Capone’s Dinner Show: More Than 20 Years at the Speakeasy in Orlando, FL

Lisa Fritscher February 22, 2015 No Comments

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Female Gangster (c) Capones

Image (c) Capones

As one of the tourism capitals of the world, Orlando, Florida, is teeming with attractions of every description. Dinner shows, like most attractions, come and go with surprising regularity. But the best remain, changing things up as needed to stay relevant in a very fickle marketplace. With more than 20 years under its belt, Capone’s proves that ambition, talent and a great premise can be a recipe for success. Besides, who doesn’t like spending the evening at a speakeasy?

About Capone’s Dinner Show
Capone’s founder John Kucik attributes his show’s ongoing success to a company-wide commitment to guest satisfaction. The team works hard to respond to guest feedback and to grow and evolve to meet changing expectations. For example, dinner is served buffet-style, rather than plated, as Kucik believes this is the best way to keep it fresh.

As of 2014, when you purchase online (http://www.alcapones.com/) or mention the “Capone’s Internet Special” by phone, tickets are just $29.99 for adults or $19.99 for kids ages 4 to 12. The price includes a vast all-you-can-eat buffet with soups, salads, an extensive pasta bar featuring homemade pastas, numerous entrees, a meat carving station and seasonal dessert. Unlimited beverages are also included, with both nonalcoholic and a variety of alcoholic beverages available.

The Experience

Car Scene (c) Capones

Image (c) Capones

It all begins when you roll up to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, knock three times and give the password. The door will open, immersing you in the 1931 underworld of Gangland Chicago. If you purchased VIP tickets (a $10 upgrade for adults, $7 for kids), or are willing to pay the price of admission (one drink per person, $2.50 sodas count), you can go straight up to the Four Deuces Lounge. This is improv at its finest, where you can mingle and even play a game of cards with mobsters and molls in full character. If you prefer to wait outside, a few mobsters are on hand to draw you into the action.

The show is heavy on improv and audience interaction, so every night is slightly different. What remains the same, however, is the talent and earnestness of the cast. From well-produced musical numbers to a nightly gangster shootout with prizes for the audience, the entire evening balances high energy and a fast pace with enough quiet moments for you to catch your breath.

While all local dinner shows heavily promote merchandise, including the standard photo taken when you arrive, Capone’s does a great job of seamlessly weaving its merchandise into the experience. Although the dress code is casual, visitors are encouraged to dress the part—and the gift shop sells such finishing touches as boas and fedoras for surprisingly reasonable prices. You can even get 10% off your order by purchasing it in advance on the website. As for the obligatory photo, let’s just say you shouldn’t be surprised if you end up leaving with a newspaper in hand!

Tips for Parents

Crowd Interaction (c) Capones

Image (c) Capones

Despite the gangster theme, Capone’s is incredibly kid-friendly. The majority of the menu is familiar and comforting, with options such as chicken nuggets, pizza and spaghetti. The show is no more risqué than anything shown on prime time broadcast TV, and the cast goes out of their way to make children feel welcome. If your kids are shy, however, you might want to request a private table to avoid interaction with the actors.

The half-price tickets and unlimited buffet make Capone’s one of the best values in the Orlando area. Be sure to purchase your tickets early, especially if you will visit on a major holiday.

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Lisa is a full-time travel writer. She lives in an RV with her disabled father and writes about their experiences. Although she has no children of her own, Lisa loves being an Aunt to her own relatives and the children of all her friends. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Travel Confessions.

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