Disney World Restaurants with Entertainment – but without Characters

There comes a time in every planner’s research when they need to decide; where are we going to eat today? While character dining is fun and entertaining for the little ones (and not so little ones), there is more to Disney than characters. Sometimes, the theme of the restaurant can hold it’s own, and more often than not, they are entertaining in their own right. This is the list of Disney restaurants with entertainment but without characters.

Shows

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Pull up to a car-shaped booth or table and chow down at our “drive-in” playing thrilling, chilling sci-fi scenes.

Raglan Road Irish Pub

(Raglan Road)

Enjoy a genuine Irish meal, complete with its own unique twists and a dash of Celtic creativity.

The Irish owners of Raglan Road have brought in top chefs from Dublin to present you with the very best of modern Irish cooking—from Atlantic fish & chips to brilliantly reimagined classics like Shepherd’s Pie.

House of Blues Orlando

Make your taste buds sing at this lively restaurant and bar featuring a mix of Southern and global cuisine. Big draws include a daily drink special from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM and a soulful Sunday brunch.

Restaurant Marrakech

In the splendor of a sultan’s palace, belly dancers entertain Guests with spirited movements to percussive live music.

Biergarten

Be transported to a traditional Bavarian village as you feast on German fare to the oompah beat of a lively band. At communal, Biergarten-style tables, enjoy such rotating buffet selections as bratwurst, rotisserie chicken, pork schnitzel and a variety of salads. Save room for Bavarian cheesecake and hand-pulled apple strudel, made fresh daily!

AMC dine-in theatre

Catch current box-office hits in comfort at this state-of-the-art cinema with Fork & Screen® Dine-In Theatre.

ESPN club

Watch virtually any televised game from one of nearly 100 video monitors, each featuring global satellite feeds. At ESPN Club, you can take your pick from up to 30 different programs—even in the bathroom, where there are TVs in every stall!

Hoop dee doo revue

(Disney Photo Imaging)

In between skits and song standards, chow down on buckets of all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs, as well as a tossed green salad, baked beans, fresh-baked cornbread and strawberry shortcake. Unlimited draft beer, wine, and sangria are included for Guests 21 years of age and up (proper ID required). Soft drinks are also included.

Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Celebrate the spirit of aloha with spellbinding dancers, drummers, and a show-stopping fire-knife performer. Auntie Wini is hosting a fun-filled luau to say goodbye to one of the local girls who’s headed to the “mainland” for college—and you’re invited! In the open-air theater in Luau Cove, delight in enthralling traditions from Polynesia, including dances from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Feast on an all-you-care-to-enjoy BBQ spread to cowboy rope tricks and the rootin’ tootin’ tunes of a live country-western band. Then mosey on over to the dance floor for line dancing led by Disney Friends!

50’s Prime Time Café

Bring your appetite and your sense of humor, because Mom and the extended family aren’t above giving you lessons in table etiquette—and doling out punishment to misbehaving boys and girls. Mind Your Manners! Pull a vinyl chair up to the Formica table and tuck into hearty home cooking like Mom’s old-fashioned pot roast, Aunt Liz’s golden fried chicken and so much more. Just make sure you wash your hands, put your napkin in your lap and keep your elbows off the table, unless you want a stern talking-to from Uncle Fred.

Whispering canyon cafe

(Gary Bogdon, photographer)

Take your seat in a cowboy or Indian chair and get into some finger-lickin’ vittles. There’s plenty to go around! Just be careful what you wish for, especially if it’s ketchup.

Teppan Edo

Celebrate authentic Japanese cuisine during an exciting dining experience that’s part meal, part show. In the communal ritual of Teppan-yaki-style cooking, skillful chefs chop and stir-fry dishes on grills at your table.

Something to look at

Sanaa

Over 200 birds and hoofed animals—from over 30 species—reside on the 4 savannas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. From your table or the nearby overlook, enjoy spectacular views of African wildlife on the lush Sunset Savanna outside. Inside, traditional artisan and market goods like woven baskets, gourds, “love note” necklaces and beaded geckos surround you at every turn.

T-rex cafe

Dine on family-friendly American favorites beneath luminescent jellyfish or in a very unique section: the midsection of a triceratops! And every 20 minutes or so, witness a meteor shower complete with rumbling and fiery “explosions.”

Coral reef

Marvel at the multicolored magnificence of our living coral reef—all while you dine! Panoramic windows give every table an insider view into the awesome, underwater world of The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The Seas is the largest inland saltwater environment ever built, and holds enough water to fill 54 Olympic-sized swimming pools! The meticulously crafted habitat has been designed by marine scientists to enrich the lives of the 4,000-plus sea creatures—85 species of tropical fish!—that call The Seas home.

Rainforest Cafe

Disney Village Rainforest Cafe

Gather your party of explorers on a trek into the Amazon, where you’ll dine in the company of animated animals to the sounds of thunderclaps and sudden rainstorms. Singing birds, trumpeting elephants, chest-pounding gorillas and schools of brightly colored fish welcome you to a lushly landscaped jungle of tropical vegetation, banyan trees, waterfalls and a starry nighttime sky.

San Angel Inn Restaurante

South of the Border specialties are served with Old World hospitality in this intimate, twilit setting. Start out a romantic meal with zesty appetizers like tortilla soup topped with avocado, cheese, and tortilla strips. Then, delight in steak, chicken and fish entrées served with such sauces as chipotle pepper, chocolaty mole, and green tomatillo. And later, top off your meal with creamy Bavarian mousse, or cheesecake covered in caramel sauce!

Jiko and Boma

This tour gives guests the opportunity to walk around, to learn more about the restaurants, the cultural symbolism incorporated into the theming, and sample a few of the things offered during dinner service.  This tour does not give information on ingredients, offer recipes, or the chance to talk to the chefs.  The tour takes just over 30 minutes and is a welcome respite from the Florida sun.

View Jiko and Boma culinary tour review

California Grill

Via private elevator, ascend to the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll discover exquisite panoramic views of the shimmering lagoon, Floridian woodland, and Cinderella Castle. Inside, enjoy the vibrant sights and sounds of the lively onstage kitchen, where chefs combine global flavors in deliciously inventive new ways.

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Sometimes, the theme of the restaurant can hold it's own, and more often than not, they are entertaining in their own right. This is the list of Disney restaurants with entertainment but without characters.