arabian nights

Since opening on February 29, 1988, Arabian Nights dinner theater has presented over 10,000 performances for around 10 million visitors.

Set in a horseshoe-shaped arena with a dirt floor, the Arabian Nights show spotlights Al-Marah Arabian horses with acrobatic riders. Customers, who pay $66.99 for general admission, eat dinner in stands surrounding the action.

In November 2013, it was announced the attraction was closing on January 1, 2014. According to owner Mark Miller, the attraction’s revenue could no longer support the kind of show he wanted to present. Ticket wholesalers, which handle the bulk of Arabian Nights’ sales, would no longer pay enough for the blocks of seats they purchased.

The closing of Arabian Nights came as another loss for 192, which has a struggling mix of hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions, some of which have been abandoned. Miller has led the W192 Development Authority, a group of seven businesspeople charged with creating a plan for redeveloping the area.

Dinner-show attractions such as Arabian Nights were once plentiful in Central Florida tourism, and dozens have come and gone during the past two decades. Among the more prominent ones, King Henry’s Feast and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede have both closed. Medieval Times in Kissimmee and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure near International Drive in Orlando are notable survivors.




10 Comments

  1. Pink Teardrops

    This just sad to see this place gone! My family and my moms friend went here for an dinner show and got a photo done at that place still have the photo.

  2. Wasn’t the main reason he left the show. He actually now owns one of the largest arabian horse herds in the US after his mother passed away leaving him money to continue the breeding and training of these wonderful horses. He wanted to focus his time and energy into this next project. The ranch is in Clermont and some of the original horses from the show are still in our care.

    – Live in apprentice at Al Marah

  3. Is it still abandoned? I’m saying Bc I want to go with out getting arrested for trespassing or anything

  4. Same, I’d like to go and take some pictures there so if it’s not illegal I’d love to go in

  5. Adam The Woo did a video blog on You Tube in 2014 showing the grounds and the inside of the place. He found some electricity was still working in parts of the building and toilets would still flush. I just watched Adam’s video on You Tube so you might want to check it out.

  6. Has anybody been their? Its obviously illegal but is their security or anything on the grounds?

  7. I been to Arabian Nights since April 2007 and it was an excellent dinner show. My only complaint is that the show itself was excellent. The food, well…. It tastes ok. But the problem is tipping per person. I even get to go behind the scenes when I was in VIP for once. I still have the photos and VIP button and the program and Gaylord Maynard DVD. Around 2015 when I check Google maps, the Arabian Nights building has been demolished and was left nothing but grass and trees. I am Sure going to miss that place.

  8. I was the manager on duty for 7 years and was one of the best jobs i ever had, very sad day when it closed