Out and About: Experiencing the New 25th Anniversary Show at Arabian Nights in Kissimmee

Arabian Nights Kissimmee

This summer, Arabian Nights launched a new dinner show called “The Royal Celebration,” in honor of their 25th anniversary.

We were invited to check out the show this weekend, and we started our visit with the optional VIP tour of the stables. We got to see some of the equipment, as well as one of the horses being painted with neon paint for the show (it looked really cool under the blacklight). Then we wandered down the aisles, saying hello to the horses. Even though the signs said the horses may bite, most welcomed little scritches and light petting, sticking their faces through the bars.

Arabian Nights Kissimmee

After we took our seats in the VIP section (first 3 rows), we ordered our meal. I was pleased to see we had choices, including many that could easily be made vegetarian. They have Kosher menu, too. I ordered the pot roast, as did my friend Patti, and it was served with seasonal vegetables (carrots, pea pods, and broccoli in a butter sauce), mashed potatoes, and a dinner roll. It was all very good and tasty, with the exception of our rolls, which were stale and hard. Other options included pasta, chicken tenders, and pulled pork.

I liked that we were allowed to eat the meal prior to the show. It’s so hard to watch a show, and enjoy a meal at the same time. Dessert (a choice of chocolate or vanilla cake) was served after the show started, but it’s not hard to eat a cake in dimmed lighting.

Arabian Nights Kissimmee

The Royal Celebration show invites the audience to participate in the arranged marriage of the leaders of two tribes, the Seglawi and the Raula. These rivals unite when Princess Amirah and Prince Raswan come together through the passion they share for Arabian horses.

Arabian Nights Kissimmee

There were several vignettes of horse riding dedicated to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, cowboys (and cowgirls), Native Americans, and even some Circus acrobatics, performed in a circular ring. One of the highlights was a rider jumping through a hoop of fire on horseback. He missed the first time, nearly catching his pant leg on fire, but second time was the charm, as he made it through unscathed.

The show finale includes aerial acrobatics on fabric ribbons that is just stunning. There were two men and two women in the air for this segment. It was hard to catch a photo with the dark blue light, but here is a shot before they climbed the ribbons.

Arabian Nights Kissimmee

After the show, the horses are allowed to roam and play in the arena for a bit, while the riders answer questions and allow guests to pet the horses. I should also mention there is a pre-show in the lobby before the doors open with a belly dancer and a complimentary snack bar.

Arabian Nights Kissimmee

I really enjoyed the show, with one exception. The majority of the seating is not size friendly, due to a concrete ledge behind the chairs, making it hard to pull them out very far from the table. If you are a larger-sized guest, you will be much more comfortable with the floor seating areas (separate seating at the edges of the arena, with banquet tables and plenty of room to move the chairs). The stairs to the different sections are also steep, so keep that in mind if you have any issues with walking or stairclimbing.

General Admission for the dinner show starts at $66.99 per guest (taxes and fees included). Upgrades are available, such as the VIP package (which includes the stable tour), and the Royal Table package which includes the VIP package amenities, as well as exclusive menu items, and unlimited alcoholic beverages). For more information, or to book, visit arabian-nights.com.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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