Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction — Orlando/Kissimmee

On the final night of our week in Orlando we checked out the Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction. Overall it was a GREAT experience.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

To start things off there was a pupu buffet once you enter the building.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

And a cash bar full of some awesome drinks!

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Once you get into the arena there’s a Pre-Show whereby the horses come out and do some quick demos for you.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Show

The show itself is a horse show full of both horse and human performers doing various stunts wrapped around a loose storyline.

The Storyline

Scheherazade’s your normal girl who discovers on her 18th b-day that she’s actually a Princess. Her faithful guardian, Uncle Abra is actually her father’s magical genie Abra Cadabra who was charged to protect her from the attention of the evil Prince Vaneer.

Scheherazade quickly learns that the tales Abra Cadabra have told her since childhood are all true. She also finds out that she has her own Genie, Hocus Pocus, who Abra Cadabra introduces to her. Finally, she learns that the good Prince she always dreamed of is out there searching for her as well.

The Show Format

As an improviser, the show format very much reminds me of Living Room Harold format. Sheherazade, Abra Cadabra and Hocus Pocus talk briefly to move the storyline along (“remember that time when, etc, etc, etc”) and the horses act out the various scenarios that our three protagonists discuss. The genies’ powers either create or act out the storyline through the horses.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Acts

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

There are several acts during the show such as the initial ride out of the horses.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The bareback acrobat act (really cool stuff! dude is TALENTED).

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The flaming ring jump act (a standing acrobat riding on the horses back jumps through the flaming hoop and lands back on the horse).

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Audience Participation. After the Acrobats finished their routine a lucky audience member had a chance to participate in the show. Our lucky winner was Nora from North Dakota making her first trip to the United States (joke by Hocus Pocus). All was going well for Nora (who did pretty decent though holding on for dear life on the horse) until her pants ripped while riding and the audience arena wide were flashed poor Nora’s panties. Poor Nora was unaware until Hocus Pocus pointed it out to her after Nora dismounted and Hocus quickly tossed her her jacket to cover up. Poor Nora was last seen running from the arena back to North Dakota after Hocus pointed out her wardrobe malfunction. 😦

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

From there we were treated to the dancing Spanish horse.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Cowboys and Cowgals

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Native American Rider (who looked as blond hair/blue-eyed as the next person) riding to Enigma’s “Return to Innocence” (because Ami chants are indigenous — though to Taiwan and not North America)

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

From there our story wraps up as Abra Cadabra prepares to leave Sheherazade in care of Hocus Pocus, his work done, and Sheherazade anxious to start her life with the good Prince Khalid. However, the evil Prince Vaneer appears jealous and vows that no one will have Sheherazade if he can’t have her.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Fortunately with a little Abra Cadabra and Hocus Pocus Prince Khalid arrives, Sheherazade is healed and they live happily ever after (or something like that!).

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

End scene, roll credits, let the horses out!

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

The Food

Remarkably the servers here actually come on out and take and deliver your orders very shortly after you get seated (pleasant surprise) as most shows I’ve been to they wait till the show actually starts.

Menu’s here if you wanna take a quick look.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Menu rocks as you get a fresh salad, an entree, dessert and drinks.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Sirloin Entree

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Chicken Breast Entree

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Strawberry New York Cheese Cake Dessert

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Brownie Dessert

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Verdict

Overall it was a great show. If you love horses this is definitely a must. Show was entertaining between the story, costumes, acrobat, horse tricks, etc. The food and service was good. Can’t go wrong!

How does this rate against the Pirate Dinner Show we saw earlier in the week? For my taste, the Pirate’s shows more my speed (I’m a guy, I love action) but both shows are great and recommended.

Full set of photos from the evening are here.

Official site of Arabian Nights is here.

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