Showing posts with label International Drive. Show all posts
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August 22, 2019


Blake Shelton-Inspired $15 Million Bar, Restaurant & Music Venue Expected To Open Late Spring 2020

Orlando, Fla. – Visitors to ICON Park got an unexpected surprise as construction crews suspended a 1940 Farmall Model A tractor on the ceiling of the fourth Ole Red location, expected to open late spring 2020. 
Inspired by country music superstar and Grand Ole Opry member Blake Shelton’s satirical hit “Ol’ Red,” Ole Red Orlando will bring the best of southern food, hospitality and live music to one of the nation’s most exciting tourism markets.

June 29, 2019

WonderWorks Orlando Takes Magic Comedy Dinner Show to New Heights

ORLANDO, Florida – (June 27, 2019) – Those visiting Orlando who love magic will not want to miss The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show at WonderWorks. The indoor amusement park is taking the long-running magic comedy show to a whole new level, by using technology to create more interaction with the audience. While previously only a small group of people would get the interactive experience, the new technology allows the whole audience become part of the show.  Plus, world-renowned magician Tony Brent will be thrilling crowds with more magic, and a straightjacket reenactment.

“Our fans loved the magic comedy show before, but now it’s going to be even more interactive and exciting,” explains Brian Wayne, general manager of WonderWorks Orlando. “This is a show that all ages can enjoy. It’s funny, it’s magical, and it’s an amazing experience for all who attend.”

June 9, 2019

REVIEW: Revisiting Escape Game Orlando For Round 2

You know the drill - it's waiver time!

Four years ago, we visited Escape Game Orlando for the very first time - shortly after their opening. It feels like that was a lifetime ago, so it's a fine time to see what's new and how the missions have evolved. After all, there is a bit of brilliance behind any escape venue that proves itself enough to stick around, and Escape Game Orlando is doing it right in more ways than one. 

The game we initially played in 2015 ("Classified") is no longer part of the roster. When we played, "Classified" and "The Heist" were the only options at this fledgling location. Now, there are SIX, and they all appear to be leaps and bounds beyond the games that this location opened with. Escape Game Orlando has expanded its portfolio and they increased the originality of the games and the appeal and depth of the scenes in the process. 

Ironically, on our way to the location, we discussed the types of clues we knew to expect, wondering how they'd be used in the game we selected - The Playground. If you've done multiple escape rooms, you probably know what I mean. There are certain things you can expect to find in your missions regardless of where you choose to play. (Think blacklights, my escape room fans.) It's not that these are bad features... but you start to learn what types of things to look for as you become more familiar with escape room concepts and strategies. The Playground was a bit of a surprise in the sense that it was really very original. Many of the usual techniques you get used to in escape room play didn't present themselves in this one. It was an entirely new beast!

Details... All the way down to the classroom pet!

This time around, our team consisted of five hopeful escape artists - three of us who are somewhat escape-experienced, a first-timer, and a true pro who has 40 rooms under his belt (including all of the rooms at this location, except this one). 

The premise of The Playground is as follows... Your team has to complete the assignments on your report card to earn your "escape" from Mrs. Clayton's 4th-grade class and start your summer vacation. Your report card consists of ten tasks. The room is designed to accommodate up to 12 players, and we were urged to bring as many as we could find. Great advice, because 4th grade has gotten a bit tougher since I was there last!

Can I just say that it took us an embarrassing length of time to just tackle attendance? From there, we seemed to get our act together a bit. After a big flurry of chaotic, cooperative clue-gathering, everyone seemed to break off into sub-teams on different missions to divide and conquer. Every now and then, someone would abruptly shout something out causing everyone to ask what everyone was working on... but never really waiting for an answer before getting back to their own assignment. Not gonna lie - we happily accepted a few clues that helped us make sense of things that were pieced together, but not quite in place. Once something jiggled loose, that beautiful domino effect took over,  and we'd all take pause to wonder how we completed a burst of assignments in one sudden moment. And just when and how did the classroom door open into the next room?? We couldn't tell you - but it was open nevertheless. Not quite an escape just yet, but I think we were all rather happy to spend some time in the playground!

Need a clue?

Yes, you are supposed to climb it... and then some! As this is a spoiler-free zone, let me just say that I took the above photo well before anything was revealed in the room. Bring your inner child, and try your best to avoid the fun distractions that you have to address along the way. It is tempting to stop playing to... well, play... but keep your focus on that time clock. You still have about half of your report card to complete once you gain access to the land of temptations here! Again, I strongly advise that 'divide and conquer' approach, but keep close and in communication with your entire team because you'll need to come together along the way. (I hope you paid attention there, ahem!) The very last challenge is an incredibly appropriate and awesome way to end the game. We could barely stop giggling long enough to tackle it. We were having a ball leaping around in a hustle, and it really just capped off the whole experience in the best way.

Now, for the moment you've all been waiting for... Did we escape? YES! With ONE second left to go, we made it out! I tried to give our amazing Game Master, Mary, all the credit for that, but she minimized her clue contributions, reminding us that we were short seven players. So yes - we'll take that win and wear it proudly. It was not an easy game, but it was perhaps the most fun one I've faced thus far. As for the rest of the team - We have two that rank it as a favorite, the newbie is completely hooked now, and our seasoned pro loved it, but still prefers Escape Game Orlando's ever-popular Prison Break. We're somewhat divided, but all impressed, and we'd put this one as a must for any escape fan - and the escape-curious. As far as escape rooms go, Escape Game Orlando is certainly playing their A-game these days, and we can't wait to see what all the buzz is about with Prison Break next!

Have you played a room at Escape Game Orlando? Maybe you've played a few? We'd love to hear about your experiences and which rooms score highest with your team!  Check out all the current games and book your own experience (currently $34.99/person) at Escape Game Orlando.

May 30, 2019

Give Your Father’s Day Celebration Some Serious Game

Dads receive $10 play card at Arcade City Orlando or free admission to 7D Dark Ride Adventure*

WHO: Arcade City Orlando and 7D Dark Ride Adventure, part of the growing collection of fun family entertainment centers, arcades and attractions by FACE Amusement

WHAT: Step up your Father’s Day game by taking dad on a fun-filled play date he’ll never forget. Specializing in games of skill and rides that thrill, FACE Amusement is offering dads a free $10 play card at Arcade City Orlando or free admission to 7D Dark Ride Adventure, both located at ICON Park in Orlando, Florida.

April 14, 2019

REVIEW - Live the History of Titanic on International Drive

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It's one thing to read about history - it's a whole other thing to live it! I have never really considered myself a history buff, but a few tales from the annals of time have managed to pique my interest and linger on my mind. One of those is the fateful story of the Titanic's maiden voyage. April 10th marked the 107th anniversary of the day the massive ship set sail from England, bound for New York, and we were fortunate enough to be invited to observe the occasion with the cast and crew of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition on International Drive. 

Although the venue is home to more than 300 artifacts, historical pieces, and film memorabilia, it is not adequately described as a "museum". Recovered treasures and carefully preserved documents are presented in multiple galleries situated in a layout designed to represent the rooms and decks of the Titanic. Guests are issued replica boarding passes that individually assign them the identity and class of an actual passenger of the ship, and they are led through the galleries by guides in period attire assuming the roles of other Titanic notables like Captain Smith, Thomas Andrews, and "The Unsinkable" Molly Brown. All of these elements combine to create an absence of the sterility that you may expect at a museum. 

Photo: Press PR

I've always felt that the biggest single aspect that sets the venue apart is the incorporation of the guided tour. The roles are not portrayed by "attractions attendants", but rather by seasoned local actors and actresses - many of whom hold various other performance roles in town - and they are put through a fairly rigorous audition process that includes mastery of dialects and factual historic presentation. At the risk of sounding lazy, there is something much more appealing to not having to read the whole story as you peruse the galleries. It's not an aversion to reading that makes this a nice touch... it's the depth, sincerity, and genuine emotion that this type of approach brings that makes it so greatly appreciated. The tales of the diverse passengers and crew and the events that led to their united place in history is brilliantly, honestly, and respectfully presented - and it hits home.

Among the highlights of the Titanic exhibition are "Little Big Piece" (a 3-ton section of Titanic's hull and the second largest piece of Titanic ever recovered), a replica iceberg, and full room re-creations from recognizable scenes like the Grand Staircase. Additionally, Titanic's Dinner Gala takes place every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy the Captain's cocktail party welcome reception, a guided tour of the exhibition galleries, four-course meal, and re-enactments of the night of April 14, 1912.

For more information on Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, or the Titanic Dinner Gala, click here, or follow Titanic on Instagram. Catch a sneak peek of the Titanic experience in our preview video below!

April 8, 2019

WonderWorks Orlando Celebrates WonderKids with Astronaut Meet and Greet and Ceremony

ORLANDO, Florida – (April 8, 2019) – WonderWorks in Orlando is on an out of this world mission to inspire kids to be interested in space exploration. Teachers who took part in the WonderKids program nominated students to meet an astronaut will get the opportunity to do so on April 25-26, 2019. WonderWorks has teamed up with Dr. Don Thomas, an astronaut who has orbited the Earth nearly 700 times, to visit Orlando school students. The WonderKids students will also be honored at a special ceremony on April 27, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Members of the media are invited to attend the schools the astronaut visits, the ceremony and the meet and greet.

March 17, 2019

REVIEW: Diamond Resorts Hosts an Evening With Lauren Alaina - Diamond Live Concert Series

Diamond Resorts is a leader in hospitality and vacation ownership. With a portfolio including hundreds of destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, Diamond has secured a place in the travel industry that commands respect, stemming from an undeniable brand standard that has held firm for more than 25 years.

The Diamond Live Concert Series is a string of intimate, private performances offered exclusively to Diamond Resorts members and guests. Prior to the show, members have the opportunity to experience meet and greets with the performers, and enjoy complimentary food and beverages.

October 16, 2018

New “Fly & Dine” Offer includes Flight on ICON Orlando and Prix Fixe Dining from Just $32

Guests can choose set menus from seven restaurants

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 16, 2018) – ICON Orlando has announced an all-new Fly & Dine package that includes one flight aboard the iconic 400-foot observation wheel, along with a choice of prix fixe dining options at seven of ICON Orlando 360’s fast casual and full-service restaurants. The set menu options start at just $32 for fast casual or $45 for full-service dining at participating restaurants, including Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant, Tin Roof Orlando, Sugar Factory Orlando, UNO Pizzeria & Grill and others. The Fly & Dine package is available now through Dec. 20.

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. 

September 14, 2018


$15 Million Bar, Restaurant and Music Venue Set to Open Spring of 2020
Orlando, Fla. – Ryman Hospitality Properties today announced its plans to open a fourth Ole Red property in Orlando, Florida. This new location is expected to open in the first half of 2020, and construction is slated to begin in early 2019. Inspired by country music superstar and Opry member Blake Shelton’s satirical hit “Ol’ Red,” Ole Red Orlando will bring the best of southern food, hospitality and live country music to one of the nation’s most exciting tourism markets.

Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties said, “We are delighted to expand the Ole Red dining and live country music experience to the top tourism destination in the country. The development site we have identified is in a prime entertainment zone that will put the Ole Red brand in front of the more than 70 million people who visit Orlando each year.”

June 25, 2018

Celebrate Fourth of July at ICON Orlando

New “Stars and Stripes Forever” Package includes special VIP viewing for spectacular pyro & light show and unlimited ICON Orlando rides

WHO:                   ICON Orlando, 400-ft observation wheel

WHAT:                 Celebrate America’s birthday at ICON Orlando and watch the sky light up with a colorful display of our nation’s red, white and blue in a patriotic pyro and light show! Guests can now book the “Stars and Stripes Forever” package for just $44.44 (plus tax) per adult and $34.44 (plus tax) per child. Children under 3 and parking are always free! 

The package includes:
  • Courtyard VIP Viewing Area
  • Unlimited rides on ICON Orlando
  • (1) Free Beverage per person (choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • (1) Free Popcorn per person
  • Courtyard Fun & Games
  • Access to designated Cool Zone area
  • 10% off merchandise at Beyond ICONic store

*Please note, personal coolers, external food, and beverage, personal fireworks and sparklers are prohibited.

To purchase tickets and for more information visit,

WHEN:                 Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE:               ICON Orlando, 8375 International Drive Orlando, Florida

About ICON Orlando:
Located at ICON Orlando 360, in the heart of the International Drive district, ICON Orlando makes a statement as the tallest observation wheel on the east coast of the United States soaring 400 feet. Guests are effortlessly lifted to experience breathtaking 360-degree views of the Central Florida landscape, creating iconic moments with every flight. Each capsule contains Apple iPad Air tablets which allow visitors to explore and learn more about the landmarks and surroundings in several languages and effectively see beyond what the eye can see. A flight on the ICON Orlando soars high enough to see the sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, nearby world-famous theme parks, beautiful lakes and lush landscapes, with views all the way to Cape Canaveral on a clear day.

May 20, 2018

Orlando’s 400-Foot Observation Wheel Rebranded as ICON Orlando

Coca-Cola® Orlando Eye, I-Drive 360 Receiving New Name,  New Look, Enhancements

ORLANDO,  Fla. (May  9,2018)  – IDL  Parent  LLC,  owners of the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex on International Drive, announced today a new name for its towering 400-foot centerpiece,  the Coca-Cola® Orlando Eye, which is now ICON Orlando. An innovative marketing campaign will be launched following the rebrand, encouraging guests to "Find their Iconic Moment” at the 18-acre complex, which has also been renamed ICON Orlando 360. The new web address will go live on Monday, May 14.

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

April 3, 2018

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition commemorates 106th anniversary with daily prize giveaways on April 10 – 13

WHAT: Come aboard the Titanic and celebrate the 106th anniversary of the infamous maiden voyage! Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be hosting daily giveaways for attendees starting April 10 through the 13. Guest passengers will have a chance to draw from a variety of prizes including FREE photo booth sessions, FREE gift shop memorabilia, FREE dinner show "golden tickets” and much more! Claim your boarding pass now for a chance to win.

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

January 5, 2018

DRIP is Closing Their International Drive Location

After 5 successful years in current location, DRIP looks to the future.
Orlando, Fl - Performance art company, DRIP, will be closing it's International Drive (I-Drive), Orlando location at the end of January, 2018.  After 5 successful years of bringing innovative, edgy dance shows and art events to the I-Drive area, DRIP will be closing the location to focus on new projects.
DRIP's remaining I-Drive shows will be performed every Friday and Saturday evening in January with it's final show on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

December 28, 2017

REVIEW: Titanic Gala Dinner Event

Photo: Titanic The Artifact Exhibition
All aboard for a one-of-a-kind experience as you set sail to cross the North Atlantic on the world's most luxurious ocean liner. She's been called the 'Ship of Dreams', but her name is Titanic. You can find this fabled vessel in one of the last places you may expect... on Orlando's International Drive.

Titanic The Artifact Exhibition is a year-round attraction that serves as a clever combination museum-show experience. Guests have the option of a self-led tour, or a guided tour with an authentically tailored period character through the series of recreated scenes and hundreds of artifacts. And, if you really want to make it a first-class experience, jump into your mental time machine for the Titanic Gala Dinner Event!

December 19, 2017

The Most Colorful Midnight in Orlando - DRIP, Orlando | December 31, 2017

Colorfetti 2018: DRIP's New Years Eve Bash 
Orlando, Fl - Start the new year in a rainfall of color at DRIP’s New Years Eve bash; Colorfetti 2018!  This party is from 9:30 PM - 1:00 AM on International Drive and filled with interactive elements, theatrical performances, dancers, and color inspired cocktails to stimulate your new year.
The night will begin with a fun color activity that helps you determine your own color.  Each guest’s canvas for the night will be wearable one-of-a-kind special edition DRIP apparel that’s included with every ticket purchase.  Guests will mark themselves with their own color. A paint station, airbrushing and even make-your-own confetti will be provided.

November 13, 2017

ARTundressed Orlando – Nov. 17-18, 2017

“South Florida’s Sexiest Art Exhibition is coming to Orlando”

Featuring emerging and established artists from around the world, it is a carefully curated selection of truly creative, sensual, and thought-provoking artworks. 
Event Highlights:
  • Exploring the sensory elements within Art + Music + Fashion + Entertainment
  • Art Exhibition showcasing over 150 exceptional curated art pieces
  • Meet the Masters behind the art… Many participating artists to be in attendance
  • Live shows and performances; Music; Amazing Visuals; Chic Provocative Fashion
  • Art contests for Body Painting; Live Drawing and Photoshoot Sessions
  • Bar Service for beverages and cocktails
  • Friday Night Theme: "Dirty Canvas", a glow light interactive art experience where the event attendees become both the artist and the canvas.
  • Saturday Night Theme: "Bound"...  Leather Attire Themed Event.

November 11, 2017

REVIEW: Extreme Dinosaurs: The Exhibition - NEW on I-Drive!

If you've been cruising around I-Drive lately, you may have noticed something new. Frankly, you can't miss it! For those who are familiar with the area, you know that the building isn't new... 7220 International Drive was once home to a real estate office, and briefly it served as a seasonal haunt attraction. Most recently, it contained rotating exhibits such as CSI: The Experience, Our Bodies, Consumed By Art, and Leonardo da Vinci: Man - Artist - Genius (all run by EMS Exhibits). Since the abrupt closure of CSI and Leonardo da Vinci in October of 2015, the building has stood vacant, leaving a tremendously envious space wasted, and sparking great curiosity about what would inevitably take up residence in the building. Speculation led to discovery when Extreme Dinosaurs: The Exhibition opened its doors to the public on October 12 - exactly two years to the day that EMS shut down their exhibits.

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