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Star Wars-themed Dinner Show from a Galaxy Far Far Away

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney World later this summer. With it, news of a Star Wars-themed dinner show has surfaced on our planet. Travel forward in time and this new Disney dinner show should come to fruition around 2021. That is, if the dark side doesn’t intervene.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open on August 29, 2019, while the Star Wars-themed hotel does not yet have an opening date. This luxury hotel is tentatively named “Galactic Journeys: A Star Wars Adventure.  A restaurant is planned for the very heart of this new universe. It is within this Star Wars-themed restaurant that the exclusive Disney dinner show is assumed to take front stage.

Star Wars-themed Dinner Show

2016 concept art

Package to Include Star Wars-themed Dinner Show

Additionally, it is reported that Disney will offer a multi-day adventure as an “all-inclusive” package. Visitors (as well as local Jedi) will be able to spend two nights and three days enjoying an out-of-this-world experience. Hop aboard the Chandrila Star Line and be transported within this galaxy. Even Droids will appreciate the convenience of an Orlando vacation package.

Speaking of all-inclusive…
Reservations for Capone’s Dinner & Show package everything you need into one low price. This local dinner show has free parking too. You don’t have to be a Padawan to appreciate the great service you’ll experience at this affordable dinner show. You also do not need to wait to experience it. Capone’s is open now, nearly every night of the year. Bring the entire gang – even the little Wookies will love it. It’s a blast from the past, fit for your future Orlando vacation!

May the Future Force be with You

Disney dinner show drinksAs only Disney can do, every detail including the Star Wars-themed dinner show is certainly expected to please. Even Ewoks will love it. Sip some Blue Bantha Milk (from A New Hope) or Green Milk as Luke Skywalker did at Thala-sirens in The Last Jedi. Dine on a feast suited for ‘the force.’ As for the show? Prepare yourself for a number of Jedi mind tricks, as it is sure to thrill.

Finally, only time will tell if this new Star Wars-theme dinner show will actually make a visit to our planet. Stormtroopers prepare. It is sure to meet a few death stars along the way, but nothing Disney cannot handle. Start saving now. The cost is also expected to be out of this world!

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Alternatively, if you are looking for an affordable dinner show, try Al Capone’s dinner show. It remains the best value among a host of Orlando dinner shows. This award-winning experience will please your entire rebel alliance.

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New Reasons to Visit Orlando in 2019

Visit Orlando (official tourism association) has come up with 19 new reasons to visit Orlando in 2019. However, we’d like to round it up to 20 new reasons to visit Orlando (even though it isn’t 2020 yet). We want to add Capone’s Dinner & Show to the list!

No, we are NOT new. In fact, we’ve been entertaining audiences with our hilarious Orlando dinner show for over 25 years. However, we’re still new to many tourists that come to visit this area. We also added a new script in 2017. So for many guests that haven’t been to Capone’s recently, our show will be new to them. Besides, with all of the audience interaction, every show feels like an original.

There are a lot of new fun things to do in Orlando this year. We agree with Visit Orlando. The following is their list which includes the other 19 new reasons to visit Orlando in 2019…


ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 11, 2018 — Orlando, Theme Park Capital of the World®, will have even more character in 2019 with the launch of new theme park thrills, adventures beyond the theme parks, and all-new places to stay, play and dine. Visitors can get continuous updates on new attractions and planning tips at VisitOrlando.com,  the official visitor information source for the destination.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here:
https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8462351-visit-orlando-19-new-reasons-2019/

A new Sesame Street-themed land at SeaWorld Orlando is scheduled to open in spring 2019, complete with the iconic neighborhood, exciting rides, a parade and more.

A new coaster, in place of the now-closed Dragon Challenge attraction, promises to immerse guests in an all-new adventure at Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2019.

Guests will enter the world of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies to bring the flat cartoon world to life in this new ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Wild Florida is expanding by more than six times its size to add a zipline and drive-through safari, bringing visitors nose-to-snout with giraffes, wild boars and other exotic animals.

Surfside Inn and Suites at Universal Orlando Resort will open in summer 2019, the first of two new value hotels that will make up Universal’s Endless Summer Resort.

Disney Springs will welcome The NBA Experience, a state-of-the-art restaurant, complete with interactive games, in 2019.

New Reasons to Visit Orlando – NEW THEME PARK THRILLS

Orlando theme parks have experienced unprecedented growth within the past five years, with ground-breaking expansions including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Pandora – The World of AVATAR and brand-new waterpark Volcano Bay. The thrills continue in 2019 with brand-new immersive lands, rides and experiences to excite both first-time and return visitors.

New Immersive Lands

1. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opens late-fall 2019. Set on the remote planet Batuu, the area will feature two signature attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, putting guests in the cockpit of the famous space ship, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, where an escape from The First Order turns into all-out battle.

2. A new Sesame Street-themed land at SeaWorld Orlando is scheduled to open in spring 2019. Guests can explore the iconic neighborhood, including the famous 123 stoop, exciting rides, the park’s first-ever parade, beloved characters and interactive experiences.

3. The Lego Movie World debuts at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in spring 2019, with three new attractions based on the 2014 film: Unikitty’s Disco Drop, Battle of Bricksburg and The Lego Movie Masters of Flight, a unique 180-degree rotating theater attraction with additional 4D elements such as smells and water sprays.

Thrill Rides and Family-friendly Attractions

4. An all-new roller coaster thrill ride is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Replacing what was once the “Dragon Challenge” double coaster, it is expected to be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences that Universal Orlando has ever created.

5. New family thrill ride, KareKare Curl at SeaWorld’s Aquatica offers riders a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure as they “climb” a vertical wave wall.

6. The first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway,” will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests will enter the world of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies to bring the flat cartoon world to life.

7. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a live show opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in early 2019, will feature beloved characters from the Cars movie series.

New Reasons to Visit Orlando – NEW ADVENTURES BEYOND THE PARKS

8. Dezerland Action Park, Orlando’s largest indoor entertainment, events museum complex, will offer 800,000 square feet of family entertainment. In 2019, the Orlando Auto Museum, one of the largest privately-owned collection of automobilia in the world, will open as part of phase one. The 250,000-square-foot experience will boast over 100 TV and Movie Cars, including dynamic displays of Hollywood Cars, 007 James Bond, Batmobiles, Vespa Scooters, Military and Micro Cars.

9. Wild Florida is expanding by more than six times its size to add a zipline and drive-through safari, bringing visitors nose-to-snout with giraffes, wild boars and other exotic animals.

10. Epic Axe Throwing is the first-of-its-kind in Orlando, a rustic “sport” open to anyone over the age of 13. Guests will have coaches on hand to teach them the art in a safe environment, for a unique new attraction with a competitive “edge.” It opened in late-2018.

New Reasons to Visit Orlando – NEW RESORTS AND HOTELS

With record-setting visitation numbers and newly-added attractions, Orlando accommodations continue to experience significant growth. By the end of 2019, Orlando is expected to add approximately 6,000 new rooms.

11. Disney Riviera Resort, the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, is expected to open fall 2019 complete with a rooftop restaurant with views of both Epcot’s and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ nighttime spectaculars. The resort will be part of the new Disney Skyliner gondola line, connecting the hotel along with three other properties to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

12. Surfside Inn and Suites at Universal Orlando Resort will open in summer 2019, the first of two new value hotels that will make up Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. The hotels, with rates starting at $100 per night, offer guests a more affordable on-site experience while keeping the perks of Early Park Admission and resort-wide transportation.

13. Margaritaville Resort Orlando is expected to open early 2019. The waterfront destination resort will feature 175 rooms, 1,000 Margaritaville-themed vacation homes and 300 timeshare units. The resort will also include a dining and entertainment district, a 12-acre water park, wellness center, miles of fitness trails and a destination water taxi system.

New Reasons to Visit Orlando – NEW ENTERTAINING EATERIES

From international celebrity chefs to local culinary superstars, Orlando’s food scene continues to reinvent itself, pleasing both distinguished palates and cash-conscious families. It’s why Orlando is among the top 10 Best Foodie Cities in America, according to Wallethub.com.

Tourism District

14. Disney Springs welcomes The NBA Experience, a state-of-the-art restaurant, complete with interactive games, and City Works Eatery and Pour House, which will serve 80 beers on tap, shareable American favorites and live sporting events broadcasts on high-definition TVs.

15. Pointe Orlando, an outdoor dining and entertainment complex on International Drive, welcomes The Hampton Social, themed after the New York coastal resort region, and Lotus Asia House, serving Pan-Asian cuisine inspired by street food vendors.

16. The Orlando Forum’s ROCK Dinner Show is a one-of-a-kind, dining and entertainment experience that brings audiences of all ages through a high-energy musical journey of the Kings of Rock and Pop – from Prince to Elvis to Katy Perry. It opened in late-2018.

Downtown Orlando and Winter Park

17. From the owners of local favorite and nationally-recognized bakery Se7en Bites, comes Sette, a rustic Italian kitchen offering pastas made from scratch.

18. The operators of one of Orlando’s most popular vegetarian restaurants, Sanctum Café, are bringing this new concept to Winter Park, Proper & Wild, serving plant-based dishes that focus on modern food trends.

19. The District GastroBar, a new upscale restaurant and bar, inspired by Orlando’s mid-twentieth century African-American music scene, will feature an open-air patio, beer garden, and a menu with Caribbean flare.

About Visit Orlando
Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States and, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area’s leading industry. Visit Orlando is responsible for branding, selling and marketing the Orlando destination worldwide, and serves as the official visitor information source.

SOURCE: Visit Orlando

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.

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM at Disney Springs

Disney Springs keeps getting sweeter and sweeter and the news of a Sprinkles Cupcake ATM coming in May 2016 will add even more flavor. (Editor’s Note: Sprinkles Cupcake ATM is now open.) The Beverly Hills-based company plans to install the first Florida Sprinkles Cupcake ATM at Disney Springs’ Town Center along with a new Sprinkles Bakery. Another Florida location will be in Tampa at the Hyde Park Village.

Disney Springs is located up the road from Capone’s Dinner & Show. Your ticket to this Orlando dinner show includes dessert, however, if you still want something sweet after the show is over, now you know where to get a great cupcake! Save some frosting for the wise guys!

About the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Each machine holds approximately 400 cupcakes and are ‘open’ 24-hours a day. They are restocked by the bakery several times a day, as well as prior to the bakery closing each night. Rarely will the machine run out, but hey, you never know! With Disney Springs more than doubling its size and more and more shopping and dining venues being added, a late night dessert purchase will be very popular. See the complete guide to Disney Springs to see what other retailers are located at this popular Central Florida attraction.

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Even a grinch would like a Sprinkles Cupcake!

The Sprinkles Cupcake ATM offers several choices of cupcakes, including vegan, gluten free and sugar free cupcakes. The ATMs at other locations even offer doggie cupcakes! A few of the most popular flavor concoctions are salted oatmeal cornflake cupcakes and other flavors such as banana peanut butter, maple bacon, Cuban coffee and lemon coconut.

Cupcakes cost around $4.25 each. The ATM only accepts credit and debit cards. No cash is ever dispensed. Once you’ve picked out your flavor and paid, a robotic arm packages the cupcake and boxes it up to keep the frosting safe. Out comes a perfectly frosted, fresh cupcake in a box!

The Sprinkles Cupcake ATM will make it very easy to satisfy your sweet tooth while visiting Disney Springs. The hardest part will be deciding on which flavor to choose. Then again, who says you only have to purchase one?

Downtown Disney is Now Disney Springs

downtown disney - disney springs

Downtown Disney – Disney Springs

Downtown Disney – Disney Springs? We no longer have to bounce between the two names. Today marks the official name change of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs. The massive re-imagination is doubling the size and number of restaurants and shops. In fact, Disney Springs will grow to more than 1 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of new leasable space. As with most Disney projects, they are doing it right and adding more parking and ease of getting to this new attraction.

Many restaurants and shops are already open at Downtown Disney – Disney Springs. The gang here at Capone’s is scrambling to keep up with all of the new opportunities. We’ve posted a new page (Disney Springs – Complete Guide) here on Al’s Blog which will keep up-to-date information on Disney restaurant openings, new shopping opportunities and helpful tips in getting to the new Disney Springs attraction. Stay informed.

For visitors to our area, you may not realize that you do not need a theme park ticket to experience Disney Springs. It is free (with free parking) to stroll and browse the area. Of course you’ll want to consume a snack or two, if not an entire meal. There will be several great restaurants to dine at when complete next year, and there are already many Lake Buena Vista restaurants and shops that we highly recommend (when you are not a guest at Capone’s Dinner & Show, of course). Downtown Disney will also have many exclusive shops to purchase unique items. Some are already open for business! Read our complete guide to Disney Springs!

Even though there is still a lot of construction taking place, Downtown Disney – Disney Springs is already a nice place to visit – now. Expect some construction hassle as Disney Springs develops its four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods. It will definitely be on everyone’s list of fun things to do in Orlando – daytime or night.