Orlando’s Many Entertainment Options

Orlando has a pleathura of entertainment options beyond the major theme parks and smaller attractions like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Fun Spot, Gatorland and Wonderworks. The theme parks are typicaly a full day of entertainment while the smaller attractions average about three hours of entertainment. Mostly they are daytime attractions and can leave your evenings free to enjoy some of Orlando’s evening entertainment of which there are plenty.

Universal Orlando has Blue Man Group at City Walk a very different kind of show and yes the characters are blue. Disney has La Nouba which is great if you enjoy amazing acrobatics. Either of these two options will probably not be appreciated by children and are the most costly of your evening entertainment choices.

Then there are the many dinner shows in Orlando which are definitly a better selection both for value and if you are traveling with children. Nightly Jousting at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, a tale of a princess in another show featuring fabulous horses is Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction, Sleuths offer murder mystery you be the detective shows and of course my favorite Capone’s Dinner and Show which is different then any other show in Orlando or any other tourist destination.

Only at Capone’s Dinner & Show can your gang mingle with mobsters and dames from the era of prohibition and speakeasies. From the time you enter our turn of the century ice cream parlor, go to the secret door, give your secret password to get into Al Capone’s Down Home Speakeasy and Cabaret your gonna have a blast. Only Capone’s Dinner & Show offers such great bang for your buck and is fun for all ages. We offer a huge dinner buffit with both Italian and American cuisine eat all you like. Al is such a generous guy he also includes Bud Light Draft, Al’s original rum runners, vodka and cranberry, merlot, chardonnay and white zinfandel wines. Al also includes the typical soda choices, fruit punch, fresh brewed iced tea and kiddy cocktails. Be sure and save room for Mama Capone’s sugary sweet dessert that’s also included. Yous should visit Al’s web site www.alcapones.com where there is a 50% off coupon!  Don’t be a dead beat come see the show that’s second to none now in our eightenth year of being Orlando’s best dinner show deal.

Orlandos Best Dining Experience the California Grill at Walt Disney World in Orlando

The California Grill is a very unique dining experience. The food is awesome and it does come with the price tag. It’s located on the top floor of the venerable Contemporary Resort which is the best place to stay if you stay on Disney property, depending upon your budget. It’s a five star hotel on a lake and is the best located lodging on Disney property for transportation through out the Walt Disney World Resort. There are very few Walt Disney World Resort lodging options located on the monorail system and the Contemporary Resort is one of them.

The California Grill is what I would call new American cuisine.  From GREAT sushi to a fabulous steak and they even offer a kids menu. Although this is atypical for a high end restaurant Disney is a family resort and because of the entertainment aspect of seeing the Disney fireworks at, from in my perspective, the best place to see those incredible Disney fireworks. So depending on season you can expect there will be plenty of kids in the restaurant

It is also the most popular restaurant on Disney property because of all the forementioned reasons it’s typically booked far in advance. So if you want to try this entertainment and dining experience book far ahead even in slow seasons.

Should your budget not include this fabulous experience I invite you to visit our dinner show web site www.alcapones.com

Saturday January 9th and the Weather is Frightful Today, Here’s some Ideas on how to Enjoy Your Day

If you’re in Orlando now on vacation you know that the weather is HORRIBLE we might actually get sleet or snow flurries. The unprecedented cold all over the country is some of the worst weather I have seen in my thirty five years of living in Orlando. This is only the third time the weather report has called for snow in my thirty five years here.

So what should a tourist who’s in Orlando right now do today? Theme parks and water parks are definitly not a good choice for today. The Orlando area luckily has many indoor options on ways to spend your day and night. Todays a great day to sleep in and get a later start I promise you the theme parks will be slow. If you can handle this weather though you’ll breeze through attraction lines.

Here are some alternative ideas if you don’t want to brave the cold, sleet and possibly even snow today. Obvious choices include indoor malls which the best two for tourists are Florida Mall and Millenia Mall. All the outlet malls are outdoors so that may not be such a good choice. Depending on if you have children and the ages of your children indoor things to do include bounce houses, indoor attractions such as Ripley’s Believe it or not,Wonderworks, indoor flea markets of which there are many(largest is Flea World in Sanford and it offers circus acts and is more of a real flea market then the ones in the tourist corridors), Wonder Works and Titanic the exhibition.

Great eveving options include dinner shows of which there are numerous ones in Orlando including Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, Sleuths, Pirates Dinner Adventure and Capone’s Dinner & Show. I’ve listed the most popular and indoor of the dinner shows. It’s a great way to spend an evening and depending upon which you pick can be fun for all ages. We at Capone’s Dinner & Show feel we meet that criterion the best. I advise getting on the phone soon because on days like today the dinner show option is popular and if you want reservations and good seats call early. Visit www.alcapones.com to discover more about our one of a kind dinner show.

Attraction Spotlight Wet & Wild

Yesterday I told you about a great deal Wet & Wild is offering so I thought it fitting to today to put the attraction spotlight on Wet and Wild. Wet and Wild is Orlando’s oldest water park, however it has consitently added new water thrill rides. If your main attraction to a water park is thrill rides then Wet and Wild is without a doubt your best choice in Orlando water parks.

Many discounts are available for Wet and Wild but with a gate price of $47.95 it’s still a good deal. My suggestion is to save some cash. Ticket resellers will offer Wet and Wild Ticket under gate price, they also have discount coupons in many of Orlando tourist magazines. Florida and Orlando residents may be well served to pay gate price because right now you get the rest of the year for FREE (excludes special events). The offers change and expire, these offers are available as of January 7th, 2010.

Wet and Wild also offers a tamer side with a beach and poolside areas to enjoy the sun plus a HUGE wave pool. There are also areas devoted to younger children with much milder water fun.

Wet and Wild is a great day time event! The gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show suggests visiting our one of a kind show experience  discover more @www.alcapones.com .

A Vacation First: Swim with a Dolphin

Although many visitors to Central Florida first think of Disney, Universal or Sea World as the first stop of their vacation, there just might be an option you’ve never even heard of – Discovery Cove. Yes, it is a part of Sea World, but this park is a stand-alone experience, and could be that unforgettable experience you’ve always wanted to have while on vacation but never thought of.

Discovery Cove offers two types of packages, a dolphin package and a non-dolphin package. Not that there aren’t several reasons to come to this park, but personally, I feel the dolphins MAKE this an experience unlike any other theme park. If you have the slightest interest in these spectacular creatures, you owe it to yourself to participate in the dolphin-swim.  If you’re really into dolphins, book their ‘trainer for the day’ experience. Otherwise you can still feed the birds, snorkel, wade with rays and see beautiful fish.

The package (starting at $199) includes everything for a full day – parking, gear, towels, lockers, breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. When you add up what you’d pay at other theme parks throughout an entire day, the cost doesn’t seem so extravagant. The dolphin swim is only a part of your day, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the rest of the park – the Tropical Reef, Wind-Away River, Explorer’s Aviary and Serenity Bay.

The reason to start your vacation at Discovery Cove? When you make your reservation ask about passes to Sea World, Busch Gardens and Aquatica – their sister parks. You just might get to visit them for free! Who knew that the most memorable day of your vacation could be the start to so many other memorable experiences?! Another hint: Spend the extra money and purchase the video/photo package. Although this day will “live in your heart for years to come,” the video of you and your new best dolphin friend (or your child’s) is a way to re-live the first day of your best vacation over and over again.