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Spring Break in Orlando

Spring Break in Orlando is a popular destination choice for families and college-age adults alike.  It’s no surprise, with all the fun things to do in Orlando! Regardless of the ages in your family or group, there is something for everyone in Orlando during Spring Break.

Spring Break in Orlando Theme Parks

Disney World is celebrating 50 years and there is plenty to see and do at their theme parks. This year, families can enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Disney World.  This festival showcases some amazing topiary figures of Disney characters, as well as beautiful and colorful displays of flowers, live music, kids’ games, outdoor kitchens, and more.

Jurassic World VelociCoasterDepending upon when your Spring Break is, Universal Studios Orlando will most likely still be celebrating Mardi Gras. Street performers, free concerts, parades (on select nights), Cajun cuisine, and New Orleans bands in the French Quarter are just a few of the features to enjoy. Did you know? A limited number of spots on the parade floats are available for you to toss beads to the crowd! Depending upon your age, you will also enjoy the new VelociCoaster now open in Jurassic Park.

SeaWorld Orlando is always a great place to visit, and during Spring Break they have many special events to enjoy. These include the Seven Seas Food Festival, Mardi Gras, and a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. You won’t want to miss out on riding one of the most anticipated rides of 2022 – the Ice Breaker roller coaster!

Other Spring Break Venues

Everyone is hopeful that the Spring Training games will begin soon. The Grapefruit League plays at several locations throughout Florida. A few are within a few hours’ drive from Orlando.

Orlando Science Center offers Spring Break camps for members and non-members with kids grades K-5. These camps are always great fun with loads of learning. The center will also be hosting a Kids Night at the Museum on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Springs & State Parks such as Wekiwa Springs and Blue Spring State Park offer a full day of fun in the sun and water. Of course, you can always take a short trip to one of Central Florida’s beaches. Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, and Clearwater Beach are ideal for families or college-aged spring breakers.

Spring Break Events: If you are looking for some fun events to attend over spring break, check out My Area 407’s featured list of events. They list festivals, camps, concerts, bar specials and more.

Spring Break in Orlando

When you arrive at Capone’s be prepared! All of the cast is in character at all times. This can be a fun time for that rowdy bunch of yours to cut loose and have some fun. Those that tend to be a fuddy-duddy, well, leave them at home or in the hotel. This is a blast from the past for anyone looking to have FUN on Spring Break. You know the type, the wise guy that writes a message using sunscreen on a BFF that has passed-out in the sun.

Enjoy Orlando/Kissimmee

Take this time to enjoy the great primary theme parks, as well as many lesser-known attractions.  You can find a complete listing of all the attractions: primary, secondary, water parks, museums, animal attractions, natural attractions, etc. in our attractions guide.  Spring break is also a great time of year to take advantage of some of the great shows listed in our dinner show guide, including the fabulous Capone’s dinner and show. Use the following link to get 50% off your tickets!

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Orlando Area Dinner Shows Remain Closed

Orlando area dinner shows remain closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Theaters sit empty. Employees have either been laid off or furloughed. Performers, servers and guest service staff wait eagerly for the return of laughter, cheers, action and guest interaction. How will that look when our beloved dinner shows reopen? Nobody is for certain until there is a vaccination for Covid-19, but here are a few things the wise guys at Capone’s Dinner & Show anticipate.

Buffet Service at Orlando Area Dinner Shows

Prior to the State mandate to shut down mid-March, buffet service at Capone’s had already adapted to a new way of doing things. Instead of guests helping themselves at the buffet, employees assisted guests by dishing out their selections for them. This prevented multiple people from handling utensils. No doubt, traditional buffet service is a thing of the past until a solution for Covid-19 is available to the public.

Orlando area dinner shows Buffet Line

No doubt, buffet service will change for all Orlando area dinner shows and restaurants until a vaccine is available.

Guest Spacing

We also anticipate guests being spread further apart when shows are able to resume. This will be welcomed by some guests who like to distance themselves from other parties. However, those that enjoyed interacting with others next to them or across the table may have to wait for that feature to return. Nevertheless, Capone’s is prepared to meet the capacity standards regardless of the limitations set upon reopening.

Guest Interaction

Guests on stage? We think so! Dance routines may change slightly, but a little Charleston performed 6 feet apart is still entertaining. Guest interaction is still very doable. Our children’s interviews are very popular, and we see no issues continuing with a social distancing segment in the show.


While some other restaurants in Central Florida have adapted with unique services, Orlando area dinner shows will have to wait a little while longer. There is no take-out, no outdoor seating and very little we can do right now other than sell gift cards and wait. We’ve done our part to help stop the spread of the virus, and we’ll continue to protect our guests in the future.

Who knows, this “bug” may see some jitterbug from the wise guys and gals very soon. Until then, wash your ‘flippers’ often, stay home if you’re sick, and know that Al’s gang wishes you well and hopes things are ‘hitting on all eight’ at your joint.

Al’s Notes for Tax Day – Tax Advice from Capone?

Time is almost up for next Tuesday’s tax deadline, but if you are seeking tax advice from Capone, you may want to look elsewhere. If you’re filing your return online, or using a tax-preparation service, the pressure is on for last-minute filers trying to get their 2016 forms in on time. This year, you have a 3 extra days to file your taxes. Tax Day is April 18, 2017, not the 15th, because the 15th falls on a Saturday this year. It isn’t on Monday either, because Emancipation Day is observed on the 16th, which falls on a Sunday, so it is celebrated on Monday. That has pushed Tax Day back to Tuesday, April 18.

Tax Advice from Capone and his attorney

Capone consults attorney, Mike Ahern, in 1929. Ahern, with other Capone attorneys, filed several appeals to stave off Capone’s 11-year sentence for tax evasion. The last one was rejected in May, 1932.

We don’t have to tell you the problems taxes presented for our own Al Capone. Between 1925 and 1930, Capone controlled speakeasies, bookie joints, gambling houses, brothels, horse and race tracks, nightclubs, distilleries and breweries at a reported income of $100,000,000 a year. He even acquired a sizable interest in the largest cleaning and dyeing plant chain in Chicago. The popular belief in the 1920s and 30s was that illegal gambling earnings were not taxable income. However, the 1927 Sullivan ruling claimed that illegal profits were in fact taxable. Capone never filed an income tax return, owned nothing in his own name, and never made a declaration of assets or income. He did all his business through front men so that he was anonymous when it came to income. The government wanted to indict Capone for income tax evasion, and eventually did.

Tax Advice from Capone?

Now using tax advice from Capone may not work so well today. Al wouldn’t want to give out any advice when it comes to filing taxes, so here are some recommendations from the Internal Revenue Service:

  1. E-file. The IRS said filing online is safer, saves time and gets your refund to you much faster.
  2. Double check your figures. Agents said they see large amounts of number mistakes every year. Be sure to make sure your figures and refund balance are correct. You should also double check all your identification numbers, especially your Social Security number.
  3. Don’t forget to sign it. Your signature is required on paper tax forms, and the e-filing process will walk you through submitting an electronic signature.
  4. If you owe a payment and need to write a check, make it payable to United States Treasury and send it to the correct address.

Forgetting any of these steps could delay the process. If you don’t think you can make Tuesday’s deadline, you can file for an extension that will give you until October 16. There’s no shame in putting it off, just ask Al.

Even though you won’t be getting tax advice from Capone, the wise guys would like to give out one important piece of advice…When you’re all done filing, getting the extension, evading all-together (we don’t recommend), treat yourself and your gang to a night at Capone’s Dinner & Show! Taxes are hard work and if anyone would sympathize with the pain of filing, it would be Al. Let’s take our minds off of it for a night and have a good time! Let ‘the family’ entertain and take care of you!

Successful Recipe: Capone’s Beverage Program

As a way to keep up with Kissimmee restaurants and restaurants in Orlando (and the industry in general), I came across an article by David Flaherty, the Beer & Spirits Director at Hearth Restaurant and the Terroir wine bars in New York. He listed 5 elements of a profitable beverage program. This got my attention, since one of the reasons for success at Capone’s Dinner & Show has been in part due to the beverage program.

Four Deuces Lounge successful beverage program

What are the 5 elements? Would Capone’s meet the elements an expert would deem neccessary for success? Here are the points he shared in his article:

      1. A great team
      2. Balance
      3. A moving target
      4. Systems
      5. Competition

I’m happy to report Capone’s Dinner & Show is a perfect match for his recipe. Here are the reasons, and the way I see it:

Number 1 – A great team. CHECK! Capone’s strong staff is evident by the number of servers that have worked here year after year. These mobsters are confident, well-trained and thoroughly educated in the beverages served every evening at this Orlando attraction. Their enthusiasm and passion shine with each guest served. As the Danny Meyer philosophy states “Put your employees first. If they are motivated, inspired and confident, the bottom line takes care of itself.”

Number 2 – Balance. CHECK! If you sneak up to the Four Deuces Lounge, Capone’s Dinner & Show’s pre-show bar, the items stocked there are definitely linked to the speakeasy concept and create plenty of balance for the bar. The skilled beverage professionals have put together a selection of products that span a wide range of the guests’ preferences. Although there a not hundreds of types of drinks served, the beverage menu covers guests’ need quite efficiently.

Number 3 – A moving target. CHECK! No, he isn’t talking about taking out a guest with one of the Tommy Guns during the hilarious show! A good beverage program needs to be moving through the majority of its product regularly.  No problem with that. Unlimited drinks is not only a good value for guests at Capone’s, it also keeps the stock moving.

Number 4 – Systems. CHECK! How the equipment and beverages are organized is vital to a successful beverage program. Big Al runs a tight ship, and the staff at Capone’s Dinner & Show will not over pour drinks or serve sloppy cocktails. Like a well-oiled machine, the bar service runs great. Very seldom do you have to wait and wait for a drink.

Number 5 – Competition. CHECK! One of the reasons the drink menu is so extensive (when compared to other dinner shows) at Capone’s is due to evaluating the competition. No other Orlando dinner shows offers as many beverages (free of charge) included in the ticket. The drink menu lists over 15 different beverages. Some experimentation has been done over the years, adding products and changing it up some. I think it is a pretty good formula.

Now that you’ve read what an expert thinks is key to a successful beverage program, feel free to comment. What drinks would you like to see offered at Capone’s Dinner & Show? What did you think about your beverage service? Along with Capone’s spectacular dinner buffet and half-price tickets, this dinner show is definitely something you should CHECK off your list of fun things to do in Orlando!

Capone’s Favorite Dinner Show – Back By Popular Demand

BIG News! Announcing a New Multiple Show Schedule

Unlike many Orlando dinner shows, Capone’s Dinner & Show has many, many repeat guests. (We like to refer to them as repeat offenders.) It is not unusual to meet people who have seen our show over a dozen times. How many other local dinner shows can say that?

The popularity and frequency is due in part to the variety of highly professional shows we have put on over the years. An all-new show was introduced just last year in December of 2012; before that, a new show (sequel to the original) was integrated in August of 2007. These new shows keep guests coming back for more, along with the fact that no two shows are ever alike, because there is a lot of audience participation and stand-up, off-the-cuff comedy performed by our talented cast.

Bugs Creates Chaos

Characters in the show at Capone's Dinner ShowBecause of this demand, Capone’s Dinner & Show is working toward integrating a multi-show schedule. Want to see the show featuring Bugs Moran, Sunny & Honey? You’ll soon be able to (again). Back by popular demand, this version of the original show’s sequel brought about a huge following, and the cast is anxious to get back into these delightful characters. The show name is “Bugs Creates Chaos” – look for it on our schedule to be announced in the coming weeks.

Marvel Strikes Back

marvel-smIf the newest show featuring Bunny June and Fingers Salvatorio as new parents strikes your fancy, then it will still be available on certain nights. This show brought back an original show favorite character, Detective Marvel. The show name is “Marvel Strikes Back” – schedule to be announced in the near future.

The current show features an exciting gangster giveaway where guests who “catch a bullet” win big! The shoot out is so popular, it is being written into both shows, so guests attending either production will have an opportunity to take home a gift. Bring out the big guns!

Either show, you’re going to enjoy a delicious dinner buffet. Included with all of the Italian/American food favorites is an all-new meat carving station with steak, turkey and pork tenderloin. Recently added, as well, is a fresh salad bar filled with seasonal favorites. Unlike many other Orlando dinner shows, we feature a beverage selection in which ALL choices are included in the ticket price, including wine, beer and cocktails. Perhaps this is another reason our guests return again and again to Capone’s Dinner & Show.

The multiple show schedule may begin as early as August. Check the web site’s show page for updates. As soon as the schedule is set, the wise guys will be sure to rat it out, um, I mean, let you in on the rumble (news). Until then, enjoy the current show – the sequel to the sequel “Marvel Strikes Back.” It’s a blast!