Vacation Travel Tips & Advisories

Arabian Nights – Orlando, Florida

This is a definite AVOID attraction!

We have had the pleasure of seeing some really good horse shoes, including the famous Lippizan horse show.  Those horses are beautiful, well trained and perform some wonderful and entertaining performances.  Arabian Nights is NOT one of those type of shows.  As a matter of fact, IT IS A BIG LET DOWN.   We were very glad that we were visiting the show for free and did not have to pay for it as I would have been personally upset had I paid for that experience.  If you had never been to a horse show before, this might be entertaining to you – however, if you have been to a good one, then you will not be pleased with this basically lifeless show.

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Arabian Nights Horse Show

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Basically, it is a dinner theatre experience for the family.  It begins with a pre-show performance of a belly dancer who is really not that good of a belly dancer.  She dances for a short while and then states she is going to help teach a few people on stage how to perform the dance.  For young kids and family, it is a bit of fun, for older people it could be fun depending upon how you view it.  After about 30 – 40 minutes of this, they finally move you into the main arena to where you get set up for the dinner.  Dinner includes your choice of steak, chopped steak with gravy, chicken breast or pork tenderloin with a salad, mashed potatoes and a vegetable, followed by a dessert.  The food is not too bad and you get unlimited pepsi, bud lite beer or wine.

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Arabian Nights Horse Show

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The evening show begins with a slightly boring plot that does not really connect well or lead to a sensible story.  The players merely ride the horses around and around the arena in either circles or criss-crossing each other.   The horses do not perform any major feats, trick or otherwise interesting actions – occasionally they bow for the audience, but mostly just ride around in circles – for my family, we found this very boring along with the dry plot and amateurish actors.  Just when you think the hammy acting could not get much worse, nor the plot more boring, the story ends and the “people tricks” begins.

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Basically, the players become the main act by riding the horses around and jumping on them from the ground while the horse is running in a circle – they do a few minor tricks on the horse only to stop and look to the audience often for applause.  Even a small town circus with a limited budget has more entertainment than this group revealed during our performance.

Again, this is strictly our family opinion, but our recommendation is to not waste your money – instead find something better to do with your family.  We have been to Medieval Times which is a great show, a great dinner and a wonderful family experience.  If you are looking to have a family evening outing, along with dinner and pretty good entertainment, our recommendation is to take the family to Medieval Times.  I think both you and your children would enjoy it much more so than Arabian Nights – for us, a big disappointment and again, glad we didn’t pay for this show.

Less than good circus tricks

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