Orlando is never short of entertainment options, and now there’s another exciting offering for guests. A dinner and show is a great way to make the most of dinner time and get some much-needed downtime while being entertained (and having fun) at the same time.
Universal Orlando Resort (CMCSA) – Get Comcast Corporation Class A Common Stock Report offers a fiery festive feast with its Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. This dinner show is a complete luau experience on the Hawaiian island. Dinner includes an all-you-can-eat roast pig dinner, and the show includes fire dancing, hula, and live music. The only thing missing is the island.
disney world (SAY) – Get The Walt Disney Company Report Orlando had its own Hawaiian themed dinner and show with the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. The family-style dinner was hosted by Aunt Wini as she taught the public about Polynesian culture.
Unfortunately, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been closed, and with it, the Grand Dinner and a Show has been permanently axed. This closure came after Disney took a hard look at its restoration and new construction needs. Disney is committed to continually improving and reinventing its attractions.
Disney has something new to wow diners
Some fans of the Polynesian Village Resort felt emptied after Disney hosted their dinner and a show there. The demolition will bring a new Disney Vacation Club, and Disney has announced that a new event is on the way.
Cirque du Soleil is now presenting Drawn to Life at Disney at Disney Springs, the first collaboration between the two. Disney Springs offers 13 different dining choices that work well as a pre- or post-dinner entree. Customers must purchase tickets for the Cirque du Soleil show separately from their Disney admission. It is recommended that dinner reservations be made 2.5 hours prior to the start of the Drawn to Life show start time, which will avoid any timing issues and allow guests to get to the show at time.
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It is advisable to get reservations for the show in advance. Show times are 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. EST. Ticket prices start at $80 for adults (10 years and older) and $60 per child (3-9 years).
The pre or post Cirque dining choices are part of a lively fixed price evening menu, which means there is a set menu to choose from, allowing for faster service so guests can enjoy their dining experience while on their way to the show.
Places to dine
Looking for a place to eat before the show? City Works Eatery & Pour House is a classic American sports bar, The Edison offers a gothic atmosphere with American cuisine, The House of Blues Restaurant & Bar serves American fare with a Big Easy twist.
There’s also Planet Hollywood, which has a nostalgic theme of movies surrounding guests as they enjoy inventive American cuisine, and Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas has waterfront views. If you prefer Italian , Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, Enzo’s Hideaway and Terralina Crafted Italian serve up classic dishes that are sure to please the youngest and toughest critics.
Jaleo by Jose Andres brings the tastes and vibe of Spain, Paddlefish hosts a fish feast, and Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant offers a 3-course dinner straight from the Emerald Isle, and Wolfgang Puck & Grill serves the chef’s signature dishes.
If you love bowling, Splitsville Luxury Lanes can help you get moving before watching the show by bowling and dining at the same time.
The dinner and show combo for a family of 4 should cost just over $450 before tax and tip. Although it may seem like an expensive night for some, the dinner and show option is an unforgettable experience and worth incorporating into any Orlando vacation.