Since February of 1988, Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Kissimmee has been amazing Central Florida guests with it’s unique blend of world famous horses, expert riders, special effects and beautiful costumes all of which is rolled into a delightful family theatrical performance.

With seating for up to 1,200, it is known as the world’s largest indoor Equestrian Arena. Arabian Nights beckons both Central Floridians as well as tourists from around the globe into it’s 140,000 square foot facility. Voted the four-time winner of Orlando‘s #1 Dinner Attraction, Arabian Nights has entertained millions of visitors since it’s opening in 1988.
Showcasing the talents of 40 performers and 65 prized horses with daring stunts and remarkable horsemanship within a magical, romantic story. The number of costume changes here surpasses even the most complex Broadway show.
Walter Farley’s Black Stallion is the main star in this cast of 65 horses. Fourteen breeds from around the world consist of:
Arabian
American Quarter Horse
Andalusian
Appaloosa
Belgian
Canadian Warmblood
Donkey
Lippizzaner
Paint
Percheron
Saddlebred
Standardbred
Prior to the show, as guests arrive at Arabian Nights Dinner Theater, they are invited into the Great Hall to enjoy pre-show entertainment. There they may meet some of the stars of the show or listen to the live music.
As you enter the Great Hall, family photos are taken with the themed background. Near the end of the show, the souvenir photos and photo key-chains are brought to your table, where you can choose to purchase them. The gift shop has a large selection of horse figures, cards, jewelry and many show mementos.
Sixty beautiful horses and 40 talented performers make up the entire cast for this 1 hour and 30 minute production. There is never a dull moment as twenty-two themed acts continuously blend together to form the story line of the birthday of the beautiful Princess Scheherezade (from the literary Arabian Nights) and her quest to find the prince of her dreams.
A showcase of talented riders and beautiful horses from around the world partake in the adventures. Each event is designed to demonstrate the great skill of the performers and the immense training and ability of the prized horses. Different acts include:
A Chariot Race from ancient Rome
Square dancing Cowboys and Native Americans
Gypsies offering daredevil stunts in a circus-like atmosphere
Individually plated three-course dinners feature salad, rolls and butter, the choice of New York strip steak, grilled chicken breast, certified Black Angus chopped steak with gravy, pasta primavera or chicken tenders, and specialty dessert. Unlimited beverages include Budweiser products, California blush wine, Pepsi products, coffee and tea. A cash bar for cocktails is also available.
The 1 hour 30 minute production is shown nightly and tickets can usually be purchased the day of the show. Discounts are available to military personnel and veterans, AAA, AARP, college students and seniors with appropriate identification.
For those who would like a little more information, there is a guided behind the scenes where you can learn more about the horses and trainers. An enclosed skybox is available for individuals and group functions. The skybox, which seats up to 80 guests can be reserved for larger groups, including wedding receptions and company parties.
Starting mid-November and running through January 1st, Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Kissimmee adds a new storyline with a festive winter theme. The colorful Arabian Nights Holiday Show finds Princess Scheherazade in need of a distraction while her husband, Prince Khalid is off searching the globe for the perfect Holiday gift for his new wife. The always-faithful genie Hocus Pocus invites a new friend, Santa Claus to come distract Scheherazade from missing her husband with gifts and good cheer.
Hocus Pocus does even more to lighten the Princess’ mood, bringing each of Santa’s gifts to life in the magical Palace of Horses. In this dazzling show, the 60 Arabian Nights horses and 40 talented performers are joined by spectacular pyrotechnics, snow, special sets; including four incredible 25 foot Christmas trees, and breathtaking costumes.
Santa and Hocus put on quite a show for the Princess, bringing to life a variety of gifts including Toy Soldiers, Mystical Unicorn, and a Winter Wonderland Snow Globe! Santa’s Reindeer, Horse-riding Elves, Gingerbread men and Sugarplum Fairies are just a few of the astounding guests who stop by to bring the Princess some Holiday Cheer!
Guests can also join Princess Scheherazade, Prince Khalid and Hocus Pocus on New Year’s Eve, for this colorful Holiday Show and stay to ring in the New Year as part of a special New Year’s Eve package available.
Information courtesy of About.com