Choosing among the many dinner shows in Orlando can be difficult. When you're looking for fun step back into time and through the secret door to this speakeasy.
During a recent trip to Orlando I needed to plan entertainment for our family group. As with many families traveling to the mouse king's home I had a group that ranged in age from 2 to 82. Where could we go that would be fun for everyone in the group?
After much research I made reservations at Capone's Dinner & Show, in Kissimmee. The setting is a '30s speakeasy in Chicago. Miss Jewel is Al's girlfriend and star of the show. She's surrounded by her lovely dancing girls, including Bunny June. Bunny June is the classic ditsy musical comedy character. She's fun, lovable, and involved with a guy more interested in gambling than her.
The show's conflict comes from Detective Marvel. This honest policeman is as interested in Miss Jewel as he is in catching Al Capone. Who will Jewel choose in the end?
The singers and dancers are talented and friendly. This is not a huge arena setting and the audience and servers are all part of the show, in a small nightclub atmosphere. The songs are familiar and fun. The ladies did an excellent rendition of Cell Block Tango from Chicago.
The evening we were there the speakeasy was full, but not packed. Reservations are suggested, and you are encouraged to get the 50% off coupon from Capone's site (there are coupons found in most local attraction booklets). We arrived just as the box office opened and were invited to go upstairs to the bar area. There is a one drink minimum (the prices were actually reasonable).
Opting to go in early was a benefit to our group. One member of our family uses a walker and she was allowed to go ahead to our table (right next to the stage), so that she could get settled. She was able to enjoy her drink there and not worry about maneuvering amongst a crowd. The 2-year-old enjoyed being upstairs where she could safely look over the balcony and watch everyone else.
Now for the food. Expectations for dinner shows is never high. Unlike the large venues where food is thrown at the audience and it's nearly impossible to get a drink refill, the service at Capone's is excellent and the food decent.
The meal at Capone's is served buffet style. The choices are varied and replenished often. My father-in-law proclaimed that the vegetarian lasagna as excellent. The ham was tasty, moist, and tender. Included with meal are beer, sangria rum runners, and soft drinks. The sangria was good, but the rum runners a bit sweet for my taste.
Our server visited the table often and was very helpful. He offered to bring food for our guest with the walker. We had seen an old menu that listed Italian sausage. When my husband asked about it he was told that the quality of the sausage was not good, so the sausage was deleted. After dinner the server went upstairs to the bar to get us after dinner drinks.
No one rushed us out at the end of the show. Instead we were able to linger and take photos of the cast and chat.
If you are looking for a dinner show that doesn't involve horses or pyrotechnics, Capone's is the place for you. It's entertaining, friendly, and an excellent value for your money.