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Theme Restaurants in Orlando
Theme restaurants in Orlando come in many different types. You'll find themes centered around pirates, gangsters, the Wild West, animals, and sports. Some are on site at Disney World and Universal Studios Florida, and others are in the surrounding tourist areas, like International Drive.
Kids love pirates, and they have some fun opportunities to see swashbuckler-themed attractions on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World or at Pirate's Cove Aventure Golf in the International Drive area. You can carry this over to theme restaurants in Orlando, too, by going to the Pirates Dinner Adventure. This restaurant is so deeply themed that it actually has a giant pirate ship replica in the dining area. Your kids might even get a chance to go on stage with the pirates. If you're an adult looking for more mature fun, Treasure Tavern is located in the same building. This theme restaurant is limited to guests age 15 and up because the show is quite risque.
Capone's is a gangster-themed restaurant in Kissimmee that serves up a sumptuous buffet meal while you interact with the "gang" and laugh at their antics. If you like the crime theme and want to play detective, Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Show combines a tasty meal with your chance to learn about a crime, interrogate the suspects, and cast your vote for the guilty party.
Do you love the Wild West? You can dine at a restaurant with a rootin' tootin' theme at the Wilderness Lodge, a Disney hotel near the Fort Wilderness campground. The restaurant is called Whispering Canyon Cafe, and its servers all take on roles like sheriff or school marm and act them out to the hilt. Kids ride stick horses around the restaurant, and everyone gets in on the raucous fun. If you want a show with your dinner, book the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Disney World. It's held across the lake at the campground, and you watch a wild and crazy show while you eat a sumptuous meal of chicken and ribs.
If you like a jungle theme, there are two Rainforest Cafes in the Orlando area. One is located at Downtown Disney, while the other just outside of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Both of these eateries have huge aquariums, animated animals, and a lush, tropical feel. You might even experience a rainstorm as you dine. Both restaurants have huge gift shops that offer the perfect solution for where to buy Orlando souvenirs.
Some of the theme restaurants in Orlando feature animals in their shows. One of the most well-known is Medieval Times, which features battling knights galloping around the arena on their noble steeds. While the main show storyline revolves around jousting and hand-to-hand combat, the horses also get a chance to show off their dressage moves. You'll also see birds of prey showcasing their abilities. This theme restaurant is all about the medieval period, from the village recreation outside to the throne in the waiting area and its extensive selected of souvenirs.
Arabian Nights is also in Kissimmee, just outside of Celebration. Its theme is Arabia, so its beautiful Arabian horses tie in nicely, although you'll see representatives of other breeds, like Appaloosas, Saddlebreds, and Shetland ponies, too. Visiting this restaurant is a family friendly activity, and you can make it even more special for the kids by purchasing an upgrade that lets them tour the stable and meet the horses up close before the show.
Both Epcot at Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando have aquatic themed restaurants. The Coral Reef Restaurant, which is in the Seas pavilion at Epcot, offers panoramic views of a huge tank teemed with aquatic life. Sharks Grill at SeaWorld Orlando also has a lovely view, but it's focused mainly on impressive predators.
Universal City Walk has two restaurants with sports themes. If you're a basketball fan, you'll love all the memorabilia, and the many TVs showing sports throughout the dining room, at NBA City. If you're more into race cars, pop over to the NASCAR Grille. Both restaurants are within walking distance of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, although true NASCAR fans might want to combine the Richard Petty Driving Experience, which is near Disney's Polynesian Resort, with a meal at the NASCAR Grille for a fully themed day.