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Dinner Show or Orlando Comedy Club?

Comedy is important in our lives. We all need a good laugh now and then. (Read our earlier post about the importance of laughter.) There are many options when it comes to Orlando comedy clubs. Combined with a good meal, an evening out on the town, and you’ll probably have one of the more memorable evenings of your life. Capone’s Dinner & Show offers a lot of comedy in their show. Side-splitting laughter is quite common. However, if an Orlando comedy club is more what you had in mind, rather than a dinner theater, here are some suggestions.

Sak Comedy Lab - Orlando

Orlando Comedy Club Recommendations:

The Improv located on International Drive is very popular with tourists, because of its location having I-Ride Trolley stops (24 north/green 12 south). This Orlando comedy club features a lot of big-name entertainers. It has been a career launching pad for dozens of local comedians. The shows run primarily on the weekends with a few events mixed in on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Many, if not all of their shows are for people over 21 years of age. The menu at the Improv features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts and beverages (including a full bar). Keep in mind that 18% gratuity is added to every check. Groups can book events at The Orlando Improv.

Bonkerz Comedy Clubs are located throughout the United States. Central Florida is lucky enough to have several locations! Located in East Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Daytona, Oviedo and Deltona, the opportunity to have a hilarious dinner & show won’t be far away. Most tourists seek out the East Orlando comedy club on Colonial Drive. This location is known as the Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center. Shows are featured every Friday and Saturday night with a cover charge at $10 (usually). Here again, only adults 21 & over are allowed. Their menu consists of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and salads with prices from $6 to $17. A full liquor bar is available. Other events, such as corporate events, bachelor parties, retirements, and girls night out can be held at any of the Bonkerz locations.

Comedy for Families

SAK Comedy Lab is another great place to experience comedy. Of all the comedy clubs in Orlando, this one is least like a dinner show. Their venue is set up theater style with a concession stand for refreshments. The venue is a 200-seat theater located upstairs in downtown Orlando. Shows are held on Tuesday through Saturday nights and are suitable for all ages. Ticket prices run from $5 for some shows to $15 general admission for their popular weekend shows. Furthermore, if you really love improv comedy, you can take classes at SAK. Additionally, you may hire a comedian for your team-building event, or even have a local comedian emcee/host your event.


Traveling to LA? Check out this informative list of the 6 most hilarious LA Comedy Clubs.


Create Your Own Dinner & Comedy Experience

Worth Noting: If you are looking more for an Orlando dinner show, yet want to experience the Improv, see the show, then walk to any number of restaurants nearby to dine. Next door is Fat Fish Blue, featuring a menu of Louisiana-Smokehouse cuisine and traditional American favorites. Even more, there are many other restaurants within walking distance worth noting. They are Adobe Gila’s, Itta Bena, Taverna Opa Orlando, Copper Canyon Grill, Marlow’s Tavern and Maggiano’s Little Italy.

While not considered dinner shows, the preceding Orlando comedy clubs combine comedy with dinner options and plenty of laughter. Other places where comedians often perform are at the House of Blues and Hard Rock Orlando. Most locals and tourists still prefer an Orlando dinner show over a comedy club visit. Usually, the food is better, and the entire family can attend.

You can also find laughs in abundance at most Orlando dinner shows. Read this best list of all Orlando Dinner Shows and pick one. That is, of course, if you are not looking to spend an evening at a comedy club. If a late night or adult-only show is what you’d like to experience, any of these comedy clubs will be great for you.

Best Orlando Dinner Show Option with Plenty of Comedy

Consequently, Capone’s Dinner & Show has one of the funniest improv segments in town. The wise guys and gals are spot on when dealing with guests. Use the coupon or buy your tickets online.  You’ll pay half price! About the same cost as a comedy club/dinner-out combo.

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Now get a smile on your face, giggle between bites and even more, add some comedy in your life!

Disney Dinner Show Rumors Run Rampant

Disney dinner show rumors have run rampant in recent weeks. These rumors have been sparked by other rumors concerning future plans and expansion near the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. This is the home of two of Disney’s dinner shows.

Hoop-Dee-Doo photo

Disney Dinner Show Rumors False

Of the two Disney dinner show rumors, the one about Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue closing has sparked the most public outcry. We would like to report that this show is not being canceled. At least not as of now. Disney has commented publicly that Hoop-Dee-Doo performances will continue to run, and there are no plans for cancellation.

Or Are They True?

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ character dining experience is also a source of the Disney dinner show rumors. Unlike the statement concerning Hoop-Dee-Doo, the statement issued by Disney did not include or mention Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. The lack of a specific comment concerning this show has helped feed the rumors of it closing. Tickets are still being offered through January of next year, but after that, who knows? Tickets for Hoop-Dee-Doo are available through February. Hum…

River Country water park has been closed since 2002. This area is prime real estate for what is believed to be a new resort located on the shores of Bay Lake. Permits have been filed for a new Disney Vacation Club resort and the area is near the boundary of the Pioneer Pavilion. This is home to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ dinner show, so you can see how these rumors can make sense.

Disney Dinner Show Rumors include Mickey's Backyard BBQ

Other Rumors

Additionally, the Disney dinner show rumors include one of a new show that would be included within the newly built resort. Original plans called for an old west-style town and live dinner show (similar to Buffalo Bill show at Disneyland Paris). These plans were leaked years ago, however, the new plans are reported to not have any large dinner show-style venue. This gives hope that the shows that use the Pioneer Hall will continue and guests of the new resort would walk over to see them.

Finally, the way it seems… There could be a temporary schedule issue during any construction that might take place, but it seems “the show will go on” – for both Disney dinner shows.

The wise guys and gals at Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to invite everyone to spend a night with them at their speakeasy. The affordable dinner show is located just miles from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds east on Hwy. 192. The prohibition-era themed show is offered nearly every evening. Tickets include a buffet, show and unlimited drinks. Purchase tickets online and save 50% off the original price.

WWE Event at Mango’s Dinner Show in October

If you enjoy wrestling entertainment and are a fan of “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, the WWE event at Mango’s dinner show is for you. Prepare yourself for leg drops, clotheslines, and cheap shots. This event, being tagged as the “Epic NWO Reunion,” will also feature wrestling superstars Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. The knock out followed by a Q & A session happens Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 12 pm – 3 pm.

In contrast, Mango’s Tropical Café usually has live stage entertainment featuring tributes to Michael Jackson, Selena, Joan Jett and others. Instead, on October 27th, the main event at Mango’s dinner show will showcase WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). A wrestling ring with brawn, sweat, wrestling antics and big personalities will fill the venue. Mango’s Orlando accommodates up to 2,000 guests. Who knows how many fans will show up on this particular afternoon. The venue will no doubt host a cheering crowd. Add to it the venue’s party-like atmosphere and this event is sure to be “2Sweet.”

WWE Event at Mango’s Dinner Show

Hogan will Headline the Event at Mango’s Dinner Show

Hulk Hogan was the WWE’s #1 draw in the world for over a decade. The event at Mango’s Dinner Show will reunite the “iconic New World Order” to the delight of millions of fans around the world. The smackdown will most likely be featured far beyond the International Drive dinner show on the WWE Network.

Furthermore, Hogan was recently reinstated back into the WWE Hall of Fame after a 3-year suspension. Perfect timing to spark life back into WWE’s long-term fans. Speculation gave way to a fevered pitch when Hogan recently tweeted, “October 27th is the biggest day ever, history will be made again in the world of wrestling, 2Sweet HollyWood Hogan 4 Life.” 

Mango’s Tropical Café Attraction

This afternoon entertainment event at Mango’s dinner show is unique. Mango’s Orlando usually features shows Monday through Wednesday at 7 pm. Thursday through Sunday, there are two shows; one at 6 pm and one at 9 pm. While it claims to be family-friendly, if you have children, go to the early show. There are plenty of visuals to keep the young one’s interest even before the adult nightlife atmosphere fully kicks in.

In the future, you can expect to see more concerts and celebrity appearances at this I-Drive attraction area. Hollywood Plaza, an art deco $30M entertainment complex, adjacent to Mango’s Tropical Café, is set to open “soon.” It will feature a rooftop restaurant at 140’ with 25’ vaulted ceilings. Above all, this addition will add more much-needed parking for this nightlife and entertainment experience in Orlando.

Information and Tickets

Mango’s Tropical Café in Orlando opened in 2015. Read our previous post and earlier post. It is located at 8126 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, hours of operation, booking inquiries, menus and more, visit www.mangos.com or call 407-673-4422.

For tickets to the WWE event at Mango’s dinner show, go to hulkhogan.com. General admission tickets are not on sale as of the writing of this post. However, you can sign up and bid on tickets! The top 100 highest bidders will receive VIP tickets that include priority seating, a picture with the wrestlers and more.

In contrast, if ‘skinning the cat’ is not your cat’s meow, there is another Orlando dinner show option just down the road. The gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show does not perform curb stomps, chop blocks or wind-up punches, but it does deliver a great entertainment takedown and an ending that will knock your socks off! Shows are performed nightly* at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available online at half price. Read more about this Orlando dinner show.

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In closing, the wise guys and gals at Capone’s Dinner & Show wish Hogan well. We believe this history-making wrestling event will be a success. May it even be “2Sweet.” Here’s to another signature finishing move!

*Times vary per season. Please confirm on showtimes page.

Magical Dining Month – Great Food – Great Price

Dining out can be considered a treat by just about anyone. During the month of September, dining out can be downright magical! Magical Dining Month is celebrated every year, and the list of great restaurants that participate keeps growing. The event started this year on August 23 and continues through September 30, 2019.

Magical Dining Month

This special celebration consists of participating restaurants in Orlando, Kissimmee, in shopping malls/centers as well as several located within Orlando theme park resorts. Each location features at least one three-course, prix fixe dinner for only $35. Many restaurants will advertise what the menu is on their website.

Sometimes, the draw is more about the restaurant itself. The location entices people to take advantage of this deal, regardless of what is being served. Want to check out the new STK Orlando? Now you can, for just $35. How about Seasons 52? Winter Park’s Chez Vincent? Or downtown’s Boheme at the Grand Bohemian Hotel? They all offer a three-course meal for only $35 during the Magical Dining Month event.

You may not think a prix fixe dinner sounds very appealing. Rest assured, the restaurants are going to feature some of their best cuisines for your Magical Dining Month experience. Choices being devoured at a plethora of restaurants include steak, seafood, sushi, Italian, Caribbean, Latin, American favorites and more. There are so many restaurants, you’d have to eat out at least twice a day. You still would not fit them all in within the month of September!

Magical Dining Month Participation

You do not need a special membership or card to receive this deal. Simply select the participating restaurant, make a reservation (or call the restaurant), and ask your server for the Magical Menu when you arrive. Then enjoy! For an easy-to-find list of participating restaurants, check out Visit Orlando’s website.

After your meal, you’ll leave with a full tummy and a warmth knowing that one dollar from each meal is donated to one or more local charities. This year 12 different charities will benefit from Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining. Go ahead. Indulge your inner gourmet with an appetizer, entree and dessert at a variety of trendy bistros and upscale dining destinations. At the end of September, you’ll be happy to have had the opportunity to eat out in such a magical way.

Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to remind families that our price is hard to beat. Adults are only $34.99 and children are $22.99 every day of the year when you purchase your tickets online. This includes the show, a delicious dinner buffet and drinks! During this time of the year, our show begins at 7:30 p.m. and is wrapping up within a couple of hours. It’s a great time to dine magically in Orlando and experience Capone’s Dinner & Show!

New Disney Dinner Show – Limited Time

A new ‘Disney dinner show’ is temporarily available at the Animal Kingdom. While the show is not new, the dinner offer is. Signature dining packages are available now through November 21 for Disney’s ‘Festival of the Lion King’ show at the Animal Kingdom theme park. For Lion King and Disney lovers, this is something to roar about.

The Festival of the Lion King show has been offered at this Orlando theme park since it opened 20+ years ago. It includes live performances with singing, dancing, gymnastics, fire twirling and an aerial act. If you love the classic film, “The Lion King” from 1994, chances are you’ll love this Disney dinner show as well. The Broadway-style show is filled with pageantry, puppetry, and popular songs from the film.

Lion King Disney Dinner Show

Photo by Ryan Wendler / Walt Disney Co.

Disney Dinner Show Packages

Additionally, the dinner package offers two tiers. Both include a meal at Tiffins Restaurant, VIP seating during the show, and a commemorative cast photo. Tier I packages also include a safari tour through the park’s African outback. The tour is lead by a dedicated guide after the show concludes. This Disney dinner show costs $99 for adults and $49 for children 3-9 years old. The less expensive Tier II package does not include the safari, but does include VIP seating and the photo. It costs $74 for adults and $29 for children. This is, of course, in addition to the theme park entrance ticket.

Dining Options

The Disney dinner show includes your choice of lunch or dinner at Tiffins. You’ll receive vouchers for the Festival of the Lion King show at Tiffins regardless if you are seeing the show before or after dining. This restaurant is located in the Discovery Island portion of the theme park, right before entering Pandora –  the World of Avatar. You will enjoy a 3-course meal consisting of one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert. You also have the choice of beer, wine or a non-alcoholic drink. Unlike Capone’s Dinner & Show, refills on the alcohol are limited. Sorry lion, Al is the king of that ‘jungle’ offering the most beverage choices of any Orlando dinner show WITH free refills!

Disney has many great restaurants. They also offer a dining plan which many people purchase along with their tickets. If you are on the Disney dining plan, you can exchange two table service entitlements for the Tier II package for this Disney dinner show.

Reservations

It is uncertain if this Disney dinner show package will be offered after November 21. One thing is for certain, with world-class entertainment and food, space will be limited. Book your experience in advance! Make reservations online at the Walt Disney World Resort website or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463). Have a roaring good time!

Speaking of roaring… If you’d like to participate in a show who’s time period is set near the roaring ‘20s, check out Capone’s Dinner & Show. Tickets are all-inclusive and half price using this special link.