There are two things we love most about this time of year: back-to-school and the return of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining. This annual celebration of Orlando eateries features 80+ Orlando restaurants offering a three-course, prix fixe menu for $37/person. Totally worth the trip on I-4!
The deliciousness kicks off on Friday, August 27, 2021 and continues through Sunday, October 3, 2021. You can check out the full list of restaurants plus all the menus here.
No need to plan a road trip to Orlando solely for dinner, though. New to Magical Dining this year is a selection of exclusive overnight packages pairing cozy rooms with special deals, including Magical Dining experiences for two. It's the perfect excuse to plan a quick getaway before summer's end. And with some resorts offering theme park transportation, you can also squeeze in a visit to the parks.
NEW TO MAGICAL DINING for 2021: OVERNIGHT PACKAGES
New for 2021 is Visit Orlando's Magical Nights, offering couples exclusive hotel and resort offers to extend the dining experience at participating hotel restaurants. Here are a few of our favorite options:
A Disney hotel located within walking distance of Epcot and Disney's Boardwalk, this option is perfect for couples who want to combine Magical Dining with a Disney theme park visit. Take advantage of up to 30% off an overnight stay combined with Magical Dining. Il Mulino New York Trattoria and Todd English's bluezoo, both located on property, are participating in Magical Dining this year.
Other resort amenities include Disney theme park transportation, 5 pools, 18 restaurants and lounges (explore some on an epic resort food crawl), the luxurious Mandara Spa and more. This resort grounds offer a nice vantage point for the nightly Epcot fireworks.
Explore all that Orlando's International Drive has to offer while staying at Rosen Plaza. With the special Magical Dining package, enjoy an overnight stay, a Magical Dining experience at Jack's Place for two (alcohol not included), and a breakfast buffet for two.
The hotel is located within walking distance of The Pointe, an entertainment hub with multiple restaurants and bars, a 4DX movie theater, shops, a comedy club and so much more. If you're interested in trying out more I-Drive restaurants and combining your stay with local nightlife, this is the perfect option.
Caribe Royale's Magical Dining package combines an overnight stay in a one bedroom suite, complimentary parking, and a Magical Dining Dinner for two at The Venetian Chop House for $259. This all-inclusive option is great for couples who want to keep planning at a minimum. Transportation to the Disney theme parks and Disney Springs is also available. PS – this hotel is pet-friendly!
If you want to experience Orlando like a local, this is our top pick. This hotel's package includes a $40 food & beverage credit for The Bistro, free parking, and late checkout. But the real highlight is the convenient location for checking out participating Magical Dining restaurants in downtown Orlando.
Visit Orlando's Magical Dining begins Friday, August 27, 2021 and continues through Sunday, October 3, 2021.
The 2021 lineup includes more than 80 participating local restaurants, each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for $37 per person. Takeout options are available at select restaurants.
As an added bonus, $1 from every meal is donated to a deserving local charity. This year's selected charities are Pathlight HOME and IDignity, both of which help to combat homelessness in Central Florida.
For more information and to view menus, go to MagicalDining.com.
Looking for more food-focused date night ideas? Try these:
- Guide to Tampa Bay Cooking Classes
- Tampa’s Most Romantic Restaurants
- Kid-Friendly Tampa Bay Restaurants for Date Night
Feature image courtesy of Visit Orlando