It’s Mardi Gras Time in Orlando

With Fat Tuesday on February 28th this year, Mardi Gras events at Universal Studios are in full swing now through March 25, 2017. You can “catch the beads, catch the music, catch the spirit” without going to New Orleans! It’s a party the entire family will enjoy.

New this year: The event will happen every night for 50 days in a row. Over 4 million beads will be thrown out! Six new floats join the parade, including the Phoenix float that is topped with real flames.

Previously the Orlando theme park celebrated this event only on the weekends. This year the celebration happens every night. You can catch beads and doubloons by the handful as the spectacular parade winds its way through the park with dazzling floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, entertaining street performers and dancers. Many of the floats are professionally built by Blaine Kern Studios, who have been creating Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans for over 60 years.

Mardi Gras Parade

Mardi Gras Parade

The parade happens at Universal Studios every night in which the Mardi Gras event is held. The parade starts about an hour before the headline concert. Usually around 7:45 p.m. However, if you want a good spot for the parade, it is not unlikely for people to line the parade route a couple hours prior to the start. Concert lines can start as early as the morning of the event!

Since adults will be adults, if you are attending this event with small children, you may want to stay close to the Little Jester’s Parade viewing area which is located in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop (near the Terminator 2: 3-D attraction). Avoid the Music Plaza area as this is where people line up for the concert and can get a little crazy. Fun if you’re an adult. Not so fun if you are a parent with an inquisitive child.

Mardi Gras Entertainment

Some big names in music will be performing live at the Universal Music Plaza stage. There is also live music in the French Quarter section of the theme park, as well as authentic Cajun cuisine. I can hear the Zydeco music and taste the Jambalaya already!

2017 Concerts include: 

  • Feb. 4: Trace Adkins
  • Feb. 11: Ne-Yo
  • Feb. 18: Collective Soul
  • Feb. 19: X Ambassadors
  • Feb. 25: Fifth Harmony
  • March 4: Yandel
  • March 5: Olivia Newton-John
  • March 11: UB40
  • March 12: Toby Keith
  • March 18: Jason Derulo
  • March 19: Earth, Wind & Fire
  • March 25: The All-American Rejects

After you’ve caught all the beads and listened to some great live music, continue the party at Universal CityWalk on Mardi Gras event nights. Your Universal Studios theme park ticket or Annual Pass gets you FREE admission to several unique clubs and bars (provided you’re at least 21 years of age). CityWalk is open every night until 2:00 am.

Mardi Gras is included with your Universal Studios admission or annual pass. They have on-site hotel deals as well as Florida resident tickets and specials. Check their website for more information www.universalorlando.com.

Other Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday Options

If you are not the type to attend a major theme park on Fat Tuesday, but still want to get out and do something fun, there are other options. Downtown Orlando will have its share of parties as well as many other bars around town. If you feel like taking a drive, go to New Smyrna Beach. Spend a day at the beautiful beach and stay for the Mardi Gras parade (mentioned here in another post). It really is a fun time. Of course, in Kissimmee, you can’t go wrong by attending a dinner show like Capone’s.

When you’re not at Universal Studios enjoying Mardi Gras, Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to invite you to the most enjoyable dinner theatre in Central Florida. Read our reviews and comments. Our live stage production is enjoyed by all ages and will have you dancing and singing and having a great time before you enter the theater. Tickets are half price when you purchase them online. Save a night for Capone’s Dinner & Show. It’s a blast!

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Celebrate Valentine’s at Capone’s Dinner Show

Celebrate Valentine’s at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Reservations at some Orlando restaurants are difficult to get on this sweetheart holiday. Movie theaters are packed on any evening, but Valentine’s can be even busier. For these reasons, and many more, you’d best have your plans in order, and your plans should definitely include Capone’s!
Valentine's at Capone's

Tuesday, February 14th – 2 shows – 5:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

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Capone’s Dinner & Show makes it easy for their guests this year offering 2 shows. Surely one of the shows will work into your busy weekday schedule! The early show (5pm) offers everything the late show (8:30pm) offers which includes:

  • free parking
  • a secret password to enter the speakeasy (general admission)
  • dinner – all you can eat buffet including the salad bar and meat carving station
  • yummy dessert
  • show filled with singing, dancing and stand-up comedy
  • gangster shoot out – with an opportunity to win prizes!  

Capone’s has been celebrating Valentine’s Day for 25 years, entertaining guests of all ages. The ability to appeal to such a wide range of ages is one of the reasons for this Orlando dinner show’s success. Another reason is the entertainment value. The show is funny, action-packed and has just enough romance to top off your Valentine’s experience. The food quality has dramatically improved over the years and the menu now features many homemade dishes, including fresh homemade pasta! A new meat carving station and fresh salad bar ensure there is something for everyone, even the kids. Add to this the unlimited beverage selection, which includes over 15 choices; beer and wine too!

Valentine’s VIP

Want to treat your date like a V.I.P.? VIP Upgrades* are offered on a limited basis for each show. For an additional charge of only $12/adult and $9/kid (4-12), your upgrade will include (in addition to the above):

  • early admission into Al’s Four Deuces Lounge
  • casino chips for table games
  • one free drink in a take-home souvenir glass
  • center section seating or choice private tables
  • first-in-line privileges (entrance, seating and buffet)

Discounted Rates for Valentine’s at Capone’s

Regular rates for this Orlando dinner show are $65.99 for adults and $41.99 for children (ages 4-12) and free for children 3 and under. However, you can mention the internet special when calling in your reservation and receive 50% off or purchase your tickets online and get them at half price. Your ticket purchase covers everything except gratuity! Where else can you go on Valentine’s Day weekend and only spend $32.99/adult and $20.99/child and get all of this?

Black feathered boaCapone’s Dinner & Show also offers costume accessories to help get into the era and spirit. Purchase a boa for the lady and a fedora for the gent, and you have instant participation without a lot of hassle! Be sure to order your dress-the-part costumes at the time you make your reservations and save 10% by entering the promotional code “Outfit” when checking out.

If you still need to make last minute Valentine’s plans, just go to AlCapones.com and make reservations or order VIP tickets and relax. You’re going to have a great time. Your special someone is really going to enjoy the show, and you’ll come away smelling like…well, a dozen roses! Please Note: The roses are YOUR responsibility…Al don’t want nothin’ to do wit’ dat.

*There are a few restrictions concerning young children in the VIP section, so please call if you need clarification.

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VIP Valentine’s Experience at Capone’s!

Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away. Have you made your reservations? Do you have special plans for your sweetheart this year? Don’t delay another minute – CLICK HERE – and make the best decision to spend Valentine’s Day with a fun, loving group of mobsters and dames. The gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show will treat you like a VIP and make your special date an evening to remember.

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“I’ve been living in Florida for the past 10 years and I had never been to Capones. My husband finally took me for my b-day on valentines day and i had a blast! I laughed from the minute I walked in through the doors untill i left the show. I enjoyed it very much and i’m looking forward to returning with my family. Ms. Jules had a beautiful voice!” – Maria C.

Avoid a “Valentines Massacre” and celebrate Valentines Day Tuesday, February 14th at the early (5:00 p.m.) or late (8:30 p.m.) show with the gang at Capones Dinner & Show. Our action-packed speakeasy & cabaret has just enough comedy and romance to satisfy any romantic interest. Fall in love with our talented performers as you dine at an all-you-can-eat Italian/American buffet. Unlimited drinks are included too!

The VIP Valentines Day Experience at Capones Dinner & Show costs only $89.88* per couple and includes:

  • 2 Tickets for the Dinner and Show
  • VIP Seating offering our best seats in the house (choice private tables available)
  • Priority Seating – We seat Valentine’s Day VIP experience guests first (provided you are on time)
  • Early admission with casino chips in Al’s Four Deuces Lounge
  • 2 Beverages of your choice in Al’s Secret Hideaway Bar served in Capone’s souvenir glasses for you to take home

On-Site Accommodations at Seasons Florida Resort

Seasons Florida ResortMake more than just a short evening out of your Valentine’s celebration. Make overnight reservations at the on-site hotel, Seasons Florida Resort. Check in late in the afternoon and enjoy relaxing poolside. Rest up! Then walk over to Capone’s for an evening to remember. No need to fuss about who will drive or getting a taxi at the end of the evening. Seasons Florida Resort is a great choice.

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Amenities at the hotel include:

  • 100% Smoke Free Hotel
  • Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool and Sun Deck with Lounge Chairs and Shade Umbrella
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast Buffet
  • Free Wireless High Speed Fiber Optic Internet in Public Areas and Guest Rooms
  • High Definition Cable TV with 3 HBO Channels
  • Free Local Calls
  • Ice/Vending Machines
  • Free Parking (Car, Truck & Motorcoach)
  • Elevator Access to All Floor
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Area Tourist Information
  • and more!

  • Seasons Florida Resort Hotel
    Comfortable bedding

VIP Valentine’s

Whether your VIP Valentine’s Day celebration in Orlando only lasts a few hours, or is celebrated overnight, you cant go wrong spending it at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Sweethearts of all ages love our show – youre gonna have a blast!

*plus tax

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Kissimmee Dinner Show Breaks Away with Big Game Statistics

Super Bowl StatisticsCapone’s Dinner & Show will be closed Sunday, February 5, 2017.

For the past 2 years me and the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show did NOT offer a Super Show as an alternative to the Super Bowl. The mobsters took a much appreciated break. The gang is doin’ it again. We will be closed Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Instead of a Kissimmee dinner show that’ll knock your socks off, the wise guys & gals have put together some fun statistics that jus’ might knock the wind right outta you. The figures behind how much money Americans spend for the big event will make even the Big Bosses squirm. We’re talkin’ over $14.1 billion on merchandise (food, team apparel and TVs), $132.55 million on bets (of course gamblin’ is one of my specialties), an average game ticket price (as of this minute) is $4,744 with the largest sale at $74,928, and many more brow-raising expenses. Here are some other interestin’ facts ‘bout Sunday’s game:

Game Day –

  • Super Bowl LI pits the top-ranked scoring offense (Atlanta) against the top-ranked scoring defense (New England).
  • This is the ninth Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots, the most for any team in NFL history.
  • This is the seventh Super Bowl for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who are 4-2, with their wins coming in one of the game’s greatest upsets (2001), the last back-to-back wins (2003-04) and one of the greatest finishes (2014).
  • Atlanta is making its second appearance in the Super Bowl. The Dirty Birds of 1998 advanced to the game after a stunning road upset of 15-1 Minnesota, then lost to a John Elway-led Denver team that won its second consecutive title.
  • Brady has never lost to the Falcons in four career games, throwing for 9 touchdowns, 1 interception and has his highest QB rating against Atlanta. Brady will attempt to become the first quarterback with five Super Bowl rings.
  • Atlanta scored 540 points this season, tied for the seventh-most in NFL history and 71 points clear of the next-best team.
  • The Julio Jones vs. Malcolm Butler matchup will be the most interesting and pivotal in Super Bowl LI.
  • Over 60 law enforcement agencies will be represented at the game (now do you wonder why us mobsters are staying at home?).

Super Bowl Ticket Sales –

  • The average ticket price of a Super Bowl 51 ticket is over $4,744 – Unlike our Kissimmee buffet, there are no half price tickets.
  • In 1967 championship game tickets topped out at $12 each, and the “secondary market” consisted only of ticket scalpers outside the L.A. Coliseum.

Advertising, TV & Radio –

  • Viewership in the U.S. is estimated at 111.9 million people.
  • The cost of Super Bowl ads is anywhere between $5 million and $5.5 million (CBS & FOX). A 30-second commercial for the first Super Bowl, played in 1967, cost a mere $42,000.
  • Historically the three most popular product categories that advertise in The Super Bowl have been 1. Automobiles 2. Motion Pictures 3. Food & Candy (does that include beer?).
  • Hashtags have replaced URL as the most popular call to action in Super Bowl advertising.
  • Of the 60 national ads aired from kickoff through the end of the game, 45% contained hashtags, 35% contained a URL, while Twitter and Facebook were each mentioned in 3 ads.

Social Media –

  • Super Bowl ads generated close to 3.3 billion social impressions during the game
  • Last year more than 15 million people saw tweets about the Super Bowl telecast, with these tweets seen 1.3 billion times throughout the night.  (by the way, yous can follow me too @alcaponesshow).
  • 57% of Super Bowl viewers say they will use Facebook and/or Twitter during the game.

Parties –

  • Super Bowl is the second largest food consumption day in America. We eat more food, only on Thanksgiving.
  • 1.33 billion chicken wings will be consumed.
  • 9 out of 10 fans prefer to stay put in their very own homes rather than venture out (one more reason the gang is not puttin’ on a show Sunday night); 17% will watch the game at a relative or friend’s residence; 3% will watch at a bar or restaurant, while 15% will be tuning into the event via their smart phones.
  • Next to the Fourth of July more beer is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.
  • Hungry Howie’s predicts that they’ll sell 200,600 pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Over the weekend, approximately 100 million pounds of guacamole will be eaten, approximately 14,500 tons of chips.

Other Fun & Interesting Stats –

  • Super Bowls are denoted with Roman numerals and have been since Super Bowl V in 1971. The exception was last year when the NFL promoted it as Super Bowl 50, not Super Bowl L. The Roman numerals are back this year for Super Bowl LI.
  • Almost 8% (7.7%) adults surveyed plan to purchase a TV for Super Bowl Sunday.
  • American singer Lady Gaga will headline the halftime show. It is unclear whether the singer will enter from the top of the dome for the performance, but you can count on a spectacular performance.

After all those wings bein’ devoured and money changin’ hands, a fun night at Capone’s will be in order. Regardless if your team wins or loses, a night with me and the gang is a great way to recover after a big game hang-over. Reserve your tickets at half off and enjoy savin’ money instead of shellin’ it out like yous  jus’ did on the football contest.

Capone’s Dinner & Show is open every night (except on Super Bowl Sunday). After takin’ a night off, the guys and gals will be super-charged to put on a hilarious show. I’ll see yous soon!

– Big Al
Alphonse Capone

January’s Grand Prize Winner at Capone’s Dinner & Show

Al and the gang wish to congratulate William Buchholz for being January’s Grand Prize winner at Capone’s Dinner & Show last evening. During our “25 Years of Memories” anniversary celebration we’ll be giving some lucky stiff a grand prize on the 25th day of each month. Next month it could be you! The next grand prize will be awarded on Saturday, February 25, 2017 (late show).

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William, a.k.a. Dollar Bill (now that he is a ‘made’ man) came all the way from Niagara Falls, N.Y. just to see the show! Imagine that. What a dedicated family member. He looked kind of familiar, so the wise guys did some snooping around. A snitch explained that ol’ Dollar Bill has attended the speakeasy before. Three times in fact. So not only is he a ‘made’ man, he is a repeat offender. Just the way we like ‘em.

January’s Grand Prize Winner

Dollar Bill and his gang celebrate winning the grand prize with the cast from Capone’s.

January’s Grand Prize Winner Experience

Dollar Bill’s favorite part of the show is the impromptu interaction between Al’s gang and the guests. You better believe it. Our mob is quick on their feet serving up drinks and whatnot, as well as quick one-liners. Our goons and doll faces can bump gums with the best of ‘em.

Last night during the intermission, Dollar Bill’s least favorite part of the evening, most guests were refreshing their drinks, stretching their legs and visiting the ‘private room.’ You’d think this means the restroom, but not for Dollar Bill. We think he might have snuck up to the OTHER private room, the Four Deuces Lounge. If you’ve not checked it out, do so on your next visit. Better yet, upgrade your ticket to VIP status and hang out with some real characters in the lounge before the evening starts.

Of course, during the intermission Dollar Bill could have been checking on the bets he’s plannin’ on making. The wise guys have it from a very reliable source that he will most likely waste his winnings at the casino. Who knows? Maybe he’ll strike it rich. We certainly hope so. As part of the family, we all get our ‘cut,’ right William?

Spread the news about our show to all your friends. Dollar Bill’s friends told him about Capone’s Dinner & Show and look where it got him – a grand prize winner!

Again, we’d like to congratulate January’s grand prize winner, William Buchholz. Capone’s Dinner & Show hopes that the evening’s experience was the cat’s meow and will be a great memory for the Buchholz gang for years to come.

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