I went, I saw, I fell in love with Mango’s Orlando even more.
The Grand Opening in Orlando was a spectacular event. Greeted by an avenue of gorgeous Mango’s dancing showgirls with headpieces and feather boas either side welcoming us into the venue dancing away to hot Latin music getting visitors warmed up and energetic before they’ve reached the grand area inside. Followed instantly by a beautiful Mango’s lady with a tray of vodka shots filled with Pitbull’s very own brand, Voli Vodka. A special line and creation of a unique signature, and appropriately named simply as ‘Mango’s Voli Vodka’ with a blend of coconut and of course, mango! In line with the original Mango’s South Beach 25th anniversary.
There was a clear and strong presence of Voli from the start who along with Pitbull have strong ties with Mango’s Tropical Cafe. From backdrops, the striking Mango’s Voli Vodka bottles, shot glasses, the new elegant, suave and smoothly polished Voli commercial/promo video featuring Pitbull on screens nearby to a current Voli promotional stand up life size cut-out of Mr Worldwide himself on display.
The Voli charisma continued inside with the commercial/promo video shown on screens throughout the venue and merchandise from Dale Voli hats, unique shot glasses on table through to the menu which featured the very ‘moreish’, sweet and sophisticated winning cocktail of the 2015 Ultimate Miami Bartender Competition – The Voli Banana Martini “A La Juan” concocted by Mango’s bartender Juan Sosa.
It was a delight to watch the extremely talented and gorgeous salsa dancers give a dazzling performance to a catchy and uplifting theme tune which does and is very welcome to linger around in the head long after the performance and day is over “Come Fall In Love, Come Fall In Love, Come Fall In Loooove ..With Mango’s” a perfect fit with Mango’s signature slogan “Come Fall In Love”
The grand central area features a platform for a Live band with the majestic staircases either side of the performance area. Mango’s is always a guaranteed place for a captivating experience. A night full of high energy performances back to back with continuous salsa performers, gorgeous guys wearing six-packs to the show stopping and breathtaking performances of the Michael Jackson impersonator who not only looked but also danced liked the late King of Pop to the point. Thrilling the crowd and driving it wild with his moves, smoke and other special effects taking the energy in the place to the next level.
The treats didn’t stop there. A special Live performance by Pitbull percussionist and sensational artist Papayo who performed ‘Echa Pa’lla – Manos Pa’arriba’ for which Papayo and Pitbull walked away with a Latin Grammy award for their collaboration under the Best Urban Performance categoty at the 14th Latin Grammy Awards. A song which also involved songwriter, producer and Pitbull’s DJ from back in the day, DJ Buddha. Papayo wowed the crowd with more of his hits such as Si Te Agarro featuring Pitbull’s official DJ Chino and Fito Blanko of Mr Worldwide’s very own label Mr 305 Inc of which Papayo is also under. Papayo also sang his own unique Latin spin on Cheerleader. Papayo was accompanied by Miami’s hottest Latin DJ, Voli Vodka Ambassador who can also be heard on Pitbull’s Globalization station on SiriusXM, the extremely talented DJ Africa on the decks.
The Mango’s Orlando interior is just as breathtaking as it’s illuminating exterior. Already one of America’s largest clubs in the country at 55,000 square feet. The venue is HUGE along with its central staircase and performance area also includes an upstairs for dining, drinking whichever takes your fancy. A balcony over looking International Drive and Vodou Lounge to dance along or chill to hip hop, reggaeton and more.
Bar tops detailed with unique and vibrant mosaic designs to aquatic motion fish images through submarine style window screens behind bar areas to enchant even more.
Canapés and buffets to sample the exotic cuisine to freshly rolled cigars courtesy of the Sosa Family Cigar Company which were also available and in high demand at the grand opening night.
It was a pleasure and honour to meet Joshua Wallack (Chief Operating Officer) and David Wallack (owner) and watch a heartwarming father and son speech along with plentiful of other industry speeches made. Thank you Joshua and David for taking the time to chat and congratulations on such a wonderful concept and place. A very special thank you also to the Voli Vodka team without whom I would not be able to be there to see this wonderful event. A huge thank you to the Mango’s team in Orlando and South Beach for having me, truly an honour to be at such an incredible place, event and personal favourite organisation and all that it represents. There’s something for everyone at Mango’s Tropical Cafe.
It’s been a joy to watch the development and construction of this beautiful giant through the eyes of social media and how magnificent Mango’s Orlando has grown. The non stop captivating performances left me in awe. This along with the cuisine, drinks, friendly staff, dancers and overall team with the ambiance, decor, and tropical Latin paradise feel is simply genius and an absolute MUST to experience and allow oneself to be caught in Mango’s magnetic charm and infectious energy.
Check out more of the pics and videos below from the event below.
Thank you, enjoy and dale!
With Antonio Laracuente (VP Operations Mango’s Orlando) & The NEW Mango’s Voli
Voli Commercial Shots
Sosa Family Cigar Company
Lindsay Gorton Brand Manager Voli Vodka LLC
Craig Kodish President Voli Vodka LLC
Joshua (COO) & David Wallack (Owner)
DJ Africa & Papayo
Come Fall In Love…At Mango’s
Voli Vodka Pitbull Promo
Mango’s Ladies are on Fire!
Joshua (COO) & David Wallack (owner)
Michael Jackson Performance
Echa Pa’lla -Manos Pa’arriba – Papayo
Si Te Agarro – Papayo
El Taxi – Pitbull y Sensato
(Over 21 only)