Arabian Nights, one of Central Florida’s longest running dinner show attractions, to close its doors
By Peter Covino
Arabian Nights, one of the longest running dinner show attractions in Central Florida, has announced it will shutter its doors for good on January 1.
The show, which had a 25 year run in Osceola County, combined the beauty of show horses with a varied dinner menu.
“It has been an honor sharing my passion for the beauty and magic of horses with people from all walks of life over the last 25 years. Unfortunately, we have reached a point where the marketplace demands a cheaper product than we can provide,” said owner Mark Miller.
The show has presented more than 10,000 performances for more than 10 million guests during its long run.
“Arabian Nights, which is the most honored dinner show of all time, was built for the highest excellence, not the lowest price,” Miller explained. “Just this last August, we once again won the 2013 Orlando Sentinel Award as Best Dinner Show, proving that our quality is still unmatched. I always believed there would be a place for a first-class secondary attraction in this market. I was mistaken.”
“Our mission now is to present the best possible product for the rest of the year so that the people who have loved us over the years will be able to come back and experience the magic of our show one last time. Then we will be concentrating on how to assist our incredible staff in handling this transition,” Miller added.
“There is no question that the skill, dedication, work ethic and people skills of our employees have enabled to be the best there is,” Miller said. “Anyone looking for an incredible employee after the first of the year should call our human resource department immediately.”
Area residents and visitors to Central Florida will get one last chance to see the majesty of the celebrated horses during the dinner attraction’s annual Christmas show. The dinner show also will be a fond farewell for area residents with a half-price admission offer for the Christmas show.
“The Arabian Nights Christmas show runs from December 1 to December 31. We know a lot of Central Florida Residents will want to see the show before we close, and we are offering them half price admission,” Miller said.
Arabian Nights’ parent company, Park Equus Inc., will continue operations and has stated that at the time of closing on December 31, Arabian Nights will have no due payables.
Arabian Nights is located at 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd. in Kissimmee.