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Black Friday Shopping Around Orlando

Black Friday Shopping in Central Florida

I’m not a big shopper but realize many folks are. Some people who vacation in Orlando come just for the spectacular shopping! This Friday is a huge day for them, as well as for the stores that depend upon their shopping enthusiasm. Black Friday can’t begin soon enough for many Orlando shopping venues. Some are even open on Thanksgiving Day!

Black Friday shopping in Central Florida

There are a lot of places to shop in Central Florida and I’m not going to try to list them here. You can check the store’s website that you are interested in, and it will most likely have their Black Friday hours and hottest deals. Here are some suggestions for places to look for Black Friday Shopping in Central Florida.

Black Friday Shopping Malls and Shopping Centers Hours

  • Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs
  • Disney Springs
  • Florida Mall
  • Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
  • Lake Square Mall, Leesburg
  • The Loop, Kissimmee
  • Mall at Millenia, Orlando
  • Melbourne Square Mall
  • Merritt Square Mall
  • Orlando Fashion Square
  • Orlando Premium Outlets — I-Drive & Vineland
  • Oviedo Mall
  • Paddock Mall, Ocala
  • Seminole Towne Center, Sanford
  • Waterford Lakes Town Center, Orlando
  • West Oaks Mall, Ocoee
  • Winter Garden Village
  • Volusia Mall, Daytona Beach

Stores to Keep in Mind for Awesome Deals

  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Bealls
  • Best Buy
  • Costco
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • HH Gregg
  • Home Depot
  • JCPenney
  • Kmart
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Office Depot
  • Old Navy
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sears
  • Sports Authority
  • Staples
  • Target
  • Walmart Supercenter

Capone's Stocking Stuffer - Gift CardsFurthermore, when scheduling your shopping this holiday season, please consider shopping at smaller stores, local businesses and purchasing American-made products. Of course, you can always stop in Capone’s Dinner & Show Gift Shop and pick up an extremely cool Al Capone T-shirt, fedora hat, or other prohibition-era merchandise. If you would like to purchase a great stocking stuffer, give the gift of entertainment by buying a Gift Card for our show! Tickets are always half price online, and the entire family will enjoy a night out with the gang.

Purchase a Gift Card

Finally, enjoy shopping! At least you’ll be working off the turkey and stuffing while you shop Orlando and nearby areas in Central Florida. Hope you get some great deals!


Gift Cards to Capone’s – Perfect Inexpensive Present!

Gift Cards make wonderful presents, especially for people that are hard to buy gifts for. You know the ones…picky, picky, picky. You probably have a few people like that on your list. Maybe it’s your boss, or your mother, or your friend that already seems to have everything. A present for them needs to be good, but not cost too much. Heaven forbid should you give your boss a cheap gift (or your mother-in-law)!

That is why gift cards make perfect inexpensive presents. A gift card to see an Orlando dinner show makes the present even better! You are providing:

  • an evening out, all pre-paid, the recipient doesn’t even have to pay for parking!
  • a great meal – delicious buffet filled with holiday favorites
  • funny show and fabulous entertainment – guests can even win prizes during the gangster shoot out
  • great memories – how can you put a price tag on that?

Plus, the recipient gets to choose the evening they want to ‘redeem’ the gift! Purchase gift cards from Capone’s Dinner & Show, and you’ll pay half price for the tickets! That’s a steal of a deal!

Dinner Show Gift Cards

As a gift for someone else, or a present for yourself, dinner show tickets make great cheap gifts! Gift cards are sold for $20, $25, $50 or $100 in cash value; or you can purchase an adult ticket or VIP ticket. Cash value gift cards can be applied for adults or children ticket reservations. Currently** ticket prices to Capone’s are $65.99 & $41.99, however, if the recipient makes their reservations online, tickets are half price! With the discount, prices are $32.99/adult and $20.99/child. You can upgrade and include the VIP package for an additional $12/adult or $9/child (no infants – 3 & under). That is sure to impress the picky person!

Quick, Easy Purchase

Purchasing gift cards from Capone’s Dinner & Show is easy too. You can stop by the theater, call in your order (toll free 1-800-220-8428) or order them online. Gift cards are sent electronically, so there is no shipping fee. The wise guys in the gift shop will send it to you – it’s up to you to keep it or send it on to your boss, mother or friend! While you’re in the gift shop, you might find a few other items to stick in with the present.* They have shot glasses, mugs, T-shirts and more.

Gift Cards from Capone's Dinner & Show

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift, a great stocking stuffer, or some brownie points at work, a gift card from Capone’s Dinner & Show is a wonderful solution. While you’re at it, buy tickets for yourself! Take an evening off from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and see a dinner show. The laughter will do you good, and you’ll enjoy a great meal out of your own kitchen.

The Christmas show at Capone’s Dinner & Show will continue through New Year’s day. This Orlando dinner show is the perfect place to celebrate any holiday, and they are open for all of them. Now get that gift card and cross that hard-to-please person off your list!

*additional items require shipping charges if ordering online or via phone
**prices are subject to change

Cyber Monday – Safe Tips for Shopping Online

Cyber Monday means a lot of people will be shopping online today. Are you one of them? At Capone’s Dinner & Show, every day is Cyber Monday, because our online tickets sales are always half off!

Cyber Monday Safe Shopping Tips

Shop Safe & Smart – Tips for Shopping Online on Cyber Monday

For some shoppers, the only thing holding them up from shopping online on Cyber Monday is security. It is a known fact that there can be risks. To minimize those risks and have a safe shopping experience, here are some tips from the Wise Guys for shopping online safely:

  • Don’t click links in E-mails. Instead, open up your Web browser and enter the URL to the site offering the discounts you’re looking for and do a search for the items yourself.
  • Don’t click on web ads. Stick with e-commerce sites you know are real. Go directly to those websites.
  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Check out the retailer before you purchase. Many legitimate retailers offering Cyber Monday deals are listed in the National Retail Federation’s list of legitimate retailers.
  • Make sure the checkout page is a secure page. Web pages that use SSL (secure sockets layer) security begins with “https://” and not “http://.” Most browsers will also show a lock icon in the corner of the browser window.
  • Only pay for online purchases with a credit card as opposed to a wire transfer or other non-plastic payment method. That way you can dispute the charge if it is a scam.
  • Make sure that you’re operating system and antivirus software are up-to-date with the latest security patches and other updates. You should also use a modern web browser such as the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.
  • Beware of using free Wi-Fi, especially if a retailer is offering a free gift when using their Wi-Fi. Use VPN software (virtual private network) on your phone, or stick to your cellular connection.
  • Use the same credit card for all of your holiday shopping. Never use your debit card, and check your bank account often (using a secure site).
  • Download Apps directly from the verified site that the App is for. Numerous fake Apps are developed by scammers offered online hoping you install it and give them all of your personal financial information. You’ll shop and shop not knowing any better until you never receive anything you order. Talk about a grinch!

Cyber Monday Statistics

Since 2015, Cyber Monday has beat out Black Friday shopping sales. For many retailers, a strong online sales season can make the whole year a success, while a weak holiday sales season can spell disaster. This year Cyber Monday is anticipated to be a huge winner in overall sales.

Here are some statistics to consider:

  • Cyber Monday sales hit 3.19 billion dollars in 2015.
  • Cyber Monday sales averaged $123.43 per order.
  • While shopping on mobile devices increased 53%, the highest percentage of sales still come from desktop computers.
  • Smartphone sales are higher than tablet sales by 3%.
  • Female shoppers edged out male shoppers 59% to 41% with the 35-55 year old age group containing the highest number of shoppers spending the most amount of money.
  • While there were more at-home shoppers (by a narrow margin), the shoppers at work spent on average more money.
  • iOS users accounted for more than 3 times as many sales as Android users (21% vs 6%).
  • The number of orders placed by shoppers in China on Cyber Monday increased 78% from last year.

If you have a list of items to purchase, Cyber Monday is a great time to go ahead and purchase them. Most retailers offer free shipping, so the bargains are all that much better. It is also a great opportunity to purchase something for yourself!

If you miss out on Cyber Monday, mark your calendar for Green Monday sales (usually the 2nd Monday in December). This sale date is often associated with the last day you can order items and not pay for rush shipping (if free shipping isn’t offered) in order to receive it by Christmas day.

Every day is Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Green Monday at Capone’s. This year, be sure to purchase a dinner show gift card. They make great stocking stuffers! Everyone loves a night out that includes a great dinner and a wonderful show. An evening with the gang is an easy way to please nearly anyone on your list. Be sure to make your reservation before January 1st and enjoy the special holiday show. It is a blast!

Happy shopping! Oh, and Al says…“Get back to work!”

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Let the Holiday Shopping in Orlando Begin!

Are you gearing up for your holiday shopping in Orlando? Now that Halloween is over, be prepared for an inundation of holiday promotions and commercials. Quite frankly, I was surprised to view only 2 holiday-related commercials on television prior to Halloween. Neither were local stores, but national chain stores.

Capone's Holiday Shopping in OrlandoThere is no shortage of stores to shop at in the Orlando area when looking for bargains. Every day sales at the outlet malls alone provide a plethora of savings. Throw in a few coupons, and you’ve got yourself a great deal! With the wide variety of discount stores, you can find a good deal on just about anything you might be shopping for.

For recommendations of where to do your holiday shopping in Orlando, read our advice on our shopping page and see our shopping directories (under ‘shopping’ in the above navigation menu). Most people want to shop near where they live or are staying. This is especially true in Orlando where driving across town can be less than enjoyable.

Holiday Shopping in Orlando for Tourists

If you are a visitor to the area, here is a list of some great shopping locations near the tourist areas:

Outlet Malls to Shop:

  • Orlando Premium Outlets 2 locations (Vineland and I-Drive)
  • Outlet Marketplace (near Universal Studios, next to Premium Outlets on I-Drive)

Orlando Malls to Shop:

  • Artegon Marketplace
  • Florida Mall
  • Mall at Millenia
  • Pointe Orlando (outdoor mall)

There are a number of shops along Highway 192 in Kissimmee that offer excellent shopping opportunities. Begin at the I-4 exit and travel east to John Young Parkway. There are numerous discount shopping centers on both sides of the road. If you venture away from the tourist areas, you’ll find some great bargains as well.

Gift Cards for a Great Dinner Show

Gift cards to Capone’s Dinner & Show make excellent gifts for everyone. They are easy to mail too! Stop by the gift shop and see what other great holiday gifts you can select. Located at 4740 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (Hwy. 192), Kissimmee, FL 34746. If you are not in the area, purchasing tickets online is easy. Tickets to this Orlando dinner show are already marked down at 50% off!

Remember when holiday shopping in Orlando, shop local when possible. If you have a choice, buy American-made products. Let’s do our part to strengthen our economy and keep our family members employed. Let the shopping begin!

Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

The Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood is open with several recently added retail stores and new places to eat in Orlando. Nearly two dozen new retail stores are now open with several more on the way. In addition to shopping, seven new specialty dining opportunities are now open, with more opening soon. The entire neighborhood should be complete by the end of 2016.

Town Center is one of four neighborhoods located within Disney Springs. See our complete guide to Disney Springs for information about all of the neighborhoods.

Important to note is the fact that Town Center includes the official Welcome Center for Disney Springs. Here you can get theme park tickets, purchase Cirque du Soleil tickets, make dining and resort reservations, exchange foreign currency and other guest relation services. If you are looking for Disney answers, this is the place to go.

Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

New Places to Eat at Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood

We are still waiting for the much-anticipated opening of STK Steakhouse. The restaurant has not opened yet, however, you can make a reservation for when it does open. Until then you can get your fill at these new places to eat at Disney Springs. Five of the seven newly opened eateries are located in Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood. Wetzel’s Pretzel’s and Haagen Dazs ice cream still have venues at Disney Springs, they have be relocated across from Orlando Harley-Davidson on the West Side.

Since we’ve already covered Sprinkles (see this post) and D-Luxe Burger (see this post), let’s take look at the other newly opened places to eat in Orlando at Disney Springs.

Amorette’s Patisserie: A high-end pastry shop. Watch pastry chefs decorate signature cakes and enjoy macarons, pavlova, chocolate-chocolate chunk cookies and Amorette.

The Daily Poutine: This new dining option is a kiosk offering Poutines with four varieties of toppings. Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds usually topped with a light brown gravy. This kiosk will offer a classic gravy, Latin variation, Italian option and a French version.

YeSake: At this kiosk you can try a variety of sake, slushes and beer along with pulled pork and other dishes.

B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. (Marketplace): Another kiosk which offers artisan sausages created by Disney chefs. Choose from a Reuben, Portuguese, Bavarian, Sweet Hot or Italian Veggie Sausage. Each comes with a delicious combination of toppings.

Morimoto Asia Street Food (Landing Neighborhood): Don’t feel like eating inside? This new walk-up window on the patio offers many popular dishes. Order sushi, donburi rice bowls and bao tacos or other snacks.

Other New Additions to Town Center

Lime Parking GarageMore parking is now available at Disney Springs. In addition to the Orange Garage, the Lime Garage is now open. It is near the new water tower with the Disney Springs logo and provides great access to Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood and the Marketplace. More parking garages are on the way. The parking area on the east end of the complex will be called Lemon. Three lots just west of the Orange garage will be called Watermelon, Grapefruit and Mango. The lot behind the Cirque du Soleil will be known as Strawberry.

Over the summer expect more retail stores and dining options to open in the Disney Springs Town Center Neighborhood. Retail tenants include many favorites and top-of-the-line merchandise, while others will be one-of-a-kind stores, such as the Trophy Room. A visit to Disney Springs can easily fill an entire day – if you like to shop. It is an experience unlike any other in Central Florida. And there is more to come!