Family fun is
what it is all about in the International Drive Resort Area! And there is so
much new for visitors to explore.
I-Drive is the hot place to be in Central Florida: Families make unforgettable vacation memories at new attractions
Even the parents
get to be a kid again! Visit the attractions with the kids and then check into
a spa, play a round of golf, have a relaxing dinner or an evening of
entertainment. For an endless choice of activities, visit www.InternationalDriveOrlando.com.
Home to five of
the world's most famous attractions: SeaWorld
Studios and Islands
of Adventure, it is easy to see why the area is one of the most popular
vacation destinations in the world. And don't forget great restaurants,
dinner shows, shopping experiences, mega entertainment complexes, smaller
family style attractions, spas...the fun never stops! And it is all
easily accessible on the convenient and fun I-Ride Trolley Service!
What are you waiting for?
More fun for
the entire family
At the world’s
most popular tourist destination, there are endless activities for every member
of the family. Spa treatments, golfing, the latest thrill rides, dining and
non-stop entertainment. Tweens and teens are not forgotten with non-stop
entertainment tailored to their tastes. Many hotels and resorts have day
programs for the younger visitors.
What's new at the attractions
Orlando’s new $200 million entertainment destination, I-Drive 360, is home to The Orlando Eye. The 400-foot-tall
observation wheel provides breathtaking panoramic views of Central Florida
within fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsules. Located in the heart of International Drive, the
Orlando Eye’s iconic observation wheel is the centerpiece of this themed
complex featuring a dynamic blend of attractions, restaurants, clubs and shops.
USA Today Travel named The Orlando Eye the second largest observation
wheel at 400 feet tall. Read about it here.
SEA LIFE Orlando delivers
breathtaking views of over 5,000 underwater creatures from the three oceans of
the world. Guests can experience face-to-face encounters with sharks in the 360°
Underwater Tunnel as well as touch the velvety back of rays during the touch
pool experience. Interactive educational talks will guide guests through the
wonders of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans while providing majestic
views of the creatures that roam these mysterious waters.
Madame Tussauds, the famous
celebrity wax attraction, offers guests a star-studded experience with its
signature red carpet treatment. Visitors will move through themed rooms where
theyobserve and interact with waxworks
of their favorite film, music, sport and historical celebrities. It's "selfie heaven?"
Skeletons Animals Unveiled!, a
first-of-its-kind museum, exhibits over 400 skeletons in creative poses and
dioramas. The 7,750-square-foot space includes exotic animals from all over the
world as well as eight human skeletons. The walk-through experience includes
Escapology Orlando Guests rely on
clues and their wit to solve puzzles and find the key to escape. With new rooms
being introduced periodically, there's always something new for the entire
family to unlock.
Stories to tell when you get home!
attractions news, visit here. And be sure to check out details to assist
with your vacation
- Fly high day or night to 400 feet
in one of 30 capsules on the Orlando Eye.
- Pose for photos with your favorite moviestars, musicians, sporting greats and historic icons cons at Madame Tussauds.
- Enjoy nightly live entertainment at Tin
Roof along with a menu influenced by generations of American music culture.
- Get your chocolate fix at Chocolate
Kingdom and learn how chocolate transforms from the bean into the creamy,
dreamy chocolate bar.
- At Aquatica - SeaWorld's Waterpark, experience Omaka Rocka, a water thrill ride featuring high-speed tubes and
half-pipe funnels that'll have the kids splashing and sliding frontward and
backward and climbing the walls.
- The gators have arrived at Fun
Spot America with Gator Spot, a 15,000-square-foot extension of
Gatorland. The addition includes three ponds to house baby gators, giant gators
and crocodiles. A separate building houses a white gator.
- Take a glass-blowing class at International
Hot Glass. The shop offers classes and demonstrations for hopeful glass
artists, using a 2,100-degree Fahrenheit furnace.
- See big name entertainment at Hard
- View I-Drive upside down at WonderWorks.
- Relive history at Titanic-The
- Dive in with the whole family at the I-Drive
YMCA & Aquatic Center.
- Solve a mystery at Sleuths Mystery
- Release your inner pirate at Pirate
- Journey to Antarctica SeaWorld
Orlando and have a Penguin Encounter.
- Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of
your favorite movies at Universal
- Head for the track at I-Drive NASCAR
Kart Racing with a half-mile indoor track and environmentally friendly
- Laugh until you cry at Orlando
Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre.
- Save money dining, playing and shopping! Pick up an I-Drive Visitors Guide with valuable coupons.
- Glow in the
dark at Putting Edge Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf at Artegon Marketplace Orlando where psychedelic neon landscapes light the way
and pumping tunes set the mood for fun.
- What's a Muggle
to do? Make your way to Hogwarts castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando!
- Creep yourself
out at Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
- Skydive indoors
at iFLY Orlando.
- Plan an
overnighter at SeaWorld and sleep next
to dolphins, manatees, penguins, coral reefs, sea turtles or beluga whales.
Coming in 2016
among the first to experience a whole new lineup of exciting attractions,
entertainment and dining coming to Orlando. Plan your visit to enjoy all the
new things to see and do including all new world-class theme park attractions
opening in 2016.
Universal Orlando Resort announced a
new groundbreaking attraction opening in summer
2016 at Universal's Islands of Adventure. "Skull
Island: Reign of Kong" will honor one of the most monumental
figures in movie history, King Kong. Guests will board large vehicles and
explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives and
fending off unspeakable terrors.
Oerther Foods-owned McDonald's restaurant on the northwest corner of
International Drive and Sand Lake Road is being rebuilt and transformed into
the new "World's Largest Entertainment McDonald's." The almost
19,000-square-foot restaurant has welcomed millions of guests from all over the
world since opening in 1976. Completion for the 19,000-square-foot restaurant
is scheduled for spring 2016 but the current restaurant will remain open
until the opening.
Orlando plans to open
its Mako roller coaster in summer 2016. It will have a maximum
speed of 73 mph, a 200-foot drop and more than 4,700 feet of track length. www.seaworldorlando.com
Vue 360, the "largest
of its kind" is coming to the I-Drive 360 features a chair swing ride that
will stand 420 feet tall. The attraction will be built next to the Outback
Steakhouse at the former Gooding's Plaza, which will be renamed the Vue at
360. The Star Flyer will include of 12 double-seat swing chairs, sending up
to 24 riders spinning more than 400 feet in the air for three to four.
Completion is expected to be late 2016.
tips for families!
Visitors Guide: With map, Trolley information and more than $500 in coupons. Call toll
free at 866-243-7483 or visit www.InternationalDriveOrlando.com.
Transportation: Leave the driving to us! Take the I-Ride
Trolley Service: It's the exclusive transportation mode for the
International Drive Resort Area. Service operates from 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
daily. Taking the Trolley will save families dollars while traveling around the
I-Drive Resort area stress free.
cash fare, $2.00 per ride; child cash fare, $1.00 per ride (ages 3 to 9 with
paying adult); senior cash fare age 65 and over, $0.25 per ride. Unlimited
ride passes are available: one-day pass, $5.00 per person; three-day pass,
$7.00 per person; five-day pass, $9.00 per person; seven-day pass, $12.00 per
person; 14-day pass, $18.00 per person.
Check out “hot
deals” on this web site. Area accommodations, attractions and restaurants list
their current hot deals at www.InternationalDriveOrlando.com.
special room rates. When calling a hotel for reservations, ask about the property’s “best”
rates for the season, AARP, AAA.
without going broke. It can be done! Have the largest meal at lunch. Prices are less. Then go
light on dinner. Check for coupons that allow kids to eat free, two for one
meals and other deals. When looking for a restaurant, ask about special offers
that might be available. More: When booking your hotel, select one that offers
free breakfast. Have a hearty start to the day, snack for lunch and use a
coupon for dinner. Make sure the room has a refrigerator for storing drinks and
snacks! Tip: Check out a meal at the world’s largest McDonald’s PlayPlace! Yes,
the largest in the world. It’s an attraction in itself!
on planning a family vacation in the International Drive Resort Area, visit www.internationaldriveorlando.com.
For information on the I-Ride Trolley and downloadable maps, visit www.IRideTrolley.com.
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