by Jacki Mick
Jimmy Fallon's bringing his hugely successful Tonight Show to Orlando next week (June 16-19). We know he'll be spending plenty of time checking out the Diagon Alley addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (hey, Jimmy, don't eat the chocolate frogs, OK?), but if his previous visit is any kind of prediction, Jimmy'll also want to have some authentic Orlando experiences while he's here.
Okay, I had to try Beefy King Orlando. Great pickles!! Thanks. http://t.co/uSSndwOqxb
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) October 16, 2013
Since he's already been to Beefy King, we've got some suggestions for him:
With high-end kitchenware, a near-perfect cheese counter, an inspired Basque kitchen and locally sourced meat, produce and beer, East End Market has really cemented itself as the foodie mecca of Orlando. Jimmy should make this one of the first stops of his trip, 'cause he'll want to keep coming back, especially once he gets a taste of Lineage's cold brew.
And while he's in that part of town, he should pop in across the street and rummage through the bins of vinyl at Park Ave CDs, an Orlando staple for 30 years. Maybe Jimmy could start a rousing new bit for his show called "Stump the Record Store Employee?"
Jimmy always looks super-dapper on his show, so we thought he might dig a trip to one of Orlando's vintage clothing store gems. Janie Bryant, the costumer for Mad Men, sources some of Joan, Peggy and Betty's looks from this shop, so Jimmy'll be sure to get the real deal.
Jimmy should not miss the Muse of Discovery at Lake Eola.
Between SAK Comedy Lab and all the open mics that are happening on the weekly in Orlando, we think it'd be a good idea for Jimmy to get a taste of the booming Orlando comedy scene. Personally, we'd direct him to Spacebar's Wednesday night comedy showcase or the late-night SAK Brawl for All on Fridays (if he's still in town).
Late-night talk show hosts have a long history of having animals (and their trainers) sitting in the guest chair. At Jungle Adventures Jimmy could make nice with "Safari Todd," who would be a perfect choice to fill that guest spot on the Tonight Show. Plus Jimmy could get the chance to get jaw-snappin' close to a real alligator.
We'd love to see Jimmy hop in a boat and tour the canals around the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. The nice tour guide will point out all of the fancy houses once (or currently) owned by the rich and famous ... and maybe he'll see one for sale that he likes and make it his Winter Park home away from home.
OK, so this isn't really somewhere we think Jimmy should go, but something we think he should do: Give Questlove and the Roots the night off and let some local musicians do the accompanying. If he wants to stay with the hip-hop vibe, Solillaquists of Sound could sub in for the night. If he's looking to change things up, he could ask Maximino if he's free.
Looking for more stuff to do in Orlando, Jimmy? Here, read this!