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Spring Training in Central Florida

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Illustration of Al Capone ready to swing a bat during Spring Training in Central Florida.

Al is ready to swing! Illustration © Capone’s Dinner & Show. All rights reserved.

Big Al here. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to do any peaching here on my blog. Things are really hoppin’ at my joint over at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Word is gettin’ out ‘bout my specials and the 25th anniversary party! Prohibition ain’t gonna stop the nightly party at my speakeasy!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Spring Training in Central Florida is when me and the mob are gonna get to use our bats for another game – not just for inspiration. Savvy?

If you’re a Braves cat, it’s easier to gun for a game in Central Florida. The Braves train jus’ up the road at Disney’s Wild World of Sports. West of Orlando, the Tigers training home is in Lakeland; Yankees in Tampa; Phillies in Clearwater and Blue Jays in Dunedin. There are other teams doin’ their Spring Training in Central & South Florida if you want to check them out on this really keen web site at www.floridagrapefruitleague.com.

Spring Training in Central Florida Schedules & Ticket Prices

Spring Training in Central Florida started February 25th this year and ends April 1st. The teams play every day, so there is plenty of Chicago lightning. There are “away games” and “home games” so be sures to check your team’s schedule an’ show up at the correct stadium. Some days they even play a double header! That’s ‘bout as much action as watchin’ bangtails!

Individual game tickets range from $15 to $60 depending upon the stadium and where you want to sit. You can buy a multi-ticket plan and see more than one game. Those are the bees knees. Some of the stadiums and teams even offer a meal plan including hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, soft drinks and bottled water. Keep in mind, most stadiums also charge for parking – somethin’ we never do at my Kissimmee attraction.

Astros Spring Training in Central Florida

After the Game, Join the Gang!

Capone's wise guy swings a mean bat!Speakin’ of meals, I know that afternoon baseball game snack ain’t gonna fill any of yous up, so that is why I want to personally invite yous to my Kissimmee dinner show. Every evening Mama Capone puts out a spread unlike any other dinner show in Orlando. This ain’t no hash house either, it’s an Italian/American buffet fit for a high pillow. All-you-can-eat dinner and drinks (giggle juice too) is hard to beat! Plus, if you order your tickets online, I’ll make it right and let yous glaum them at half off the ticket price! That ends up – with the government’s cabbage (tax) – being only $35.46 for adults and $22.56 kids 4-12. Add a little extra an’ be treated like a big boss with a VIP upgrade.

March Specials at Capones Dinner & Show

Now for some serious matters… It’s well-known that Buggs Moran has been tryin’ to take over my joint for quite some time. It bein’ March and all, those Irish are startin’ to come ’round. Things are a bit hinky. To encourage support for me an’ my gang, I’m gonna offer 2 shows per night on March 11 – one early show at 5:00pm and a late show at 8:30pm.  Then on March 22nd we’ll have two shows – one a matinee at 1:00pm and the evening show at 7:30pm. Experience a little friendly competition here at Capone’s Dinner & Show, especially durin’ the Gangster Shootout! You won’t want to miss the action as my gang puts all this spring training to use!

Enjoy Spring Training in Central Florida and be sure to stop by my speakeasy and tip a few. Everyone on your team will have a good time at Capones Dinner & Show!

Two Great Florida Golf Courses You Must Visit

With the US Open wrapping up, the gang at Capone’s thought it fitting to share this post with our readers.

By Werner Loots

Playing golf in Florida is an absolute pleasure. With hundreds of courses to choose from and great golfing weather for the most part of the year, golfing in Florida will always be a wonderful experience! The biggest challenge for you and you group is to decide which courses to play. To help you make the planning of your golf trip a little easier, I will tell you more about two great golf clubs in Florida definitely worth a visit (if you want to see a full list of courses in the area, www.golfnow.com/course-directory/florida-golf-courses is a great place to start).

Southern Dunes, Haines City

Par 72 | 7,219 yards |

Southern Dunes is a fantastic golf course in immaculate condition. The course has a very unique typography with a dramatic hillside layout and also features a 100 feet elevation change. Grass-covered dunes, huge bunkers and large undulating greens will ensure a very interesting and challenging round of golf. Five sets of tees do however make this course playable for golfers of any skill-level.

The golf course displays a wonderful combination of par-3 holes with beautiful downhill views, long and challenging par-4’s and par-5 holes with wide open fairways. Course management is a must at Southern Dunes and beware of lighting fast greens!

The clubhouse is excellent; the food is great and the practice facilities of a very high standard. Southern Dunes will definitely not disappoint – give them a call or check out their website for more information.

Contact information: (800) 632 6400
www.southerndunes.com


World Woods, Brooksville

World Woods Golf Club boasts two magnificent golf courses:

1. Pine Barrens Course: | Par 71 | 6,458 yards |

Pine Barrens gets its name from the many pine trees that line its length. The course, which was ranked number 26 by Golf Digest on their list of top 100 courses in America, offers a visually stunning layout amongst an expansive pine forest. Dramatic changes in elevation, large manicured fairways and untamed waste bunkering create a unique golf experience – many have compared this course with the splendid Pine Valley course in New Jersey.

This majestic design will provide a wonderfully rare golfing experience. You will really enjoy its fourth and fifteenth holes as they have been labelled as two of the best strategic holes built in the last 60 years. Pine Barrens is a truly beautiful course and a clever design – most definitely worth the trip!

2. Rolling Oaks Course: | Par 72 | 6,520 yards |

Rolling Oaks is another world-class golf course. The design is however very different from Pine Barrens. This course displays beautiful rolling fairways leading to tricky, undulating greens. Large Oak trees, sharply defined white bunkers, rich green fairways and Azalea bushes provide a wonderful setting – you could easily imagine you were playing a round at Augusta National!

The eighth hole at Rolling Oaks is one of the most beautiful holes in all of Florida, with its green nestled as close to a pond as can be. The stunning views and challenging tee shot will definitely push your heart rate up!

World Woods Golf Club is Florida’s only 5 star public golf course. Both Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks will provide a very enjoyable round of golf at a reasonable price. World Woods is absolutely perfect for a weekend getaway – 36 holes of golf and excellent facilities will ensure a weekend to remember! Take advantage of World Wood’s golf packages and stay in one of their own villas.

Contact information: (352) 796 5500
www.worldwoods.com/

 

On the famous Swilken Bridge after Werner's tee shot on the 18th.

On the famous Swilken Bridge after Werner’s tee shot on the 18th.

Werner Loots has been playing golf for over 15 years and enjoys helping other golfers play better golf. You can take advantage of over 85 web pages of great free golf tips at: www.great-free-golf-tips.com

NBA All-Star Events in Orlando

Even if you’re not a huge NBA fan, this week is a great week to enjoy professional basketball in Orlando. The All-Star game is not just a game, it is a week-long celebration and party. There are many events taking place other than the big game. (Not including Dwight Howard’s party or Drake’s party at Showalter Executive Airport.) You might be surprised how easily it can be to get involved in the excitement!

A fan favorite event is the NBA All-Star Jam Session. Why? Primarily because it is geared around young fans. Held at the Orange County Convention Center’s North Building, Thursday through Sunday, this event allows fans of all ages to shoot, dribble and drive all day. It’s great to be playing basketball and not just watching. Compete against your friends in skills challenges and have a chance at getting autographs from the NBA players and legends. Children can participate in the Kids Zone at sized down slam dunks, three-pointers and jump shots. For more information and a discount, click here.

Tickets for the Jam Session are:
Thursday, February 23 & Friday, February 24
Adults $20; Kids (3-12) $12; Kids (2 & Under) FREE; Seniors/Military (with valid ID) $12
Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26
Adults $30; Kids (3-12) $20; Kids (2 & Under) FREE; Seniors/Military (with valid ID) $20

Another favorite event of the NBA All-Star Weekend would have to be the Rising Stars Challenge taking place Friday, February 24, 2012 at 9:00pm at the Amway Center. This event features eighteen of the league’s top rookies and second-year players squaring off in an epic game played in two 20-minute halves with no foul outs! These players have something to prove and it should be exciting.

Tickets for the Rising Stars Challenge are:
Upper Bowl: $35; Lower Bowl: $50

While the game is highly anticipated, nothing is as fun to watch as the NBA All-Star Saturday Night. This is when the infamous slam dunk contest is held. This event also includes three other competitions: a shooting contest featuring NBA and WNBA Players and NBA Legends; a skills challenge where the top guards work against the clock to compete in an “obstacle course,” consisting of a series of passes, free throws, lay-ups and agility drills; and a three-point contest consisting of six of the best long-range shooters. The event’s grand finale, is of course the slam dunk contest, showcasing the NBA’s most athletic players as they take to the air, mystifying fans with their gravity defying creativity.

The actual 2012 NBA All-Star Game will be held Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Amway Center. The 61st NBA All-Star game is a unique experience that celebrates the NBA’s greatest athletes. Your fantasy teams become a reality as East vs. West face off in what should be a great game. Various ticket packages are available for the weekend, however, prepare to dig deep, as they start at $1,599 and go as high as $6,999. Tickets just for the game start around $500 – if you can still get them!

There are several other events being held this week in celebration of the NBA All-Star Game including the Celebrity Game on Friday; a recycling event on Saturday where you can properly recycle unwanted electronics; and an All-Star FIT Run, Walk & Dribble event at Lake Eola Park. For information on all of the events, go to nba.com/allstar2012. Enjoy the stars and be a fan, at least this week, of the National Basketball Association. If you’re in Orlando, the excitement is sure to be a slam dunk!

8 Seconds of Excitement – Rodeo Time!

Bull Rider at the Silver Spurs Rodeo

One of Kissimmee’s most honored and oldest events will take place June 4th and 5th – the Silver Spurs Rodeo! Cowboys and cowgirls will round up at the arena to cheer on some of rodeo’s top professional riders as they compete. It is an exciting event you won’t want to miss.

Bull riding has become the most popular event at the rodeo. Any sport that involves a rider getting on a large bull and attempting to stay mounted for 8 seconds while the animal attempts to buck off the rider is bound to draw a crowd! Then there are the rodeo clowns, which not only help keep the cowboy safe from the animal once it has freed itself of the rider, but entertain the crowd when the action in the chutes quites down.

The Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi and is annually ranked among the top 50 events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The new Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744 is part of an $84 million dollar facility, so the rodeo takes place rain or shine, and in fine fashion! The Arena boasts 8,300 seats and 12 luxury skyboxes. Regular admission seats get you close to the action for only $15.00 per person per day. Children 10 and under are free with a paying adult.

The Silver Spurs Rodeo has grown into a large business and is one of Osceola County’s premier events. It is an American tradition that has been passed down for generations. And speaking of American, be sure to where red, white and blue when you attend the rodeo. The Silver Spurs has teamed up with Wrangler National Patriotic team and will donate $1.00 of each ticket sold to a local USO.

The rodeo begins Saturday, June 4th at 7:30pm and finishes up Sunday, June 5th @ 2pm. Doors  open 1 hour prior to the start time. Because traffic gets congested event organizers ask that you please plan accordingly.

Then on June 16-19 the Silver Spurs will host the NBHA Florida State Finals.  The barrel racing action begins each day at 8am and admission is FREE! Plan on watching some of the best girls in Florida compete to be the Florida State Champion.

Capone’s Dinner & Show wishes all the cowboys and cowgirls the best of performances at the 127th Annual Silver Spurs Rodeo and the Barrel Race finals. We’d like to invite you and your family to save a night for Capone’s Dinner Show. Before or after you compete, our nightly show is a favorite for all ages. Our zany cast of characters are a little like the rodeo clowns, and the entertainment and surprises never end. It will take a little longer than 8 seconds to make it through our dinner buffet, and we promise to keep your boots filled!

Swinging & Dining – Spring Training Style

Capone's wise guy swings a mean bat!Al’s wise guys love to get use of their baseball bats, and it’s a great time of the year to start swinging! Spring Training has returned, and we can head out to the ball park to catch our favorite team in training. If you’re an Astros or Braves fan, you’re in luck. The Braves train just up the road at Disney’s Wild World of Sports and the Astros are down the road the other direction from Capone’s at the Osceola County Stadium.

Most of the games are in the afternoon (1:00pm), just in time for lunch. (Brings an all new meaning to the term ‘dinner show’ doesn’t it?) In my opinion, there is nothing like a hot dog at the ball park. I rarely ever eat them anywhere else. I never crave them, but those dogs are the first thing I order when I go to a game – shortly followed by the peanuts (around the 7th inning). This type of dining in Orlando is not exactly my first choice of cuisine, but this American tradition is part of the entire Spring Training experience.

The Osceola County Stadium offers an all you can eat ticket for some of the games for $24 per person. It includes: 1 outfield reserve seat, hotdogs, popcorn, nachos, sodas and bottled water. Not bad! The Champion Club at Disney is a little more pricey ($90/individual), but ends up being a decent deal if you have 10 people in your group. It includes: a traditional ballpark-style buffet and limited beverages in a private, tented area on the 1st base patio. The buffet offers different food as the game progresses consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, pretzels, Cracker Jacks, cookies, brownies, popcorn, roasted peanuts, tea and lemonade. This group package includes ten reserved game tickets (game bleacher level). The cost starts at $750 (for 10 people).

Whether you go for the buffet packages or just a snack, most of the games are over early enough to take in another ‘hit’ later in the evening. That would be our very own Capone’s Dinner & Show. You can’t beat the price either; only $26.99 for adults and $16.99 for kids (after coupon or online). With our all-you-can-eat buffet, the meager hot dog and peanuts at the park, will soon be replaced by a belly full of American/Italian cuisine, hot off the buffet. You don’t have to pay extra for drinks or dessert either! We also have an ‘home run’ deal for groups!

Catch a ball at the game and later have a ball at our show. Spring Training + Capone’s = an excellent Spring day in the Kissimmee/Orlando area. Let’s get swingin’ and play ball!

Capone’s was also named one of the top 5 restaurants to visit while in the area for Spring Training! Read the rest of the story.