Visit Orlando's Magical Dining announces today that, due to the program’s notable positive impact benefitting local restaurants, their employees and a local charity, it will be extended through Oct. 31 – creating the longest run in the program’s 15-year history. (The program was originally slated to conclude Oct. 4.)
Diners are encouraged to check regularly on OrlandoMagicalDining.com for the most current participating restaurants and menu offerings, as they may evolve. Reservations are strongly encouraged as restaurants are operating under reduced capacity guidelines. The program price— $35 for a prix fixe, three-course meal, with $1 per meal benefiting Feed the Need Florida — will not change.
“We knew that this year, more than ever, this popular seasonal program, executed in a safe and appropriate way, had the potential to bolster local business and employment opportunities in the region, but the community’s response has exceeded even our expectations,” said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando, the organization that originated and leads the program each year. “Participating restaurants are telling us that the influx of added diners has helped them recoup lost business, keep people employed and even hire more staff. Residents also have embraced the program’s return as creating a sense of ‘normalcy’ that is encouraging them to resume enjoying dining across Orlando in new and safe ways.”
FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES:
- "Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining has been nothing short of magical for our business this fall. Being able to provide guests new dining experiences and, most importantly, being able to bring back some of our staff members has been amazing." -- JALEO at Disney Springs General Manager Mario Bernal
- “Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is by far the most impactful marketing program we participate in annually, and, in the midst of these challenging times, more than ever, we are gratefully experiencing very strong demand for the promotion. The program is not only enabling us to provide a great value to our guests, but it also is generating additional jobs and wages for our employees and much needed financial relief for our business.” -- Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar owner Fred Thimm
- “Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining has been a lifeline to our restaurants, as we struggle to get back to normal. The program has given us the opportunity to hire back more staff and experience hope that we will return to pre-Covid numbers.” -- The Stubborn Mule owner Brian Buttner
Participating restaurants are going above and beyond with new safety measures that encourage dining with confidence, new takeout and delivery meal options for in-home dining, and many also offer open-air and outdoor dining.
Recognizing the significant impact of the pandemic on the local economy, this year’s charity provides food for residents in need. The beneficiary, Feed the Need Florida, is feeding those who are struggling to access food during the COVID-19 crisis. Since the program launched in late March, over 1.5 million meals have been served, and funds raised through Magical Dining will help feed thousands more. The effort is led by Orlando nonprofit 4Roots, plus public and private partners, to support Florida farmers, preserve and create jobs, and prepare nutritious meals to be served throughout Central Florida.
About Visit Orlando
Visit Orlando is The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States and Theme Park Capital of the World®. A not-for-profit trade association that brands, markets and sells the Orlando destination globally, Visit Orlando represents 1,200 member companies comprising every segment of Central Florida’s tourism community.