Orlando Dining

Review: New "Outta Control Holiday Dinner Show" at WonderWorks Orlando

Hi everyone!

We were invited to preview the new Outta Control Holiday Dinner Show at WonderWorks Orlando. This was our first time seeing the Outta Control Dinner Show here and we haven't been through WonderWorks (and didn't have time to on this day). This is the first time that WonderWorks has offered a holiday version of the show, which usually features Tony Brent, a comedy magician who has performed here for 17 years - he is VERY popular and energetic. He performs five nights per week most of the year, with other performers taking his place on off days. The schedule is here for December currently, with the holiday show being performed through the end of the year.

WonderWorks is the upside-down building on International Drive at Pointe Orlando.

There are decorations outside and inside for Christmas.

Christmas trees are upside down in the building.

Upon entering the lobby, there is a sign for The Outta Control Dinner Show.

We saw a preview of the new holiday show, it starts December 22nd, 2017 (today as I post this).

This is the view from the back of the room, the size of maybe a conference room at a resort, maybe a little bigger. It is an intimate experience for a show.

The food here is basic but decent. A salad of iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and a small amount of cucumbers and shredded carrots was on the table upon arrival. There was ranch dressing in a bottle.

The stage was set for Tony Brent to debut his new show. The doors opened around 8:00 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. and lasts for an hour. Food arrives before the show but after it starts as well. Drinks were refilled until the end.

There are new pizzas debuted for the holiday show. I actually filled up a lot on the salad because I can be picky on pizza, but the pizza was freshly baked and actually good. It isn't Via Napoli (Epcot) quality, but still really tasty. Pizzas could also be made half and half like the one below - with choices of chicken alfredo, vegetable, meat lovers and cheese and/or pepperoni. Some of these are special for the holiday show. There was also unlimited beer and wine - nothing fancy, this is a basic meal, but I had white zinfandel and Jeff ordered the Amber Bock. Pepsi was on the table but there were a few other Pepsi products that could be ordered as well.

This was the cheese pizza.

Tony Brent began his show. It is highly interactive, guests can be chosen for participation. I actually asked him after the show how guests might keep from being picked (since I am not big on personally participating), and he said that he often chooses guests who are smiling and having a good time. Honestly, there was a lot of people around me who were happy to be part of the show, he had more people volunteering than he was able to choose.

He has a variety of comedy/magic acts during the hour - often themed to the holidays.

Dessert was a small square of red velvet cake with icing and an Andes candy on top. It was very good, just the perfect amount of dessert after the salad and pizza.

I mentioned that the show is high-energy, it is a non-stop hour that had everyone laughing - the kids birthday party group behind us was really into the interactive aspect of it. You can read more about Tony Brent here.

This was a fun show with decent food. Pricing and times:

  • Adults: $29.99
  • Kids (4-12) & Seniors (60+): $19.99
  • Nightly Shows @ 6:00PM & 8:00PM

In addition, there is a parking garage with no validation - so it will cost to park, and the gratuity requested is in the $3-$4 range per person. We paid for our own parking and gratuity, the show was included for us to write about. I am guessing quite a few of those attending the show many nights are staying in the WonderWorks area of I-Drive, so it may be walking distance from your hotel.

Read more about the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show here, including the holiday version.


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Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends Review During Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort

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I wrote up an article about many of the Christmas activities at Gaylord Palms Resort this season (including ICE!), and one of my favorite aspects of Christmas at Gaylord Palms is Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. Up until 2015, the character breakfast at Villa de Flora was themed to Shrek for a number of years. But with last year's ICE! display being themed to Charlie Brown, the breakfast changed as well. While this year the ICE! theme is Christmas Around the World, breakfast has continued as a Charlie Brown character meal and Linus was added this year. This breakfast is not every day, it runs through January 7th, 2018 on the following dates: from 8am – 10:30am 11/21-11/22; 11/24-11/26; 12/1-12/3; 12/8-12/10; 12/15-1/7. The price is $34 for adults (13+) and $23 for children (ages 4-12).

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Celebrating Eighth Year October 27th - 28th, 2017

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will hold its 8th annual Food & Wine Classic in just over two weeks, from October 27th - 28th, 2017. I posted the press release below from today, this is my favorite food and wine event of the season! And for the first time, last year we had the opportunity to be part of a seminar (our schedule hadn't allowed for it before) and it was fantastic! There was so much information and so many wines in that class to try. Friday and Saturday evenings have different food samples (Shula's is the same, but most everything else is different). You can find menus on the official website - including the Beer Garden, which is an additional upcharge but offers a nice variety of food and beer choices in addition to the regular food, beer and wine!

All photos were provided by the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons from KISS Honor Veterans at Rock & Brews Oviedo and Host Second Event at New Orlando Location (Photos, Video)

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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from KISS were back at their Oviedo Rock & Brews restaurant location last week to honor veterans. Not only did they spend a couple of hours at the restaurant for media interviews and greeting invited veterans, but they also went to the newer Orlando location at Lee Vista (near Orlando International Airport) for a private event that was a fundraiser for The Orlando Fisher House. Paul told me that they have opened every restaurant so far, though their busy schedules delayed them to Orlando (the Lee Vista location opened a few months back).

Here is a look at the day, mostly from Oviedo but we also went to Orlando for a shorter stop later in the day.


Taste! Central Florida 2017 to Offer Local Tastes to Benefit Local Community on August 19th at the Orlando World Center Marriott

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Taste! Central Florida will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 6:45 p.m.-10:00 p.m. This yearly event was formerly called Taste of the Nation, but it is back with a new name AND a new local focus with all proceeds going to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. 40+ restaurants and 20+ beverage vendors will be participating in the event, not only from Walt Disney World property (including STK, Raglan Road, Paddlefish and Satu'li Canteen), Universal Studios and SeaWorld, but many other local restaurants and beverage companies. I am delighted to be an ambassador for the event this year. Taste! Central Florida tickets cost $150.00 and allow for an evening of tasting portions along with fine wines, craft beers and cocktails. Check out also the Golden Ticket Game in case you plan to dine at any of the restaurants on the list. You may win two tickets to the event!

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