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Mango’s Dinner Show – International Drive, Orlando

Mango’s dinner show is now open in Orlando on International Drive. If you close your eyes, you’ll think you are in Miami or a warm, tropical Latin destination. Open your eyes and you’ll think you are in New York or Las Vegas! This Orlando dinner show is a visual treat and as vibrant as shows come.

Mango’s dinner show dancers

The live music (and DJ spun tunes) are primarily Latin in flavor with a lot of disco blended in. The dancers and performers are dazzling, not to mention beautiful and in excellent physical condition. How else can they salsa like that?! The longer Mango’s dinner show is open, the better the entertainment will get and more performers will be added to their lineup, especially if the Miami Mango’s location is any indication. That iconic Ocean Drive location has become world famous amongst those that love to party in Miami.

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Mango’s Dinner Show Now Open in Orlando

Now that the party is open in Orlando, what can you expect? Mango’s dinner show touts of being a family-friendly show. While children are allowed, they must leave the premises by 10:30 p.m. The laser lights, colorful atmosphere and costumes will be an attraction for children, however, it is the young adults that will truly enjoy this experience. Older seniors will enjoy it if they are of the dancing nature and don’t mind louder music. Think Vegas – not a place to have a nice conversation over dinner – but a lively show with lots of energy. Be sure to catch the Michael Jackson show – you’ll love the choreography and authenticity.

The Wise Guys & Gals at Capone’s recommend this show for younger to older adults. If you are looking for an Orlando dinner show that the entire family can enjoy (and even be a part of), check out Capone’s Dinner & Show. At Al’s joint, everything is included in your ticket price and the evening will end up costing half of what you may end up spending at the new Mango’s Dinner Show. “We also have feathers… but understand if you are looking for some hot salsa dancing. Our gang will stick with tap shoes, fedoras and tommy guns!”

If you are looking for a good meal, Mango’s Tropical Cafe opens at 6:00 p.m. Guests are also welcome to drop in for a drink at the bar. There is no cover charge until the late night show begins usually around 10:00 p.m. Cover charges range from $5 to $20 as the night progresses and is also based on occupancy. If you want to avoid the cover charge and not stand in line, be sure to make a reservation.

Mango’s Dinner Show Reservations and Dining Options

Reservations for Mango’s Dinner Show consist of a few options based upon where you want to sit, how many are in your party, the ages of the people in your party and the time you are attending. You can make reservations online, but it might be easier to call 407.673.4422. Reservation options are as follows:

  • Dinner & Show reservations for all ages for the 7:00 p.m. show include seating in the Cafe Area and the Veranda. A deposit is taken of $10/person which is applied to your final check after the meal is complete.
  • General reservations for all ages after 9:00 p.m. in the Cafe Area and the Veranda for a deposit of $5/person added toward your final bill. Keep in mind, minors must leave before 10:30 p.m.
  • VIP bottle service reservations (21+) for the Main Bar or second floor mezzanine with a deposit of $10/person applied to your final bill. The VIP show begins at 10:00 p.m.
  • Entire table reservations for sections within Mango’s on Fridays and Saturdays (up to 5 guests) in the Main Bar VIP, the second floor mezzanine or the Vodou Room. A deposit of $10 per person is required and is applied toward your final check.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe Menu

The menu at this new Orlando restaurant includes cuisine flavored with Continental Latin, Mexican, Italian and Caribbean tastes. There is a wide variety of entrees on the menu. They including steak, ribs, pasta, chicken and pork dishes and many others. Costs range from the lower teens to the upper thirties with most entrees in the mid-twenties range. Note that an 18% service charge and sales tax are added to your check as well as a 25¢ donation to Mount Sinai Medical Center.  A late night dining menu is also offered featuring pizza, wings and other appetizers. Mango’s is open until 2:00 a.m. every day of the week, so get your fill!

Other Things You  Need to Know

A few other things you should know about Mango’s is that they often offer a happy hour. They always offer a bottle service and will soon offer Salsa Classes. Corporate parties can be arranged, as well as smaller parties such as bachelorette and birthday parties. Another item of interest is the dress code which specifies no baseball hats or tank tops after 10:00 p.m.  Valet parking service is available at the entry way. Otherwise, you’ll have to find parking nearby, which can be very difficult depending upon the day/time of day.

If you are looking for a lively night out on the town or missing the Miami nightlife, give Mango’s Dinner Show a try.  They are located at 8126 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Make a reservation online or call 407.673.4422The venue is spectacular, and you’ll be in the heart of all the fun on I-Drive. Have a Mojito and enjoy seeing “Michael” dance his way back into your heart and the Orlando nightlife.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar – New Themed Bar

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will officially open to the public on September 22nd. This new Orlando themed restaurant is just one of the many venues “springing” up in Downtown Disney, as it continues it’s final transition into Disney Springs. While Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is not an Orlando dinner show, it should provide plenty of entertainment merely by its décor.

The themed restaurant is based off the 1981 Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. The décor is meant to be reminiscent of the 80’s adventure flick, highlighting the unusual experiences of the beloved pilot, Jock Lindsey. With spare plane parts and odd travel mementos garnishing the interior, this new Orlando restaurant is sure to be a hit. Take your time and enjoy checking out the details while having a beverage or a meal.

Jock’s now dry-docked Steamboat, Reggie, also makes an appearance, offering a great outdoor view with seating just outside the hangar. Positioned between the Boathouse and Paradiso 37 (soon to be expanded) and facing the lake, the view at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will provide a great dinner show, especially for people watching and perhaps a beautiful sunset.

How to Get to this New Orlando Themed Restaurant

Because Disney Springs is still being constructed, transportation will see some changes over the next year. The best advice is to use Disney transportation, especially if staying at the Resort. If you are driving to Lake Buena Vista, follow the signs to Downtown Disney / Disney Springs. From I-4, take exit 67 and follow signs to available parking. Most parking offers less than a 5-minute walk. More parking is on the way and will remain free of charge, except for valet parking. Taxi service is also an option. Arrive early. If coming to see a show, arrive at least an hour ahead of your show time or reservation.

Themed Restaurant Menu @ Jock Lindseys Hangar Bar

Rolling Boulder SlidersThe food and beverage offerings at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar appear to be nothing to scoff at. Inspired by Jock’s worldly exploits, a range of small plates will be offered, including Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs (topped with lumps of crab meat and beet juice) and Tanis Tacos (consists of falafel, shredded lettuce and cucumber-tomato salad), while cocktails sport fun names such as ‘Reggie’s Revenge’ and ‘The Bitter Barkeep.’ It appears guests will be getting to taste the world when they dine in the 150-seat hangar, as the menu is graced with flavors from Mexico, Asia, Scotland, and many other places Jock has explored.

While the food looks good, it’s safe to say the main draw to this restaurant/bar is the experience of immersing yourself in the world you first explored back when Raiders of the Lost Ark was released. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is an extension of the adventures we first enjoyed on screen, only this time guests will taste flavors from around the world instead of the buttery popcorn they surely enjoyed the first time they met Jock and Indy.

Restaurant Attractions: Capone’s is Here to Stay!

It’s not easy being an attraction AND a restaurant, however, Capone’s Dinner & Show proves it can be done. Showing stamina within both categories, this Kissimmee restaurant and Central Florida attraction has withstood the test of time for over 20 years. As a dinner theater, you have several elements that need to be good to be successful, including your show (to be an attraction), and your food (to be a restaurant).

Many dinner shows have come and gone, including the recent closing of Arabian Nights, a show that only made it about one year Rat Pack & Friends, and the not-so-recent closing of Dolly Partin’s Dixieland Stampede. Two new smaller Orlando dinner shows have opened fairly recently. They include Treasure Tavern (adults only) and an unusual one called Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theater. Time will only tell if they have both, a great show and food, to have any longevity.

Kissimmee Restaurants

Then you have the Kissimmee restaurants that have opened and closed recently, which are far too numerous to list. If you travel along Hwy. 192 or along I-Drive, it seems the Orlando & Kissimmee restaurants and businesses change on a regular basis. Just recently a new Chuy’s opened at I-Shops (intersection of Sand Lake Road and I-Drive). Hopefully, the decision to add this Texas-based chain restaurant was supported by the success of their existing Kissimmee restaurant on Hwy. 192.

There are also themed dining restaurants within the Orlando attractions that have come and gone. You can read about several restaurants coming to Universal Studios in one of our earlier posts. Speaking of Universal, it is also noteworthy to mention Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, within Loews Royal Pacific Resort, will be undergoing several enhancements – including a new chef, manager, lunch & dinner menus and expanded offerings in the sushi bar. They are one of only two Orlando restaurants that feature cuisine prepared in a Robata Grill, and have been at it for over a decade!

Themed restaurant Kouzzina by Cat Cora

Kouzzina by Cat Cora®, located at Disney’s BoardWalk is set to close later this year.

Disney will also have its share of themed restaurants opening and closing. We just recently heard the announcement that Kouzzina by Cat Cora® at Disney’s Boardwalk will be closing after September 30th this year. It was open for five years, and celebrity chef Cat Cora (Food Network’s Iron Chef America) created a great experience for numerous families that dined at this Walt Disney World Resort restaurant. There have been no announcements as to what will replace Kouzinna. Other Disney BoardWalk restaurants that remain open include Big River Grille & Brewing Works, ESPN Club and the Flying Fish Cafe as well as several other smaller eateries.

Long-running Kissimmee Dinner Show

With Tommy Guns in tow, the gangsters at Capone’s Dinner & Show will continue to defend their turf in the mix of Kissimmee restaurants and Orlando attractions. The wise guys (and dames) seem to have it figured out. If you’ve never experienced this Orlando attraction, and are looking for a great Kissimmee restaurant, their value-based dinner show is definitely worth a visit. Step back in time, and “don’ worry ‘bout” the restaurants and attractions that will come and go. Just enjoy the show & food – Big Al is here to stay!

Spotlight: Three Broomsticks Restaurant at Islands of Adventure

One of the newest Orlando theme park restaurants is the rustic tavern, Three Broomsticks, the official restaurant of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey located at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.  It has already won runner-up in Orlando’s 13th annual Foodie Awards for Best Theme Park Restaurant.  This is a counter service restaurant, rather than full-service dining.  You order and pay at the counter and pick up your food at another counter, so reservations aren’t required.  However, I understand they will take a reservation the breakfast deal, which is a complimentary breakfast when you book your trip with Universal.

This is the place where you can dine on authentic British food and try the famous (non-alcoholic) Butterbeer.  Butterbeer is a butterscotch, carmel-y cream soda toped with a buttery, frothy, creamy head and together they are decadent and delicious!  You can also try the Pumpkin Juice, which is like liquid pumpkin pie, except not quite as sweet, but also wonderful and tasty!    Also served here are rotisserie smoked chicken, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, turkey legs, fresh veggies, and more.  Of course, there is a children’s menu as well that includes kid favorites such as chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese.  At the back of the Three Broomsticks tavern, is where you’ll find the Hog’s Head Pub, where adults can sample a great selection of beers, as well as wine, spirits, and mixed drinks.

Although the food is very tasty, the atmosphere is the key ingredient to this place. It’s very charming and just what you imagine after reading the books.  Make sure you watch the walls as you can sometimes see an owl flying by or catch a house elf walking around upstairs!   You can choose to sit inside and enjoy the atmosphere or enjoy lakeside dining on the patio. Either way it is a charming experience.

$, casual dress, British and American cuisine, fast-food, full bar at Hog’s Head Pub, lunch and dinner
Universal Orlando’s Island’s of Adventure
Casual Dining
Price Level:
$ (under $15)

Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock and Rain Forest Café, To Do or Not To Do?

First off I must say if you do not like loud restaurants then you probably will not enjoy any of these themed restaurants. If noisy restaurants do not bother you then there’s a good chance you will enjoy the experience because all three have themes with broad based appeal.

Hard Rock Café is the forerunner of themed restaurants and in my opinion it is the best of the breed. Featuring classic rock music and memorabilia these huge restaurants are really an entertainment option. I have found the food to be hit or miss at the Hard Rock Café’s that I have visited in Orlando and other tourist destinations. Quite honestly the food is average and priced well above average but everyone should go at least once.

Planet Hollywood has star appeal because that’s what the concept is all about. The music is very loud at Planet Hollywood I think noise is an element in most themed restaurants. The memorabilia is the star attraction of Planet Hollywood and Orlando has one of the best collections in the chain. The entertainment aspect is reflected in the prices at Planet Hollywood. Unfortunately the food is not the star attraction but their food is as good as any of the themed restaurants.

My least favorite of the bunch is Rain Forest Café’ for many reasons beginning with the quality and prices. If you are expecting anything other than a silk forest I hate to break it to you but there’s not a live plant in the place. There is a lot of activity going on and is quite stimulating for young children so prepare yourself for it if you have children or not. I have been twice and both times I left disappointed. My most recent visit with my family I had my three year old nephew and my infant great nephew. Their reactions were very different my three year old nephew had a fun time (although the mechanical gator did scare him) while my great nephew was not a happy camper. We all took turns either chasing my nephew or comforting my great nephew. They are VERY busy so many people don’t agree with my opinion. Honestly I would not have picked this restaurant but we went for the kids. One more thing the service has been horrible on both my visits.