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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Show & a Little Irish Mobster History

Everybody knows Capone’s Dinner Show is Italian, right? Well, knowing a little Irish mobster history will help connect this Kissimmee attraction to a delightful St. Patrick’s Day dinner show. Leprechauns, pots of gold and four leaf clovers are not mentioned at this speakeasy, but legends of another type are. One legendary figure is even written into the script!

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A Little Irish Mobster History

There are no shortages of Irish mobsters in American history. Bootleggers, syndicate bosses and notorious godfathers controlled nearly everything at one time around Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston. This dates back to the late 1800s. Remember the Great Chicago Fire in 1871? You know the one…

Late one night, when we were all in bed,
Misses O’Leary left a lantern in the shed.
And when the cow kicked it over,
she winked her eye and said,

“It’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight.”
FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!

This children’s song sprang from the infamous James ‘Big Jim’ O’Leary era of Irish mobster history. Seems his parents owned the barn where the famous fire was thought to have started. The arsonist cow was never proven guilty. However, O’Leary proved to be one of the most notorious Irish mobsters of all times. He controlled the gambling on Chicago’s South Side in the 1890s.

The mobsters at Capone’s Dinner Show also do a little ‘gambling’ upstairs in the Four Deuces Lounge. Upgrade to VIP tickets and experience a little of what ‘Big Jim’ controlled. Have a hot time in the old town!

Looney Characters & Mug Shots

Newspaper SouvenirAnother connection at this St. Patrick’s Day dinner can be found in the second most famous Irish mobster of all times – John Patrick Looney. If you’ve seen the movie “Road to Perdition” starring Paul Newman, this mobster is already familiar to you.

Looney was an attorney who started his own newspaper in Illinois. It was 1905 and there was a lot of money to be made extorting powerful people with the threat of running unflattering stories in the news. After he sold the newspaper business, he turned his attention to gambling, brothels, speakeasies and protecting illicit liquor traffic during the Prohibition era. Like Capone, Looney was eventually sentenced to prison for his crimes.

The St. Patrick’s Day dinner show connection with Looney can be found in a few ways. First, there are a lot of ‘looney’ characters in this show! Secondly, you can make headlines in the newspaper. Press coverage will even include a photo of your gang! It will only cost a small amount of ‘extortion’ money for you to keep a copy for yourself.

St. Patrick's Day dinner at Capone's

Mobsters Meet at this St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Show

The third and fourth most famous Irish mobsters have a direct connection with Al Capone. Dean O’Banion controlled the bootlegging operations in Chicago’s North Side. In the 1931 film “The Public Enemy,” Jimmy Cagney’s character was based on O’Banion. This gang united with the Italian South Side mobsters in their bootlegging operations. This partnership included boss ‘Papa’ Johnny Torrio and his second-in-command, Al Capone. There was a little falling out – if you know your history. Does the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929 ring a bell?

Wanted George 'Bugs' MoranLastly, if you’ve attended the St. Patrick’s Day dinner show at Capone’s before, you may recognize the name George ‘Bugs’ Moran. This Irish mobster shared a lifelong rivalry with Al Capone. Their bootleg operations were filled with back-and-forth retaliations during the Prohibition era. ‘Bugs’ was slang for “crazy” and George lived up to his name. He popularized drive-by shootings when he’d drive by Capone’s properties and pepper them with gunfire.

At Capone’s Dinner & Show, Bugs Moran’s character has been written into the script. He is every bit as crazy but in a good, funny way. Of course, Al’s gang doesn’t want anything to do with this Irish mobster. The cast may even warn you about him. Seems he’d like to take over this ‘operation’ as well. The hysterics will leave you in stitches.

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There are many other Irish mobsters and their history is fascinating. If you’re interested, read about the 13 most famous Irish mobsters. Even without history, what makes a St. Patrick’s Day dinner so special at Capone’s Dinner & Show is YOU! Bring your gang whether you’re Irish or not. Expect to have a good time. Get into the era and let the characters at this speakeasy show you a good time. You might just create a little personal history along the way.

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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!

July 4th Alternative – Celebrate without the BOOM!

While many folks enjoy Fourth of July celebrations which include loud fireworks, some people do not. Every year folks look for a fun July 4th alternative. Loud fireworks can scare children and many grown-ups too! Capone’s Dinner & Show offers an alternative night out on the evening of July 4th that is a lot of fun. In fact, Capone’s is fun any night of the year as a great entertaining alternative to the ordinary dinner out on the town.

Living close to Disney, we see a lot of fireworks every evening. Bringing our relatives from out of town to Capone’s on July 4th was a perfect solution for our family. There were no hassles, except from our great and funny waiter, which just added to a perfect holiday.
– Joyce S., Orlando

Fun July 4th Alternative

If you don’t care to see the fireworks, not to mention large crowds and parking hassles associated with most fireworks displays, join the cast at Capone’s Dinner & Show for a festive way to celebrate our Nation’s independence without scaring the boom out of you! Our live-stage show is filled with action and fireworks of another nature. The show contains a lot of comedy interaction with guests, so no two shows are alike. All ages can enjoy the action, adventure, comedy and, of course, the food & drinks.

July 4th Alternative at Capone's Dinner Show

More Bang for Your Buck

Even with the Gangster Shoot Out (in which guests can win prizes), the biggest bang at Capone’s is the “bang” for your “buck.” At this Orlando dinner show, everything is included for HALF price!

Parking? Included.
Show? Included.
Delicious dinner buffet? Included.
Drinks? Included.

It is a great bargain! Join Al and his gang at their joint in Kissimmee/Orlando and enjoy a fun July 4th alternative – all at half price!

Visit this page on the website and see how you can get discounted tickets on July 4th. Happy Independence Day everyone! Enjoy and be safe.

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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)