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More Concept Renderings of the New Orlando Sea Life Aquarium

Orlando Sea Life Aquarium will offer a new wave of underwater adventures with beautiful displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea horses and more, that turn the traditional aquarium observation
on its head.

Winding tunnels, floor-to-ceiling tanks and bubble aquariums provide an immersive experience for children and adults alike. Additionally, the aquarium, known for its strong conservation efforts, will have unique educational components for young marine life enthusiasts.

Orlando Sea Life Aquarium will include a 360 degree Ocean Tunnel, More than 5,000 creatures, a Touchpool experience, Interactive “Talking Aquarium” Educational Talks and Feeds, you can even see how they breed, rescue and protect creatures and how the Sea Life Trust is working to preserve our oceans for generations to come.

Orlando Sea Life Aquarium is located in the heart of Orlando at I-Drive 360 next to Madame Tussauds Orlando and The Orlando Eye. All three attractions will open Spring 2015! Explore the amazing creatures of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans!


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Sea Life Orlando will have a 360 degree underwater ocean tunnel, a new, immersive way for guests to view marine life in their own habitats.


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Sea Life Orlando Aquarium will have an interactive touch pool allowing visitors to have an immersive and educational experience with starfish, hermit crabs, and more!


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Sea Life Orlando will have over 5,000 creatures and over 30 fascinating displays when they open in spring of 2015!


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Sea Life Orlando Aquarium will have over 5,000 creatures and over 30 fascinating displays when we they in spring of 2015!


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At SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, you’ll be able to explore the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans and their amazing creatures!


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Sea Life Orlando will have a variety of different species of jellyfish. They’ll be housed in cylindrical tanks with moving water that mimics the ocean’s tides and currents!


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Another concept rendering that will give you a good idea of what will be in store for you when you visit Sea Life Orlando Aquarium!


Visit Sea Life Orlando Aquarium’s Official website: http://www.visitsealife.com/orlando/

Artegon Marketplace Grand Opening This Weekend

Starting Thursday, November 20, and running through Saturday, November 22, Orlando’s Artegon Marketplace will be celebrating its grand opening with a full schedule of live entertainment throughout the property.

Guests will be treated to continuous live entertainment ranging from African acrobats to the Blues Brothers and will be among the first to experience Artegon’s expansive “Sky Trail” ropes course
and collection of 165 artisanal shops and stores featuring locally sourced products and services.

The full line-up of grand opening festivities also includes:
– Street Beatz, an urban musical rhythmic experience.
– Anti-Gravity, an acrobatic show featuring athletic and dance performers.
– Street Breakz, a high energy audience participation breakdance show.
– Caricaturists, henna and jawa tattoo painters, and canvas airbrush artists.
– Stilt-walkers, power jumpers, cirque acts and other edgy performers.
– Radio remotes with K92FM, XL 106.7, Rumba 100.3 and MAGIC 107.7.
– Complimentary swag bag for the first 200 guests.

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a new shopping concept for the region inspired by such famous marketplaces as Seattle’s Pike Place, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Chelsea Market and the London Flower Market. Located in the former Festival Bay Mall, it was redeveloped by Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC, considered one of the most influential and forward-thinking development firms in the nation’s retail real estate industry.

Unique to the shopping attraction is Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace. The Village at Artegon Marketplace Orlando houses 165 artisanal shops and stores where local craftspeople
sell and demonstrate their products and services. They include Florida Soap Company, Poca’s Hottest, Vagabond Traveler, David Ramirez Chocolates and Kathryn McHenry of SOS Art Studio,2
along with a variety of other one-of-a-kind artisans offering eco-friendly handbags and accessories, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, custom clothing and locally-sourced foods. Complementing The Village at Artegon Marketplace Orlando are some of the biggest brands in dining and retail. These anchor tenants include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cinemark Theaters, Sheplers Western Stores, Radbourne Center, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and Berghoff’s Oktoberfest. The latter two venues are scheduled to open by spring 2015. Rounding out the guest experience are more than 20 in-line retailers. Highlights include GODS & MONSTERS, the first high-end innovative comics and collectibles store of its kind in the country, and the nation’s first International Hot Glass, a glass gallery showcasing artists from around the world and a studio where guests can work with a professional glass blower to create their own
piece of art.

Paragon Outlet Partners designed Artegon Marketplace Orlando to be a highly immersive and interactive experience unlike any other in Central Florida. Beyond the artisan marketplace, anchor
tenants and in-line retailers, other defining features include:

– The Great Hall with an expansive “Sky Trail” ropes course (paid admission) and a variety of food offerings, from coffee and Danish to pizza, sandwiches and salads.
– Free Wi-Fi both indoors and in the outdoor plaza areas.
– Caricaturists, henna and jawa tattoo painters, canvas airbrush artists and other edgy performers.
– Streetmosphere performers, from jugglers to singers to stilt walkers, strolling throughout the shopping attraction on weekends.
– An industrial-chic environment punctuated by heavy wooden support beams, exposed brick and weathered steel.

Operating hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday. Artisan studios will be open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is located at 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 with easy access for local residents via W. Oak Ridge Road, Sand Lake Road, and other alternatives to I-4.

World’s Tallest StarFlyer Swing Ride Coming to International Drive

International Drive keeps growing and growing. You can already marvel at the huge Orlando Eye observation wheel being built, now another ride rivaling its height is coming next door. A StarFlyer swing ride will take riders up 420 feet.

Unicorp National Developments, the company behind the I-Drive 360 complex, announced the new ride today, and a new name for the complex which houses Kings Bowling, Sleuths and other stores next door to I-Drive 360. The plaza will be known as Vue at 360, a play on the 360 degree view riders will have on the StarFlyer.

This will be the second StarFlyer on International Drive. There’s a 230-foot one operating just down the street at Magic Midway. But this new one will be the tallest in the world at 420 feet. (The Orlando Eye will be approximately 425 feet tall.)

The StarFlyer is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016. It will take riders up in 12 sets of double seats (24 total) on a three to four minute ride. A ride is expected to cost about $10 per person.

Here’s a look at the Sky Screamer at Six Flags New England. It stands approximately 400 feet tall:

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.

Bok Tower Gardens to Breaks Ground on $12 Million Expansion

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales will break ground on Friday, October 24 on a $12 million expansion… the largest expansion in its 85-year history.

Components of the expansion will include pathwork, Tower and Gardens restoration, and several new garden spaces including a Children’s Garden, Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden, Wild Garden and Pollinator Garden.

The new 2.7-acre Children’s Garden will be a place of hands-on fun, natural beauty, learning, and creative play. There will be beautiful art, cooling water features, vibrant plantings, a boardwalk, performance stage, and music area. Children will have things to climb on, under and through, as well as places to build, dig and create.

Adjacent to the Children’s Garden will be a new Outdoor Kitchen and Edible Garden that connects farm to table. Lake Flato Architects of San Antonio has designed an inviting outdoor open kitchen space in harmony with the landscape. Edible display gardens surrounding the kitchen will be a welcoming destination for daytime or nighttime educational programs and events showcasing lifestyle gardening and the culinary arts.

Seven acres of the northern garden are being transformed into a haven for wildlife and native plants. The expanded Wild Garden, encompassing the existing Window by the Pond and Endangered Plant Garden, will showcase a variety of Florida native plants and landscapes including an oak hammock, wet prairie, sandhill preserve, wetland and bog. A 170-foot boardwalk through this area will provide visitors with an immersive experience into the new landscape.

A gentle grade to a spectacular new oval walkway and special event lawn is being constructed behind the Visitor Center to help guests more easily find their way to Pinewood Estate, the Singing Tower, and the new expansion gardens to the north. This new gateway also features expanded outdoor cafe seating and a pollinator garden to attract birds and butterflies.

The expansion is scheduled to be complete by late spring of 2016.

Disney’s Flamingo Crossings Hotels Break Ground

An Alaska-based developer broke ground today on a 248-room Marriott Springhill Suites and the 250-room Marriott TownePlace Suites at Disney’s Flamingo Crossings, a mixed-use tourist district planned on the western edge of Disney property. The developer also has plans to build seven hotels on the property within the next four or five years.

Flamingo Crossings will combine third-party branded lodging, retail and dining in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Located directly off Florida Route 429 (exit 8) this 450-acre mixed-use value-oriented tourist district will support value-oriented and limited-service hotels, 1,000 to 1,500 timeshare units, 300 to 500 thousand sq. ft. of tourist-related retail, casual sit-down and fast-food restaurants, gas/convenience, grocery, gift shops,and other tourist-oriented service.

Florida: Biketoberfest Roars into Daytona Beach October 16 Thru 19

More than 100,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to roar into Daytona Beach, Florida, October 16-19, for the 22nd Annual Biketoberfest.

During the four-day event, motorcycle enthusiasts will soak up the sun and live music and watch the pros compete in Daytona International Speedway’s Motorcycle Races. For those that wouldn’t mind a little sand between their spokes, they can cruise their bikes on the beach. Between the thrill of a live race to riding on the hard-packed sand, rally goers can experience what motorcyclists have been feeling about Daytona Beach since 1937, the year of the first beach race.

Sponsored by Amsoil, Geico and Sweet Ride Wine, Biketoberfest® 2014 has a number of exciting events in store for visitors at multiple locations throughout Daytona Beach including Main Street, Riverfront Park and Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard – each offering visitors a variety of delicious foods, live music and biker apparel.

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Photo Update: I-Drive 360 Construction On Schedule

Construction of “I-Drive 360”, a new entertainment, dining and shopping complex is full-speed ahead in Orlando. 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.

The complex will include attractions, restaurants and retail stores. The centerpiece attraction will be “The Orlando Eye”, a 425 ft. tall wheel. The eye will include 30 gondolas that sit 15 people each. When completed it will be the tallest structure in Central Florida. Other major attractions will include a 25,000 sq. ft. Sea Life Aquarium and a equally sized Madame Tussaud’s Was Museum as well as another attraction, Skeletons: A Museum of Osteology. Right next door to I-Drive 360 is Kings Bowl, a 30,000 sq. ft. 22 lane bowling and entertainment complex that is already open.

Some features of the project are nearly complete, and others a well underway. Here’s our photo update of the construction, taken 10/1/14…


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View of the main fountain feature looking east towards the Terminal Building main entrance of the Orlando Eye. (Click photo for a larger view)


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View from the main fountain looking north towards several restaurants and retail buildings. (Click photo for a larger view)


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View of the pools and water fountain features looking east from the south side of the project. The Orlando Eye Terminal Building is in the background. (Click photo for a larger view)


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Another view of the pools, rock water falls and fountain features looking east from the south side of the project. The Orlando Eye Terminal Building is in the background. (Click photo for a larger view)


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View of the pools and fountain features looking west from the north side of the project. International Drive is in the far background. (Click photo for a larger view)


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Another view of the rock water falls and fountain features looking west from the north side of the project. To the right is the Orlando Eye Terminal Building. (Click photo for a larger view)


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A view from the lawn in front of the main entrance of the Orlando Eye. This photo is looking west towards International Drive. The landscaping is beautiful! (Click photo for a larger view)


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A view of the construction staging area under the Orlando Eye taken from the top level of the parking garage. Universal Boulevard runs to the rear of the I-Drive 360 development. (Click photo for a larger view)


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A view of the Orlando Eye under construction taken from the top level of the parking garage. The Orlando Convention Center (round roof) can be seen in the center far left of the photo. (Click photo for a larger view)


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A view of International Drive looking northwest from the top level of the parking garage. You can see McDonald’s (center right) at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road. (Click photo for a larger view)


Now Playing: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Embark on a culinary adventure of eclectic cultures, global cuisines and the finest wine country offerings at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Presented by CHASE.

Each fall, as the seasons transform, so too does Epcot—where dozens of unique flavors and fun experiences unfold across the park. Enjoy the pinnacle of food and wine celebrations, celebrity chef cooking demos and some of the most unique dining opportunities in the world.

International Marketplaces
Make your way through gastronomy greatness at over 25 global marketplaces. Enjoy tantalizing bites, sip perfect pairings and try decadent desserts.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE!
Join the festivities at an extraordinary after-hours street party that goes into the night, and indulge your evening cravings for delicious sips and bites.

New Experiences
Reserve a spot at premium events, sharpen your culinary skills and discover sumptuous dishes along with wines, beers and spirits.

Demonstrations, Seminars & Talks
Have a meeting of the minds with master mixologists, wine experts, world-class Fromagers and celebrated chefs. Sample, sip and learn!

Festival Fine Dining Events
Discover impeccable menus, innovative dishes and new culinary trends. Haute cuisine has its place. Here, it has several.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series
Soak up the rocking sounds of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s at this outdoor concert series, featuring nightly performances from a sizzling line-up of musical acts.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs from September 19 thru November 10, 2014

How I-4 Express Lanes Will Keep Traffic Moving

The I-4 Ultimate Project is an important highway construction project for Central Florida. The 21-mile makeover — from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County — will transform the region while connecting central Florida communities, improving our economy and enhancing livability for everyone.

The goal of I-4 Ultimate is to create a signature corridor that connects communities, improves economies and enhances livability throughout the region. I-4 Ultimate is designed to reflect the best of Central Florida’s local context, history, unique community character and landscaping. Explore this section of the website to learn more about how this distinctive and memorable design will reinforce mobility, enhance the driver’s experience, engage communities and maximize accessibility.

Work on I-4 Ultimate is underway! While your daily commute won’t be affected just yet, now is the perfect time to start planning so you’ll be prepared when construction begins in early 2015.