If you are staying in Kissimmee, Florida and you want something different to do then I can highly recommend a trip to Al Capone’s Dinner and Show. Located on Highway 192, just near to the huge Target supermarket, this show transports you to 1930s Gangland Chicago.
Arriving at Al Capone’s you are met by ‘security’ on the door, wearing full gangster get up. You are not allowed entry into the club until you line up for your mug shot at the entrance (you get the chance to buy this amusing picture after the show.)
Tickets to Al Capone’s include food, drink and entertainment. You are escorted upstairs to the bar area where you can choose from a selection of drinks including beer, wine, rum cocktails or vodka. You can sit and play a game of poker with the gangsters, purchase a feather boa or fedora hat, or just relax until you are called downstairs to take your seats for the show.
Seating is mainly on long tables at the front of the stage, although there are some smaller tables towards the back of the theatre. The chances are you will be sat next to someone you don’t know but this makes for a great atmosphere and everyone throws themselves into the spirit of the show.
Once you are seated you are free to go and help yourself to the buffet. Don’t expect gourmet food. It’s pretty basic grub including pizza, salad, pasta, fries, and a carvery with a selection of hot meats. The plates are small but people stack them high and you can go back for more if you want. You have time to eat before the show starts at around 8pm.
The drinks are free flowing throughout the night with table service and waiters that are also part of the performance. Pitchers of beer, wine and spirits appear regularly to top your glass up and it really is great value for money.
The best part of the experience is the show. There’s singing, dancing and stand-up comedy. The show has characters including ‘Fingers’ Salvatorio, a goofy gangster; his ditzy wife, Miss Bunny and Al Capone’s ‘gal’, Miss Jewel. Audience participation is all part of the show too so if you don’t want to be dragged on stage to dance the Charleston make sure you don’t have a front row seat!
Whilst this is a great night out for adults it probably isn’t the best choice for families with young kids. Most of the humour would go right over kids heads and there is probably not enough to entertain younger audience members and keep them still for two hours.
Tickets for the show can be bought online at www.alcapones.com and all tickets are half price if purchased in advance. A standard adult ticket with the discount is just $34.23 and a child ticket is $21.99. You can upgrade to a VIP ticket for $45.99 which gets you priority seating and ensures you are first up to the buffet.
If you are staying in one of our Villas on Veranda Palms this is ideally located too as it is just at the end of Seven Dwarfs Lane off Highway 192.