Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Are You Ready?

The Easter Bunny has come and gone, now for some Mother’s Day gift ideas. With Easter being late this year, there are a lot of folks that might be surprised to know that Mother’s Day in Orlando is just around the corner! So soon, in fact, that many sons, daughters, husbands and significant others are not ready for this special date. Are you?

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

How will you honor the mother in your life this year? The #1 gift is giving flowers. While this is nice, it should be way down on your list of thoughtful ways to show your appreciation. Flowers are pretty, but come on, they die! It’s not practical and most moms I know, really don’t WANT them for Mother’s Day. Plants are a little better, but at least offer to help water it every once-in-a-while.

Then there are the gifts of candles and perfume. Nice smell, but just a way to make up for, or cover up the dirty laundry/odors Mom has to put up with each day.

If you’re giving her a technology product, make sure it is for HER. Don’t give her the fish finder you’ve been dreaming of, or the gaming system the kids have been begging for. Personally, I bought 3 iPods for my children years before someone was thoughtful enough to buy one just for me!

The spa/massage/pampering gifts are very nice; you’re getting warmer. Jewelry is great – if you can afford it and the selection matches her taste. Save the receipt in case she wants to exchange it. Chocolates and candy are nice – if Mom isn’t on a diet or weight conscious. If she is checking the scales, help her out by not placing these temptations near her.

Taking her out to dinner is an excellent Mother’s Day gift idea. Not only does it give her a break from kitchen duties at home, but she also gets to spend TIME with her loved ones, which is quite often what a mother really wants on Mother’s Day. Time that is spent honoring her, not forcing her to plan a meal, clean up, entertain, care for others, etc. Time when others are caring for her.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - dinner show ticketsMother’s Day Orlando Dinner Show

If you’d like to cover more than one traditional gift for mom this year, take her and the entire family out for a dinner and a showCapone’s Dinner & Show! Go ahead and get the kids up early and serve Mom breakfast in bed. (PLEASE clean up the kitchen before you let her see the mess you’ve made!) Print out the special Mother’s Day page Capone’s has online and insert it in her mother’s day card. Give it to her early in the day, so she knows that by late afternoon/early evening, you’ll have the kids all cleaned up and ready to go to the show.

Pick up any nearby friends and relatives on the way and get ready to have a blast! Capone’s is giving all mother’s a flower on Sunday evening, so if flowers are a tradition as a gift for you, Capone’s has you covered. If taking her out to dinner is tradition, Capone’s has you covered. If taking her to a show is tradition,Capone’s has you covered! It’s fun for all ages, so the mother in your life doesn’t have to choose between an evening with adults or an evening with kids – everyone gets to enjoy dinner & a show!

Tickets are just $32.99 per adult (when you order online) and $20.99 per child (4-12). If you have a large group, you can get a group discount, but you’ll have to call 1-800-220-8428 (ask for Lori) to find out more details about group rates. It’s a simple solution for a great gift for the mother in your life. Hope you’re ready for a fantastic Mother’s Day in Orlando! We are!!

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Happy Earth Day! Are You Doing Your Part?

The creation of Earth Day, which started in 1970, is widely considered to be the beginning of the modern environmental movement. The goal was, and still is to increase awareness regarding our environment. It is a great way to urge people into action to do everything they can to help save our planet.  There are several local events taking place in Central Florida. The beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando often serves as a venue for groups to hold awareness events. They commonly include a variety of vendors, as well as guest speakers and live music.

Earth Day at Our Local Theme Parks & Attractions

Our local theme parks are also very involved in Earth Day. Walt Disney World regularly supports volunteer efforts. Their “voluntEARS” are often found around the community gathering trash and debris from our lakes and neighborhoods. Disney fans also have several ways to celebrate Earth Day during the park-wide celebration called “Party for the Planet.” Learn what you can do to make your back yard wildlife-friendly and discover other ways to conserve wildlife and help our environment.  Special entertainment is usually included in this Earth Day event.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay hosts an annual Earth Day event. Learn about animals, nature, and how you can make an impact on the world around you. Meet the keepers and learn about gorillas, cheetahs, lions and orangutans while they enjoy Earth Day-themed treats. Plus, learn about some of Busch Gardens’ special projects like composting and recycling, the Rising Tide Conservation project and the Tampa Bay Watch Oyster Restoration project.

 

Another place in Orlando to for Earth Day events is at the Orlando Science Center. Earth Day vendors provide themed exhibits and information about topics like beach cleanup, recycling, water conservation, shark and bat conservation, invasive species, the environment and more! Enjoy live animal interactions and feedings in NatureWorks and get crafty with some up-cycling activities! Orlando Science Center’s Earth Day Party for the Planet is included with general admission.

Earth Day

Easy Ways for You to Help the Environment

The wise guys would like for you to consider how you can do your part in helping conserve and protect our planet. Here are 5 easy areas to help the environment in your part of the world.

  • Water Use: Opt for reusable water bottles; repair a leaky faucet; take shorter showers with a low flow shower head; cover your pool when it’s not in use.
  • Fuel Consumption: Leave your car at home. Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You’ll be healthier for it!
  • Recycle. Take advantage of any recycling program your area offers. If it doesn’t offer one, look at ways you can do your own recycling (it can be a great money-maker for kids).
  • Compost. Spend less on mulch and use your own yard’s waste. Also, do not bag your grass clippings. Your yard will love having the nutrients put back into it!
  • Electricity: Turn off lights and other electrical devices when you don’t need them. The savings will benefit your pocketbook!
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Parking Fees: Park Yourself at Capone’s & Experience a Bargain Attraction

If you are planning a vacation to any of the Orlando theme parks, make sure you budget for parking fees. Budget for parking, really? When parking at one of these attractions costs nearly as much as a ticket at Capone’s Dinner & Show, yes, one might need to budget for it. Not only have the ticket prices recently gone up at both Disney & Universal, the parking fees have increased as well. Here is a run down of the ‘coin’ you’ll need in hand.

Parking Fees at Orlando Theme Parks:

  • Disney World theme parks = $20
  • Universal Orlando (including Islands of Adventure & CityWalk) = $20
  • Valet Parking at Universal Orlando = $15 first 2.5 hours • $35 over 2.5 hours
  • Universal Front Gate Parking = $40 before 6pm • $30 after 6pm
  • SeaWorld Orlando = $18
  • Kennedy Space Center = $10 Motorcycles | $10 Automobiles | $15 Oversized vehicles, motor homes or RVs

*Prices subject to change.

Admittedly, you get a lot for your money at these attractions. They entertain your family for an entire day, maybe several days. In fact, in 2014 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex extended its operating hours by two hours. Previously it would close at 5:00 p.m., now it stays open until 7:00 p.m. (through Sept. 1), so your ticket value has increased. The parking fees may seem trivial, but it helps tourist to know that incidentals, such as food and parking, must be accounted for.

Capone’s Offers Free Parking

Capone’s Dinner & Show continues to offer free parking for cars, motorcycles, tour buses and handicapped parking. A few other smaller attractions, such as Gatorland and Fun Spot America, still do too. Other Orlando dinner shows, including Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Pirates Dinner Adventure have resisted the temptation to charge for parking as well. Let’s hear it for the dinner show attractions! Free parking (and ticket includes food)!

No parking fees at Capone's Dinner & Show

Therefore, if you are planning a vacation to Orlando, make sure you save a night for Capone’s Dinner & Show. For almost the same cost as your parking expense at one of the major attractions, you can purchase a child’s ticket (or an adult ticket at valet price) at Capone’s. Be sure to purchase your tickets online, where you’ll pay only half price! Unlike many other Central Florida attractions that let resellers handle their tickets, Capone’s deals directly with the customer. Without the middle man, they can offer their own discounted attraction tickets without the additional expense or hassle.

Park yourself at Capone’s Dinner & Show. For a little over 2 hours, you and your family will have a blast. It’s great to know a good entertainment value still exists for tourists, Florida residents and us locals that enjoy a dinner & a show.

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Al’s Notes for Tax Day – Tax Advice from Capone?

Time is almost up for next Tuesday’s tax deadline, but if you are seeking tax advice from Capone, you may want to look elsewhere. If you’re filing your return online, or using a tax-preparation service, the pressure is on for last-minute filers trying to get their 2016 forms in on time. This year, you have a 3 extra days to file your taxes. Tax Day is April 18, 2017, not the 15th, because the 15th falls on a Saturday this year. It isn’t on Monday either, because Emancipation Day is observed on the 16th, which falls on a Sunday, so it is celebrated on Monday. That has pushed Tax Day back to Tuesday, April 18.

Tax Advice from Capone and his attorney

Capone consults attorney, Mike Ahern, in 1929. Ahern, with other Capone attorneys, filed several appeals to stave off Capone’s 11-year sentence for tax evasion. The last one was rejected in May, 1932.

We don’t have to tell you the problems taxes presented for our own Al Capone. Between 1925 and 1930, Capone controlled speakeasies, bookie joints, gambling houses, brothels, horse and race tracks, nightclubs, distilleries and breweries at a reported income of $100,000,000 a year. He even acquired a sizable interest in the largest cleaning and dyeing plant chain in Chicago. The popular belief in the 1920s and 30s was that illegal gambling earnings were not taxable income. However, the 1927 Sullivan ruling claimed that illegal profits were in fact taxable. Capone never filed an income tax return, owned nothing in his own name, and never made a declaration of assets or income. He did all his business through front men so that he was anonymous when it came to income. The government wanted to indict Capone for income tax evasion, and eventually did.

Tax Advice from Capone?

Now using tax advice from Capone may not work so well today. Al wouldn’t want to give out any advice when it comes to filing taxes, so here are some recommendations from the Internal Revenue Service:

  1. E-file. The IRS said filing online is safer, saves time and gets your refund to you much faster.
  2. Double check your figures. Agents said they see large amounts of number mistakes every year. Be sure to make sure your figures and refund balance are correct. You should also double check all your identification numbers, especially your Social Security number.
  3. Don’t forget to sign it. Your signature is required on paper tax forms, and the e-filing process will walk you through submitting an electronic signature.
  4. If you owe a payment and need to write a check, make it payable to United States Treasury and send it to the correct address.

Forgetting any of these steps could delay the process. If you don’t think you can make Tuesday’s deadline, you can file for an extension that will give you until October 16. There’s no shame in putting it off, just ask Al.

Even though you won’t be getting tax advice from Capone, the wise guys would like to give out one important piece of advice…When you’re all done filing, getting the extension, evading all-together (we don’t recommend), treat yourself and your gang to a night at Capone’s Dinner & Show! Taxes are hard work and if anyone would sympathize with the pain of filing, it would be Al. Let’s take our minds off of it for a night and have a good time! Let ‘the family’ entertain and take care of you!

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Easter Around Orlando & at Capone’s Dinner Show

Happy Easter from Capone's Dinner & Show

Easter is a fun time to be in Orlando visiting the attractions and Capone’s Dinner & Show. This Friday is Good Friday, and throughout the Easter weekend, crowds are expected to be higher at the theme parks than the past few weekends. Special offers can be found for various theme parks and attractions.

Easter Dinner Show

Capone’s Dinner & Show is open every day of the year, and on every holiday. With a delicious buffet with all-you-can-eat access, this is a great choice for your evening meal. On Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 each paying adult guest receives a free Capone’s shot glass, and each paid child ticket receives a fun fedora hat! Along with half price tickets, it’s like finding the golden egg!  Many families return year after year, because it is such a great experience for all ages.

Holy Land Experience

The Bible-themed Orlando attraction, Holy Land Experience, will join Pastors Tye and Shante’ Tribbett as they launch liVe Church at Holy Land Experience on Easter Sunday. The Grammy award-winning gospel musician Tye Tribbett will present a powerful message & song beginning at 11:00 a.m. This is a great way to celebrate the religious holiday in Orlando.

Easter Sunrise Services

Most churches in Orlando offer an Easter service and a few have them scheduled at sunrise. A few theme parks and attractions celebrate Easter with sunrise and early morning services too. SeaWorld Orlando and Bok Tower Gardens in nearby Lake Wales, are two of them.

Regardless of how you spend your Easter weekend, the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show want to wish you a “Hoppy Easter!” We hope you get to spend it with your family, and “THE Family” at Capone’s Dinner & Show. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. (arrive early), so get hoppin’ and purchase your tickets online now at half price!

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