If you are traveling to Orlando between August 25th and October 1st, then you’ve got to check out Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. It’s a great way to save money dining in Orlando. Here’s the best part: a few Disney restaurants have joined this year!
It’s no secret that dining out is one of my favorite things to do. The only thing I hate about it is the price. I’m always looking for ways to save money dining out. That’s why I love it when restaurants come together for dining months or restaurant weeks. It’s the best way to try out a new foodie spot without spending a ton of money.
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, has an unprecedented number of restaurants — more than 100 — each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person. Celebrating its 12th year, the popular dining initiative provides a variety of options for local foodies or visiting gourmands who are looking to try out a local favorite or one of the hottest new venues added to Orlando’s growing culinary scene.
A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available now at OrlandoMagicalDining.com. Here are some the ones that I’m most excited about:
Orlando’s Magical Dining Month
- Walt Disney World Resort – Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, The Turf Club at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, The Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney Springs –Morimota Asian, Paddlefish & STK
- Family Friendly – Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, Benihana (Orlando, Lake Buena Vista), Brio (Winter Park Village, Mall at Millenia)*, Copper Canyon Grill, Kobe Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Paddlefish, Seasons 52, Shogun Japanese Steak House, The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Each year a local charity benefits from Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, receiving $1 from each meal served. This year, due to the immense growth and popularity of the program, Magical Dining Month will benefit two Orlando nonprofit organizations: Freedom Ride, Inc. and BASE Camp Children’s Foundation. Freedom Ride, Inc. offers therapeutic horseback riding programs that enrich the lives of children and adults with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. BASE Camp Children’s Foundation provides a base of support for children and families who are facing the challenge of living with cancer and other life-threatening hematological illnesses.
Last year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining raised a record $195,125 for the Russell Home for Atypical Children enabling the organization to modify and refurbish the girls’ dorm as part of the home’s major renovation project. The dorm will be named after Visit Orlando and Magical Dining Month.
Where is your favorite place to dine in Orlando? I’m always looking for new and amazing places to try!