After 25 years Arabian Nights will be closing its doors. The announcement was made on their Facebook page. The last show is scheduled for December 31st on New Year’s Eve. The start of a new year will be a new beginning for 40 horses and its 224 employees. Unfortunately, it won’t be with this Orlando dinner show.
Arabian Nights opened in 1988 and has featured beautiful horses and a royal story line for over 10 million guests. The trainers and performers have displayed extraordinary acrobatics and talent during their 10,000 performances. Now this dinner show will join King Henry’s Feast, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and SeaWorld’s Makahiki Luau as dinner shows that have closed or have been replaced. Other smaller dinner shows have come and gone in the area as well, but none as significant as Arabian Nights.
“It has been an honor sharing my passion for the beauty and magic of horses with people from all walks of life over the last 25 years. Unfortunately, we have reached a point where the marketplace demands a cheaper product than we can provide,” stated Mark Miller, owner of Arabian Nights. He has purchased an 80-acre farm where the horses will be moved to. The building off West U.S. Highway 192 (3081 Arabian Nights Blvd, Kissimmee, Florida 34747) will possibly be put up for sale.
For the rest of the year, guests will experience a Christmas version of the Arabian Nights show at a discounted rate. If you are a Central Florida resident, or a visitor to the area that would love to see these beautiful horses and trainers perform one more time, admission tickets are available on their website. For Florida residents wanting half price tickets, visit their box office or call 1-800-553-6116 to make your reservation. General admission for the dinner show is regularly priced at $66.99 per guest, taxes and fees included.
“Our mission now is to present the best possible product for the rest of the year so that the people who have loved us over the years will be able to come back and experience the magic of our show one last time. Then we will be concentrating on how to assist our incredible staff in handling this transition,” Miller added.
It is rarely a positive thing to have a business close their doors, especially one that has been around as long as Arabian Nights. Despite some people viewing this Orlando dinner show as a “competitor,” Capone’s Dinner & Show is always concerned for any local business that is forced to close their doors, especially a dinner attraction.
With a smaller cast, crew and theatre, Capone’s has implemented many features over their 25 years of business and is in fine shape to carry on for many years to come. There will be many more nights for Capone’s Dinner & Show, however, for Arabian Nights, we say “good night and good luck.”