Move over, Las Vegas. Orange County’s selection of live entertainment dinner shows offers loads of variety and unique options for fun family dinners out on the town. Magic, murder mystery, chivalry and adventure are all waiting for you. Immerse yourself in a medieval castle, in the tropical rainforest, at a glamorous hotel and even inside a giant pirate ship. Here are our picks for the best family dinner attractions in Orange County:
This action-packed live jousting tournament entertains guests of all ages, and the four-course meal includes generous portions of food. There is also a vegetarian option available upon request. Silverware is nowhere to be found so enjoy the food with your hands as your utensils. The castle, court, knights and horses all come together to bring on a show of pageantry and action that helps to bring the Medieval Times back into present day. Arrive early and check out the museum of torture, witness a knighting ceremony or see the beautiful horses up close before the show.
Set aboard an 18th Century Spanish galleon adrift in a 250, 000 - gallon lagoon, this enthusiastic show combines special effects, aerial artistry, and swordplay for an exciting adventure out at sea. They invite kids up on stage during the performance so be sure to wear your best pirate attire! Dining options include a four-course feast fit for a Pirate King, or you can request a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free meal. Tip: Bring earplugs for the little ones as it can get loud from the pyrotechnics.
Cirque Magique is an interactive show featuring circus performers from around the world including a comedy magician, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, and performing puppies. The show takes place inside the same venue as Pirate Dinner Adventure, but in the main foyer. During the show, a meal is served, with ice-cream for dessert. Gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options are available upon request. The show targets families with children and performs 2 days a week; Saturdays, and Sundays under the big top. Show times are subject to change.
Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre blends hilarious comedy, delicious barbecue fare, and mind-boggling magic tricks on the Rib Trader stage. The Rib Trader stage is in a small private room inside of the Rib Trader Restaurant. Clothed in medieval garb, Merlin unleashes a flurry of illusions, like levitating water glasses and baffles minds with sleight of hand tricks and recitations of tax manuals. While audience members attempt to make sense of their newly stretched reality, a team of costumed servers piles tables high with ribs and chicken—or chicken strips and french fries for the little ones—and oversees edible disappearing acts.
Dinner and a show just got a little more interesting thanks to the Gourmet Detective’s comedic and interactive performance of “Darling, you slay me” This 1920’s Broadway musical combines murder, mystery and comedy in a quaint tearoom on a golf course. Apply your investigation skills during a series of bizarre accidents and help the cast crack the case in this fun, interactive show. To get in the spirit, guests are
encouraged to dress up with a “vintage tux,” “feather boa” or “that Jackie-O dress.” The dress code is business casual, so make sure to prepare to dine in style. While there is no minimum age restriction, please keep in mind the show is rated PG to PG-13.
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show is very different from traditional murder mystery dinner shows. They hide non-costumed actors in the audience that are pretending to be part of the crowd. This results in a much more social and interactive evening. The shows are set during the present day and take place in real time. Over the course of the night, an accustomed detective will uncover clues, interrogate audience members that may or may not be part of the show, and help everyone get closer to solving the mystery. There is a winner at the end of every show.
Enter a mystical Incan temple for a fun-filled family feast in the middle of a lush tropical rainforest. The Rainforest Cafe is an interactive experience that takes place all around you and engages all of your senses. Every 15 minutes, Exotic tropical birds caw in the distance. Animated elephants shower each other with water. Hungry leopards lurk in the lush vegetation, family of gorillas creates a clamor of playful noise and bright colorful schools of fish welcome you. Guests will also experience brief thunderstorms and cool mists. The menu features an array of delicious items and tropical treats, from mouthwatering appetizers and exotic salads to creative entrées such as pasta, burgers, seafood, steaks and chicken. Rainforest Cafe also own 3 tropical birds and every hour in the front of the restaurant they put on a parrot show where guests can ask questions and learn about these magnificent animals.