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12/7/2016 - International Drive welcomes the Russell Athletic Bowl and Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

The world’s # 1 tourist destination will once again be the focus of the entire country... Read More

11/2/2016 - Help provide new clothing for 1,000:
Join I-Drive District's 15th
Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The I-Drive Business Improvement District and the I-Ride Trolley Service are again partnering with the Salvation Army and WKMG News 6, for its 15th annual Angel Tree program for the 2016 holiday season. Read More

10/20/2016 - I-Drive Resort Area Sparkles for the 2016 Holiday Season!

The I-Drive Resort Area pulls out all of the stops each holiday season to make this Orlando vacation destination one of the most popular in the country for holiday travelers. Read More

8/10/2016 - Orlando Magical Dining Month: Sample I-Drive's culinary scene and save August 29 through October 2

It’s the month that visitors and locals look forward to all year: Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. Read More

1/28/2016 - I-Drive and its District Partners surpass goal in 14th Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The I-Drive Business Improvement District was able to bring some holiday joy to 922 area disadvantaged children when it partnered with the Salvation Army, along with WKMG News 6, for its 14th annual Angel Tree program for the 2015 holiday season. This equates to 25% of all Angels adopted in Orange County! Read More

12/7/2015 - International Drive Hosts BIG12, ACC, Big Ten and SEC Teams leading up to the Russell Athletic Bowl and Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

The world’s # 1 tourist destination will once again be the focus of the entire country as International Drive is host of Russell Athletic Bowl’s ACC and BIG 12 teams and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl’s Big Ten and SEC teams. Read More

12/1/2015 - International Drive Resort Area Sparkles for the 2015 Holiday Season!

The International Drive Resort Area pulls out all of the stops each holiday season to make this Orlando vacation destination one of the most popular in the country for holiday travelers. Read More

11/5/2015 - I-Drive 2040 Strategic Vision

International Drive and the Convention Plaza District are known as a world destination. Its continuing success depends on establishing and implementing a comprehensive vision for this area. Read More

11/2/2015 - Help provide new clothing for 850 area children:
Join I-Drive District's 14th Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The I-Drive Business Improvement District and the I-Ride Trolley Service are again partnering with the Salvation Army and WKMG News 6, for its 14th annual Angel Tree program for the 2015 holiday season. Will you help by adopting an Angel or two? Read More

1/13/2015 - I-Drive and its District Partners pass goal of helping area children in 13th Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The International Drive Improvement District was able to bring some holiday joy to 790 area disadvantaged children when it partnered with the Salvation Army, along with WKMG Local 6, for its 13th annual Angel Tree program for the 2014 holiday season. Read More

1/5/2015 - More than $1 Billion in development planned through 2016 for the International Drive Area

ORLANDO, FL--It’s an exciting and busy time in Orlando’s I-Drive area with new attractions, dining, entertainment, accommodations and much more. Read More

12/8/2014 - International Drive Resort Area Welcome Fans for Orlando Bowl Week

Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 29; Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Jan. 1, 2015 The world’s # 1 tourist destination will once again be the focus of the entire country as International Drive is the site of Orlando Bowl Week Fan Headquarters, beginning Dec. 26 and leading up to two Florida Citrus Sports bowl games. Read More

11/12/2014 - International Drive Resort Area Sparkles for the 2014 Holiday Season!

The International Drive Resort Area pulls out all of the stops each holiday season to make this Orlando vacation destination one of the most popular in the country for holiday travelers. Read More

10/28/2014 - Support I-Drive District's 13th Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The International Drive Improvement District is again partnering with the Salvation Army, along with WKMG Local 6, for its 13th annual Angel Tree program for the 2014 holiday season. I-Drive’s goal is to provide new clothing for 700 children in the Orange County community. Read More

4/22/2014 - Save the date! I-Drive 12th Annual 5k Run on May 10

Orlando, FL--It's time to channel your favorite superhero (or princess), and head for I-Drive's Pointe Orlando for the 12th Annual 5K Run to win prizes, have a lot of fun and benefit the YMCA Aquatic Center "Safe Start" Water Safety Scholarship program. Read More

11/14/2013 - Be an angel: Help area children have a bright holiday this year

The International Drive Improvement District is again partnering with the Salvation Army, along with WKMG Local 6, for its 12th annual Angel Tree program this 2013 holiday season. I-Drive’s goal is to provide new clothing for 600 children in the Orange County community. Read More

10/14/2013 - Orange County Convention Center gets high 'green' rating

The Orange County Convention Center has received a prestigious energy-saving certification, making it the largest such exhibit hall to obtain a gold standard seal forgreen building design. Read More

9/1/2013 - In the International Drive Resort Area
Plan a Fall Getaway

Great deals, new attractions, spooktacular Halloween events and more! There are so many reasons to take a break and head to Orlando’s International Drive Resort Area this fall! Read More

1/23/2013 - More than $500 million in development planned for 2013-2014 in International Drive Area

ORLANDO, FL--It’s a busy time in Orlando’s I-Drive area. Read More

11/29/2012 - Support the I-Drive Improvement District's
11th Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The International Drive Improvement District is again partnering with the Salvation Army, along with WCPX-TV, for its 11th annual Angel Tree program this 2012 holiday season. This year’s goal is to provide new clothing for 500 children in the Orange County community. Read More

11/28/2012 - International Drive Resort Area Dazzles for the 2012 Holiday Season!

The International Drive Resort Area pulls out all of the stops each holiday season to make this Orlando vacation destination one of the most popular in the country for holiday travelers. Read More

11/28/2012 - International Drive Improvement District welcomes thousands for Orlando Bowl Week at I-Drive's Pointe Orlando Dec. 27-Dec. 31

The world’s No. 1 tourist destination once again will be the focus of the entire country as Orlando’s I-Drive is the site of a week of fun fan activities leading up to the big games. Read More

11/15/2012 - IAAPA Names Local Fun Spot the Best in the USA

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the Brass Ring Awards portion of the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) the locally owned and operated Fun Spot Action Park, located just off International Drive was named the “Best Family Entertainment Center in the USA”. Read More

11/8/2012 - Orlando's Orange County Convention Center Launches Their Redesigned Website!

Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned Orange County Convention Center website - www.occc.net. Read More

11/8/2012 - 2012 Angel Tree Program

The I-Drive District is partnering for the 11th year with the Salvation Army in their Angel Tree Program to provide new clothing for children within the Orange County community. Our goal is to fulfill 500 angels - which is a commitment of about $25 per Angel to provide one outfit per child. Read More

9/1/2012 - Pine Hills Elementary School receives 7th year of support from International Drive Improvement District for 2012-13 School Year

At Pine Hills Elementary there is a saying: "Begin with the end in Mind...Building our way to an A!" And the International Drive Improvement District plans to help students achieve that goal as it begins its seventh year of support.
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4/18/2012 - 10th Annual I-Drive 5K Run to Benefit YMCA Aquatic Center

The 10th Annual I-Drive 5K Run will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012, to benefit the YMCA Aquatic Center Learn to Swim Scholarship program. The I-Drive community gets involved in this 3.1 mile run through the heart of I-Drive every year by rallying their employees together to participate in this worthy event. Read More

1/25/2012 - Transporting visitors along Orlando's tourist corridor

Popular I-Ride Trolleys upgrade system with SmartBus technology providing NextTrolley information to visitors. Read More

1/23/2012 - Pine Hills Elementary School receives 6th year of support from International Drive Master Transit & Improvement District for the 2010-2011 School Year

Projects included providing 1,000 birthday certificates, 500 honor roll certificates, 500 honor roll pencils, 50 binders and 1,000 perfect attendance certificates. In addition, 300 "Reading is Achieving" pencils were provided as part of the school wide reading initiative. Read More

1/23/2012 - Annual I-Drive 5K Benefits YMCA Aquatic Center - Learn to Swim

The 9th Annual I-Drive 5K Run on May 7, 2011 raised $13,250 to benefit the YMCA Aquatic Center Learn to Swim Scholarship program. Read More

1/23/2012 - I-Drive kicked off Holiday Dazzle at Nov. 30 at Pointe Orlando with a holiday tree lighting and special performances, benefiting the Edgewood Childrens Ranch

Over 150 people enjoyed the lighting of I-Drive’s 45-foot holiday tree, special performances by the Central Florida Christian Academy Singers, Dr. Phillips High School “Dance in Motion” Company, Pointe Orlando Strolling Carolers and the I-Ride Trolley Quartet. Santa made a special appearance and visitors were able to take pictures with Santa for free! Read More

1/23/2012 - I-Drive Improvement District - 10th Annual Angel Tree Program helps 561 Orange County children for the holidays

The International Drive Improvement District was able to provide clothing for 561 children plus 20 bicycles when it partnered with the Salvation Army, WKMG Local 6 and 40 I-Drive District Partners for its 10th annual Angel Tree program this 2011 holiday season. Read More

12/8/2011 - International Drive Improvement District welcomes thousands for Orlando Bowl Week at I-Drive Pointe Orlando
December 27 - January 2012

The world’s No. 1 tourist destination once again will be the focus of the entire country as Orlando’s I-Drive is the site of a week of fun fan activities leading up to the big games.
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11/8/2011 - SeaWorld Orlando Announces Major Expansion for 2012 and 2013

SeaWorld Orlando announces the largest attraction expansion in its history – and news of not one, not two, but three exciting new attractions coming to SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove over the next two years. Read More

11/1/2011 - International Drive Resort Area Dazzles for the Holiday Season!

The International Drive Resort Area pulls out all of the stops each December to make this Orlando vacation destination one of the most popular in the country for holiday travelers. Read More

9/1/2011 - Pine Hills Elementary School receives sixth year of support from International Drive Master Transit & Improvement District for 2011-2012 Year

It may not sound like such a big deal. Spiral notebooks. Packs of pens. Pencils. Paper. Binders. Crayons. All basic supplies that students need. Read More

8/21/2011 - New name, details emerge for I-Drive wheel attraction

Once it's built, you may walk to it, you may drive to it, but one thing's for sure: "It" won't be called I-Walk Orlando. Read More

7/1/2011 - 12 Cost Saving Tips to Stretch Travel Budgets While Having Fun in the International Drive Resort Are

Let’s be honest, planning a vacation in this economy has become a little more of a challenge as everyone is looking for bargains, value-added amenities, hot deals and just plain ways to stretch the budget to make a family vacation fun and not a thing of the past!
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5/24/2011 - Annual I-Drive 5K Run Benefits YMCA Aquatic Center

The 9th Annual I-Drive 5K Run on May 7, 2011 resulted in raising $13,250 to benefit the YMCA Aquatic Center Learn to Swim Scholarship program. Read More

4/1/2011 - Get Fresh Home Improvement Ideas For Spring!

Central Florida Home & Garden Show April 15-17
Did you know that more remodeling projects are started in May than in any other month? Read More

3/14/2011 - Pack your summer - not your suitcase! Stay local and enjoy all the fun I-Drive offers!

The I•Drive Resort Area is home not only to 6 major theme parks but also to 22 additional attractions just perfect for a summer packed with family fun! Read More

2/24/2011 - Its an odd lot at I-Drive Ripley's Believe It or Not

For nearly two decades, the Ripley's museum on International Drive and I have co-existed. But until recently, I had not darkened the door of the Odditorium — believe it or not. Read More

1/13/2011 - I-Drive Improvement District's Ninth Annual Angel Tree Program helps 585 Orange County children for the holidays

The International Drive Improvement District was able to provide clothing for 585 children when it partnered with the Salvation Army and WKMG Local 6, for its ninth annual Angel Tree program this 2010 holiday season. Read More

12/5/2010 - Orlando Bowl Week & International Drive Resort Area Prepare To Welcome Tens of Thousands of Fans for Champs Sports Bowl & Capital One Bowl Dec. 27 - Jan. 1!

The world’s # 1 tourist destination will once again be the focus of the entire country as International Drive is the site of Orlando Bowl Week Fan HQ, beginning Dec. 27 and leading up to two Florida Citrus Sports bowl games. Read More

11/16/2010 - International Drive Resort Area Sparkles for the Holiday Season!

Dazzling theme park events, spectacular decorations, Santa, nonstop entertainment Read More

11/11/2010 - SeaWorld Orlando Announcement - It's a Boy!

Great news! Our new baby killer whale is a BOY. Read More

11/11/2010 - Ming Court - See Us on Fox TV 35

Tuesday Morning, Nov. 16th, about 9:45am & See How to Make Turkey Lettuce Cups! Read More

11/1/2010 - Support the I-Drive Improvement District's Ninth Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The International Drive Improvement District is again partnering with the Salvation Army, along with WKMG Local 6, for its ninth annual Angel Tree program this 2010 holiday season. Read More

5/21/2010 - For the American Cancer Society
International Drive Relay for Life Went Hollywood with Movie Theme at Pointe Orlando

The Third Annual International Drive Relay for Life took on a lighter tone this year as it partners with Regal Cinemas and Pointe Orlando offered participants and visitors a chance to experience some of their favorite movies May 21-22, 2010 at Pointe Orlando! Read More

4/19/2010 - Public-Private Partnership results in Tourist Oriented Policing Squad

ORLANDO, FL (April 19, 2010)—One of the world’s top tourist and meeting destinations, the International Drive Resort Area, continues with enhanced support of its highly successful prototype safety program, thanks to a grant that has been awarded to Orange County through the U.S. Department of Justice stimulus program. Read More

2/26/2010 - I-Drive 5k Run to HELP YMCA Learn to Swim Program

Orlando, FL- The 8th Annual I-Drive 5k Run will take place on Saturday, May 8th at 7:30 am to benefit the YMCA Aquatic Center Learn to Swim Scholarship program. Read More

2/25/2010 - I-Drive Hotelier Organizes Immediate Community Opportunity to Raise $1,000,000 for Urgently Needed Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

Visitors to the International Drive Resort Area, businesses, partners and residents have a chance to join in the Haitian earthquake relief effort by making a financial contribution or by donating supplies.

The Harris Rosen Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, headed by I-Drive hotelier, Harris Rosen, has joined forces with Sen. Bill Nelson’s office and various local Haitian community leaders to provide direct assistance to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In the past the Harris Rosen Foundation has collected and personally delivered food, water filters, school supplies and medical supplies to the citizens of Haiti. Now plans are underway to send emergency relief to those in need. Read More

2/22/2010 - Third Annual International Drive Relay for Life

ORLANDO, FL—The Third Annual International Drive Relay for Life is set for May 21-22 at I-Drive’s Point Orlando. As the national fund-raising event of the American Cancer Society, this unique, fun-filled day- and-a- half offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Read More

12/1/2009 - International Drive Resort Area Sparkles for the Holiday Season!

The International Drive Resort Area pulls out all of the stops each December to make this Orlando destination one of the most popular in the country for holiday travelers. Read More

12/1/2009 - Florida Citrus Bowl Games '09

International Drive Resort Area Welcomes Thousands of Fans for Orlando’s Bowl-a-Palooza FanFest December 28, 2009 -January 1, 2010! The world’s # 1 tourist destination will once again be the focus of the entire country as International Drive is the site for the five day Bowl-a-Palooza FanFest beginning December 28, 2009 leading up to two Florida Citrus Sports Bowl games December 29, 2009 and January 1, 2010. Read More

11/1/2009 - Be An Angel for the Holidays!

Support the I-Drive Improvement District’s Eighth Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. The International Drive Improvement District is again partnering with the Salvation Army and WKMG-TV for its eighth annual Angel Tree program this 2009 holiday season. Read More

10/1/2009 - More Than 21.5 Million Trips on I-Ride Trolley

One of the most popular attractions among visitors to the International Drive Resort Area is the I-Ride Trolley. Read More

7/22/2009 - COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant

ORLANDO, FL--When we go on vacation or attend a meeting away from home, it’s natural to relax, let our guard down, put our minds on auto pilot. After all, it is our well-earned vacation. Or in the case of meetings, a chance for a break from the routine. It’s easy to assume that because we are in a vacation paradise, we don’t need to think about our safety. Read More

7/21/2009 - Looking for a Cool Summer Escape in Southwest Orlando?

International Drive Resort Area offers hot deals and “cool” ideas that won’t break the budget! It’s summer. It’s hot. The economy is…we all know about the economy. Gas prices are creeping up as they always do when we would like to take off for someplace where the humidity is below 100.
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3/27/2009 - 2nd Annual International Drive Relay for Life
Raises Money to Benefit American Cancer Society
during Celebrations Around the World

ORLANDO, FL—The 2nd Annual International Drive Relay for Life raised a total of $27,446 during the March 20-21 American Cancer Society fund-raising event held this year at International Festival Shopping Center. Read More

2/19/2009 - International Drive Master Transit & Improvement District Supports Pine Hills Elementary School in the CFHLA
Adopt-A-School Partnership Program for 2009/2010
and Looks to the Future

The International Drive Master Transit and Improvement District continues its support of Pine Hills Elementary School for the 2009-2010 school year with new plans for this ongoing partnership. The school which is located in Orlando, opened its doors in 1954. The District began working the school during the 2005-2006 school year. Read More

12/8/2008 - Florida Citrus Bowl Games
International Drive Improvement District
Welcomes Thousands of Fans for
Orlandos Bowl-a-Palooza FanFest International Drive
December 26, 2008 - January 1, 2009!

The world’s # 1 tourist destination will once again be the focus of the entire country as International Drive is the site for a weeklong Bowl-a-Palooza FanFest leading up to two Florida Citrus Sports Bowl games December 27, 2008 and January 1. 2009.
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9/1/2008 - More Than 17.5 Million Trips on I-Ride Trolley

One of the most popular attractions among visitors to the International Drive Resort Area is the I-Ride Trolley. Combining the charm of the past with today’s modern comforts, the Trolleys transport millions of visitors to the attractions and accommodations located in Orlando’s tourist corridor. Read More

4/30/2008 - Inaugural International Drive Relay for Life
Raises Money for Walk the World for a Cure

ORLANDO, FL—The first International Drive Relay for Life raised a total of $53,351.00 during the April 11-12 fund-raising event at Festival Bay Mall. Read More

3/1/2008 - Premiere Orlando Beauty Show

Premiere Show Group will be holding its 17th annual Premiere Orlando Beauty Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on June 1 and 2. More than 41,000 members of the professional beauty industry are expected to attend the two-day event, which focuses on providing the most comprehensive hair, nail, skincare and business education that the industry has to offer. Read More

12/1/2007 - Be an Angel for the Holidays!
Support the I-Drive Improvement Districts
Sixth Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

The International Drive Improvement District is partnering with the Salvation Army and WKMG-TV for its sixth annual Angel Tree program this holiday season. Read More

12/1/2007 - Florida Citrus Bowl Games
International Drive Improvement District
Welcomes Thousands of Fans to the Resort Area as It Hosts
Orlandos Bowl-a-Palooza FanFest December 26-31!

The world’s # 1 tourist destination will be the focus of the entire country as International Drive is the site for a weeklong Bowl-a-Palooza FanFest leading up to two Florida Citrus Sports Bowl games, Champs Sports Bowl and the Capital One Bowl. Read More

9/27/2007 - Now is the Perfect Time to Plan a Great Fall Getaway!!!

There are so many reasons to take a break and head to Orlando’s International Drive Resort Area this fall! Read More

5/24/2007 - 2007 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show

The 2007 Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show comes to Orlando on the weekend of September 7th through 8th at the Orange County Convention Center. This premier event for the food service and lodging industries will be held in Hall B of the West Building and an expected 23,000 professionals are expected to be on hand. Read More

4/19/2007 - More Than 15.3 Million Visitors Chose I-Ride Trolley

ORLANDO, FL—(April 19, 2007) One of the most popular attractions among visitors to the International Drive Resort Area, is the I-Ride Trolley. Combining the charm of the past with today’s modern comforts, the Trolleys transport millions of visitors to the attractions and accommodations located in Orlando’s tourist corridor. Read More

4/6/2007 - International Drive Master Transit and Improvement District
Supports Pine Hills Elementary School in the
CFHLA Adopt A School Partnership Program
for the 2006 2007 School Year

Orlando, FL, April 6, 2007--One of the most important volunteer efforts that takes place each school year is the International Drive District’s involvement in The Central Florida Hospitality and Lodging Association (CFHLA) Adopt-A-School program. Read More

10/1/2006 - I-Ride Trolley Continues Improvements to Enhance Guest Experience in the International Drive Resort Area

ORLANDO, FL (October 1, 2006)—The popular I-Ride Trolley continues to make improvements to this popular transportation system that has logged more than 13.5 million trips since it began in 1997. Combining the charm of the past with modern comforts, the Trolleys transport many of the millions of annual visitors to the International Drive Resort Area, Orlando’s tourist corridor. Read More

8/26/2006 - Rosen Shingle Creek Resort Opens;
New Restaurants, Shopping Bring Excitement
and Glitz to the International Drive Resort Area

In the International Drive Resort Area visitors discover an endless list of leisure activities. New attractions at the major theme parks, expanded accommodations, new dining, shopping and family entertainment give guests a reason to visit I-Drive again and again. And this is only beginning of the current that will mean more choices than ever for visitors to the area. Upcoming events and a sampling of the exciting plans include: Read More

4/13/2006 - Orlando's International Drive Resort Area Specializes in Family Fun!

ORLANDO, FL--World-famous as a popular family vacation destination, Orlando’s International Drive Resort Area is the perfect location with non-stop fun for everyone. Read More

4/13/2006 - International Drive Resort Area in Orlando Provides Vacation Excitement for the Entire Family and a Convenient Way to get Around!

ORLANDO, FL (April 13, 2006)—The International Drive Resort Area provides visitors to the Orlando area with world-class attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping fun for the entire family as well as a stress-free way to get there on the I-Ride Trolley Service. Read More

4/13/2006 - More Than 13.5 Million Visitors Chose Trolley

ORLANDO, FL--With 13.5 million rides logged since it started service in November 1997, the I-Ride Trolley Service has provided travel to many of the 20 million annual visitors to International Drive Resort Area, Central Florida’s tourist corridor. Read More
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