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Orlando Shows – Quacky Final Performances

Writing about the final performance of the anniversary show at Capone’s Dinner & Show got me thinking about another final performance. This “show” is one that has been a fun thing to do in Orlando and has fascinated hundreds of people twice a day since November 1986. The ducks at the Peabody Orlando hotel will perform for the last time this coming Monday, September 30, 2013.

Peabody Ducks

The tradition of the Peabody ducks parading from their penthouse to the luxurious Orlando hotel’s fountain for a swim every day at 11:00 a.m., then back to the $100,000 Royal Duck Palace at 5:00 p.m. has mesmerized guests and visitors for 27 years. Back when the Orlando hotel was built, there wasn’t a lot to do in the I-Drive area as there is now. However, tourists flocked (pun intended) to see the ducks each day. The performances also helped the Orange County Convention Center extend their focus to include concerts, circuses and other special events in Orlando.

So how did this tradition begin? Well, it started in Memphis, where the first Peabody hotel was built in the late 1920s or early 30s. Seems the hotel manager, Frank Schutt, and his friend, Chip Barwick, had been out hunting ducks (and staying warm in the duck blind with an adult beverage or two) and upon their return, they placed their decoys in the Peabody’s fountain. Without any other pressing news in Memphis, it created a lot of attention, and the Peabody got a lot of publicity for this stunt. Frank figured if decoys could get them this much attention, just think what real ducks would do! So he met with a local farmer and brought in ducks, treated them with the same attentive service and fine furnishings as his guests, and the rest is history.

Peabody Orlando was purchased by Hyatt Hotels Corp for $717 million, and they have no desire to keep the ducks on the roof, or in the fountain. It is believed that most of the current staff at the hotel will stay on as employees of Hyatt. The ducks will retire to an undisclosed farm and live out their days in less luxury than they’ve ever known. In the past, all ducks after 5 years of service are retired to a farm to then be release into the wild. Knowing how many animals are schedule-conditioned, it kind of makes you wonder what the ducks will think or do when 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. rolls around…

If you are in the I-Drive area in the next few days and want something fun to do (you might even make a special trip), go see the ducks perform one last time. Listen to John Philip Sousa’s King Cotton March and watch the ducks exit the elevator and step up into the fountain, or exit the fountain and march back to the elevator. Then say “goodbye” and purchase a discounted duck souvenir from the Orlando gift shop. Traditions are hard to come by these days, and Orlando will certainly miss the Peabody ducks.

After you watch the ducks, uphold another tradition and make a reservation at Capone’s Dinner & Show. This dinner theater is just down the road from the Peabody Orlando on Highway 192. If it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday, you’ll be able to see another show that will soom be retiring. “Marvel Strikes Back” is a production that has only been performed for a little over a year, in celebration of Capone’s 20th anniversary. This Orlando dinner show has been a tradition for many guests who return again and again for many celebrations, or for a fun thing to do. So if you haven’t seen this particular show with its new story line, you still have a few more opportunities. After October 11, the cast will perform the original sequel, “Bugs Creates Chaos” every night while preparing for the holiday show which opens on Thanksgiving Day.

Whether it’s the ducks at the Peabody or some quacky characters at Capone’s, or both, check out these traditions while you can. If you want to keep these Orlando shows around, let your duck calls be heard! There is an online petition at Change.org that many people are signing in support of the ducks, and as always, you can leave your comments about Capone’s Dinner & Show right here on Al’s Blog. Don’t ruffle too many feathers, or your comments may not be posted!

Fun Things to Do in Orlando: Exploring Theme Parks

Disney World vacation in Orlando

There are a number of fun things to do in Orlando. One of them is visiting the theme parks. Walt Disney World is one that many families visit. For one, it is bigger than the one in California. Here, there are more attractions to see and more rides to try. There are also more shops to visit in Walt Disney World.

Shopping in theme parks, particularly in Walt Disney World is fun. In their souvenir shops, one can buy Mickey Mouse ear-shaped headbands and hats. Some of them may even have ribbons like that of Minnie Mouse’s. Key chains, bookmarks, pencil cases and T-shirts which are exclusively designed by Walt Disney can also be bought there. Buying souvenirs and such that kids and adults in your home can use can be considered as one of the many fun things to do in Orlando.

Aside from Walt Disney World, Orlando also has Sea World. If the kids are fond of marine life, this is where they can find dolphins, stingrays and other marine inhabitants. The marine life is another list of things to see and experience in Orlando, Florida. In Sea World, you can have the kids experience various activities like feeding dolphins. You can also allow them to pet stingrays in Sea World. Shows are also held in Sea World like the Cirque de la Mer. Families will surely be amazed by the acrobatic tricks and such that are performed in this show which resembles acrobatic shows in circuses.

You should not forget to visit Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida as well. This theme park boasts of 40 rides, movie sets and various attractions. There are also shows families can attend. Dining and shopping can also be done at the Universal Studios CityWalk. Families can be entertained as there are shows held there every now and then. It is a fun experience and can be done in the evening without an entrance fee.

If you want to see Steven Spielberg’s works come to life, another of the many fun things to do in Orlando is to visit the Islands of Adventure theme park. While you go shopping for various souvenirs for your family and friends, the kids can try different attractions and rides found there. Many adults love these rides too.

There are other theme parks to go to when one is in Orlando, Florida. But aside from those, there are other things that should be put in your list of fun things to do in Orlando like shopping. Shopping is, of course, imminent as there are so many stores to go to while there. The next time you plan to go on a family vacation, Orlando has lots of theme parks, nature parks and more where both adults and kids can have fun.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando: Going on Adventurous Eco Tours

Shopping, dining, visiting theme parks like Universal Studios and going to museums aren’t the only fun things to do in Orlando, Florida. There are also a vast number of wildlife and nature experiences that families can enjoy. In these nature parks, one can go ride or try the zip line. There are also animals to see in these places.

Zip line is fun to do while on a Central Florida vacation.

If your family is fond of zip lines, the Florida Eco Safari is the place to be. Before you decide to go on a relaxing shopping trip for example, stop by here with your family and experience the thrill of riding a zip line that’s 68 feet from the ground. The Rattlesnake, dubbed as one of the many fun things to do in Orlando, is the first zip line in America that resembles a roller coaster. Kids and young teens, as well as adults who live for the thrill, will surely enjoy this zip line. There are also other things like the cypress domes, the marsh and the pine Flatwoods that you can see if you are at this location. These are places that are not frequented by people and therefore untouched parts of nature.

horse rides

You might want to take the kids to the Green Meadows Petting Farm for a day. At this petting farm, kids will find petting animals like pigs and more – truly, one of the many fun things to do in Orlando for the little ones. Your kids can see farm animals up close while at Green Meadows. A trip to this place with the kids can also be very educational. Kids and teens can get information on the common animals found in farms like these from their guides during a guided tour. Your kids would also love the pony ride experience that the farm management offers.

AirboatYou can also take your family on an airboat tour around the wetlands of Orlando, Florida if you would like to see the local wildlife. You will be able to see alligators and crocodiles in swamps around Orlando. Airboats may be noisy but this is where the headphones come in. You and your companion will be required to wear them so as to subdue the noise from the airboat during the tour. Young kids might have to skip tours like this as it can seem dangerous to some. Still, touring the wetlands can be on your list of the many fun things to do in Orlando for families with older children or adult-only groups.

There are lots of fun things to do in Orlando, Florida. Before you put the lid on your 3-day or week-long vacation in Orlando with some gratuitous Orlando shopping experience around its famous malls, you should try to treat the kids and yourself to some of the best scenic, lush nature parks to simply appreciate nature. This will be one trip that you won’t forget.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando: Shopping

While the kids and the young teenagers are having fun in the theme and nature parks, you can also go shopping in various malls they have here in Orlando. Shopping is one of many fun things to do in Orlando. There are various shopping malls to visit and splurge while vacationing here. You can find things from designer ware to the cheapest clothes, shoes and more in the many malls located in and around Orlando.

The Mall at Millenia is home to many designer stores. If designer clothes, shoes and such is what you are after, this is the mall to shop at. High-end designer stores like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Jimmy Choo and more have their own spaces there. Cheaper stores like the California brand Abercombie and Fitch, Zara and more can also be found there. You’ll definitely be spending a lot of time (and possibly money) while shopping – as it is one of many fun things to do in Orlando.

Stopping by the Florida Mall to do some shopping is convenient when you are in between trips to Orlando’s various theme parks with the family. This mall is just a few minutes away from Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and more. If you want a satisfying quick shopping experience or a longer one while the rest of your family is out sightseeing, then this mall is a fine choice. You can have a nice lunch or dinner in the shopping mall. Unique dining experiences are offered, and you and your family can enjoy dinner right after you’ve been to the theme parks. Dining is also one of many fun things to do in Orlando aside from shopping and going to theme parks.

Outlet stores are found in Orlando, especially Premium Outlets on International Drive. You can find cheap clothes, shoes, accessories and more in this long strip of shops. If you want to find designer stuff at cheaper prices, this is a great shopping experience. The Gap Outlet, which is a favorite of many should be a fun place to navigate in when shopping for casual t-shirts, sandals, shorts and more. Shopping here is really one of the fun things to do in Orlando, because of all the money you’ll save! It’s the place where you can find cheap wears and yet find treasures you’ll likely have in your daily wardrobe for a long time.

Orlando shopping at Winter Garden Village

If you are fond of the outdoors or the open air while browsing through shops, then you should visit the Winter Garden Village. It is a shopping center located in the western part of Orlando. This mall has a huge shopping and dining area of 1.1 million square feet. You can enjoy extensive shopping by browsing through various shops and later relax while dining out with yourself or with your family. Aside from shopping, there are other things you can do here like attending free shows, concerts and more.

There are plenty other malls to go to if you want to experience the best of shopping in Orlando, Florida. These are only some of them. If you have enough money to splurge there or if you simply want to amuse yourself by the things you can find in Orlando, Florida by window shopping, then you should not miss out on these places. Even if you are just in the shopping malls to dine and unwind, aside from shopping, there’s so many things to see and do. Shopping, dining, attending free concerts and shows—these and more are fun things to do in Orlando.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando at Night

If you’re an evening person who enjoys dimness with blinking and flashy lights, then you’ll enjoy Orlando’s night life, too. There are many fun things to do in Orlando which can be achieved even in the darkest and coldest (cooler) hours of the night. The urban area in Florida tagged as “The City Beautiful” is indeed a picturesque town which standouts between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico – Orlando, Florida. Aside from amusement areas and eco-adventure parks, the night life in Orlando is also an attraction for tourists of different nationalities. Fine dining and world-class music of different genres are always available for tourists’ consumption and satisfaction.

B.B. King's Blues Club Orlando

Some fun things to do in Orlando are best offered at night in several restaurants. Consider B. B. King’s Blues Club, a dining place that serves not only best-selling cuisine but also live performances from awesome musicians. Music lovers will surely enjoy the cheerful place which allows them to sing with the musicians and dance with their loved ones. The area has a wide space for dancing and foot stomping. Furthermore, as you move your eyes around, you will see posters of various music icons and legends of blues including B. B. King, Elvis Presley, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, and a lot more.

Fun things to do in Orlando can also be had in extraordinary dishes spiced up with hilarious production numbers. We’re talking about Orlando dinner shows. Capone’s Dinner & Show is great for all ages. Many families that are looking for fun things for the entire family will choose this dinner show. However, if you’re into voyages and pirates, then the Treasure Tavern may be the best place for you. It’s a restaurant for adults ages 18 and above. Your cold night will turn into a hot and sizzling time of searching for a wonderful treasure—a magnificent experience of delicious foods, sparkling drinks, and bubbly performers who will meet and greet you before the show. But wait, this is only a warm up. After the welcoming hospitality, the cast members of the show will proceed to the stage and will soon deliver their funny puns and punch lines. In between their major script, they will sing harmonious songs which will make your stay merrier.

Orlando Improv Dinner Show

Stand-up comedy at the Orlando ImprovSimilar to Treasure Tavern is the Orlando Improv. It is easy to experience fun things to do in Orlando by visiting the Improv, for it is a celebrated comedy club and dinner theatre in the City Beautiful. It is considered as one of the most famous spots that showcases live stand-up comedy celebrities. Your worries and furies will surely banish while you share your laughter with your family, friends, or colleagues. Plus, you will be rejuvenated with a glass of booze that you can fill with different flavors and alcohol levels. It’s such a bizarre place to chill out and unwind.