Why not hoof it over to Arabian Nights, consistently voted best dinner show in town by readers of the Orlando Sentinel. It’s a family owned enterprise that’s without doubt, a labor of love. Everything here revolves around the whims of the 50 or so equine residents, who enjoy the royal treatment 24 hours a day.
On February 29th, 1988, Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction opened for business, fulfilling a dream for Owner and CEO Mark Miller. Bazy Tankersley, Miller’s mother, established Al-Marah Arabian Horse Farm in 1940, where Miller grew up with a deep love and respect for horses. As an adult, Miller envisioned a place where the world’s greatest horses and riders could come together under one roof.
He wanted to keep the art of Equestrian performance alive, as horses are seen less and less in circuses and other performance venues because of poor footing or other logistics. Since it’s opening, Arabian Nights has become the most honored dinner show in the world, with nearly 9,000 performances. The show is ever-evolving, incorporating new generations and ideas. It is Central Florida’s largest family owned and operated attraction, and has been continually praised for setting and exceeding industry standards in the care and training of its horses. Arabian Nights is also proud to preserve dying equestrian arts, such as bareback acrobatics, training future generations of performers in these spectacular techniques.
The show involves a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, and of course a genie. Not to mention a cast of dancing stallions, white Lippizaner’s, charioteers and unicorns! The large air-conditioned arena affords everyone an excellent view of the proceedings. The action is set against a backdrop of icy mists and atmospheric fogs, and this has to be the only place in Orlando where it snows on a daily basis! The horsemanship is outstanding and the show gallops along, accompanied by several excellent menu choices and a variety of drinks packages. Stick around for the end where members of the cast are released into the arena to blow off steam and meet their adoring public.
Liking horses is a plus, but it’s not a prerequisite to having a great time. There’s lot’s of action, plenty of comedic interludes, and heaps of red, white and blue. The food is consistently better than your average dinner show and the colorful costumes and various special effects definitely add sparkle. The VIP and sneak peek tours behind the scenes to the stable areas are also worth consideration especially if you have kids.
• This arena has particularly good facilities for the physically challenged.
• Allergy sufferers can enjoy the proceedings from an air-conditioned glass skybox. Call for details.
Location: 3081 Arabian Nights Boulevard Kissimmee, FL 34747
Telephone: (407) 239-9223 or 1-800-553-6116