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Price Increase Alert: Get Tickets Now!

I’ve never been one to like surprises, and I especially don’t like to pay more than expected – for anything. That’s why the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show is making it no secret that a price increase is coming. It’s a small one, but it’s the little things that matter to some, and Big Al wants to let everyone in on the scoop.

Effective Monday, May 23rd Capone’s will be increasing general ticket prices to $73.99 for adults and $49.99 for kids (4 to 12). Children 3 years and under will remain free with a reserved seat. If you use a coupon or purchase your tickets online, you get a discount of 50%. These discount prices end up being $36.99 for adults and $24.99 for children plus tax. This is an increase of $4 per ticket, as the current regular rates are $69.99 (adults) and $45.99 (children). Group rates will begin as low as $32.99 and can be made by consulting with a group reservation specialist at 407-397-2378.

Purchase Tickets Now

Here’s the deal though. You can buy your tickets now – even for reservations after May 23 and get the existing rate! So if you are thinking of going to the show, or already have an evening in mind, buy your tickets now and save! Currently, the online calendar goes through August, so purchasing tickets now is a great way to plan an evening of summer fun. For larger groups, this can result in big savings!

To continue serving fine spirits, hearty meals and producing the best cabaret this side of Chicago, the Boss has found it necessary to pass on a portion of the inflationary costs to his guests. This is the first price increase in 5 years and we regret it is necessary.

With the price increase, Capone’s will be able to continue to provide the quality of food and entertainment it is so well-known for. As many previous guests know, the service they receive is spectacular and management is keen on keeping great staff. There are also some upgrades being planned for the theater.  It is a priority to make the dining experience at Capone’s Dinner & Show enjoyable and the show memorable. Big Al & Mama Capone wouldn’t want it any other way!

30 Years - Capone's Dinner & ShowAs Capone’s Dinner & Show enters their 30th year, the gang continues to create an experience at this Orlando dinner show nothing short of, well, a blast! Even with the price increase, I believe Capone’s Dinner & Show remains the best Orlando dinner show value around. You still receive unlimited drinks (including alcohol, which many dinner shows have stopped serving altogether!), free parking, and a show that just keeps getting better and better.

Unlike other Orlando attractions that raise their prices overnight without warning, you have now been warned…get your tickets before May 23 and save!!

* Tax and gratuity not included in these totals.
Parties of 10 or more will have minimal gratuity added at $3.50 per paying guest.


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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National Roller Coaster Day: Orlando Attractions Rate High

Today is National Roller Coaster Day. It is celebrated, because August 16th of 1898, was the day in which Edwin Prescott submitted a patent for the first looping roller coaster. It later became the loop-the-loop at Coney Island. So to celebrate, National Roller Coaster Day was born.

National Roller Coaster Day

When the Wise Guys originally started following National Roller Coaster Day in 2013, the folks that operate Behind the Thrills website, polled their readers. They announced the top 10 roller coasters in the United States. Our Central Florida theme parks were the best! In fact, SeaWorld Orlando landed two of the top ten. Busch Gardens, Islands of Adventure, Disney World and Hollywood Studios were also awarded a spot in the top ten.

The poll included the highest ranking roller coasters by various organizations. They were sectioned into wooden rides and steel roller rides. Our Florida theme parks did well with Rock-n-Roller Coaster in 10th place; The Incredible Hulk in 6th; Montu took 5th; Kraken was 4th and the number one roller coaster at that time was Manta.

National Roller Coaster Day Features New Rides

Zoom, loop, drop or barrel roll ahead a few years and National Roller Coaster Day looks a little different for Orlando’s theme parks in 2016. SeaWorld has added Mako. Universal Studios has added Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Busch Gardens has added Cobra’s Curse, and Disney added Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in 2014. The competition is steep and Central Florida has a lot more of it! Theme parks across the country are upping the standards with new thrills and technology.

“The virtual reality roller coaster experience is a new hot trend that hit the market this year and has the potential to be game changing,” says Colleen Mangone, spokeswoman for the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions.

No doubt the new roller coasters in Central Florida will rank high. They continue to be a big draw for many tourists. Why else would our theme parks be adding and improving them? If you are a roller coaster junky, you’ll no doubt be celebrating National Roller Coaster Day with a few minutes spent on your favorite thrill ride. Enjoy the day and the ride!

Celebrate Other Specials on the Calendar

Today has also been designated as “National Tell a Joke Day” and “National Rum Day” as well as a host of other holiday’s you’ll not find on most calendars. For thrill-seekers in Florida, you can feel lucky to have so many great roller coasters in the area to seek that thrill from. There are also plenty of places to hear and joke and drink rum.

Meanwhile, at Capone’s Dinner & Show, we are unable to help you celebrate National Roller Coaster Day. However, we’ll help you celebrate National Rum Day as well as National Tell a Joke Day. Come in tonight, or any night of the year and we’ll treat you to Al’s famous unlimited rum runners. The show is a thrill for many of our families, without the gForces, of course! Many guests do have a blast here! As for National Tell a Joke Day, well, come see the show at Capone’s. We’re sure to tell a joke or two!

The Wise Guys have updated this post for your reading pleasure. It was originally featured on Al’s Blog August 16, 2013.

Wonderworks: Wonder No More, Come Have Fun!

Wonderworks Upside Down Building

Wonderworks should be at the top of everyone’s Orlando attraction planning list. Reasonably priced to take the whole family, it is located right off of International Drive…right down the road from everything! This Orlando attraction is encompassed in an upside-down building. Those that have passed by, and have never stopped, wonder what it really is and what the history behind it is. Well, wonder no more.

With the current rainy days we’ve had, visiting Wonderworks is a fun thing to do in Orlando when it is too wet or hot to enjoy outdoor activities.

Rumor has it that the Orlando attraction, Wonderworks, started out as a scientific experiment in the Bermuda Triangle. It has been said that scientists were given the task to harness the POWER from a man-made tornado that they created. Something went amuck and the building flew into Orlando, landing on its roof; therefore, all the hundred plus interactive exhibits inside the house are upside-down.

When entering this Orlando attraction it sounds like the house is wanting to fall. Stepping inside, you become inverted in order to visit all the sites which are upside-down. Wonderworks is the ultimate place to learn and interact with science. It is perfect for the wanna-be-nerd.

After entering, you will go through a cool inversion tunnel. The rotating multi-colored tunnel contains a walkway which, upon reaching the other side, allows you to defy gravity in order to visit all the exhibits. How cool is that?!

Wonderworks Earthquake ExperienceExperiencing an actual earthquake can be a scary thought. However, when experiencing an earthquake inside Wonderworks, it is scary yet exciting. This Orlando attraction recreates an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale. This exhibit is based on the 1989 San Francisco earthquake that stopped the World Series. It is very realistic. Visit the Disaster Zone for this experience.

Even though hurricanes can be experienced in Florida, people are usually in safe zones when they do hit. This Orlando attraction allows you to experience what 71 mph winds of an actual hurricane feel like. This is also in the Disaster Zone. These should be experienced by everyone.

In Wonder Coasters, a part of this Orlando attraction, you are able to build your own roller coaster, with twists, turns and loops. Taking the coaster for a spin is the ultimate thrill in the virtual coaster ride.

In the Space Zone visitors put on Astronaut suits and explore the universe. A souvenir picture in a famous exploration environment is available. There are so many interactive exhibits at this Orlando attraction that to name them all, or even a fraction, would be difficult. Visiting is a must for your vacation.

Along with the many exhibits there is a laser tag and rope climbing area available. Dinner and a comedy club dinner show is available with reservations. This is the perfect place to have the young scientist in your families’ birthday party.

Wonderworks is the ultimate scientific Orlando attraction. Seeing and experiencing it all should be on everyone’s bucket list. Make your plans to visit soon. Arrive early to get the best seats, or sites, in the house. Wonderworks is the place to learn all about the world and why things happen, all while having fun…and being upside-down.

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: Swim with the Fish

Crush and Gusher Attraction

© Walt Disney World

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, one of two water parks within Walt Disney World Resort, was marked as the most-visited water park worldwide based on 2008 records. An odd tidbit to ponder is that, even though this water park was created and is owned by Disney World in Orlando, it happens to be the only theme park that is in the city boundaries of Lake Buena Vista.

The other five Orlando attractions from Disney are inside the nearby City of Bay Lake. Curiously, all Disney World mail is sent to a Lake Buena Vista address. A lesson here would be: It doesn’t matter if we are in different cities or not. What matters is we are still family and all important information can be sent to a central place. It will then be given to the intended.

With that lesson out of the way, let’s explore this one-of-a-kind Orlando attraction. Covering an area of 56 acres, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon houses the biggest outside wave pool in the world through studying wave propagation and generation before opening for visitors. Tests to determine shapes of waves, surf board duration, and the degree in where a wave will create normalcy were performed. With the ability to produce perfect surfing waves, an artificial beach became a surfer’s dream.

Another Orlando attraction at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Shark Reef, allows visitors to swim with fish and small sharks for free. Snorkel gear is included with park admission and allows visitors to swim over the reef viewing sharks more clearly. An overturned sunken tanker with portholes offers non-swimmers the opportunity to experience sea life without getting wet.

Other Orlando attractions are: The relaxing Castaway Creek which gives visitors a relaxing journey through invigorating waterfalls and cool mists. The Crush ‘N’ Gusher which is a water coaster twisting, while climbing to heights up to 420 feet. Three park-made drop areas give the ultimate water slide experience. Mayday Falls provides guests the longest and most intense water slides in the Typhoon Lagoon Park.

A favorite for this Orlando attraction is Sandy White Beach; a white-sand tropical beach with scenic waters, beautiful palm trees and lush landscapes. This is a perfect spot to rest, relax and feel that you are in a tropical island vacation.

Upon entrance, choose the option to rent a locker. The Orlando attraction can become crowded, and if you hit all the water attractions, you will want to make sure your personal belongings are safe. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is the place to be when the other theme parks become too hot.