Visiting the Dr. Phillips Center

The Dr. Phillips Center was opened in 2014 to become the premier performing arts venue in Orlando. The facility holds three theaters including the 2,700 seat Walt Disney Theater. The Broadway in Orlando series is held here as well as other local and touring acts. If you have never been here before then your first trip might be a little daunting. Below are a few tips so you know what to expect from your visit.

Getting Therer

First off, give yourself plenty of time. The Dr. Phillips Center is located in a busy part of downtown and does not have its own parking garage. Valet parking is available starting at $27 and is discounted to $14 for persons with a disabled parking permit. Parking is available through the center at the Seaside Plaza for $12 when purchased in advance or $15 day of. Personally, we like to just go downtown and park wherever and we usually get a better deal. If you are going to a weeknight show be sure to look around for free street parking.

Getting InSecurity is tight so be sure to remove any unnecessary items from your bag or person before entering the theater. The main contenders are food and drinks, weapons, and forks. Yes, forks. I once had a stainless steel fork in my bag from lunch and security would not let me take it inside so now I am down a fork from my flatware set. You’ve been warned. Also, the official bag size rule us 12″x12″x12″, however I’ve personally never had a problem with a reasonably sized purse but I’d leave oversized bags and backpacks at home. Keep in mind security moves fast but does take a few minutes to go through.

Finding your Seat

When you enter, the ticket scanner will let you know what floor and door to go to to find your seat. Once you get to your door an usher will escort you to your seat. We like to go in, find out seats, then chill in the lobby area and take a last minute restroom break before the show. Seat maps can be found here.

Food and Drink

Concessions are available on every floor and lines are generally fairly short. Sometimes the line on the first floor gets long, but often times upstairs is fine. Snacks and drinks are pricy, but it is the theater. If you anticipate you’d like snack or drink at intermission you can preorder it before the show so it is ready for you. Water fountains are also available near select restrooms if needed.

Most evening shows start at 8pm so feel free to grab dinner or a drink before the show. We enjoy Market On Magnolia, Wahlburgers, or Harp & Celt Irish Pub & Restaurant for pre-show food and drink.

Restrooms

One of my favorite things about this theater is that there are tons of restrooms. I have been to theaters where the only restrooms are in the basement and everyone and their sister are trying to get through at intermission and it is a mad house. I generally wait until the end of intermission and then just walk right in and out. This is honestly one of the best things.

So there you have it, a little guide to how to get in, get out, and have a good time. We’re seeing Escape to Margaritaville tonight so that will be an adventure. If you have seen a show at the Dr. Phillips center, what was it?



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