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Orlando Mother’s Day Buffet

Still trying to make plans for Mother’s Day? You’re not the only one! Consider an Orlando Mother’s Day buffet or brunch to solve the dilemma. Mother’s Day could very well be the highest ranking last-minute “holiday” because it is generally left to dads and/or kids to decide how to celebrate. A meal with Mom is a treat for her if she doesn’t have to cook or clean up. Time with her family is often the best gift of all.

Orlando Mother’s Day Buffet Options at Disney Springs

If Mom is a Disney fan, or you’re in town visiting the theme parks on Mother’s Day, you might want to check out a couple of Orlando Mother’s Day buffets and brunches at Disney Springs. You have several options. Add in the time spent browsing the multitude of shops and an entire afternoon can be spent with your special lady.

The House of Blues Restaurant & Bar features a world-famous Gospel Brunch. It is a soulful experience that includes an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet and live entertainment. You’ll have the choice between a 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. seating based on availability.

If reservations are still being taken at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante they will be featuring a Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to the regular lunch menu, you’ll discover gems like a carving station and panettone French toast. Another Disney Springs restaurant serving brunch at this same time is Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. If you want to catch some Celtic spirit, stay for the live entertainment from noon to 4:00 p.m. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Make them by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.

Paddlefish dish

If Mom would like some time on the water, you should definitely try Paddlefish. Take in the scenic views of Disney Springs aboard an iconic stationary paddleboat. This on-the-water seafood restaurant will be whipping up a special dish especially for Mother’s Day brunch—lobster ravioli with tarragon cream sauce. The regular Sunday brunch will also be available.

If celebrating on Saturday is of interest, try STK Orlando where they will be serving a Mother’s Day weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to the regular lunch menu, you’ll discover gems like cinnamon monkey bread, avocado toast, and a beef short rib & egg sandwich.

Orlando Mother’s Day Buffet at STK

On a Budget?

Shopping at Disney Springs is great, which is another wonderful way to treat Mom – if it fits into your budget. Cost for these Orlando Mother’s Day buffets can be quite high. Reservations may also be difficult to come by, especially last-minute. At least complimentary self-parking is available, and if you want convenience, valet parking ($20 + gratuity) is also available.

If you are on a tighter budget than what the Disney Springs restaurants offer, you might be surprised at the cost of a dinner and a show at nearby Capone’s Dinner & Show. This award-winning dinner theater will be serving up a spectacular Orlando Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday night, as they do every night of the year. On Mother’s Day, all moms receive a flower and special recognition from the awesome characters that put on a spectacular performance all year long!

Special Offer

The wise guys do their best to ‘do right’ by Mom. After all, Mamma Capone wouldn’t have it any other way. The cost for the Mother’s Day Buffet and Orlando Dinner Show is only $34.99 (plus tax & gratuity) per adult and $22.99 for kids (4-12 years). Infants and toddlers age 3 & under are free, yet do require a reservation. These prices are what you will pay when tickets are purchased online or if you use the half-price coupon.

Reservations are still available for Sunday, but don’t wait too much longer! If Sunday doesn’t work out, try a Friday or Saturday. Treat your special someone to an Orlando Mother’s Day buffet at Capone’s. Celebrate with ‘the family’ and have a memorable time with the special dame in your life.

Al Capone with mama Teresa.

Al Capone visits with his mother, Teresa in Chicago, Illinois. This family photo was published in 1938 (Chicago Tribune/MCT)

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Easter Brunch & Orlando Dinner Show Easter Specials

Many people plan to dine at an Easter brunch this coming Sunday, however, those looking for additional entertainment will be happy to know that specials can also be found at an Orlando dinner show on Easter Sunday. You won’t have to hunt for this “egg,” and the “prize” for finding it will be enjoyed by the entire family.

On the other hand, if you can’t decide between an Easter brunch or an Easter dinner show, don’t! Do both. But I must warn you, you’ll be stuffed like an Easter bunny at the end of the day.

Easter Brunch and Dinner Show Specials in Orlando

Easter Brunch

You can make reservations at a number of restaurants this Easter and have a great meal. Some restaurants offer their Easter brunch or buffet early, continuing well into the afternoon and early evening. For a great list of restaurants offering Easter Sunday Brunch or specials, hop on over to Orlando Connection’s site. Last year, they listed several Orlando restaurants (with links to their sites) and it looks like most of them still offer an Easter special.

Additionally, noteworthy restaurants offering Sunday Easter Brunch in Orlando are within the Rosen chain – Shingle Creek and Rosen Plaza Hotel. Each year they offer a great Easter Brunch at both locations. On Sunday, April 1 from 11:00am-3:00pm at the hotel, adults are $43.95 and children (ages 4-11) are $18.95 (plus tax and service charge). Plus, the brunch includes unlimited champagne and free self-parking. At Shingle Creek, prices are $68.95 for adults and $29.95 for children (ages 4-11) and the brunch is offered 10:00am-7:00pm. If you are a Florida resident, be sure to let them know. You’ll receive 25% off!

Orlando Dinner Show Easter Specials

Dining at an Orlando dinner show is a fun way to spend Easter evening. This year, only one Orlando dinner show is promoting an Easter special – Capone’s Dinner & Show. Since the entertainment is offered in the evening, it will not interfere with your early Sunday church service or daytime Easter egg hunt. If you hit a brunch early, you might have room for the dinner meal that this show offers. Talk about filling your basket!

Capone’s Easter Special

You do want to come hungry to this Orlando dinner show. Capone’s offers a delicious fill-your-own-plate buffet. Drinks are unlimited, with a wide selection to choose from. This Easter, each paying adult guest receives a free Capone’s shot glass, and each paid child ticket receives a fun fedora hat! Tickets are half price when you purchase them online and are only $34.99 per adult and $22.99 per child (ages 4-12).

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The earlier you make your reservation, the better seats you will have. If you don’t have a reservation, call 407-397-2378 and see if there are available seats. Even the balcony seats are good at this Kissimmee dinner theater.

Finally, hop on out to an Easter brunch or dinner show this Easter Sunday. Orlando is a great place to celebrate this religious holiday. Churches of nearly every faith are located within the greater Orlando area, and restaurants of nearly every cuisine too. Travel to I-Drive or to Kissimmee and participate in a dinner show. It’ll be an“egg” worth cracking and a night to cherish.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show

St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show may not offer green beer, but there are plenty of colorful characters to ‘sip’ on. Capone’s Dinner & Show celebrates every holiday, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Named after Saint Patrick (387–493AD), it is a holiday primarily celebrated in Ireland and places where there are large numbers of Irish immigrants, including the United States. For the most part, it is a reason to eat, drink and be merry! What better place to do so than at this Orlando dinner show!

St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show

With a delicious buffet; unlimited drinks (including alcoholic beverages) and a hilarious show included in a HALF PRICE TICKET you’ll be carrying on like a true Irishman. You won’t find boxty, barmbrack or shepherds pie on the menu (this is Mama Capone’s kitchen after all), however, there are plenty of American & Italian dishes to enjoy. A salad bar filled with fresh seasonal veggies & toppings. Fresh pasta with many sauce (gravy) choices. A meat carving station and a buffet filled with favorites your entire family will love. It is by far the best value of all the Orlando dinner shows. Even parking is free!

Join Al, Bugs and the rest of the gang for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that’ll leave you feeling very lucky, especially during the gangster shoot out! Here come the big guns and the guests will be getting into the action. It’s a fun time for the entire family, no matter what age. St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show is the perfect solution if you have a group made up of several ages. Read the many testimonials, even families with children can enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

St. Patrick's Day at Capone's Dinner & Show

St. Patricks Day Celebration
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
It
s great to be Irish at Capones Dinner & Show!

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Unlike a four-leaf clover, which is very hard to find, in Orlando you’ll find a large number of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations being held at just about every bar or tavern. If you’re already at Universal’s City Walk, you’ll not want to miss the Corned Beef & Cabbage, Corned Beef Sandwiches and Potato Leek Soup at Pat O’Brien’s and, of course, plenty of drink specials, including their Fuzzy Leprechauns. At Disney Springs there is Raglan Road, featuring Sheperd’s pie, Irish musicians and dancers, and a large selection of Irish whiskey. Also near Disney in Celebration is Mulligan’s Pub or on International Drive, the Lucky Leprechaun Irish Pub.

Other young professionals will be ‘going green’ in downtown Orlando at the Celt Irish Pub – a nice place to eat and celebrate this holiday or any day of the year. Further away from the downtown scene are other Irish favorites; the Green Parrot located in Casselberry and Fiddlers Green Irish Pub located on Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park. These local favorites are sure to be popular on St. Patrick’s Day.

If you are looking for a fun night out, without a LOT of blarney, St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show is a safe bet. You won’t have to find a pot of gold to afford it either. Come have a toast with the wise guys…

“Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!”

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival – What’s New This Year

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival began February 28 and continues through May 28, 2018. Every year the festival runs close to 90 days. This year marks the 25th annual event.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Donald and Daisy at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. ©Disney.

During this Orlando theme park special event, guests get to experience the topiaries that are on display and participate in several free activities. There are also free concerts, presentations and kids activities. The outdoor kitchens which were introduced a couple of years ago will dot the beautiful landscape at Epcot and serve up a wide variety of cuisine (food and beverages are an additional cost). To get a taste of everything, it can run hundreds of dollars, so be sure to check out your choices, then narrow it down to a few dishes you feel you have to try. Remember, you can fill up later with your dinner show tickets at Capone’s Dinner & Show, which is just down the road from Epcot.

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Epcot Gardens

Anna and Elsa Topiaries at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Anna and Elsa will remain very popular at this year’s festival. ©Disney

The new topiary for this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival features Mickey, Minnie and Goofy located at the main entrance. Still others feature Tinker Bell, Troll, Stitch and many other familiar characters. Still in the list for most popular attractions are the Anna and Elsa topiaries. They return again with nearly 100 other topiaries spread out through the exhibits. These make for great photo ops! Have fun looking for them all.

You may even be tempted to taste a topiary at the newer edible garden near The Land Pavilion! You may also want to check out the Cactus Road Rally area. This garden is “sharp” as well as interesting. Too bad you won’t find a topiary of Al or any of the Wise Guys! To see them, you’ll just have to drive east on Hwy. 192 to Capone’s and have dinner and enjoy the show.

Outdoor Kitchens at The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Over a dozen outdoor kitchens feature food and drink items that are difficult to find at any Orlando restaurant. It is an excellent opportunity to test out some dishes you’ve been meaning to try. The new outdoor kitchen this year is the Honey Bee-stro. The menu features all-natural food and drink infused with what else, but honey. Other Outdoor Kitchens include:

  • Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
  • Cider House
  • Fleur de Lys
  • Florida Fresh
  • Hanami
  • Jardin de Fiestas
  • La Isla Fresca
  • Lotus House
  • Northern Bloom
  • Pineapple Promenade
  • Primavera Kitchen (Mamma Capone’s favorite because it features Italian cuisine – try the meatball parmigiana)
  • Taste of Marrakesh
  • The Berry Basket
  • THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
  • Specialty Coffee Carts Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

If you have kids, be sure to check out this year’s new play areas. They are the Imagination Play Garden and the How-To Garden. You also won’t want to miss the Road to the Florida 500. Your children can zip around the race track while you sit back and recharge.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival performance

After dining and doing, relax at a free concert during your weekend visit to this Orlando theme park at the Garden Rocks concert series. All concerts take place at America Gardens Theatre, with show times at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Currently, the concert schedule features these popular acts:

  • March 2-5, 2018 – Night Ranger
  • March 9-12, 2018 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • March 16-19, 2018 – Simple Plan
  • March 23-26, 2018 – Little River Band
  • March 30-April 2, 2018 – The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
  • April 6-7, 2018 – Foghat – NEW!
  • April 8-9 – Survivor – NEW!
  • April 13-14, 2018 – Smash Mouth – NEW!
  • April 15-16, 2018 – Rick Springfield – NEW!
  • April 20-21, 2018 – Jo Dee Messina – NEW!
  • April 22-23, 2018 – Lonestar – NEW!
  • April 27-30, 2018 – Blood, Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice
  • May 4-7, 2018 -Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 11-12, 2018 – Village People featuring Victor Willis
  • May 13-14, 2018 – Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles – NEW!
  • May 18-21, 2018 – The Guess Who
  • May 25-28, 2018 – The Spinners
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Tickets

While most Epcot Flower and Garden Festival events are included with your theme park ticket, some experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee. The easiest way to know before you go is to visit Epcot’s website or call 407-824-4321. Currently, a one-day pass to Epcot starts at $102.00.

If you’d like to enjoy a buffet dinner, some dancing and a spectacular show after visiting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, save a night for Capone’s. While there will not be any colorful topiaries growing at this Kissimmee attraction, there will be some colorful characters! Between the guests and the gangsters, you’ll be exposed to an entire garden of comedy variety. It’s a blast!

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Plans

It can happen to the best of us. We wait until we’re scrambling and then have to make last-minute Valentine’s plans. Or… one Sweetheart expects something more than is planned; one Sweetheart hasn’t planned anything at all, or the plans that have been made fail miserably. Any of these scenarios can result in a whole lot of not-love going around. Here is some advice from the Wise Guys & Gals to keep these scenarios from happening this evening (or Saturday) with YOUR Sweetheart… even if you are reading this and making last-minute Valentine’s plans.

Plain and simple last-minute Valentine’s plans… take your “Gal” or “Goon” to a dinner show at Capone’s tonight!

There are still a few tickets available for tonight’s Capone’s Valentine’s Show. The early show option is extremely limited, however, tickets are readily available for the late show (8:30 pm). Either way, it will seem as if you’ve planned this evening for weeks! Purchase tickets online, pick up your date and show up for the show! Or, purchase tickets, call a cab or Uber and arrive at the show ready to enjoy the unlimited drinks included in your show ticket.

Tickets are only $34.99 adults and $22.99 kids (plus tax and gratuity). There still may be a limited number of VIP Tickets available at $46.99 adults and $31.99 kids (plus tax and gratuity). However, since you’ve waited until now (like a true flat tire) and are making last-minute Valentine’s plans, don’t count on those VIP tickets.

Last-Minute Valentine’s Plans 2 nights, 2 shows

Saturday has Two (2) Shows too!

With V-day being on a weekday, perhaps you’re planning to celebrate your love this weekend instead of tonight. Capone’s has you covered there too! This Saturday, February 17, there are also two show times available (5 pm and 8:30 pm). Tickets are available for both of these shows…at least for now. Even though it’s not really, really last-minute Valentine’s plans, attending the show on Saturday gives you a few more days to make it extra special. HINT: Spring for some roses or jewelry to go along with the dinner show tickets!

Pre-order a boa &/or a fedora and get into the spirit & have fun!

Costume accessories are definitely the cat’s meow. Have fun while you’re out for the evening! Get into the era! Cheap accessories can be found in the gift shop if you forget to purchase them online with your tickets. For those of you wanting to be treated like a big boss or significant skirt, Capone’s VIP tickets are the way to go. VIP tickets include:

  • Early admission (enjoy Al’s Four Deuces Lounge)
  • Casino chips for table games
  • A take-home souvenir shot glass
  • Tickets for the Dinner and Show
  • VIP Seating offering our best seats in the house
  • Priority Seating – We seat Valentine’s Day VIP guests first (provided you are on time)

Capone's Valentine's VIP Experience

If you still need to make last-minute Valentine’s plans, just go to AlCapones.com and order Valentine’s dinner show 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 take note: the roses are YOUR responsibility…Al don’t want nothin’ to do wit’ dat. 😉

The gang hopes everyone will join them and have a great Valentine’s day today. If not, Al hopes you have a really, really good alibi!

Happy V-day everyone!