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Memorial Day Weekend Plans – Fun in the Orlando Area

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? If you’re looking for something fun to do, here are some suggestions from the gang.

Happy Memorial Day! Memorial Day Weekend Plans

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer for many Floridians. What are your plans? Chances are, they include a dip in the water – the pool, the ocean or at one of our many great Orlando water parks. You may even be planning a barbecue. If you’re looking for something fun for the entire family or group of friends, make your reservations to attend Capone’s Dinner & Show. We’ve got a great show ready for you this Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend Plans for the Beach

Florida's BeachesIf you’re plans include the beach, please follow the driving rules. As you approach the beach entry, turn on your lights and keep them on at all times while driving on the beach. The driver side window needs to be rolled down and music kept at a minimum. Depending upon where you enter the driving beaches, there could be one-way driving, so pay attention to the direction you are to drive in. There is also NO TEXTING while driving on the beach. There are also several no-parking zones in Daytona Beach Shores and in New Smyrna Beach. Ask the attendant at the beach entry if you are uncertain of any local laws. As always, swim near a lifeguard tower. There are often threats of rip currents. Know how to swim out of one. Be on the lookout for sharks as well. NSB is the shark bite capitol for a reason.

Orlando Water Parks

Orlando’s water parks are sure to see huge crowds this weekend. Because Wet ‘n Wild is no longer open, and the newly anticipated Volcano Bay at Universal will be packed (first weekend open), the other water parks are sure to see high attendance. For information about all of the many options for Orlando area water parks, view our Water Park Attractions listing.

Cooking Out

Do your Memorial Day weekend plans include a barbecue? Here are some safety tips from the wise guys:

  1. Fire: Control and watch it at all times and be ready to extinguish it. Know how to treat burns.
  2. Food Safety: Bacteria will multiply on food from the time it comes out of the fridge, until it reaches 165 degrees F. After serving, get the left-overs back into the refrigerator. You’re more likely to get food poisoning that the flu. Not fun.
  3. Instructions: Grills, gas or charcoal, and smokers all have very specific ranges of operation. Know these before you light up.
  4. Location: Keep a minimum distance from your house, garage, trees, patio and play areas. Fires and smoke don’t mix well with these items.
  5. Gas Safety: Inspect your gas grill for problems. Bugs and other critters can climb into little places causing gas to flow where it shouldn’t. At the first sign of problems turn off your control valves, turn off the fuel tank, and disconnect everything.
  6. Charcoal Safety: The number one problem with charcoal grill is lighting the charcoal.  Lighter fluid turns to a heavy gas at a relatively low temperature and should be avoided if possible.
  7. Grease: Grease that collects in your grill builds up over time. You need to keep your grill clean.
  8. Cancer: Cooking (by any method) of meats (particularly red meat and chicken) at very high temperatures until surface charring occurs can cause cancer causing substances (Heterocyclic Amines (HCA)) to form.  To minimize the risk use marinades, do not over cook foods and keep grill temperatures under 600 degrees
  9. Smoke: Smoke from your grill or smoker contains carbon monoxide and other dangerous substances. Enjoy the smell from a distance.
  10. Alcohol:  Grilling and smoking require some clear thinking, so keep a clear head and save that drink for after the fire is out and someone else is dealing with the dishes.

Dining In – Orlando Dinner Show

Cooking out sounds like a lot of work to me, so why not skip the BBQ and head over to Capone’s Dinner & Show for a great meal and fun entertainment. Our buffet is all-you-can-eat and our wait staff will make sure the drinks keep coming. Take a cab back to your home or motel and send out all the text messages you want! Order your tickets online now and get them at half price!

Finally, whatever your Memorial Day weekend plans, Capone’s Dinner and Show would like to take this opportunity to remember all who gave their lives in service to our nation. We also want to thank all of our veterans and active-duty soldiers for their service. We appreciate the sacrifices you and your family have made for our freedom. Be sure to take advantage of our military discount.

After your day of activities, we’d like to invite you to an evening of fun and dining at our Orlando dinner show. Our theater is air conditioned and we serve up a great dinner buffet and unlimited drink supply. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
by Moina Michael

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You’ve Got A Friend in the Orlando Fringe Festival

If you’ve been around Orlando long enough, chances are you know someone that performs in the Orlando Fringe Festival. Perhaps you have friends that are regular Fringe supporters. Or kids at your child’s school or daycare talk on and on about the fun they had at Kids Fringe. So what are you waiting for? Check out the Fringe Festival!

The Orlando Fringe Festival is a 12-day-festival that is founded on the concept of offering 100% uncensored, 100% accessible theatre, music, dance, art and madness to all types and ages. The Orlando Fringe is the longest running Fringe festival in the U.S., and 100% of the ticket sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe. Each year, the festival takes place during the 12 days leading up to Memorial Day. This year’s festival is May 17th through 29th.

If you do your homework before heading down to Loch Haven Park, you’ll know where to park, what show to see and how to make sure you are able to get into the show(s) you want to see. Most everything you need to know can be found on the Fringe’s website at orlandofringe.org. You may also find information from our previous year’s postings about the Fringe Festival:


Kid's Orlando Fringe FestivalKids Fringe Theatre Festival

Weekends are for kids. Kids Fringe is free and a lot of fun. Children can bounce away in the bounce house, meet a creature, dress up in a real theatre costume, play a drum and take funny pictures in the photo booth. It’s a great way to introduce your child to the arts and let them see for themselves how it can enrich their lives.

However, many of the shows are NOT for children. Be sure to read each show’s description and follow the guidelines. Remember, the shows are not censored.

2017 Orlando Fringe Festival Show Highlights

So the wise guys and gals have been browsing the lineup for this year’s Orlando Fringe Festival. We couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to plug a few shows that caught our eye. Of course “A Brief History of Petty Crime” sounded intriguing to big Al! Another production that has received great reviews is “High Tea: Another British Comedy.” It has earned several best-of awards.

Other shows which piqued our interests include:

“Snack,” a first-time appearance with plenty of comedy centered about food!

“Roller Derby Saved My Soul” which is back by popular demand.

“6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation,” a murder mystery adventure.

“Beau & Aero: Crash Landing” promises laughs with few spoken words (kid-friendly for 7+).

“Judy Garland: Stuck in a Bear Trap with Nothing to Wear”has been reviewed as laugh out loud funny.

Flori-duh an Orlando Fringe Festival fund-raiser show

…and a one night only show “Flori-DUH” – hosted by fringe favorite Mike Delamont and Morgan Cranny shares completely true stories and tales from Florida in a way that you’ll never forget! Hope you can still get tickets!


Fringe is a great way to experience something a little different here in Orlando. Find a friend or two and go see a couple of shows. On the weekend, take the little ones along. You’re sure to find the Fringe a friendly experience.

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Pet-Friendly Accommodations Possible for an Orlando Vacation

If you are looking for pet-friendly accommodations to make your Orlando vacation possible, you’re in luck. For pet owners that refuse to leave their dogs & cats at home there are options.

Pet-friendly accommodations in Orlando

Please bring me on vacation with you!

One of the first things that come to mind when planning a vacation for pet owners is “What about my animals?” Well, here in Central Florida, there are options for you if you prefer to bring your pets along.

Following are a few of the best pet-friendly accommodations or hotels in Orlando, FL. These are nearer to the attraction areas. If you will not be spending time at the theme parks, you have many, many other options.

Pet-friendly Accommodations

PLEASE NOTE: Hotel policies and prices vary and can change without notice. Contact the hotels directly to learn more about their pet policies (refers to dogs and cats, not exotic animals) and of any pricing/fees involved. Guests must provide recent proof of vaccinations.

  • Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Resort. This Pet Friendly Resort is just a short walk, or a complimentary water taxi or shuttle ride away from the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex and both Universal Orlando theme parks. 407.503.ROCK. Cleaning fees are charged for pets.
  • Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. This luxurious hotel is celebrated as “an experience in art and music.” Amenities include 4-Star dining, a heated outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, in-room spa and 24-hour fitness center. Dogs under 40 lbs. allowed, with $150 fee. 407-313-9000.
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. Hotel amenities include three themed swimming pools, full service Mandara Spa, fine dining, fitness center and special exclusive benefits at local attractions. Pets get the royal treatment at this first class hotel. 407-503-1000.
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Hotel features a Lagoon style swimming pool with interactive water play area, children’s activity center, fitness center, luaus with authentic food and entertainment, business center and exclusive benefits at Universal Theme Parks. Pets get the royal treatment. 407-503-3000.
  • Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort. Amenities include: over-sized swimming pool, two whirlpools, fitness center, high speed internet access, karaoke, poolside games for children and more. Pets up to 30 pounds welcome. 407-239-4500.
  • Sheraton Safari Hotel & Suites. Unique themed pet-friendly accommodations at the Sheraton Orlando hotel is located 1/8 mile from the Walt Disney World Resort. Amenities include 2 spectacular pools (one designed for children), cascading waterfall, hot tub, fitness facility, game room, restaurant and pool side Tiki Bar. Pet friendly, under 40 lbs. 407-239-0444.
  • Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. This hotel is located just minutes for popular attractions. Family friendly hotel features amenities including free continental breakfast, internet access, outdoor heated swimming pool and restaurant. Pet-friendly hotel. $15.00 per night/pet under 50 lbs. 407-996-7300.

Kennels & Pet Boarding at Theme Parks

While these hotels are great for your pet, you cannot leave pets unattended during the day. However, these local theme parks offer boarding while you are enjoying their park: Disney Kennels, SeaWorld Parks, Universal Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa all offer daily kennel service.

Vacation Home Rentals

Another option for bringing your pet(s) with you while staying in Orlando includes vacation home rentals. Since this usually pertains to families that will be staying for more than a few days, you may want to see our vacation home rental directory. Renting a home can be the best pet-friendly accommodation for your pet, especially if it can acclimate itself quickly to new surroundings.

If you know of other pet-friendly accommodations, or have had an experience with any of the hotels listed above, please leave a comment. We want your Central Florida vacation to be a great experience for you and the furry ones in your family!

Capone’s Dinner & Show does not allow pets into the theater, however, we do allow certified service dogs – if we must. Please note that during the shoot out, loud noises and raucous activity can scare service animals. Please don’t put them through this. If at all possible, make other arrangements and leave them at home or with a friend. To make you more comfortable during the show, please let us know about any disability at the time of your reservation. Thank you for your understanding.

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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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