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Magic in Orlando with Magic Dinner Shows & More

Central Florida is truly magical, with a lot of magic in Orlando – from magic shows to Magical Dining, Magic Basketball, magic theme parks & more. It seems people can’t get enough magic. Visitors to the Central Florida area often think it is a magical place. After all, Magic Kingdom is here! However, there is a lot more ‘pixie dust’ spread all around the city in various forms.


Al would like to point out that there is NO magic performed at Capone’s Dinner & Show. After the exposure to all of the other pixie dust in the area, this is often a welcomed relief. No tricks. No sleight-of-hand. No disappearing act. No straight jackets to escape out of (maybe handcuffs or cement shoes – you never know about those wise guys). Capone’s offers plain ol’ gangster fun and a speakeasy cabaret. However, there is one magical thing about Capone’s… make reservations online and bat-a-boom! Tickets are half price!

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A Little History of Magic in Orlando

Cinderella Castle at Magic KingdomFirst, let’s start at the beginning (sort of). Magic Kingdom opened on October 1 in 1971. It was the first of four theme parks at the resort. Guests experience fairy tales and Disney characters in many magical ways. Starting with the Cinderella Castle. It was inspired by the fairy tale castle seen in the 1950 film and became real when the park was built. This Orlando theme park has created a lot of magic. In 2018, the park hosted 20.859 million visitors. This makes it the most visited theme park in the world for the thirteenth consecutive year and the most visited theme park in North America for at least the past nineteen years.

Orlando Magic BasketballSecondly, in 1989, the Orlando Magic basketball franchise was established. Notable NBA stars include Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, and many others. As of 2019, the franchise has played in the NBA playoffs for exactly half of its existence (15 playoff appearances in 30 years). The team has been to the NBA Finals twice (1995 and 2009). The games are a lot of fun to attend and fans expect a lot more magic to come.

The Wizarding World of Harry PotterThirdly, Universal Studios brought about its own magical world in 2010. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened and has now expanded its intrigue throughout both parks. Magic wands are purchased in shops. Restaurants feature entrées and drinks featured in the magic-filled Harry Potter books/movies. Rides and décor are found throughout Universal Studios offering numerous magical experiences.

 

The Other Magical Orlando

Once the Magic Kingdom opened, many other magical places appeared. Smaller attractions such as Magical Midway offer fun all their own. Magical hotels and diners opened their doors. Magic Castle Inn & Suites was just one of the many hotels that included the magic name. Villages, vacation homes, and timeshares came on the scene and still exist. Even Carnival Cruiseline has a ship with the magic name.

Close up view of magic show in Orlando

Close-up view of the magic show at Wonderworks.

Want to ‘hear magic’ in Orlando? Tune into the Magic 107.7 radio station. Feel like dining in a unique fashion? Try Magical Dining all throughout the month of September. Looking for a magical dinner show? Check out WonderWorks’ magic show. It has recently debuted a close-up stage camera. Now you can watch the magic show on large TV screens and try to catch the sleight-of-hand magic. Furthermore, you can see a magic show inside a hotel. The Wizardz Magic Theater offers a magic show most Monday nights. They are located at the Seralargo Hotel and Suites, 5678 Irlo Bronson Hwy (192), Kissimmee FL 34746.

Magicians in Orlando

Magic in Orlando by Jimmy Ichihana

Jimmy Ichihana performs on Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Photo by Jacob Kepler.

With all of the magic opportunities in Orlando, it was just a matter of time before the area produced some great magicians. Just recently, Orlando magician Jimmy Ichihana made his second appearance on ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us.’ While he is not performing on television, Ichihana is part of the “See Magic Live” team. He has performed at Boxi Park in Lake Nona and is scheduled to appear at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster on September 28 at “An Evening of Magic” dinner show. This exclusive restaurant offers an Orlando magic dinner show once a month on Friday & Saturday nights. Various magicians perform. The cost is not for the average diner. Plan on spending at least $150 per person.

Spellbinding Magic

In conclusion, there is no shortage of magic in Orlando. Some magical experiences come at a higher price than others. A number of them last all day, while others for only an hour or two. Some will have you cheering and screaming – others sleeping like a baby. Despite what type of magic you are searching for, just wave your wand over Orlando. Okay…so it won’t magically appear, but it will reveal itself without a lot of hocus-pocus. Above all, the spell of great memories is certain to last a lifetime!

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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!

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.

Rock Dinner Show in Orlando Set to Take Stage

The Rock Dinner Show, an all-new dining entertainment experience, is set to debut in Orlando beginning September 8, 2018. This Vegas-style show will be performed nightly at the Orlando Forum Theatre, located at 6362 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819. This venue can accommodate up to 300 guests. Look-alike rock and pop artists will entertain guests. They will be performing acts from such icons as Prince, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and others.

Rock Dinner Show logo

Additionally, singers, performances by actors, actresses, aerialists, and dancers will also add to the  Rock Dinner Show. Their website states, “an all-star cast of legendary performers” will perform “for an unforgettable night that will amaze the senses with energizing music that will transform you to another place and time.” And, “sensational dancing that will captivate your eyes.” While not yet open, somehow, the “electrifying visual effects… have earned The Rock Show a standing ovation each and every time.”  Perhaps by the individual performers at other shows? Just a guess…we’re not sure how they can make this claim prior to being opened.

The Menu at the Rock Dinner Show

As for the dinner portion of the evening, “award-winning cuisine by renowned executive chef Russell T. Booth” will be served. Booth’s recognition is from Hard Rock Cafe. The Rock Dinner Show menu includes the choice of 3 dishes. They are Scallopini of Chicken, Braised Short Rib or Vegan Pasta Primavera. Main entree upgrades are also available adding $9-$10 to your ticket. A dessert made of a chocolate mousse-filled cupcake, topped with a creamy and rich chocolate frosting and chocolate pearls follows the main course. In contrast, the kid’s (3-12) menu consists of Macaroni and Meatballs or a Vegetarian Macaroni, followed by dessert perfect for children: house-made fried vanilla doughnuts tossed in cinnamon and sugar, served in a paper bag.

Furthermore, brunch buffets will be offered at the Rock Dinner Show on Saturday and Sunday mornings in addition to the nightly shows. So if you want to get a taste of the food and entertainment, this is a less expensive option to check out this new Orlando dinner show.

Orlando Dinner Show Tickets

Tickets for regular adult admission are $64.95. Children tickets (ages 3-12 yrs.) are $39.95 and infants (ages 0-3 yrs.) are free. As with most local dinner shows, upgrades are available which include VIP seating, a concert pass, 1 glass of alcohol (wine, beer or champagne), a photo package and an on-stage meet & greet photo. Tickets for the brunch buffet shows are $29.95 (adult) and $19.95 (child).

In contrast, Capone’s Dinner & Show includes a large option of beverages with their tickets, including alcoholic beverages. The selection includes mixed drinks, beer, and wine. At half the cost of this new Orlando dinner show, it remains the best value!

Finally, for more information about the new Rock Dinner Show, call 407-536-7943 or visit www.rockdinnershow.com.

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.