Epcot Flower and Garden Festival – What’s New This Year

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival began February 28 and continues through May 28, 2018. Every year the festival runs close to 90 days. This year marks the 25th annual event.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Donald and Daisy at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. ©Disney.

During this Orlando theme park special event, guests get to experience the topiaries that are on display and participate in several free activities. There are also free concerts, presentations and kids activities. The outdoor kitchens which were introduced a couple of years ago will dot the beautiful landscape at Epcot and serve up a wide variety of cuisine (food and beverages are an additional cost). To get a taste of everything, it can run hundreds of dollars, so be sure to check out your choices, then narrow it down to a few dishes you feel you have to try. Remember, you can fill up later with your dinner show tickets at Capone’s Dinner & Show, which is just down the road from Epcot.

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Epcot Gardens

Anna and Elsa Topiaries at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Anna and Elsa will remain very popular at this year’s festival. ©Disney

The new topiary for this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival features Mickey, Minnie and Goofy located at the main entrance. Still others feature Tinker Bell, Troll, Stitch and many other familiar characters. Still in the list for most popular attractions are the Anna and Elsa topiaries. They return again with nearly 100 other topiaries spread out through the exhibits. These make for great photo ops! Have fun looking for them all.

You may even be tempted to taste a topiary at the newer edible garden near The Land Pavilion! You may also want to check out the Cactus Road Rally area. This garden is “sharp” as well as interesting. Too bad you won’t find a topiary of Al or any of the Wise Guys! To see them, you’ll just have to drive east on Hwy. 192 to Capone’s and have dinner and enjoy the show.

Outdoor Kitchens at The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Over a dozen outdoor kitchens feature food and drink items that are difficult to find at any Orlando restaurant. It is an excellent opportunity to test out some dishes you’ve been meaning to try. The new outdoor kitchen this year is the Honey Bee-stro. The menu features all-natural food and drink infused with what else, but honey. Other Outdoor Kitchens include:

  • Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
  • Cider House
  • Fleur de Lys
  • Florida Fresh
  • Hanami
  • Jardin de Fiestas
  • La Isla Fresca
  • Lotus House
  • Northern Bloom
  • Pineapple Promenade
  • Primavera Kitchen (Mamma Capone’s favorite because it features Italian cuisine – try the meatball parmigiana)
  • Taste of Marrakesh
  • The Berry Basket
  • THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
  • Specialty Coffee Carts Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

If you have kids, be sure to check out this year’s new play areas. They are the Imagination Play Garden and the How-To Garden. You also won’t want to miss the Road to the Florida 500. Your children can zip around the race track while you sit back and recharge.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival performance

After dining and doing, relax at a free concert during your weekend visit to this Orlando theme park at the Garden Rocks concert series. All concerts take place at America Gardens Theatre, with show times at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Currently, the concert schedule features these popular acts:

  • March 2-5, 2018 – Night Ranger
  • March 9-12, 2018 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • March 16-19, 2018 – Simple Plan
  • March 23-26, 2018 – Little River Band
  • March 30-April 2, 2018 – The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
  • April 6-7, 2018 – Foghat – NEW!
  • April 8-9 – Survivor – NEW!
  • April 13-14, 2018 – Smash Mouth – NEW!
  • April 15-16, 2018 – Rick Springfield – NEW!
  • April 20-21, 2018 – Jo Dee Messina – NEW!
  • April 22-23, 2018 – Lonestar – NEW!
  • April 27-30, 2018 – Blood, Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice
  • May 4-7, 2018 -Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 11-12, 2018 – Village People featuring Victor Willis
  • May 13-14, 2018 – Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles – NEW!
  • May 18-21, 2018 – The Guess Who
  • May 25-28, 2018 – The Spinners
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Tickets

While most Epcot Flower and Garden Festival events are included with your theme park ticket, some experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee. The easiest way to know before you go is to visit Epcot’s website or call 407-824-4321. Currently, a one-day pass to Epcot starts at $102.00.

If you’d like to enjoy a buffet dinner, some dancing and a spectacular show after visiting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, save a night for Capone’s. While there will not be any colorful topiaries growing at this Kissimmee attraction, there will be some colorful characters! Between the guests and the gangsters, you’ll be exposed to an entire garden of comedy variety. It’s a blast!

St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show

St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show may not offer green beer, but there are plenty of colorful characters to ‘sip’ on. Capone’s Dinner & Show celebrates every holiday, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Named after Saint Patrick (387–493AD), it is a holiday primarily celebrated in Ireland and places where there are large numbers of Irish immigrants, including the United States. For the most part, it is a reason to eat, drink and be merry! What better place to do so than at this Orlando dinner show!

St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show

With a delicious buffet; unlimited drinks (including alcoholic beverages) and a hilarious show included in a HALF PRICE TICKET you’ll be carrying on like a true Irishman. You won’t find boxty, barmbrack or shepherds pie on the menu (this is Mama Capone’s kitchen after all), however, there are plenty of American & Italian dishes to enjoy. A salad bar filled with fresh seasonal veggies & toppings. Fresh pasta with many sauce (gravy) choices. A meat carving station and a buffet filled with favorites your entire family will love. It is by far the best value of all the Orlando dinner shows. Even parking is free!

Join Al, Bugs and the rest of the gang for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that’ll leave you feeling very lucky, especially during the gangster shoot out! Here come the big guns and the guests will be getting into the action. It’s a fun time for the entire family, no matter what age. St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show is the perfect solution if you have a group made up of several ages. Read the many testimonials, even families with children can enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

St. Patrick's Day at Capone's Dinner & Show

St. Patricks Day Celebration
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Show Time: 7:30pm
s great to be Irish at Capones Dinner & Show!

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Unlike a four-leaf clover, which is very hard to find, in Orlando you’ll find a large number of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations being held at just about every bar or tavern. If you’re already at Universal’s City Walk, you’ll not want to miss the Corned Beef & Cabbage, Corned Beef Sandwiches and Potato Leek Soup at Pat O’Brien’s and, of course, plenty of drink specials, including their Fuzzy Leprechauns. At Disney Springs there is Raglan Road, featuring Sheperd’s pie, Irish musicians and dancers, and a large selection of Irish whiskey. Also near Disney in Celebration is Mulligan’s Pub or on International Drive, the Lucky Leprechaun Irish Pub.

Other young professionals will be ‘going green’ in downtown Orlando at the Celt Irish Pub – a nice place to eat and celebrate this holiday or any day of the year. Further away from the downtown scene are other Irish favorites; the Green Parrot located in Casselberry and Fiddlers Green Irish Pub located on Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park. These local favorites are sure to be popular on St. Patrick’s Day.

If you are looking for a fun night out, without a LOT of blarney, St. Patrick’s Day at Capone’s Dinner & Show is a safe bet. You won’t have to find a pot of gold to afford it either. Come have a toast with the wise guys…

“Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!”

Last-Minute Valentine’s Plans

It can happen to the best of us. We wait until we’re scrambling and then have to make last-minute Valentine’s plans. Or… one Sweetheart expects something more than is planned; one Sweetheart hasn’t planned anything at all, or the plans that have been made fail miserably. Any of these scenarios can result in a whole lot of not-love going around. Here is some advice from the Wise Guys & Gals to keep these scenarios from happening this evening (or Saturday) with YOUR Sweetheart… even if you are reading this and making last-minute Valentine’s plans.

Plain and simple last-minute Valentine’s plans… take your “Gal” or “Goon” to a dinner show at Capone’s tonight!

There are still a few tickets available for tonight’s Capone’s Valentine’s Show. The early show option is extremely limited, however, tickets are readily available for the late show (8:30 pm). Either way, it will seem as if you’ve planned this evening for weeks! Purchase tickets online, pick up your date and show up for the show! Or, purchase tickets, call a cab or Uber and arrive at the show ready to enjoy the unlimited drinks included in your show ticket.

Tickets are only $34.99 adults and $22.99 kids (plus tax and gratuity). There still may be a limited number of VIP Tickets available at $46.99 adults and $31.99 kids (plus tax and gratuity). However, since you’ve waited until now (like a true flat tire) and are making last-minute Valentine’s plans, don’t count on those VIP tickets.

Last-Minute Valentine’s Plans 2 nights, 2 shows

Saturday has Two (2) Shows too!

With V-day being on a weekday, perhaps you’re planning to celebrate your love this weekend instead of tonight. Capone’s has you covered there too! This Saturday, February 17, there are also two show times available (5 pm and 8:30 pm). Tickets are available for both of these shows…at least for now. Even though it’s not really, really last-minute Valentine’s plans, attending the show on Saturday gives you a few more days to make it extra special. HINT: Spring for some roses or jewelry to go along with the dinner show tickets!

Pre-order a boa &/or a fedora and get into the spirit & have fun!

Costume accessories are definitely the cat’s meow. Have fun while you’re out for the evening! Get into the era! Cheap accessories can be found in the gift shop if you forget to purchase them online with your tickets. For those of you wanting to be treated like a big boss or significant skirt, Capone’s VIP tickets are the way to go. VIP tickets include:

  • Early admission (enjoy Al’s Four Deuces Lounge)
  • Casino chips for table games
  • A take-home souvenir shot glass
  • Tickets for the Dinner and Show
  • VIP Seating offering our best seats in the house
  • Priority Seating – We seat Valentine’s Day VIP guests first (provided you are on time)

Capone's Valentine's VIP Experience

If you still need to make last-minute Valentine’s plans, just go to AlCapones.com and order Valentine’s dinner show tickets and relax. You’re going to have a great time. Your special someone is really going to enjoy the show, and you’ll come away smelling like…well, a dozen roses! Please take note: the roses are YOUR responsibility…Al don’t want nothin’ to do wit’ dat. 😉

The gang hopes everyone will join them and have a great Valentine’s day today. If not, Al hopes you have a really, really good alibi!

Happy V-day everyone!

Mardi Gras Time in Orlando

With Fat Tuesday on February 13th this year, Mardi Gras events at Universal Studios are in full swing now through April 7, 2018. You can “catch the beads, catch the music, catch the spirit” without going to New Orleans! It’s a party the entire family will enjoy.

New this year: New floats representing a celestial theme. Performers are available before the parade for meet and greet/photo opportunities. Atmospheric music piped into the park.

Previously the Orlando theme park celebrated this event only on the weekends. This year the celebration happens every night. You can catch beads and doubloons by the handful as the spectacular parade winds its way through the park with dazzling floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, entertaining street performers and dancers. Many of the floats are professionally built by Blaine Kern Studios, who have been creating Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans for over 60 years.

Mardi Gras in Orlando

Mardi Gras Parade

The parade happens at Universal Studios every night in which the Mardi Gras event is held. The parade starts about an hour before the headline concert. Between 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. However, if you want a good spot for the parade, it is not unlikely for people to line the parade route a couple hours prior to the start. Concert lines can start as early as the morning of the event!

Skip the crowds, parades and Mardi Gras altogether…

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Since adults will be adults, if you are attending this event with small children, you may want to stay close to the Little Jester’s Parade viewing area which is located in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop (near the Terminator 2: 3-D attraction). Avoid the Music Plaza area as this is where people line up for the concert and can get a little crazy. Fun if you’re an adult. Not so fun if you are a parent with an inquisitive child.

Mardi Gras Entertainment

Some big names in music will be performing live at the Universal Music Plaza stage. There is also live music in the French Quarter section of the theme park, as well as authentic Cajun cuisine. I can hear the Zydeco music and taste the Jambalaya already!

2018 Concerts include: 

  • Feb. 3: Sean Paul
  • Feb. 10: The Beach Boys
  • Feb. 17: Kelsea Ballerini
  • Feb. 18: Andy Grammer
  • Feb. 24: Macklemore
  • March 3: 311
  • March 4: Phillip Phillips
  • March 10: T.B.A.
  • March 11: Fitz and the Tantrums
  • March 17: Foreigner
  • March 18: Fifth Harmony
  • March 24: T.B.A.
  • March 25: Bush

After you’ve caught all the beads and listened to some great live music, continue the party at Universal CityWalk on Mardi Gras event nights. Your Universal Studios theme park ticket or Annual Pass gets you FREE admission to several unique clubs and bars (provided you’re at least 21 years of age). CityWalk is open every night until 2:00 am.

Additionally, Mardi Gras is included with your Universal Studios admission or annual pass. They have on-site hotel deals as well as Florida resident tickets and specials. Check their website for more information www.universalorlando.com.

Other Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday Options

If you are not the type to attend a major theme park on Fat Tuesday, but still want to get out and do something fun, there are other options. Downtown Orlando will have its share of parties as well as many other bars around town. If you feel like taking a drive, go to New Smyrna Beach. Spend a day at the beautiful beach and stay for the Mardi Gras parade (mentioned here in another post). It really is a fun time. Of course, in Kissimmee, you can’t go wrong by attending a dinner show like Capone’s.

When you’re not at Universal Studios enjoying Mardi Gras, Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to invite you to the most enjoyable dinner theatre in Central Florida. Read our reviews and comments. Our live stage production is enjoyed by all ages and will have you dancing and singing and having a great time before you enter the theater. Tickets are half price when you purchase them online. Save a night for Capone’s Dinner & Show. It’s a blast!


Dinner Show Takes a Break – Big Game Statistics

Capone’s Dinner & Show will be closed Sunday, February 4, 2018.

For the past 3 years, me (Al) and the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show did NOT offer a Super Show as an alternative to the Super Bowl. The mobsters took a much-appreciated break. The gang is doin’ it again. We will be closed Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Instead of a Kissimmee dinner show that’ll knock your socks off, the wise guys & gals have put together some fun statistics that jus’ might knock the wind right outta yous. The figures behind how much money Americans spend for the big event will make even the Big Bosses squirm. We’re talkin’ billions on merchandise (food, team apparel and TVs), millions on bets (of course gamblin’ is one of my specialties), an average game ticket price is $5,700 and many more brow-raising expenses. Here are some other interestin’ facts ‘bout Sunday’s game provided by WalletHub within this infographic:

Superbowl Fun Statistics

Source: WalletHub

After all those wings bein’ devoured and money changin’ hands, a fun night at Capone’s will be in order. Regardless if your team wins or loses, a night with me and the gang is a great way to recover after a big game hang-over. Reserve your tickets at half off and enjoy savin’ money instead of shellin’ it out like yous jus’ did on the football contest.

Capone’s Dinner & Show is open every night (except on Super Bowl Sunday). After takin’ a night off, the guys and gals will be super-charged to put on a hilarious show. I’ll see yous soon!

– Big Al
Alphonse Capone

Dinner Show Tickets will Increase at Capone’s

The price of dinner show tickets will increase soon at Capone’s Dinner & Show. This smaller dinner attraction near Orlando has not had a price increase since September 2015. Before that, the last price increase happened in 2012. Today, it remains the best dinner show deal around. Even with the price increase, expected to go into effect February 1, 2018, the value-to-ticket-cost remains attractive for families and groups wanting to experience a Kissimmee dinner show.

Keep in mind, Capone’s offers half off ticket sales online or in many local coupon publications. You will not see tickets sold by resellers who mark them up.

Many of the larger theme parks in Orlando raise their ticket prices every year. The smaller attractions do so every once-in-a-while, usually to help cover the cost of higher operating expenses. In the last two years, we’ve seen food prices jump, gas prices fluctuate in a way nobody can predict, energy prices and taxes keep going up as well. Running a business with these variables can be challenging. The wise guys at Capone’s have done a great job and will continue to offer the best deal at a price that’s hard to refuse.

Any tickets bought before January 15, 2018, will be sold at the old/current price. On February 1, expect the general ticket price for adults to increase by $4, from the current price of $65.99 to $69.99*. Children 4 to 12 years of age will see dinner show tickets go from $41.99 to $45.99*. With the 50% off deal, this makes the ticket prices $34.99* and $22.99* respectively. Group tickets are still the way to go if you have 15 or more adults in your party. These tickets can start as low as $30.99* each. Group reservations must be called in to get the best deal. The phone number is 407-397-2378.

Dinner Show Tickets to increase in price

Want to save money? Purchase your tickets now! You can use the dinner show tickets for reservations up to several weeks from now and get the current rate! If you have an evening already set aside to see an Orlando dinner show, go ahead and purchase tickets now. The earlier you make your reservation, the better seats you get. You can change your date by calling in 24 hours before your reservation, however, you may lose your great seats by rescheduling. Also, you may have to pay the cost difference from the old price to the new price, if you have to reschedule after February 1st. Don’t know your date yet? Pick a date that is close to when you plan to visit the Orlando area. Just don’t forget to reschedule if your date doesn’t work out.  Tickets are non-refundable, so reschedule as quickly as you can.

Dinner Show Tickets Still the Best Value

Capone’s Dinner & Show remains the best Orlando dinner show when it comes to value. You will not have to pay to park as some other shows require. Your ticket includes a delicious buffet, which includes a meat carving station and salad bar. The beverages are unlimited. You can read testimonial after testimonial of the wait staff keeping the glasses filled. Beverages include draft beer, wine, and other alcoholic drinks. See the complete menu and drink list on the web.

Other Orlando attractions and dinner shows may raise their prices without warning, however, not Capone’s Dinner & Show. Big Al wants to…

“be square and let all yous know ‘bout this upcomin’ squeeze so as to not chisel any family member attendin’ my drum.”

As advice you shouldn’t refuse, unless facing serious consequences (as in a ticket price increase), you need to get your tickets before February and save!!

* Tax and gratuity not included in these totals.
For parties of 10 or more there will be a partial gratuity collected at check-in.

Read the 1920’s slang dictionary to better understand Al’s message/dialect. It’s fun to read prior to attending the show too!


No NYE Plans? Capone’s New Year’s Eve Tickets Available!

New Year’s Eve Tickets Still Available!

New Year’s Eve Tickets still available
Big Al here. Yous guys that don’t have plans for New Years Eve…have no fear. Yous can join me and my gang here at Capone’s Dinner & Show. New Year’s Eve tickets are still available. We’ve got a good time planned to ring in the New Year at our New Years Eve Gala at 9:00 p.m. on December 31, 2017. Why not share this special evening with “the Family?”

If yous jus’ want a special evening out with that special person in your life, we’ve got a section in our joint that offers seating for “shy” folks. It’s a little more private, yet you’ll still have a great view of the stage (and those gorgeous dancers). Thinkin’ ‘bout popping the question? Let us know!* We can arrange this momentous occasion to be a special affair. Many happy couples have shared their proposal with the gang here at our Orlando dinner show. Get your New Year’s Eve tickets now. It will be a night to remember, that’s for sure!

On the other hand, do you have a rowdy gang? We’ve got seating jus’ for yous too! Get involved with the show and have a blast! Our gangsters can party with the best of ya’s, so get your New Year’s Eve tickets and join us! While you’re gettin’ your New Year’s Eve tickets, don’t forget to pick up a boa for the ladies and a fedora for the gents. Dress up for the affair 30’s style with our “dress the part” costume accessories. We’ve got something for everyone at a price that won’t break the bank.

New Year’s Eve Tickets Include:

For our New Year’s Eve Gala, we’ve got a “special shipment” coming in with some of the finest spirits offered at any Orlando dinner show! In fact, there are a lot of special plans being made for New Year’s Eve. At the gala show, you’ll enjoy:

  • Delicious dinner buffet
  • Unlimited beverage choices
  • Champagne toast at midnight
  • Snack bar starting at midnight
  • D. J.
  • Dancing
  • Party favors

New Year’s Eve Tickets for our Gala are $69.99 (plus tax) for adults and $39.99 (plus tax) for children. Coupons are not honored for this event. VIP tickets (if still available) are $84.99/adult and $59.99/child.

In addition to the late gala, if yous don’t want to stay up to ring in the new year, yous can join me and my wise guys for the early show startin’ at 5:00 p.m. This dinner show is perfect for gangs that want to count down to midnight at home or somewheres else. We offer a lot of the festivities at the early show and yous can use my coupon and get into my joint at half price!

Regardless of where you and your family celebrate the arrival of the New Year, me and my gang want to wish you a very happy New Year. Designate a driver or take a cab if you’ll be enjoying libations. Those coppers will have their hands full with the goons that refuse my good advice. Join me and let’s toast at midnight to have a safe and most prosperous 2017!

2017 Marked Our 25th Anniversary!

We’ve been celebrating our 25th Anniversary all year long. The gang is havin’ so much fun, we’re gonna continue into 2018 for a few months. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be eligible to win prizes. It’s going to be another GREAT year of celebration.

25th Anniversary at Capone's Dinner & Show

*The staff at Capone’s Dinner & Show enjoy helping to celebrate special occasions, such as marriage proposals. You must notify our staff at the time you purchase your tickets and make your reservation. A follow-up phone call is also recommended. Any additional plans must be made with plenty of notice; no last-minute plans, please. Our staff will gladly participate in approved variances of our show in order to make your special proposal as extraordinary as it can be.