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New Reasons to Visit Orlando in 2019

Visit Orlando (official tourism association) has come up with 19 new reasons to visit Orlando in 2019. However, we’d like to round it up to 20 new reasons to visit Orlando (even though it isn’t 2020 yet). We want to add Capone’s Dinner & Show to the list!

No, we are NOT new. In fact, we’ve been entertaining audiences with our hilarious Orlando dinner show for over 25 years. However, we’re still new to many tourists that come to visit this area. We also added a new script in 2017. So for many guests that haven’t been to Capone’s recently, our show will be new to them. Besides, with all of the audience interaction, every show feels like an original.

There are a lot of new fun things to do in Orlando this year. We agree with Visit Orlando. The following is their list which includes the other 19 new reasons to visit Orlando in 2019…


ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 11, 2018 — Orlando, Theme Park Capital of the World®, will have even more character in 2019 with the launch of new theme park thrills, adventures beyond the theme parks, and all-new places to stay, play and dine. Visitors can get continuous updates on new attractions and planning tips at VisitOrlando.com,  the official visitor information source for the destination.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here:
https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8462351-visit-orlando-19-new-reasons-2019/

A new Sesame Street-themed land at SeaWorld Orlando is scheduled to open in spring 2019, complete with the iconic neighborhood, exciting rides, a parade and more.

A new coaster, in place of the now-closed Dragon Challenge attraction, promises to immerse guests in an all-new adventure at Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2019.

Guests will enter the world of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies to bring the flat cartoon world to life in this new ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Wild Florida is expanding by more than six times its size to add a zipline and drive-through safari, bringing visitors nose-to-snout with giraffes, wild boars and other exotic animals.

Surfside Inn and Suites at Universal Orlando Resort will open in summer 2019, the first of two new value hotels that will make up Universal’s Endless Summer Resort.

Disney Springs will welcome The NBA Experience, a state-of-the-art restaurant, complete with interactive games, in 2019.

New Reasons to Visit Orlando – NEW THEME PARK THRILLS

Orlando theme parks have experienced unprecedented growth within the past five years, with ground-breaking expansions including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Pandora – The World of AVATAR and brand-new waterpark Volcano Bay. The thrills continue in 2019 with brand-new immersive lands, rides and experiences to excite both first-time and return visitors.

New Immersive Lands

1. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opens late-fall 2019. Set on the remote planet Batuu, the area will feature two signature attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, putting guests in the cockpit of the famous space ship, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, where an escape from The First Order turns into all-out battle.

2. A new Sesame Street-themed land at SeaWorld Orlando is scheduled to open in spring 2019. Guests can explore the iconic neighborhood, including the famous 123 stoop, exciting rides, the park’s first-ever parade, beloved characters and interactive experiences.

3. The Lego Movie World debuts at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in spring 2019, with three new attractions based on the 2014 film: Unikitty’s Disco Drop, Battle of Bricksburg and The Lego Movie Masters of Flight, a unique 180-degree rotating theater attraction with additional 4D elements such as smells and water sprays.

Thrill Rides and Family-friendly Attractions

4. An all-new roller coaster thrill ride is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Replacing what was once the “Dragon Challenge” double coaster, it is expected to be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences that Universal Orlando has ever created.

5. New family thrill ride, KareKare Curl at SeaWorld’s Aquatica offers riders a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure as they “climb” a vertical wave wall.

6. The first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway,” will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests will enter the world of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies to bring the flat cartoon world to life.

7. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a live show opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in early 2019, will feature beloved characters from the Cars movie series.

New Reasons to Visit Orlando – NEW ADVENTURES BEYOND THE PARKS

8. Dezerland Action Park, Orlando’s largest indoor entertainment, events museum complex, will offer 800,000 square feet of family entertainment. In 2019, the Orlando Auto Museum, one of the largest privately-owned collection of automobilia in the world, will open as part of phase one. The 250,000-square-foot experience will boast over 100 TV and Movie Cars, including dynamic displays of Hollywood Cars, 007 James Bond, Batmobiles, Vespa Scooters, Military and Micro Cars.

9. Wild Florida is expanding by more than six times its size to add a zipline and drive-through safari, bringing visitors nose-to-snout with giraffes, wild boars and other exotic animals.

10. Epic Axe Throwing is the first-of-its-kind in Orlando, a rustic “sport” open to anyone over the age of 13. Guests will have coaches on hand to teach them the art in a safe environment, for a unique new attraction with a competitive “edge.” It opened in late-2018.

New Reasons to Visit Orlando – NEW RESORTS AND HOTELS

With record-setting visitation numbers and newly-added attractions, Orlando accommodations continue to experience significant growth. By the end of 2019, Orlando is expected to add approximately 6,000 new rooms.

11. Disney Riviera Resort, the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, is expected to open fall 2019 complete with a rooftop restaurant with views of both Epcot’s and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ nighttime spectaculars. The resort will be part of the new Disney Skyliner gondola line, connecting the hotel along with three other properties to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

12. Surfside Inn and Suites at Universal Orlando Resort will open in summer 2019, the first of two new value hotels that will make up Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. The hotels, with rates starting at $100 per night, offer guests a more affordable on-site experience while keeping the perks of Early Park Admission and resort-wide transportation.

13. Margaritaville Resort Orlando is expected to open early 2019. The waterfront destination resort will feature 175 rooms, 1,000 Margaritaville-themed vacation homes and 300 timeshare units. The resort will also include a dining and entertainment district, a 12-acre water park, wellness center, miles of fitness trails and a destination water taxi system.

New Reasons to Visit Orlando – NEW ENTERTAINING EATERIES

From international celebrity chefs to local culinary superstars, Orlando’s food scene continues to reinvent itself, pleasing both distinguished palates and cash-conscious families. It’s why Orlando is among the top 10 Best Foodie Cities in America, according to Wallethub.com.

Tourism District

14. Disney Springs welcomes The NBA Experience, a state-of-the-art restaurant, complete with interactive games, and City Works Eatery and Pour House, which will serve 80 beers on tap, shareable American favorites and live sporting events broadcasts on high-definition TVs.

15. Pointe Orlando, an outdoor dining and entertainment complex on International Drive, welcomes The Hampton Social, themed after the New York coastal resort region, and Lotus Asia House, serving Pan-Asian cuisine inspired by street food vendors.

16. The Orlando Forum’s ROCK Dinner Show is a one-of-a-kind, dining and entertainment experience that brings audiences of all ages through a high-energy musical journey of the Kings of Rock and Pop – from Prince to Elvis to Katy Perry. It opened in late-2018.

Downtown Orlando and Winter Park

17. From the owners of local favorite and nationally-recognized bakery Se7en Bites, comes Sette, a rustic Italian kitchen offering pastas made from scratch.

18. The operators of one of Orlando’s most popular vegetarian restaurants, Sanctum Café, are bringing this new concept to Winter Park, Proper & Wild, serving plant-based dishes that focus on modern food trends.

19. The District GastroBar, a new upscale restaurant and bar, inspired by Orlando’s mid-twentieth century African-American music scene, will feature an open-air patio, beer garden, and a menu with Caribbean flare.

About Visit Orlando
Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States and, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area’s leading industry. Visit Orlando is responsible for branding, selling and marketing the Orlando destination worldwide, and serves as the official visitor information source.

SOURCE: Visit Orlando

Unique Show – Phantasmagoria Christmas

Unique Show - Phantasmagoria Christmas

For those of you not wanting to let Halloween go, but still, like the idea of Christmas, the Phantasmagoria Christmas Carol is a unique show for you. A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is being performed at smaller theaters throughout Central Florida, most notably on Saturday, December 22 at 2pm and 7:30pm at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford.  It could possibly be the most intriguing performance you’ll ever experience.

If you are not familiar with “phantasmagoria,” you are not alone. Until a controversial video game came on the scene in 1995 (and only continued a few years), few people had even heard of this word. Phantasmagoria is an exhibition of optical effects and illusions, usually in a bizarre fashion. Think horror theatre combined with a circus; a séance combined with a magic show; steampunk combined with Victorian fantasy. That should give you some idea of the what this unique show might offer. Now add in the story of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and you’ve got a very interesting performance!

John DiDonna is the founder of Orlando’s Phantasmagoria. He is also a teacher at Valencia College and has directed performances at most every theater company in the Central Florida area. He often finds performers to fill his roles at other Orlando theater performances. For example, the current queen at Medieval Times Orlando dinner show has been known to perform in the Phantasmagoria troupe.

Who is This Unique Show Suitable For?

If you are not certain this unique show is for you, think again. Last year tickets to the performances sold fast. Even kids can enjoy the movement, dance, puppetry, projections, music and storytelling. Just make sure they understand this is one of the most famous ghost stories of all times. While it may be a familiar story, this performance may be the most intriguing you’ve ever experienced.

For tickets, visit the Phantasmagoria’s website and select the performance and location you’d like tickets for. Most tickets start at $20, however, VIP packages are available at some theaters which include early entry, a souvenir, drink and post-show performance.

Speaking of unique shows… Capone’s Dinner & Show is one-of-a-kind, not found in any other area. Kids of all ages will have a blast here too. You won’t find any scrooges around here though. Al’s a generous fella and puts out a spread for his guests each night and even includes unlimited beverages. Just don’t go drinking too many. A ghost of your own Christmas past may find you in the most ‘phantasmagoria’ way!

So if you are up to seeing a unique show this holiday season, check out the Phantasmagoria’s “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas.” Then save a night for Capone’s and check out our speakeasy and cabaret. This time of the year, we feature a unique show filled with holiday favorites. We’ll see you, hopefully in the past, present and future!

Dinner Show Gift Card from Capone’s

The perfect gift is a dinner show gift card from Capone’s. Here’s why. Black Friday came and went. Cyber Monday’s deals are being extended by everyone. Yet, you are still looking for that perfect gift! Even when Valentine’s Day rolls around, finding the perfect gift can be quite a task.

dinner show gift card from Capone's

Here are 5 reasons why a dinner show gift card from Capone’s is a perfect gift:

  1. It’s easy to order, easy to redeem, easy period. Just go to https://alcapones-shop.com and purchase it. The wise guys will take care of the rest.
  2. It’s appropriate for all ages. From great, great grandparents all the way down to the little kids, the show at Capone’s is fun and enjoyed by all.
  3. It means a special night will be made into a date – an evening to remember. Special memories are hard to beat when it comes to gift-giving.
  4. It’s affordable. A dinner show gift card from Capone’s doesn’t have to be expensive. Select options from $20 to $100 – or secure a reservation or VIP reservation.
  5. It’s unique. Who else on your list is thinking about giving such a great gift?! Plus, Capone’s only has one location in Kissimmee/Orlando. Feel free to add it to a vacation or staycation. Better yet, give it as a ‘teaser’ gift to let your family know you’ve planned a trip to Central Florida! What a brilliant gift!

Dinner Show Gift Card for Any Occasion

A dinner show gift card is appropriate for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthday or any other special occasion. In fact, any time you feel a gift is an appropriate gesture, think gift card. Think Capone’s dinner show gift card. It’s a perfect gift.

Want proof? Here a just a few testimonials…

“As a mother and grandmother, I couldn’t have asked for a better present. My family surprised me with an evening out to your dinner show. It was very special having my kids and grandkids all there together. A good time was had by all. It was a gift I’ll never forget.”
– Cheryl M., Apopka, FL

“We got gift cards to your show for a wedding present. We had never been before and had the best time. It was a great date night and we loved every minute of it! We are already planning a return trip with some friends.”
– Bill and Stacey H., Tampa, FL

If you are still looking for the perfect gift, you are certainly not alone. Here’s some advice… Let the sales and special deals keep coming (and they certainly will). You’ve got this! Buy a dinner show gift card for each person on your list. Then (as the wise guys say), forget-about-it!

Happy shopping everyone!

The Unique Prohibition Era Dinner Show Near Me

One of the best things about the dinner show near me is the unique prohibition era show that Capone’s offers. Unlike the other Kissimmee dinner show, you won’t find it at 8 other locations throughout the US & Canada. No sir. It is the one and only. Enjoyable and affordable too!

So when I discovered another prohibition era show called “Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical,” well, I just had to read all of the details. No, you won’t find this pre-dinner show near me in Orlando or anywhere near you (most likely, anyway). For this, you’ll have to take to the high seas!

Dinner Show Near Me - Norwegian Cruise Line

Tantalizing madams will regale you with tales of bootleggers and some of the era’s most famous tunes.

Norwegian Bliss Cruise ShipNorwegian Cruise Line’s, Norwegian Bliss, will officially be christened in Seattle on May 30. However, the ship will stop in Port Miami on it’s way to its summer home. Next winter, it will set sail from its home port in New York. It is the cruise line’s largest ship holding 4,004 passengers. It offers destinations that include Alaska, Eastern Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Bahamas/Florida/New York, Panama Canal and the Pacific Coast.

Wishing This Dinner Show Near Me

What does this cruise ship have to do with a newly discovered prohibition era show? The Norwegian Bliss is where you’ll find the new interactive show, Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical being performed. It is certainly not a dinner show near me, but I can certainly wish for me to be near it someday!

Unlike Capone’s Dinner & Show set in gangland Chicago, this show will take to back in time to the world-famous Madam Lulu’s New Orleans speakeasy. A speakeasy set in the Big Easy!

Tantalizing madams will regale you with tales of bootleggers and some of the era’s most famous tunes. You’ll be dancing in the aisles, rocking the ship. This show takes place back in time to the eve of the Prohibition era. Of course, the cruise line will be offering once forbidden spirits of their own, each with a modern twist. Afterall, our drinking habits have changed significantly since January 16, 1919.

If this pre-dinner show isn’t enough to tempt you to come aboard, the Tony Award-Winning Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will also be performed aboard the Norwegian Bliss. Another show being performed will take you back to the 1950’s to ¡HAVANA! A show that celebrates Cuba’s music and culture. As with most cruise lines, the entertainment will be top-notch.

Norwegian Bliss

Of course, there is the ship itself featuring a 180-degree observation lounge. A ‘ship-within-a-ship’ called The Haven has its own penthouses, spa, sunbathing deck, and restaurant. The Norwegian Bliss also includes six infinity hot tubs as part of its two-pool sundecks. Also on board are a kids’ aqua park (with a cool slide), a decorative oversized chocolate fountain, The Cellars wine bar, the Mandara Spa, a fitness center, casino and much more. Are you ready to pack your bags? I am!


If you are looking for a great dinner show near you, and you are in the Orlando area, be sure to pay a (respectful) visit to the wise guys at Capone’s Dinner Show. If you are looking for a Mardi Gras twist to a prohibition era show, take to the high seas!

To book a cruise and see the show on the Norwegian Bliss, call 888-625-2784 or visit www.ncl.com for details. To make a reservation at the dinner show near me, go to alcapones.com. Both shows are unique and are sure to be unforgettable.

Easter Special – Free Gangster Hat, Half Price Tickets & More!

Happy Easter! It’s Easter and time to think about religious services, egg hunts, the Easter Bunny and of course those wonderful Easter Brunch Buffets!! Many locally-owned restaurants will be serving an Easter special Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast or any-time Buffets. Some restaurants will even have special visits from the Easter Bunny and offer Easter Egg Hunts with your meal!

Easter Brunch is a great way to celebrate the season and enjoy eating out at Orlando’s local restaurants. It is also a great time to visit the theme parks and attractions. Lines aren’t too long and the weather is simply gorgeous. Central Florida attractions are the easy decision – figuring out the best place to eat out is another matter. Finding an Easter special offer is a bonus.

Have a Happy Easter from Capone's Dinner & Show with this Easter special

For visitors and locals alike, gathering up the family and deciding upon a cuisine, price range, location, dress-code and more can really take the joy out of the holiday! Almost all of the hotels and resorts in the area are featuring an Easter special Brunch menu; some are hosting full buffet spreads, while others are offering 3-course meals and prix-fixe dining (a collection of pre-determined items presented as a multi-course meal at a set price). If you’re not up for getting out, eat where you are staying. If you live here, dirty up your own kitchen and have a good time dying those Easter eggs!

Easter Special – Free Gangster Hat & Shot Glass!

If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, or you are unable to find the perfect Orlando restaurant for your Easter brunch or Easter dinner celebration, we’d like to suggest Capone’s Dinner & Show. Okay, so it’s NOT a cozy morning brunch, but it IS a delicious dinner the entire family will enjoy. We’ll be offering a traditional Easter special menu and loads of it – dinner buffet! The show has enough action, comedy, singing, and dancing to keep everyone entertained. Quite possibly every bit as entertaining as an egg hunt! The best part – you get to sit back and relax while someone else does the cooking and entertaining!

Buy One Get One Free

If you haven’t made your dining plans yet, you’d better hop to it! Reservations at most restaurants are a must. If you made plans, but now want to attend Capone’s Dinner Show, tickets are still available online or you may call in your reservation. Please be courteous and call the restaurant you had reservations at to let them know you won’t be coming. That way they can release your table to the next folks in line. Those that show up at Capone’s Sunday evening without tickets may face a sold-out show. If the show is not sold out, we will provide the best seats available.

Easter Special: Free gangster hats on Easter at Capone's Dinner & ShowRemember, each paying adult guest receives a free Capone’s shot glass, and each paid child ticket receives a fun fedora hat! (excludes infants) at the Easter evening show. So get hopping and finalize your Easter special Buffet plans now!

Happy Easter everyone – from the entire gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show!