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I-Drive 360 to Spend $100 Million on New Attractions

The dust has barely settled on the new I-Drive 360 entertainment, retail and dining attraction in Orlando as they announce the addition of $100 million in new attractions.

According to the Orlando Business Journal, I-Drive 360 is ready to begin the next phase of development on the International Drive destination.

Development will include a new zip-line, rope obstacle course, indoor flight simulator and another tower thrill ride. A 400+ unit, five-story apartment complex is also proposed.

The permitting process will begin soon with plans to break ground “as soon as possible” next year. Some of the attractions could be open by summer 2017.


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Photo Update: A Ride On The Orlando Eye

While construction of some of the other parcels are still underway, “I-Drive 360” a new entertainment, dining and shopping complex is now open.

The 400′ Orlando Eye stands proudly, it’s 30 passenger capsules, each holding up to 15 passengers slowly rotating day and night. Passengers enjoy a 360-degree view of Central Florida below. Every cabin offers guests the comfort of air-conditioning, bench seating, lighting and audio effects for the 20-minute flight experience.

We took a ride on the wheel this week. Here’s our photo update. Click photos for a larger view:

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Main Terminal Building and the entrance to the Orlando Eye.

 

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Main Terminal Building and the entrance to Orlando Sea Life Aquarium.

 

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Main Terminal Building Food Court which includes Little Italy, ChickeNow, DJ’s Mexican Grill, and China Max.

 

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Main Terminal Building and the entrance to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

 

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Main Terminal Building. Food court and Orlando Sea Life Aquarium entrance.

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye. On the way up looking down at the I-Drive 360 courtyard.

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye looking north towards Sand Lake Road and Universal Studios.

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye. Same view looking north, just a little higher…

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye. Looking northeast with Universal Boulevard below and the Orlando city skyline in the distance.

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye. Looking east with the Lockheed-Martin plant in the foreground.

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye. Looking northwest with intersection of International Drive and Sand lake Road in the foreground.

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye. On the way down, looking south, with the Orlando Convention Center on the left.

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye. Looking southwest towards Disneyworld. EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth can be seen on the horizon to the right…

 

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Aboard the Orlando Eye. Looking south, with Universal Boulevard on the left and International Drive on the right.

 


 

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Nik Wallenda Set To Tackle Orlando Eye For Next Incredible Attempt

With each walk, Nik Wallenda, “King of the High Wire,” has always managed to push the envelope and this time, he just may have agreed to what could be his most dangerous and unique walk yet. Today, during a New York City press conference, the famed daredevil revealed that his next feat will take place at the soon-to-be-unveiled Orlando Eye, located in the most-visited tourism destination in the US–Orlando, Florida.

On April 29, 2015, Wallenda will attempt to walk on top of the giant observation wheel without a tether and without a wire while it is moving. Standing 400-feet tall, the Orlando Eye forms part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex, which celebrates its grand opening this month and is located in the heart of Orlando’s newly revitalized International “I-Drive” District.

From the top, the Eye provides breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions, with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes, and lush landscapes. On a clear day, one can even see Cape Canaveral at a distance.

During the press conference, Wallenda explained why he chose the Orlando Eye as his next challenge.

“When I heard about the Eye, I just had this vision of how cool it could be to tackle it and on top of that it’s just really an amazing structure to behold. There are so many (actual) moving parts to this walk that I think people are going to enjoy watching it as much as I’m going to enjoy taking part in it.”

Follow Nik on social media as we get closer to the walk for more late breaking news and updates.

To download video of “The Orlando Eye” click here.

Orlando Eye
The new iconic 400-foot tall observation wheel provides breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions, with sights of downtownOrlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast. See more at: https://www.officialorlandoeye.com/

Photo Update: I-Drive 360 Construction Continues, Spring Grand Opening Anticipated

Construction of “I-Drive 360”, a new entertainment, dining and shopping complex continues. The Orlando Eye’s outer wheel is now complete and the 30 passenger capsules remain to be installed. Each cabin can hold 15 passengers. Once completed, guests will enjoy the 360-degree views above the hustle and bustle of the Central Florida below. Every cabin will offer guests the comfort of air-conditioning, bench seating, lighting and audio effects for the 20-minute flight experience.

The complex will include attractions, restaurants and retail stores. In addition to “The Orlando Eye” other major attractions will include a 25,000 sq. ft. Sea Life Aquarium, an equally sized Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Skeletons: A Museum of Osteology.

Some features of the project are already completed, and others a well underway.

The highly anticipated entertainment destination, located on 20 acres of property between International Drive and Universal Boulevard is scheduled for a Spring 2015 grand opening.

Here’s our photo update of the construction, taken 12/18/14…

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The outer wheel of the Orlando Eye is now complete… the passenger cabins remain to be installed. Several restaurants are now open for business!

 

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Workers install the signing for the seven-story parking garage… and parking is FREE!

 

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Yard House – Great Food, Classic Rock and 130 to 250 Taps of Imported, Craft and Specialty Ales and Lagers… one of several new restaurants now open at I-Drive 360.

 

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Outback Steakhouse – Australian themed steakhouse restaurant… one of several new restaurants now open at I-Drive 360.

 

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Workers put the finishing touches on Tin Roof Orlando… Live Music, Great Food and Good Times. Opening very soon!

 

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Another look at workers preparing the exterior of Tin Roof Orlando… Opening very soon!

 

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Opening Early 2015… The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Wax Attraction and Orlando SeaLife Aquarium.

 

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There’s beautiful landscaping, fountains and water features everywhere you look… the amenities really set I-Drive 360 apart from other attractions in the area.

 

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Workers finish up on the exterior of the main building housing The Orlando Eye terminal, Madame Tussauds Wax Attraction and SeaLife Aquarium.

 

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Now that the Orlando Eye is almost at it’s maximum height, you can see it from points all around the Orlando area… including I-4… a very impressive sight!

 

 

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Orlando Eye Construction On Track for a Spring 2015 Opening

With the inner wheel of the Orlando Eye now complete, construction of the massive outer wheel is about to begin.

Merlin Entertainments Ltd. plans to debut three attractions, The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando Wax Museum and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, as part of a massive project being developed by Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. and New York-based Circle Entertainment Inc.

Once completed, the Orlando Eye will weigh about three million pounds. It will provide unobstructed views of the Orlando skyline, Central Florida theme parks, and on a clear day, the east coast and Kennedy Space Center. The giant wheel will include 30 capsules which can each hold 15 people. Riding the wheel will lasts 20 minutes and include a pre-flight five-minute film in 3-D.

The projected opening for these attractions is Spring 2014.

Animated Tour of The I-Drive Shopping and Entertainment Complex

Merlin Entertainments Ltd. plans to debut three attractions, The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando Wax Museum and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, as part of a massive project being developed by Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. and New York-based Circle Entertainment Inc. The projected opening for these attractions is New Year’s Eve 2014.

Design firm Antunovich Associates offers an opportunity to experience what it might be like to ride on Merlin Entertainments Ltd.’s Orlando Eye observation wheel that’s currently under construction on International Drive in Orlando…