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Of course Orlando is synonymous with vacation and theme parks, but given its mecca status as a vacation capital of America, eating in Orlando has its own experiences to give, with restaurant options for every taste. From unique neighborhood eateries to themed eateries, visits to places like Disney World and Universal Studios are rounded out nicely with visits to some of the fun character dinners and dinner shows throughout the Orlando area.
Family Vacation Dining
Restaurants in Orlando catering particularly to families are met with a surprisingly diverse array of choices for every member of the family. More mature visitors with sophisticated palates will find a number of fabulous chef-anchored, restaurants, and wine connoisseurs will enjoy the delight provided by wonderful master sommeliers in Orlando.
Of course the magic of Walt Disney leaves no stone unturned with his creative ways of providing fun restaurants in Orlando that expand beyond the thrill of a trip through a pirates cove to enjoying a character dinner with personalities straight from Disney classics, where you can meet and eat in themed restaurants in Orlando with characters at the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast or the Wonderland Tea Party, both found at the 1900 Park Fare Restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where you dine amidst the regalia of royalty with Disney Princesses that will surely delight your young daughters. Join Chef Mickey and Friends as they host their buffet-style breakfasts and dinners, located conveniently to make sure you have time to catch all the theme park action.
Eating In and Around Orlando
Of course eating at Orlando theme parks like Disney World and Universal Orlando is a great way of providing a wonderful strolling and eating experience with their streets filled with fun restaurants. As you take a break from the thrills and spills of the parks you can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants like those found in CityWalk at Universal Orlando, including familiar and famous hotspots like Hard Rock Café and the NASCAR Cafe. Similarly, Downtown Disney is a great locale for eating including Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and Wolfgang Puck Cafe. Theme restaurants in Orlando are plentiful on Universal Orlando Resort’s CityWalk makes dining a theme park adventure in itself. You can choose everything from the gourmet cuisine of Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando, to a great cheeseburger at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or enjoy the spicy cuisine of the Latin Quarter.
Orange Avenue is your headquarters for eating in Downtown Orlando, strolling around during the warm but comfortable evenings after a busy day at a theme park. It is packed with great restaurants, as well as theaters and concert venues. Orange Avenue itself is closed to vehicular traffic most nights to accommodate the large volumes of stolling vacationers and Orlando residents alike. Just a few blocks from Orange Avenue is Lake Eola and its swan-filled lake. The fountain is an icon of Orlando, and nearby is the Wall Street area, a small pedestrian alley just off of Orange Avenue that is another great restaurant hotspot.
Not only has Disney done a great job at theme parks, but they’ve developed one of the nicest communities in Orlando called Celebration. This upscale town is called a traditional neighborhood designed community, where townhomes, schools and Celebrations Town Center are all designed to be lived on foot, with everything within walking distance. Restaurants in Disney’s Celebration are as nice as the community, with neighborhood favorites like the Market Street Café where they make over 60 items from scratch every day.
Dinner Shows in Orlando and Some Unusual Fare
Dinner shows in Orlando provide a wonderful way for you to extend your entertainment experience well into the night, as you imbibe in a wide variety of cuisine, including fine wine and the best of brews while enjoying the best of shows like the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show or Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Show, where you need to bring your investigative skills with you.