From the hurried throb of hooves on sand as two knights joust to the gentle ripple as a pirate rises quietly from the water with a knife gripped in his teeth, Orlando, Florida has edge-of-your-seat, unforgettable moments at many of its theatres. Here we’ve put together a list of the 5 best shows in Orlando that span from pirate adventures to the comedic antics of bumbling sleuths.
Cirque du Soleil, or “Circus of the Sun” is an entertainment company that employs a mixture of beloved circus acts, street entertainment and enjoyable story lines in its international shows. With continuous live music and some of the world’s best performers, it’s no wonder that the shows are a popular part of over 271 cities. Specifically, the La Nouba show in Orlando is portrayed as a fairy tale. Played by two opposing groups, one in colorful dress and the other completely monochromatic, this tale takes guests on a journey with high-flying trapeze feats, unicyclists, and a high wire act that spans 90 feet across the theatre. The show is kid-friendly and is located in Downtown Disney.
Nearby hotels include Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, which is just under a mile away.
Follow the exciting story of Princess Scheherazade’s birthday at the Arabian Nights Dinner Theatre, which combines a Broadway-style show, acrobatic entertainment and equestrian acts. Highlights of the show include an adrenaline-pumping chariot race, gypsies riding bareback and extreme acrobatics. The charming plot follows the romantic exploits of Scheherezade and her guests, who are magicked by an enchanting Genie.
The kid-friendly show also features an excellent menu, with offerings of pot roast on pastry puff, sirloin steak, pulled pork, roasted chicken tenders and creamy vegetable lasagna. Dinner rolls, unlimited Pepsi products and chocolate or vanilla cake are also included.
Put on your trench coat and grab hold of your magnifying glass, because you’re about to become a detective. At the Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, you don’t literally have to gear up, just sit back and watch the show unfold before your eyes while you dine on a scrumptious meal. The two and a half hour show will get your blood pumping, your mind racing and your mouth watering as you try to figure out who the criminal is. During dinner, you and your “team,” the other people at your table, will have the opportunity to come up with some questions for a live interrogation. The show unfolds before your eyes, with you a part of it, in an improvisational comedy experience.
As the mystery starts, so does your meal, and you will be served to your seat a delicious appetizer of a fresh green salad, assorted crackers and the theater’s signature cheese spread, dinner rolls with butter and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Indulge your taste buds in the main course, where you will have the option of honey-glazed cornish game hen, prime rib, or four cheese. Kids are welcome at this show, and will enjoy the chicken tenders, mac ‘n cheese and green beans. All beverages, alcoholic and non, are included in the ticket price. Keeping with the theme of the show, the dessert is always a surprise.
The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is one of the most exciting shows in Orlando, with amazing special effects, great musical numbers and unbelievable aerial acts to add to the plot-twisting adventure. Pick a side of the warring pirate clans, then watch as the two battle it out in the onsite lake. Swinging from ship to ship or enacting one of their brilliant fight scenes, the cast and crew struggle for possession of the beautiful Princess Anita who has been captured by the evil Captain Sebastian Black.
The show also includes a delicious meal with choices like a fresh, tossed garden salad, creamy vegetable soup, treasure’s chicken, pillager’s pork and Carribbean rice and roasted red potatoes. West Indies Rice and Roasted Red Potatoes with Mixed Vegetables will also be spicing up your plate, topped off with Apple Cobbler a la mode. Order chicken fingers from the children’s menu for your little scallywag.
Nearby hotels include Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, which is under a half-mile from the theater.
The Medieval Times and Dinner Tournament offers its “royal” guests a show unlike any other. From ringside seats you’ll see a display of splendor that was much like that of 11th century Spain. Highlights include a thrilling two-hour jousting tournament, equestrian acts and even falconry! Meet all of the individual knights, like The Blue Knight, who is touted as the champion of the defenseless. You’ll also meet characters from the court, like newlyweds Prince Tristan and Princess Leonore.
The menu is anything but medieval, however, with garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, oven-roasted chicken, spare ribs, herb-basted potatoes, a pastry and a non-alcoholic beverage. Vegetarian meals are available upon reservation.
This collection of shows always presents an entertaining adventure for the audience. Swords clash, laws are broken, chariots race and acrobats fly through the air. At each one of these shows, you will be transported on an exciting journey through time, mystery and spectacle. Cheer for your favorite knight or pirate, solve the mystery before the detective and hold your breath as unbelievable acrobatic stunts are performed. You’ll have the chance to do it all at these astonishing shows on your next Orlando vacation.