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Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Details Announced

The Dark Side of the Gardens - Busch Gardens Hall-O-ScreamStarting September 29 through the month of October (select nights), Busch Gardens will feel a little creapy. Maybe a LOT creapy. The park will be overrun by zombies fulfilling “The Dark Side of the Gardens” theme for this year’s Hall-O-Scream event at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.

Zombies appear to be the main disturbance, however, you can bet there will be a vampire or two. Especially in one of the new haunted houses – the Ultimate Gamble: Vampire Casino where bloodthirsty vampires will deal out “seductive games and high stakes thrills.” Other new haunted houses include Nevermore – full, I’m sure, of Edgar Allen Poe’s black ravens and beating hearts, and Zombie Mortuary – a funeral home with souls not ready to rest.

Haunted houses returning from last year include “Nightshade Toy Factory,” “Death Row Vengeance: Fear the Dead,” “Deconstruction: The Doctor is Out of Control” and “Alone” the house where you can purchase a small group one-on-one horrifying scare. Other than “Alone” all of the haunted houses are included in the admission price of $77.99 per person. Discounts are available for passholders, advance purchases and other promotions.

As if riding SheiKra, Montu, Cheetah Hunt, Gwazi and Kumba in the dark wasn’t scary enough, the haunted houses are joined by some pretty crazy shows. “Midnight Hour” is a musically themed show revolving around the Hellfire Club who’s sinister owner promises to make you a star. “Fiends” is another show/party thrown by Dr. Frankenstein and his naughty nurses (definitely not for children), as well as “Club Virus” – an adults-only dance party.

Tampa’s Busch Gardens theme park is about an hour’s drive from Orlando. Visitors may want to consider a weekend pass and local hotel accommodations. For a little more money, you can get in on a VIP package, front-of-line passes and the Fright Feast dinner package. Get ready to scream!

July 4th Celebrations Around Orlando

Independence Day, the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. As a federal holiday, people all over our nation will celebrate with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and various other public and private events.

Banks and public offices will be closed, but theme parks and other businesses will be bustling with activity. Boston may have their Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular; Washington DC will hold its notorious event on the National Mall, however, there are plenty of places to celebrate July 4th right here in the Central Florida/Orlando area. Below is a listing of some of the area’s events:

  • Red, White and Zoo; July 02, 2011 – July 04, 2011 at the Central Florida Zoo: Celebrate the Fourth of July and the Central Florida Zoo’s 36th birthday with live music, games, food, children’s crafts, face painting, magic and animal encounters.
  • Fireworks at the Fountain;     July 04, 2011 at Lake Eola: Celebrate United States independence at this free fireworks display and laser show around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Pack your picnic baskets, bring a blanket and head out to Lake Eola for an old-fashioned summertime picnic. There will be live entertainment, food and a special play area for kids.
  • Fourth of July at Celebration Town Center; July 04, 2011 at Celebration Town Center: Celebration Town Center celebrates the 4th of July with a parade, live music and fireworks.
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth; July 04, 2011 at Epcot Theme Park: IllumiNations is a 14-minute show of pyrotechnics, lasers, water and music, which are all used to tell the story about the past, present and future of our planet. On July 4, the show’s theme will be “The Heartbeat of Freedom”, an overture of traditional American themes.
  • Stars & Stripes Celebration; July 02, 2011 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort: The Walt Disney World wan and Dolphin Resort is serving up an old-fashioned cookout during Fourth of July weekend, featuring all-you-can eat BBQ, live music and carnival games with prizes. There will also be planty of activities for families throughout the day, including face painting, a pie-eating contest and water balloon toss.
  • Independence Day at SeaWorld Orlando; July 04, 2011 at SeaWorld Orlando:  As part of Summer Nights at SeaWorld, the 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard will perform at Bayside Stadium prior to the fireworks finale. This 40-piece band, known as the Governor’s Own Band, will entertain the audience with classic and current tunes, gearing them up for the special Fourth of July “Reflections show featuring additional fireworks timed to patriotic music. The performance begins at 9:45 p.m. and is included in park admission.
  • Independence Day at Universal Orlando Resort; July 04, 2011 at Universal Studios Florida: Guests can enjoy a special version of the popular Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a cinematic adventure that combines cutting-edge projection technology with lasers and pyrotechnics to bring movies to life like you’ve never seen before.
  • Rockin’ Fourth of July Celebration; July 04, 2011 at Walt Disney World Resort’s® Hollywood Studios: The musical group Mulch, Sweat and Shears take guests on a musical road trip across America that highlights each region’s contribution to rock ‘n roll. The show is complete with fireworks, lighting and special effects.
  • Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky; July 03, 2011 – July 04, 2011 at Walt Disney World Resort’s® Magic Kingdom:  Walt Disney World Resort® presents a patriotic fireworks show paying homage to the hopes and dreams of America’s forefathers. Also at Disney is Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert; July 04, 2011: A live concert and meet-and-greet with Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters adorned in patriotic dress.

What if you just don’t like loud fireworks, don’t want to fight the crowds, but still want to enjoy a great evening out in the Orlando area on the Fourth of July? Capone’s Dinner & Show offers a Fourth of July show at 8:00pm and on this national holiday, we are offering each paid guest a free gift! You could stay home and watch the masses celebrate America’s birthday like 7 million other people do, go out and fight the crowds at an area celebration or theme park; or you could treat yourself to a great dinner show. Celebrate your independence anyway you’d like. After all, this is a freedom we are celebrating on this day – the right to make our own choice.

Hang Ten This Holiday Weekend!

April 22 – 24 Ron Jon Surf Shop will host its 47th Annual Easter Surfing Festival. Enjoy the sun, surf and sand along beautiful Cocoa Beach, just one hour east of Orlando, as you watch championship surfers from ages 6 to 60 from around the world compete in this annual surfing competition. An Easter egg hunt and food court, as well as surf clinics and demonstrations are part of the fun.

The contest is held at Alan Shepard Park (directly behind Ron Jon’s) and Cocoa Beach Pier and admission is FREE. Activities will take place throughout the day, so visit their web site or call 321-799-8888 for more information. Spectators will have a chance to learn Surfing And Skim Boarding, participate in celebrity signings and enjoy evening entertainment with movies, bands, parties and more. There will even be a Sunrise Service offered at either site.

For over four decades the Ron Jon Easter Surfing Festival has continued to be a major force in the growth of surfing on the east coast of the United States. It is the second oldest most diverse and publicized event of its type, and is always staged over Easter weekend, during Spring Break in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Hang ten this holiday weekend at the surfing contest, then drive back to Kissimmee for our 7:30pm show at Capone’s Dinner & Show. This Easter Sunday, we’ll be giving away FREE gangster hats to every guest (excluding infants). It’s a great time of the year to spend the day enjoying our beaches and the evenings enjoying our show!

Irish Mobsters Deserve Some Fun!

Sparkling four leaf cloverThis St. Patrick’s Day people all over the Central Florida area will be celebrating their Irish heritage. Even if they’re not Irish, they’ll celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity (or should I say, excuse?) to party, celebrate and have fun, even if you don’t particularly look great in green!

There is quite a bit of history about Irish mobsters and gangs since the Irish Mob is one of the oldest organized crime groups in the United States. Of course, Al Capone and his Italian counterparts usually come to mind when popularizing the prohibition era. Irish gang members from that time consisted of “Big” Bill Dwyer (New York’s leading bootlegger during the early years of Prohibition), Owney “The Killer” Madden, Frank Costello, Jack “Legs” Diamond, “Little” Augie Pisano, Charles “Vannie” Higgins and the renegade mobster Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll. Aren’t their names fun to say out loud? Although initially successful in keeping their Italian rivals at bay, unstable leadership and fighting within their own gang proved their downfall. Too bad they couldn’t find other ways to have fun.

Irish or not, mobster or not; if you’re looking for a fun way to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando, why not join Al and his gang for dinner and a show? At Capone’s holidays are always special, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Capone’s dames and wise guys are VERY Irish friendly – how could they not be? They’ll save you a lot of ‘green’ at only $26.99 per adult ticket (with coupon or online). Talk about a pot of gold! This is a fabulous deal; it includes the show, dinner buffet, unlimited drinks (including alcohol), a dessert and an evening of fun and laughter.

Mobsters of all ages enjoy this Orlando dinner show and you will too. Can’t find a four leaf clover? Well, you’re still in luck, because Capone’s will make you feel like the luckiest Irish mobster of all. Have fun!

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing