If you’re planning on spending the holidays in Orlando, now is a good time to start thinking about your holiday dining plans. While you’re at one of Orlando’s Theme Parks it’s easy to stop in at a quick service restaurant for a quick bite. However, if you want to experience one of the nicer dining options available reservations fill up quickly.
Here are some tips to consider when dining at the parks:
Walt Disney World: Disney World reservations fill up faster than any other park. The new Be Our Guest Restaurant is already sold out for the holiday season, but other options remain available. Our best advice is to be flexible with your plans and continue to check back with Disney’s reservation system for cancellations. You never know when a spot might open up. Also, you might feel the need to eat inside the park but there are plenty of fantastic dining options available the Disney resorts. The Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Citrico’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort all have available for holiday reservations. For an elegant evening without the kids, try Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort. Reservations for all restaurants can be made online or by calling 407-939-3463.
SeaWorld: SeaWorld offers one of the best holiday events in Orlando when it comes to value. All of the SeaWorld celebrations and activities are included with the purchase of SeaWorld tickets. Plus, the park offers not only delicious holiday treats at various vendors but the on-site dining experiences create holiday menu items special for this time of year. Our top choices for dining at SeaWorld include Santa’s Fireside Feast, Dine with Shamu and Sharks Underwater Grill. Reservations are recommended for all options. The best budget friendly option is Dine with Shamu, as children eat free with the purchase of an adult reservation now through December 24. Reservations can be made online (excluding Sharks Underwater Grill) or by calling 888-800-5447.
Universal Orlando Resort: Universal Orlando greets the holidays with Grinchmas, a Macy’s Holiday Parade and performances by Mannheim Steamroller, all included with the purchase of Universal Orlando tickets. The dining options are Universal are best in their CityWalk quarter, all of which feature a reservation option on OpenTable.com. If you’re seeking in-ark reservations, the two experiences I recommend are Universal’s Superstar Character Breakfast, which features characters from Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Hop, and the hit comedy Despicable Me, as well as the Cinematic Spectacular Dining Experience, during which features delicious meal at Lombard’s Seafood Grille and dessert restaurant’s waterfront boardwalk, where the entire family will share a spectacular view of Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular. Reservations for CityWalk restaurants can be made by calling 407-224-3663; Universal Studios reservation lines are 407-224-7554 and 407-224-3613; and Universal Islands of Adventure dining reservations can be made at 407-224-4012.
Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is hosting Christmas Town for the first time ever. Along with this yuletide celebration, they are offering Mrs. Claus’ Family Feast. Families will enjoy a delicious holiday buffet with Mrs. Claus and her favorite elves, plus a rendition of the classic story The Night Before Christmas, special holiday treats, exclusive elf-provided entertainment, plus front of the line access to “Santa’s House” and “Let it Snow. Reservations can be made online only.