While it’s well-known that the theme parks host some fabulous meals, there are also many unforgettable dinners to be had outside the big name parks. These dinner shows are scattered around Orlando and the surrounding area. Many regularly offer specials on their tickets that can make them an affordable alternative to Disney dinner shows. Whether you’re looking for comedy for the kids, or an adults-only evening, there’s something that will work for your vacation.
1. Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
The Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show lets you test your detective skills to solve the crime. The diners at your table will become your team as you work together to decide which wacky character is the culprit. The experience lasts 2 ½ hours and is appropriate for nearly everyone in the family with a PG rating (the show likens its sexual innuendos and adult comedy features as similar to those found in sitcoms like Friends).
First you’ll mingle with the characters as everyone assembles in the theater. A 45-minute show presents you with all the details available for your consideration. During dinner, you converse with your fellow guests to decide which questions to pose to the detective. Later, you’ll speak with the detective, and during dessert you have a chance to make your guess. At the conclusion of the show, guests who solved the mystery correctly are presented with fun prizes.
The show generally gets good reviews, but you should be prepared for some corny comedy. While allowing each table to ask questions adds to the interactive element of the show, it can become a bit of a cumbersome process, leaving some visitors feeling impatient. The food gets good marks with a choice of cornish game hen, prime ribs, or cheese lasagna, but the drinks are quite pricey.
2. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure takes place in an engaging setting, with guests seated on six ships surrounding the centerpiece in the 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon. The show’s “stage” is a Spanish galleon that measures an impressive 46 feet long and 18 feet wide. Each ship has its own mascot to cheer on during the harrowing pirate adventure.
More than 150 guests get to participate in this highly immersive show. This is a family friendly experience that reviewers praise for its ability to keep kids interested. The meal starts with a soup or salad and the main course is your choice of half a roasted chicken, beef sirloin, or vegetarian lasagna. While the action gets high marks, the food is only mediocre. Come for the entertainment, not the food.
3. Treasure Tavern Dinner
If you’re looking for an Orlando attraction that’s not catered to children and families, this is certainly it. If you’re in town without children or have a babysitter for the evening, Treasure Tavern is a fun choice for an adults-only evening. This variety show features a rotating schedule of acts that change seasonally so you may see something different on every visit. The show’s one staple is the presence of the “Jewels” who double as servers and show girls, bringing the entertainment right to the table.
The show gets rave reviews and the four course dinner includes soup, salad, cheesecake, and your choice of beef tenderloin, roasted chicken, or vegeable lasagna. The show is most suitable for adults, but guests age 15 and older are permitted so long as all minors are accompanied by an adult.