Showing posts with label I-Drive 360. Show all posts
Showing posts with label I-Drive 360. Show all posts

September 19, 2018


Orlando’s top attractions are ALL IN with nonstop excitement, thrills and fun this fall 

ORLANDO, FLA. (Sept. 17, 2018) – With a summer that saw shirtless Justin Bieber, fearlessly faced an uncaged Shark Month and introduced the world to Justice League: A Call for Heroes, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium are gearing up for even MORE excitement, thrills and fun this fall.  

Mermaids vs. Super Heroes  

You read that right! This fall, SEA LIFE Orlando welcomes the world-famous Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park weekends from Sept. 28 to Oct. 21. Performing unbelievable underwater feats, the Mermaids will mesmerize guests as they swim amongst the creatures in Orlando’s only indoor aquarium. Performances will start on the top of every hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with meet and greets available all day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

May 13, 2018


From Mother's Day to Father's Day, the aquarium will be collecting items for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in exchange for 25-percent off admission

ORLANDO, FLA. (May 12, 2018) –SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is excited to announce the arrival of four, baby blue spotted sting rays! The new bundles of joy are spreading joy to the community as SEA LIFE hosts a special baby shower for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies to celebrate all the tiny babies. From Mother's Day to Father's Day, the Aquarium will be collecting items for Winnie Palmer Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Guests who donate a gift from the NICU baby registry will receive 25-percent off of regular admission to the Aquarium. Items on the registry include:

  • WubbaNubs 
  • Rattles
  • Linking Rings
  • Infant books
  • Lullaby CDs
  • Ball rattles
  • Baby blankets 
  •  Light swaddling blankets

March 22, 2018


The small and slender sharks have a leopard-like pattern that allows them to blend into their surroundings

ORLANDO, FLA. (March 19, 2018) – The best place to get up close and personal with sharks this Spring Break is SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. Already home to thousands of species of fish, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is excited to announce the arrival of four, juvenile coral catsharks this Spring. These small, slender sharks can reach more than two-feet long when fully grown and are commonly found in the oceans surrounding Southeast Asia. Their leopard-like pattern provides them with camouflage as they swim through their coral reef habitats. 

February 17, 2018


Guests feel the love for Selena Quintanilla as the legendary singer’s wax figure makes its first-ever, limited time appearance in Florida

Florida fans of Selena Quintanilla let their love be felt with a heartwarming welcome event for the legendary singer’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds Orlando.

From all across the nation, fans showed their adoration for the Queen of Tejano by creating videos on Instagram with the hashtag #LoveSelenaOrlando. Five fans’ videos were selected to be included in a tribute video that is now featured in the attraction. The fans were also invited to for an exclusive first-look at the official #LoveSelenaOrlando figure welcoming event.

Madame Tussauds Orlando will feature the iconic singer’s wax figure for a limited-time only. From February 13 to April 8, fans can come face-to-face with Selena and share their love, memories and messages by leaving a letter for the singer in the attractions.

For tickets and more information, please visit

November 2, 2017

Weird and Wonderful World of the Axolotl Comes to SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

New experience immerses guests in the world of 
“The Last Dragons”

Orlando, Fla. –  ­They are a star of social media, one of the world’s weirdest, cutest and most critically-endangered creatures, and now visitors to SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium can journey deep into the lakes of Mexico to meet “The Last Dragons” before they disappear.

Axolotls, (pronounced ACK-suh-LAH-tuhl) are among the most widely studied animals on the planet thanks to their fascinating ability to regenerate their own bodies and avoid the aging process (not to mention their adorable cuteness!). Believed to have existed over 140 million years ago, they live exclusively in the lake complex of Xochimilco near Mexico City but for a limited time are taking up residence at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

Opening Tuesday, November 7th “The Last Dragons: Discover the Superpowers of the Axolotls” is an all-new walk-through experience featuring kid-friendly interactives, immersive design and more to take families on a fun and educational journey into the world of one of Earth’s most fascinating creatures.

October 12, 2017

Coca-Cola Orlando Eye launches Spooky Nights and Spider Frights Halloween Experience

Orlando, Fla. – October, 12, 2017 – This October, the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is set to become the home of Halloween and the spookiest sight in all of Central Florida transforming into a 400-foot tall spider web with giant creepy-crawlies, an all-new light and music show, themed Snapchat filter and more family fun as part of “Spooky Nights and Spider Frights”, Friday, October 13th to Saturday, November 4th.

The itsy bitsy spider may climb up the water spout, but this month, it’s an enormous 60-foot spider and ten of its eight-legged friends that will take over the top of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye building creating quite the creepy sight for all to see ­– and take a selfie with of course!

September 4, 2017

Then and Now: Returning to I-Drive 360

Ah, the nostalgia! Remember the good ol' days of watching The Orlando Eye progress from a simple base to a full-fledged super structure? Seems like forever ago now that the I-Drive 360 complex is so well-established and thriving as one of the most unique and diverse entertainment districts in Orlando, but the (now) Coca-Cola Orlando Eye only started spinning guests high into the sky little more than two years ago. So much has changed in that brief period of time!

July 27, 2017

Coca-Cola Orlando Eye Hires New General Manager

Orlando, Fla. – July 26, 2017 – The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is pleased to announce that Jacob Kristensen has been hired as the attraction’s new general manager. As general manager, Kristensen will oversee all operations for the Orlando Eye, including business development, marketing and engineering.

“Jacob Kristensen is a welcome addition to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye team,” said Patrick Connor, southeast general manager, Merlin Entertainments. “Kristensen’s experience in the industry and proven track record for increasing profitability and attracting new audiences made him a prime candidate for this role.”

June 11, 2017

Madame Tussauds Orlando to Welcome Justin Bieber Figure - Launching on National Selfie Day

Orlando attraction announces arrival of “Sorry” singer’s wax figure on June 21

Orlando, Fla. – June 9, 2017 – Beliebers rejoice! Justin Bieber’s wax figure is coming to Madame Tussauds Orlando, launching on National Selfie Day.  Known for numerous chart-topping hits including “Sorry,” “What Do You Mean?” and “Love Yourself,” the award-winning singer-songwriter’s figure will be launched in the attraction with a special celebration on June 21.

April 7, 2017

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium Introduces Toddler Tuesdays

Orlando’s only aquarium sails into spring
with interactive toddler events

Orlando, Fla. – Apr. 7 2017 - SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has announced a new initiative to offer an enhanced experience for the youngest underwater animal enthusiasts and their parents. Titled “Toddler Tuesdays”, the program provides an up-close, hands-on experience that is fun and unique – with an early opening hour and affordable pricing to match.

Starting this month, each Tuesday from 9:30am -10:30 a.m., guests can visit the aquarium and be a part of an exclusive, age-appropriate program filled with coloring, story time and animal feeding activities. The program will offer a variety of changing creature-feature topics focusing on the aquarium’s best-loved animals including sharks, turtles, sea horses, and more.

Each Toddler Tuesday event will feature:
-       Meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Magnus, SEA LIFE’s shark mascot
-       Story time at the Indian Ocean exhibit
-       An animal feeding experience
-       Sing-a-longs, coloring sessions and more activities to teach fun facts about underwater animals
-       Admission to the aquarium

February 22, 2017

Madame Tussauds Orlando Unveils New Photo Technology Experience in Neymar Exhibit

Fans of international soccer star Neymar can capture a unique GIF image with a customized camera system found only in the Orlando attraction

Orlando, Fla. – Feb. 22, 2017 – Madame Tussauds Orlando has unveiled a new interactive guest experience in the themed room featuring Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. In addition to featuring this popular figure, the attraction has added a one-of-kind customized camera system that utilizes 40 cameras and 488 million megapixels to stitch together a unique photo of fans interacting with Neymar’s figure.

The camera technology captures 40 photos in less than one second to produce a GIF image. Once images are taken, guests will receive the GIF via email to share with friends or through their social media channels.

For more information, visit

January 20, 2017

Madame Tussauds Orlando Welcomes President-Elect Trump’s Arrival

Orlando attraction welcomes new presidential figure 
to the Oval Office

Orlando, Fla. – Jan. 19, 2017 - Madame Tussauds Orlando has welcomed President-Elect Donald Trump’s wax figure. The figure will be on display in the Orlando attraction’s Oval Office themed room on Jan. 19, just ahead of Inauguration Day in Washington D.C.

It took artists and sculptors six months to create the figure, from the sculpting of the clay head to the insertion of thousands of individual hairs, to create the lifelike representation found in Madame Tussauds wax figures.

Trump will be the first president to have already had a famed Madame Tussauds wax figure. He conducted a detailed sitting for his previous figure at Trump Tower New York in 1997 where Madame Tussauds artists took hundreds of measurements and photographs for reference. Trump’s figure will be featured at Madame Tussauds locations in Orlando, Washington D.C., New York and London.

For more information, visit

December 20, 2015

Sugar Factory Brings Sweet Treats and More to I-Drive 360

The much-anticipated opening of Sugar Factory at I-Drive 360 is finally upon us, and it was absolutely worth the wait! With locations in Las Vegas, New York, Miami and Chicago, Sugar Factory has established its reputation as a swanky spot for treats of all types. But don't let the abundance of A-list celebrity photo endorsements fool you - Sugar Factory is surprisingly affordable, even for us normal folks. 

May 8, 2015

Go Big or Go Home: I-Drive 360 Makes Its Grand Debut

If you have been anywhere near Orlando lately, you certainly haven't missed the amazing developments taking place along International Drive. I-Drive 360 has been an ongoing phase project that finally hit its pinnacle with the Grand Opening of The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussaud's, Sea Life Aquarium and Skeletons - Animals Unveiled this week. Last week, Merlin Entertainment treated long-supportive media guests to an unparalleled preview of their latest ventures, and Skeletons hosted a soft opening. It was a non-stop blast of incredible entertainment and much-anticipated introductions to some of Orlando's newest, greatest amusements. 

While most of my reports are very verbose and in-depth with descriptives, this is truly a case where pictures (and videos) are worth a thousand words. I'll go against my norm and let the visuals tell most of the story here. Sit back and enjoy a fun-filled week at I-Drive 360!

February 23, 2015

I-Drive 360 - What's the BIG Deal?

Reprint from original publishing on December 4, 2014
The introduction of Walt Disney World in 1971 changed the Central Florida landscape forever, and since then, Orlando has continued to evolve as a top vacation destination. With the latest and greatest amusements and attractions constantly springing up around us, it's no longer a one-trick pony. Universal Studios and Sea World compete heavily with the Walt Disney World Resort. Midway style amusement centers like Fun Spot are making great strides in the tourism industry, and wildlife parks like Gatorland (which was here well before Mickey Mouse) are always a favorite. We've got unique adventures, historical tributes, scientific exhibits, and we're making fantastic progress in the performing arts. Orlando has it all... or does it? Brace yourselves - residents and visitors alike - because here we grow again!
I-Drive 360 - Aerial - NE View- Cropped - Copy
Photo: I-Drive 360 aerial rendering. Courtesy, Unicorp

Tin Roof Opens at I-Drive 360

Reprint from original publishing on January 11, 2015
Last month, I was lucky enough to receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the I-Drive 360 construction site. Great timing also allowed me a glimpse into the progress at Tin Roof, a "live music joint" which was in the final stages of construction at that time. I met with Regional Manager William Hodges for a little pre-opening insight, and his enthusiasm was beyond contagious. I could see how the place was coming together, and even in dusty construction mode, it was appealing on a level that excited me. I don't usually get overly excited about a restaurant, but then again... that's not quite what Tin Roof is!

February 18, 2015

Madame Tussauds Orlando - Spend a Day Among the Stars of Yesterday and Today

Last month, I provided an overview of the newest Madame Tussauds exhibit, which is coming to Orlando's I-Drive 360. As promised, I have an update, as well as an exclusive preview!

A press conference was held on February 17, providing details on the Grand Opening of Madame Tussauds, as well as The Orlando Eye, and SEA LIFE Aquarium. All three attractions will be officially open to the public on May 4, 2015 - with a special preview event May 1-3 to a limited number of randomly selected guests who have subscribed to the attractions' newsletters. It's not too late - sign up today for your chance to be one of the first to experience these unique new experiences at I-Drive 360! Direct links are conveniently located right here: The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE. Tickets for the I-Drive 360 attractions can be purchased individually, or in combination, and are available for advance purchase online at The Orlando Eye website. Prices are as follows:

February 7, 2015

Unveiling Skeletons - Animals Unveilied at I-Drive 360

Photos: Courtesy Skeletons - Animals Unveiled
Yet another resident of the new I-Drive 360 complex has emerged with enticing previews! Skeletons - Animals Unveiled is fast approaching opening day, and it promises to provide first-class edutainment. 

Skeletons is a branch-off from The Museum of Osteology, based out of Oklahoma. Skulls Unlimited International Inc. is the company behind these creative endeavors, which help to promote the studies of anatomy, anthropology, and archaeology. A perfect compliment to the overall vibe of I-Drive 360, Skeletons is definitely something different.

February 5, 2015

The Orlando Eye Reaches Another Milestone - The Final Capsule Installation

On February 5, The Orlando Eye marked a significant milestone - the addition of the final capsule to the 400 ft. tall observation wheel. I've been keeping "capsule watch" during the process, and it seemed that every day brought a new count. I was on-hand for the installation of the first capsule, and it seemed even more important to witness the 30th.

January 27, 2015

The Famous Faces of Madame Tussauds Orlando

For over 200 years, Madame Tussauds has been the leader in the production of wax exhibits, creating a legendary foundation in London. Since then, 19 locations have followed, in Asia, Australia, Europe, and America. This spring, Madame Tussauds will be opening their twentieth wax experience right here in Orlando!

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