It’s absolutly beautiful in Orlando all week high up to 80 degrees lows in the 50’s Chamber of Commerce weather. Visit before Thanksgiving or before Christmas for low airfares, cheap lodging and small crowds at attractions make this a perfect time to visit. If you can getaway soon you WILL save alot and enjoy your trip more because of the weather and the small crowds.
My obvious choice for dinner shows in the Orlando area is Capone’s Dinner & Show. Capone’s has been my baby since 1992. Me and my management team have provided a guest experience in tune with the times. A lot has changed in that time. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede came and went as did Tony and Tina’s Wedding. Many other concepts have come and gone. Why does Capone’s Dinner and Show mange to remain relevant in a market that so many have failed, including a concept in Orlando that copied our Speakeasy concept? The single largest reason is our base of repeat business and referrals.
Capone’s has prospered through good times and bad. In 2008 we had ourselves shopped numerous times to help determine areas of weakness and found our food hit and miss. So we hired a new chef with a strong background in Italian cuisine. We also made many upgrades to our facility and did many renovations over the past two years. The theatre looks great plus we added new light and sound systems.
The show is really funny and guest comments have called it a hit. We opened the sequel to the original show in 2007 and while main characters Miss Jewel, Bunny-June, Fingers Salvotorio all return. We have added hysterical new characters including Buggs Moran, Honey & Sunny. There’s a good bit of back and forth between characters, mobsters and our guests. Flashy new costumes and a totally different note than the original. With out giving up too much I’ll just say you’ll be laughing and singing on the ride home.
If a ticket deal seems too good to be true you may be buying illegal tickets. Many resellers buy left over days on multi park tickets and then resell them to you at a low price. This practice is not legal and many a ticket reseller have been arrested for doing it. Nine times out of ten people using these fraudulent tickets won’t get caught. If your in the 10% caught you’re now waisting vacation time. The attraction will want a statement filled out about where you bought the ticket. Did you know that you bought illegal tickets? If you say no they will point out where it says the ticket is non transferable. Another way you can be scammed is resellers selling employee tickets that are again not transferable. The majority of ticket resellers are on the up and up but I advise researcing the reseller especially when buying online.
Ticket resellers can save you money on the smaller attractions because they get bulk pricing and undercut the price of the smaller attractions. The big attraction tickets are typically about the same price if they are legitimate tickets unless they can sell you on a time share tour then you can save quite a bit of money.
The advantage of booking tickets through resellers is you won’t have to wait in long lines at the big attractions.
Capone’s Dinner Show discounts direct to the general public call 1-800-220-8428 for an entertaining cast recorded preview of Capone’s Dinner and Show or visit our web site www.alcapones.com discover the era of prohibition, mobsters, dames and fun at our Orlando Speakeasy.
Orlando has the highest density of themed attractions than any where else in the world. Yesterday I covered the large theme parks while today I will tell you about some of the Orlando areas smaller attraction options.
Gatorland is the oldest attraction in the Orlando area. It’s a great way to spend half a day with the family. It’s mostly a unique zoo with the highlight being all those gators. They have daily wild life shows and a train ride small kids will love. Located just noth of Kissimmee.
WonderWorks and Ripley’s Believe it or not are both located in the International Drive Resort Area and are similar in one respect they both amaze with oddities. They are both 2 to 3 hour experiences.
Fun Spot has locations through out the Orlando metro area and offer more of a carnival style of park. It’s very reasonable you can control how much the kids can spend by buying ticket plans and give the kids their tickets and $5.00 and they will have a blast.
Old Town in Kissimmee has a Friday night car show with no charge yes that’s right it’s free! There is a Fun Spot located at Old Town along with shopping and dining. It’s a fun place to check out and have an inexpensive day or evening.
Evening attractions abound in Orlando mainly Dinner Shows and the very costly shows La Noubba and Blue Man Group. Capone’s Dinner & Show is definitly the best value of the Orlando Dinner Shows as we discount our tickets to the general public rather than to ticket resellers. By eliminating the middle man we can offer a delicious dinner buffet and included beverages such as Bud Light, wine and cocktails for a discounted rate (coupon on web site www.alcapones.com) of only $24.99 you get your moneys worth before the show even begins!
If you visit our links section at www.alcapones.com you can visit the attractions web sites in this article.
There are a ridiculous number of places for tourists to shop in Orlando. Unfortunately I can’t cover them all, so I’ll tell you my two favorites in two categories.
Shop in Orlando Malls
This one is easy. My top choice is Florida Mall. It’s the largest in the region and has many stores that aren’t available in other area malls such as Nordstrom’s. There is a great variety of choices from low-end Sears and J.C. Penney to mid- and high-end retailers. A little north of Florida Mall on Sand Lake Road is one of my favorite bargain stores Old Time Pottery. They offer a huge variety of household items at really low prices. You do have to hunt, however.
My second choice is the Mall at Millenia which is a beautiful mall with great dining options available as well. This mall is a high-end mall and much smaller than Florida Mall. The area around it offers numerous additional shopping and dining options. Rack Room Shoes located to the east of the Super Target is a real find if you’re looking for shoes. Their prices are reasonable and the selection is incredible (they carry a lot of shoes in ‘wide’ for men which is great for me).
Orlando Outlet Shopping
Another category is outlet shopping. I’ll be honest, this one is very tough to pick a favorite. The Premium Outlets in Lake Buena Vista and off of International Drive are the best in the area. They do have a lot of the same stores but they each have stores unique to Orlando.
Other Orlando Shopping Options
I’m not going to rate any flea markets, be it tourist or local, because I refuse to shop at them. Since others do like them, you can find one of the best lists of flea markets here.
If you prefer to experience a small-town market, check out the Winter Park farmer’s market. Browse the nearby shops on Park Avenue. The area is truly delightful.
Want to know some of my other favorite places to shop? Read about them here…
I hope this information was helpful in planning where to shop in Orlando. For additional information, including locations and hours of our area malls and outlet stores, please visit our Mall Shopping Directory and our Outlet Shopping Directory. If you need further information or have tips to share of your own, contact us!