The best live shows in Orlando are a combination of family-friendly fun, professional casts and incredible audio-visuals. With all the major theme parks 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 their memory.

    For children, it can be their favourite characters coming 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 on our list are scheduled for the evening, some during the day, but all are well worth searching out. 

    Frozen Ever After is a family-friendly attraction at Disney's Epcot theme park. You take a slow-moving Norwegian vessel through a recreation of Frozen's Arendelle to meet the famous characters and locations of the film. Set to the tune of the famous Frozen soundtrack, Frozen Ever After is a fun water journey for the whole family. The ride starts on the docks of Arendelle, taken from Disney's epic movie Frozen, followed with a leisurely experience through lapping waters and into a snowy willow forest.

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    Location: Epcot, 1510 Avenue of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32836, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 407-939-2273


    The Blue Man Group is a comedy, theatre, 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 entertained well over 35 million people worldwide. The music is infectious, and the fact it’s without dialogue means people of any nationality can join in and fully enjoy the show.

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    Location: Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Phone: +1 407-258-3626


    The Mad Cow Theatre is an exciting 2-level theatre in Downtown Orlando and is a fantastic space to watch live shows and performances. The theatre features several 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. Originally a small, 2-show project in Maitland, the company is now one of the most important businesses in the downtown area. Mad Cow Theatre has some exciting long-term and short-term shows taking to the stage on most evenings.

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    Location: Church Street Marketplace, 54 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

    Phone: +1 407-297-8788


    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 takes place 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.

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    Location: Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830, USA

    Phone: +1 407-939-7211


    Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios 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. The show is filled with fireworks, lasers and water effects.

    The multimedia masterpiece includes segments from the Disney film Fantasia projected onto giant screens made of water. As Disneyland Resort's longest-running live show – it has been running for over 20 years – you cannot spend a day to the park without staying to watch Fantasmic!

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    Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Perimeter Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA

    Phone: +1 407-939-5277

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