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Orlando’s Artegon Marketplace Opens November 2014

Artegon Orlando’s expansive marketplace will feature unique and diverse food, one-of-a-kind merchandise, artwork, handcrafted items and entertainment surrounded by some of the biggest brands in dining and retail including Bass pro Shops Outdor World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cinemark Theaters, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, Berghoff’s Octoberfest and Sheplers Western Stores.

Inspired by the great marketplaces in the U.S. and from around the world, such as Pike Place, Faneuil Hall, Chelsea Market, Reading Terminal and Greenwich Village, Artegon Orlando is a showcase destination where an exciting and eclectic atmosphere will create lasting memories and become one of the must-see stops for Orlando vacationers and convention attendees.

Artegon Marketplace is slated to open on November 20, 2014. It’s located at 5250 International Drive, in Orlando.


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SeaWorld Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Killer Whale Environment And More

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative, homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come. As part of its vision for the future, the company also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.

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Orlando Officials Approve Massive I-Square Mall and Hotel Project

On Monday evening the Orlando City Council approved a massive new development that will redefine the north end of International Drive.

The $400 million I-Square Mall and Hotel project will be built on the southeast corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road. The state-of-the-art complex will include a 26-story, 729-room luxury hotel, a multi-level shopping mall, a 500-seat live performance theater, 100,000 square-foot convention center, food court, ice-skating rink and a 360′ high roof-top observation deck with rotating restaurant. Project developers envision a “flashy, Las Vegas-style complex catering to affluent travelers”.

When built, the I-Square Mall and Hotel will instantly become a landmark on North I-Drive. It will replace the International Shoppes strip mall, which will be demolished to make way for the complex.

I-Square Mall and Hotel is expected to begin construction in 2015, with a grand opening slated for the summer of 2017.

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Orlando Approves I-Drive MegaMall and Hotel

The developer of a new $400 million mall and hotel tower recently received recommended approval from the City of Orlando Planning Board for it’s master plan to build a multilevel shopping center and 26-story hotel on the corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road. Their next step will be going before the city council.

The iSquare Mall and Hotel will include 749 hotel rooms, 490,213 square feet of retail space, a restaurant, meeting space, skating rink, a 500-seat live performance theater and office space, plus an 11-story, 2,780-space parking garage. The complex will be topped with a rotating restaurant and observation deck that will be 360-feet tall, city documents showed. The project should take two or three years to complete.

The approved concept is a slightly smaller version of a plan that the developer originally submitted. The original version included a 32-story hotel and more than 1,200 hotel rooms.

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It’s Official: Orlando’s Proposed Skyplex Entertainment Complex Will Include PolerCoaster

After months of speculation it has been officially reported that a new 570-foot-tall roller coaster, called the Skyscraper, is on the way to Orlando’s International Drive.

The Polercoaster from US Thrill Rides will be built as part of the Skyplex Entertainment complex on the northeast corner of the intersection of Sand Lake Road and International Drive.

With nearly one mile of track, Skycraper will include 8-passenger vehicles that will reach speeds up to 65 miles per hour. The coaster will have the capacity to carry up to 1,000 people per hour. The ride is expected to cost less than $20 a ticket. Continue reading It’s Official: Orlando’s Proposed Skyplex Entertainment Complex Will Include PolerCoaster

Polercoaster, The World’s Tallest Rollercoaster Coming to I-Drive

Attention thrill-seekers: the word is almost official… the world’s tallest roller coaster, will be built near the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road in Orlando.

The Polercoaster will be approximately 570 feet tall… the tallest structure in Central Florida. For comparison, that’s about 150 feet taller than the Orlando Eye Observation Wheel, now under construction along I-Drive just south of Sand Lake Road. It will be nearly three times higher than both Disney’s Expedition Everest and Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit coasters and roughly 130 feet taller than the 35-story SunTrust Center in Downtown Orlando.

A press conference to officially announce the project is scheduled for Thursday, June 5th.

The Polercoaster will include an observation platform at the top that will have shops and a restaurant and event space.

Early news accounts mentioned that the Polercoaster will cost around $18 per rider and that it has the capacity to carry approximately 850 to 1,600 people per hour.

31 Story Hotel, Mega-Mall and Observation Tower Proposed Orlando’s International Drive

According to plans submitted to the city of Orlando, An international firm intends to develop a mega-mall and hotel with an observation deck on International Drive in Orlando.

The development will include a multi-level upscale shopping mall, indoor ice arena, a food court, 24 hour revolving restaurant, a 31 story, twin-tower 1,263 room hotel and a nine-level parking garage. All this topped with a 450′ tall observation deck.

iSquare Mall and Hotel Development LLC, plans to level the International Shoppes building on the southeast corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road and redevelop the property into a world class tourist destination and 7-star luxury hotel.

The project is expected to go before the city’s municipal planning board in June for master-plan approval.

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…

Mango’s Tropical Cafe Coming to I-Drive in 2014

Construction is scheduled to begin in January on a $30 million, 55,000-square-foot Mango’s Tropical Café restaurant and nightclub at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road (I-4, exit 74) in Orlando. In addition to Mango’s an 8,300-square-foot gift shop will be a part of the project.

Mango’s will add it’s “grown-up” entertainment venue to a growing list of adult attractions on International Drive. “The Orlando market has already started another renaissance,” said David Wallack, Mango’s founder and president. “Between Disney, Universal, Sea World and International Drive, there are literally billions of dollars of new development and attractions going up everywhere. Mango’s is a natural fit for this market, and we have an incredible location. We look forward to serving millions of happy guests.”

Mango’s has been a popular attraction in South Florida since 1991. The entertainment venue showcases live bands and extravagantly produced shows every night.

Mango’s COO Joshua Wallack added “Mango’s Orlando will become the largest, must-see nightlife entertainment destination in Central Florida with amazing shows, atmosphere, and late night dining. An epic venue such as this will elevate Orlando’s rankings among popular convention destinations and influence major convention bookers to actually choose Orlando over other competing markets.”

Mango’s Tropical Cafe is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.