Central Florida's Arabian Nights holds last performance

Show to close doors after 25 years

Author: Amaka Ubaka, Reporter, aubaka@wkmg.com
Kala Rama, Anchor/Reporter, krama@clickorlando.com
Published On: Dec 31 2013 10:37:16 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 31 2013 11:36:06 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A show that's known for its drama and interaction between human and horses is closing after 25 years in the business.

Arabian Nights has put on more than 10,000 performances and hosted more than 10 million dinner guests. The final show of "Arabian Nights" happened on New Year's Eve.

Owner Mark Miller announced in November the marketplace has been pushing for lower prices and they can't meet the mark.

Miller said the transition at the start of 2014 will be difficult for his family and 224 employees, who are now looking for new employment.

"I have some sadness, but I have satisfaction and even joy because we touched so many lives," said Miller.

Miller said most of his employees have taken jobs with other local attractions like Disney, Gatorland and Legoland.

"That makes me tear up, the respect, we've been treated by the big guys has been great," Miller said.

Carley Orr fought back tears after giving one of her last performances as a trick rider.

"It's an emotional rollercoaster," Orr told Local 6. "It's a very memorable night, an end of an era, but at the same time it's very emotional because I'm very close with everyone here."

Orr is one of many employees that has a job lined up, performing at rodeos in the Lakeland area.

For one last night the performers and horses put on a magical Christmas themed show full of tricks on horses, acrobatics and fire.

Carolyn Stapp brought her 6-year-old daughter, Ariah, from Seattle.

"I have never seen her eyes so big. My daughter was blown away," said Stapp.

Her daughter chimed in saying, "My favorite part was when the unicorn came because I've never seen a unicorn."

Miller said that he has already received four offers to buy the building, but hasn't made any decision yet on what he'll do with the building.

As for the horses, some will be sold, others will go to his 80-acre farm in Clermont.