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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!

No Shortage of Fun Things to Do This Weekend

What a fabulous weekend we have in store for us in Central Florida! Spring Break is starting (or continues) for many school districts, Bike Week is wrapping up and the Orlando theme parks are as inviting as ever. It is a great time to visit the attractions or participate in one of the many other fun things to do.

Theme Park Garden Festival

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will continue. On the weekends there are more presentations and activities. Be sure to read more about this year’s festival in my previous post.

Professional Sports

If you want to catch some professional baseball, check out the Atlanta Braves. Their Spring Training facilities are located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It is an affordable way for the entire family to watch their favorite players. This weekend, the Braves take on the Rays on Friday at 1:05pm, and the Cardinals on Saturday at 1:05pm.

If you like sports, we can always count on the Orlando Magic to feed our professional basketball fever. This weekend the Magic take on the Washington Wizards at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando at 7:00pm. Tickets start as low as $15. This venue is spectacular, so be sure to see a game when you are able to.

If you are vacationing in Central Florida through next week, you shouldn’t miss the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. This is one of the most spectacular golf tournaments of the PGA Tour. Some of the best players will be competing. Prices start at $47 for a daily adult ticket and $15 for ages 13 to 17. The money raised at this tournament helps the kids at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. For information and tickets, go to www.arnoldpalmerinvitational.com or call 407-876-2888.

Air Show

Tico Warbird Air Show

Who doesn’t enjoy an air show? This weekend, March 14-16 the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum & TICO AirShow will take place in Titusville, Florida. For those of you visiting the Orlando theme parks, Titusville is about an hour drive east, just north of Cocoa Beach. It is an easy drive and well worth it to see this special event. This annual air show highlights military aviation and features some of the most famous trainer, transport, fighter and bomber aircraft that flew in combat around the world.

St. Patricks Day Festival

For Spring Breakers that are 18 and older (preferrably 21 and over), this weekend marks the beginning of the Mighty Festival. This festival takes place at Raglan Road Irish Pub and spans over 4 days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. All weekend long, Irish music will be featured on multiple stages. Plenty of beer choices and a menu that isn’t too shabby either. Check them out at www.raglanroad.com.

Orlando Dinner Show

After a day of baseball, airplanes, Irish music or any of the other numerous fun things to do this weekend, head to Capone’s Dinner & Show in Kissimmee, Florida. This dinner show is great for the entire family. With loads of action, singing, dancing and mobster attitude, your gang will feast at the buffet and enjoy every minute of it. Be sure to use the half off coupon on the web site.

It’s a great time to be in Central Florida – enjoy!