The 5 Best Live Shows in Orlando

Orlando’s Best Theatrical Performances

The best live shows in Orlando are a combination of family friendly fun, professional casts and incredible audio-visuals. With all of the major theme parks each trying to outdo each other with live shows in and around their complexes, visitors to Orlando are treated to some fantastic performances that will live long in the memory. For children, it can be their favorite characters come to life, and for adults, the attention to detail and great production values ensure that everyone will be captivated for the entirety of the show. Some of the best Orlando live shows in our list are scheduled for the evening, some during the day, but all of them are well worth searching out, whether this is your first visit to the city or you are a regular visitor.

NOTE: This list does not include dinner shows, which we have grouped in a separate article.

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Cirque du Soleil brings La Nouba to Orlando, a creative and exciting display of live acrobatics, trapeze, contortionists, jugglers, singers, and theatrics. This is the world's most renowned circus show and is highly recommended. Be amazed by the incredible trampoline artists as you watch them complete 395 flips and 62 twists in just 7.5 minutes! Not forgetting the talented aerial ballet dancers, who balance perilously and gracefully on strands of silk in the air. The set is unbelievable too, with a mechanical stage and some impressive lighting and sound systems to frame the performers. La Nouba literally means, the party, and the show is certainly that. Read More...

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Our top pick for families with youngsters in tow, Finding Nemo – The Musical at Walt Disney World Resort's Animal Kingdom – is a live action stage show, featuring Disney Pixar's best-loved characters from 'Finding Nemo' in puppet form. The musical performance features some wonderful songs for the whole family to enjoy. The 40 minute show is run several times throughout the day but it fills up fast so we recommend going to sign up for a slot as soon as you enter Animal Kingdom theme park to avoid disappointment. Read More...

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Fantasmic! At Hollywood Studios theme park is Disney World Resort's nighttime extravaganza based on Mickey Mouse's imagination. The musical spectacular is a high-tech water show at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater and features Mickey Mouse and other famous Disney characters filled with fireworks, lasers and water effects.

The show is a multi-media masterpiece, with segments from the Disney film Fantasia projected onto giant screens made of water. As Disneyland Resort's longest running live-action show – the performance has been running for over 20 years – you cannot spend a day at the park without staying to watch Fantasmic! Read More...

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If you are looking for a theatrical performance away from the theme parks, The Mad Cow Theatre is an exciting two-level theatre in Downtown Orlando and is a fantastic space to watch live shows and performances. The theatre features a number of family-friendly performances for all ages, and has previously featured shows of great American literary value, such as Tennessee William's 'The Glass Menagerie' and Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal'.

Established in 1997, The Mad Cow Theatre is one of Orlando's most respected theatre companies. Starting out as a small two-show project in Maitland, Florida, the company is now in its 17th season as one of the most important businesses in the downtown area. Named the best theatre in Orlando Magazine for several years in a row, Mad Cow Theatre has some exciting long-term and short-term shows taking to the stage most evenings. Read More...

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The Blue Man Group is a comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party combined! Enjoy an outrageous and sensory show from this worldwide group of talented performers in the heart of Universal Orlando Resort. Featuring an upbeat trio of multi-instrumentalists, the Blue Man Show Orlando has several episodes of audience participation and appeals to pretty much all ages. The successful Blue Man Group performance, which was formed in 1991, has finally made its way to Orlando, after entertaining over 35 million people worldwide. The music is infectious, and the fact it is without dialougue means people of any nationality can join in and fully enjoy the show. Read More...

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