming three-course, prix-fixe meal with warm cinnamon buns and complimentary beverages. Dolls and humans of all ages are welcome at the table.
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Old Spanish Sugar Mill
Let the kids do the cooking at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill, a historic mill and restaurant known for its delectable pour-your-own pancakes, which you cook on a tabletop griddle. Located about an hour north of Orlando at De Leon Springs State Park, this must-try attraction has been a Central Florida staple for over 60 years. After lunch, go for a hike, spot wildlife aboard a guided boat tour, or take a dip in the natural springs, which maintain a temperature of 72° Fahrenheit year-round.
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Sugar Factory Orlando
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Sugar Factory, an American brasserie in ICON Park® known for its enormous ice cream sandwiches, smoking mocktails and elaborate themed milkshakes. After your meal, load up on sweets in the candy shop, take a miniature train ride around ICON Park, and explore onsite attractions like the Museum of Illusions, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and The Wheel at ICON Park, where you can soak up 360-degree views of Orlando’s main tourism districts.
Looking for something more exotic at ICON Park? Try Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, a Spanish tapas restaurant with lively flamenco dancing, high-energy music, and delectable dishes — kids can even get their own mini chicken and chorizo paella and try something new.
Plant Street Market
Finally, downtown Winter Garden is a fantastic place to visit with kids, with plenty of fun things to do and culinary options for even the pickiest eaters. Start at Plant Street Market, a unique community hub with 14 eateries, a brewery, and more incredible vendors. Enjoy your meal on the patio outside Crooked Can Brewery, which has plenty of space and games for kids to play. Then visit some of the family-friendly attractions along Plant Street, including The Central Florida Railroad Museum, a community splash pad, an old-fashioned ice cream shop and more. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rent bikes from Bikes & Blades Co. and set out on the West Orange Trail before dessert.
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Wherever you choose to eat, you’re sure to create unforgettable vacation memories in Orlando. Need more vacation inspiration? Discover more fun things to do in Orlando with kids, and brush up on the basics with our Orlando First-Timers Guide for Parents.
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