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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!

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Al Capone Show at Coney Island Attraction

Coney Island, look out! An Al Capone show is coming to town! During the month of November, a limited number of performances will be held at the world famous Sideshows by the Seashore in Brooklyn. The Education of Al Capone (as if told by Jimmy Durante) is billed as an “Interactive Dirty Dinner Theater About Al Capone.” The limited-time performance will feature a Brechtian Cabaret with a live jazz band, “warm beer and lousy pasta.”

Al Capone Show at Coney Island

Dick D. Zigun, founder & artistic director of CIUSA since 1980, is the writer and director of this production. The Al Capone show “samples” Jimmy Durante’s songs and routines. The words, however, have been changed to convey the story of a teenaged Al Capone. The age when he earned his nickname Scarface. The remarkable setting is only 3 blocks from the exact spot where Al Capone had the profile-changing knife fight 100 years ago!

Al Capone Show with Plenty of Audience Interaction

As with our Al Capone show in Kissimmee, this production will have plenty of audience interaction. Performers, portraying fellow gangsters/dames Frankie Yale, Clara Bow, Frank & Lena Gallucio will involve spectators. All while they hang out at the “Harvard Inn,” a dive bar and known gangster hangout in the 1918s. Food fights, fist fights, even a few murders take place in the audience. Guests are welcome to get up and dance. Also to drink beer and eat pasta (an additional $5).

If this Al Capone show sounds like a blast from the past, get tickets and go to Coney Island. The performances will take place at Coney Island USA, Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11224. Tickets are available at www.coneyisland.com.

Sideshows by the Seashore

Coney Island USA is an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization (and a tax-deductible charity) founded in 1980. Their mission is to defend the honor of American popular culture through innovative exhibitions and performances.

If you are unable to go to New York but love the idea of experiencing a Prohibition-era cabaret, visit Al’s gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show right here in the Orlando area. Capone’s is open nearly every night. You will NOT drink warm beer or lousy pasta here. The menu features an extensive selection of fresh food and cold beverages. You WILL be transported back in time when wise guys ruled and dames were delightful.

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The Unique Prohibition Era Dinner Show Near Me

One of the best things about the dinner show near me is the unique prohibition era show that Capone’s offers. Unlike the other Kissimmee dinner show, you won’t find it at 8 other locations throughout the US & Canada. No sir. It is the one and only. Enjoyable and affordable too!

So when I discovered another prohibition era show called “Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical,” well, I just had to read all of the details. No, you won’t find this pre-dinner show near me in Orlando or anywhere near you (most likely, anyway). For this, you’ll have to take to the high seas!

Dinner Show Near Me - Norwegian Cruise Line

Tantalizing madams will regale you with tales of bootleggers and some of the era’s most famous tunes.

Norwegian Bliss Cruise ShipNorwegian Cruise Line’s, Norwegian Bliss, will officially be christened in Seattle on May 30. However, the ship will stop in Port Miami on it’s way to its summer home. Next winter, it will set sail from its home port in New York. It is the cruise line’s largest ship holding 4,004 passengers. It offers destinations that include Alaska, Eastern Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Bahamas/Florida/New York, Panama Canal and the Pacific Coast.

Wishing This Dinner Show Near Me

What does this cruise ship have to do with a newly discovered prohibition era show? The Norwegian Bliss is where you’ll find the new interactive show, Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical being performed. It is certainly not a dinner show near me, but I can certainly wish for me to be near it someday!

Unlike Capone’s Dinner & Show set in gangland Chicago, this show will take to back in time to the world-famous Madam Lulu’s New Orleans speakeasy. A speakeasy set in the Big Easy!

Tantalizing madams will regale you with tales of bootleggers and some of the era’s most famous tunes. You’ll be dancing in the aisles, rocking the ship. This show takes place back in time to the eve of the Prohibition era. Of course, the cruise line will be offering once forbidden spirits of their own, each with a modern twist. Afterall, our drinking habits have changed significantly since January 16, 1919.

If this pre-dinner show isn’t enough to tempt you to come aboard, the Tony Award-Winning Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will also be performed aboard the Norwegian Bliss. Another show being performed will take you back to the 1950’s to ¡HAVANA! A show that celebrates Cuba’s music and culture. As with most cruise lines, the entertainment will be top-notch.

Norwegian Bliss

Of course, there is the ship itself featuring a 180-degree observation lounge. A ‘ship-within-a-ship’ called The Haven has its own penthouses, spa, sunbathing deck, and restaurant. The Norwegian Bliss also includes six infinity hot tubs as part of its two-pool sundecks. Also on board are a kids’ aqua park (with a cool slide), a decorative oversized chocolate fountain, The Cellars wine bar, the Mandara Spa, a fitness center, casino and much more. Are you ready to pack your bags? I am!


If you are looking for a great dinner show near you, and you are in the Orlando area, be sure to pay a (respectful) visit to the wise guys at Capone’s Dinner Show. If you are looking for a Mardi Gras twist to a prohibition era show, take to the high seas!

To book a cruise and see the show on the Norwegian Bliss, call 888-625-2784 or visit www.ncl.com for details. To make a reservation at the dinner show near me, go to alcapones.com. Both shows are unique and are sure to be unforgettable.

Beaches Near Orlando – Hit the Beach! Don’t Get Hit!

If you are here on vacation, you may want to check out the beaches near Orlando – Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach or New Smyrna Beach. They are all about the same distance driving time – about an hour. If you don’t mind an extra half hour or mileage on your rental car, the beaches in Tampa/St. Petersburg are very nice. While they all provide like-amenities, the east coast beaches allow driving directly on the beach in many areas.

Beaches near Orlando

Driving on the beach is nice, because you don’t have to find parking, or tote all of your umbrellas, towels, chairs, coolers, etc. for blocks just to drag it through the sand and back at the end of the day. It allows you to play your tunes, or seek shade inside your vehicle throughout the day. Driving on the beaches near Orlando is a nice convenience, however, it also presents a danger you don’t often expect to encounter at the beach. Note: Most beaches now charge to drive on the beach.

Driving Safety When Visiting Beaches Near Orlando

Over the years several accidents on our east coast beaches have caused quite a concern with beach-goers. Deaths have included a 4-year-old who was killed by a driver on Daytona’s beach as she darted in front of a vehicle. A 23-year-old woman was ran over while lying on the beach between two parked cars. Although it is a violation of county code to layout between cars, Volusia County Beach Patrol officers only cited the driver who rolled over the woman.

Bottom line is, even though you’re at the beach, you still need to pay attention and use some common sense. Don’t lie down between your car and another vehicle. Go closer to the water, or layout behind the row of parked cars where no one will be driving or parking. Look both ways before crossing the “road.” Explain to your children that the strip of sand between the cars and water is the road and depending upon the tide, the location of the “road” can be different throughout the day.

Other required laws when driving on the beaches near Orlando include:

  • at least one window must be rolled down
  • low volume on your radio
  • obey the speed limit (zero tolerance)
  • lights must be turned on
  • no texting

For more information on beach safety, visit Volusia County’s website. Another great beach to visit is Cocoa Beach.

Other Safety Factors

If you have young children or are not a strong swimmer, find a spot near a lifeguard. Read all warning signs. The booth attendant (at the street entry) or lifeguard will have warnings posted. These warnings often include rip currents, jelly fish and strong winds. While these warnings can present problems, they don’t have to ruin your trip to the beaches near Orlando. Be aware, use good sense, and have a great time.

Other advice is to arrive early if you want a good spot. Bring plenty of sun screen and water. If you want to pack light, there are vendors on the beach; bring cash. Plan to stay an entire day. Because the waters are still cool, the breeze off the ocean provides hours of enjoyment without feeling as if you’ve been in the sun all day. You’ll most likely want to make an entire day of it.

The beaches near Orlando are quite a “hit” with our visitors, let’s keep it that way and be safe.

Bike Week in Central Florida Revving Up

Bike Week in Central Florida is revving up! Many tourists may not have realized they planned their vacation at the same time as Bike Week. Years ago they probably wouldn’t have even noticed, but as the event has grown and the activity area has spread throughout Central Florida, it’s hard NOT to notice. Even though the cold weather and tough economy have kept the numbers of bikers lower than in past years, there are still motorcycles everywhere.

Bike Week in Central Florida

If you are attending theme parks, your vacation will most likely be “business as usual.” Bikers primarily attend events created for them elsewhere. While the Daytona area attracts most of the crowd, DeLand, Orlando and other areas are luring the bikers away with great events. This also allows bikers to get in some great seat time (longer rides).

Events are not for bikers only, so feel free to drive your “cage” to any event. I recommend riding the loop, the roads to & from Mt. Dora and around Lake County. Places to check out are Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show, the many events and concerts at Destination Daytona, the concerts and events at Orlando HD, or the legendary David Allen Coe at the Ironhorse Saloon. If you want to see something a little on the wild side, there is coleslaw wrestling at the Cabbage Patch. Roads nearer to the events tend to become highly congested, so plan accordingly and PLEASE drive with safety in mind.

Safe Driving during Bike Week in Central Florida, Please!

Once Bike Week in Central Florida is throttled down, a transformation from bikers to spring breakers begins. Hotels will empty out, then fill back up, but one thing is for sure – the roads will be very busy. When learning to drive, I taught my kids to LOOK for the motorcycle. You’ll see the car. You’ll see the truck. You’ll see ALL of the other vehicles on the road, as long as you are LOOKING for the motorcycles (and bicycles).

Yes, I know a lot of motorcycle riders drive recklessly – so do cars! Please give bikers the same respect that you give any other vehicle. Don’t follow too closely, don’t cut them off, don’t stop suddenly in front of them, etc. This applies to the vehicles towing the bike trailers as well. The roads will be filled for the next two weeks with both, riders and trailers.

As always, Capone’s Dinner & Show welcomes bikers and all groups that want to have a great evening out at an Orlando dinner show. Whether you ride 2-up or come with a big ol’ biker gang, the wise guys and beautiful dancing girls will entertain and show you a great time. In fact, some motorcycle clubs make Capone’s Dinner & Show an annual event. Meet up as a group and ride on in. Parking is free for everyone. You only need 15 adults to get a group rate. Ride safe and enjoy Bike Week and all that is offered here in Central Florida!

Bikers Welcomed in Central Florida

For many businesses, Bike Week in Central Florida is welcomed with extra staff on hand, extended hours and additional inventory. Tourists are a huge part of our economy and bikers tend to spend a lot of money. Please be safe. Allow ALL of our tourists a return visit to these yearly events. Look twice, save a life!