How would you like to enjoy a three course meal at one of Orlando’s finest restaurants for the set price of $40? Would it be even better if $1 of the meal’s price is going to a good cause? If you plan to be in the Orlando area between August 26 and October 2, you can do just that!
It’s called Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining, and it’s a popular program with locals. Many tourists don’t know about it, so I thought that I would mention it here. Since your meal would cost more than $40 if you ordered the items separately, I figured that my Sunday Savings Series would be a good place to mention the program. I’ve also encouraged you to splurge at least once on your Walt Disney World vacation, this could be the opportunity that you are looking for.
Over 100 restaurants have participated in Visit Orlando’s Magical dining in the past, and the same is expected this year. The list continues to grow. If you’re visiting Walt Disney World you can dine at Jaleo or Wolfgang Puck’s Bar and Grill at Disney Springs, and a couple of the restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin.
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is also a fundraiser. According to the Magical Dining website:
In 2022, donated funds will focus on an organization that is helping to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Central Florida: The Able Trust. Proceeds from this year’s program will support The Able Trust’s High School High Tech (HSHT) program in Orange County, providing the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education leading to in-demand careers for high school students with disabilities. Central Florida is the largest region with 20 program locations, including all Orange County Public Schools.
If you want more than just a meal, you can book accommodations through Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights. Several hotels are offering discounts, including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. You can learn more, including the participating hotels, here.
One thing to remember is that each restaurant will have a specific menu for Magical Dining. Most of the time, you will not be able to just pick an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert off the regular menu.
While you might be able to walk up to some restaurants, reservations are recommended. You can make them through Open Table. I have not used Open Table, so I’m not sure how it works. I think you just make a regular reservation, and ask for Magical Dining when you arrive. You can also make a reservation directly through the restaurant, if reservations are offered.
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is a very popular program. You can enjoy a fantastic meal, and money will go to a good cause. It’s a win win!