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Magic in Orlando with Magic Dinner Shows & More

Central Florida is truly magical, with a lot of magic in Orlando – from magic shows to Magical Dining, Magic Basketball, magic theme parks & more. It seems people can’t get enough magic. Visitors to the Central Florida area often think it is a magical place. After all, Magic Kingdom is here! However, there is a lot more ‘pixie dust’ spread all around the city in various forms.

Al would like to point out that there is NO magic performed at Capone’s Dinner & Show. After the exposure to all of the other pixie dust in the area, this is often a welcomed relief. No tricks. No sleight-of-hand. No disappearing act. No straight jackets to escape out of (maybe handcuffs or cement shoes – you never know about those wise guys). Capone’s offers plain ol’ gangster fun and a speakeasy cabaret. However, there is one magical thing about Capone’s… make reservations online and bad-a-boom! Tickets are half price!

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A Little History of Magic in Orlando

Cinderella Castle at Magic KingdomFirst, let’s start at the beginning (sort of). Magic Kingdom opened on October 1 in 1971. It was the first of four theme parks at the resort. Guests experience fairy tales and Disney characters in many magical ways. Starting with the Cinderella Castle. It was inspired by the fairy tale castle seen in the 1950 film and became real when the park was built. This Orlando theme park has created a lot of magic. In 2018, the park hosted 20.859 million visitors. This makes it the most visited theme park in the world for the thirteenth consecutive year and the most visited theme park in North America for at least the past nineteen years.

Orlando Magic BasketballSecondly, in 1989, the Orlando Magic basketball franchise was established. Notable NBA stars include Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, and many others. As of 2019, the franchise has played in the NBA playoffs for exactly half of its existence (15 playoff appearances in 30 years). The team has been to the NBA Finals twice (1995 and 2009). The games are a lot of fun to attend and fans expect a lot more magic to come.

The Wizarding World of Harry PotterThirdly, Universal Studios brought about its own magical world in 2010. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened and has now expanded its intrigue throughout both parks. Magic wands are purchased in shops. Restaurants feature entrées and drinks featured in the magic-filled Harry Potter books/movies. Rides and décor are found throughout Universal Studios offering numerous magical experiences.


The Other Magical Orlando

Once the Magic Kingdom opened, many other magical places appeared. Smaller attractions such as Magical Midway offer fun all their own. Magical hotels and diners opened their doors. Magic Castle Inn & Suites was just one of the many hotels that included the magic name. Villages, vacation homes, and timeshares came on the scene and still exist. Even Carnival Cruiseline has a ship with the magic name.

Close up view of magic show in Orlando

Close-up view of the magic show at Wonderworks.

Want to ‘hear magic’ in Orlando? Tune into the Magic 107.7 radio station. Feel like dining in a unique fashion? Try Magical Dining all throughout the month of September. Looking for a magical dinner show? Check out WonderWorks’ magic show. It has recently debuted a close-up stage camera. Now you can watch the magic show on large TV screens and try to catch the sleight-of-hand magic. Furthermore, you can see a magic show inside a hotel. The Wizardz Magic Theater offers a magic show most Monday nights. They are located at the Seralargo Hotel and Suites, 5678 Irlo Bronson Hwy (192), Kissimmee FL 34746.

Magicians in Orlando

Magic in Orlando by Jimmy Ichihana

Jimmy Ichihana performs on Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Photo by Jacob Kepler.

With all of the magic opportunities in Orlando, it was just a matter of time before the area produced some great magicians. Just recently, Orlando magician Jimmy Ichihana made his second appearance on ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us.’ While he is not performing on television, Ichihana is part of the “See Magic Live” team. He has performed at Boxi Park in Lake Nona and is scheduled to appear at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster on September 28 at “An Evening of Magic” dinner show. This exclusive restaurant offers an Orlando magic dinner show once a month on Friday & Saturday nights. Various magicians perform. The cost is not for the average diner. Plan on spending at least $150 per person.

Spellbinding Magic

In conclusion, there is no shortage of magic in Orlando. Some magical experiences come at a higher price than others. A number of them last all day, while others for only an hour or two. Some will have you cheering and screaming – others sleeping like a baby. Despite what type of magic you are searching for, just wave your wand over Orlando. Okay…so it won’t magically appear, but it will reveal itself without a lot of hocus-pocus. Above all, the spell of great memories is certain to last a lifetime!

New Disney Restaurant: Cornier One-Liners Than Al’s Gang

A new Disney restaurant opened at Magic Kingdom last week. The Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen is now open and located in Adventureland where the Adventureland versanda restaurant was formerly located (across from the Swiss Family Treehouse). The anticipation in regard to this restaurant has been whether the corny Jungle Cruise humor would be a staple at this Disney dining experience. It is!

Like Capone’s Dinner & Show, the staff at this new Disney Restaurant keep in character and can dish out the one-liners, just like the Jungle Cruises we’re all used to.

You do not need to attend a Disney dinner show to be entertained while eating at a Disney restaurant. In true Walt Disney style, the restaurant itself is entertaining. However, at this new restaurant, the service personnel do entertain guests with silly one-liners in their dialogue. Some staff keep it to a minimum; others not so much. This could change the longer the new Disney restaurant is open and the wait staff grow into their “parts.” However, if you’ve been on a Jungle Cruise, you’ll expect this type of guest interaction and welcome the nostalgia and humor it provides.

New Disney Restaurant Details

The 222-seat restaurant is divided into three sections: the crew’s mess hall, the old family room (a jungle-inspired parlor) and grandpa’s old secret meeting room for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (the S.E.A. room). Each is beautifully decorated with jungle-themed carpet and fixtures. With every detail in place, you are sure to feel like you are sitting with Dr. Albert Falls himself, back in 1911 when the Jungle Navigation Company was started.

New Disney restaurant offers great souvenir mugs

Schweitzer Slush from The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park

The menu features cuisine from Asia, South American and Africa and offers several entrees without meat and with shrimp, chicken, lamb, pork and beef. Prices are along the lines of what you’d expect at a sit-down Disney restaurant. Topping the menu is Dr. Falls Signature Grilled Steak at $34. Several desserts are worth trying, especially the Kungaloosh, a chocolate cake with  caramelized bananas and cashew-caramel ice cream topped with coffee dust. Be sure to order a specialty drink (non-alcoholic option) of Schweitzer Slush or Punch Line Punch which comes in a nice souvenir mug.

Other Disney Restaurant News

The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk will close at the end of January for a few months. It will be renovated changing both the restaurant design and the menu. It has been around since 1996, and the update will revitalize the popular Chef’s Counter and wine dinners which have made the restaurant so popular.

A new Disney restaurant called Tiffins is scheduled to open in 2016. It will be located within the Animal Kingdom. With indoor and outdoor seating, this new Disney restaurant is sure to be a popular new spot with waterfront views, especially if it is near the new show, Rivers of Light (debuting in the spring). The new show will take place between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest on the Discovery River. During the show, mystical hosts will call on animal spirits through water and light to entertain the guests. With the Orlando theme park working on Pandora (the Avatar section opening in 2017) the new show and new restaurant are sure to be spectacular.

Experience Capone’s Dinner & Show and the new Skipper Canteen – compare the corny jokes and one-liners. Let us know (here on Al’s blog) who you think stays truer to character. Either way, enjoy dinner, then get out! Or as Alberta might say, “Oh that was rude… Please get out.”

Magic Kingdom’s Storybook Circus Area: Now Open – sort of…

Disney World’s first phase of its Fantasyland is now open. This is Magic Kingdom’s Storybook Circus area which includes the Barnstormer roller coaster, Fantasyland Station and the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction. This is, however, a soft opening and not all of the features are open, nor are the ones that ARE open guaranteed to be available on any given day.

The largest expansion in the Magic Kingdom’s history is expected to open in stages. The entire multimillion-dollar expansion will not be totally complete until sometime in 2014. Disney is quick to open the features that are complete to keep guests happy.

The new Dumbo ride at Disney World's Magic Kingdom Storybook Circus area

The Barnstormer roller coaster and the Dumbo ride now have a circus theme and it suits them very well. Dumbo is looking very vibrant in light gray with pink undersides of his feet and ears, surrounded by carousel features. The Barnstormer roller coaster now features Goofy and props such as a cannon, a smoking rocket and the “wheel of peril.”  The coaster’s rail has not been altered, but it now races through a billboard, tower and other features inspired by the short films of the 1950s that Goofy starred in.

In the coming months, the old Dumbo ride will be placed near the new one and will rotate in an opposite direction for a “big top” spinning sensation. While the old Dumbo ride is being refurbished to match the new one, the lines are sure to be long. Nearly everyone that has been to Disney with little ones knows about this line. I personally waited over an hour with my son for him to experience the (a little over a minute-long) ride. With the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster currently being rehabbed, the lines for the Barnstormer are sure to be long too. Eventually, the Dumbo ride will have an interactive indoor queue, which should make the long wait a little more bearable.

After a full day at Disney, guests are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the show at Capone’s Dinner & Show. You’ll be entertained with our zany cast of characters and their quick wit and mobster attitudes. It’s fun for the entire family at a fraction of the cost of many of the other Orlando attractions and Orlando dinner shows. Enjoy the delicious dinner buffet and unlimited drinks with the most selection of any dinner show in Orlando. Unlike the Dumbo ride, your wait in line (if you don’t sneak into Al’s Hideaway Bar) is rewarded with two hours of fun, laughter and enjoyment. Make your reservations online at half price. Your gang will have a blast!