I-Drive Resort Area Continued Growth

largeI-Drive Resort Area continues to change and increase presence as a major player in Orlando’s booming hospitality industry. This past year has been a game changer for the tourism sector with the opening of many highly anticipated new projects including:

  • I-Drive 360 – $200 million entertainment destination and home to the Orlando Eye opened in the heart of International Drive. The 400-foot, iconic observation wheel is the centerpiece of the themed complex featuring a dynamic blend of attractions, restaurants, nonstop entertainment, dancing and shops. Joining the Orlando Eye as part of a unique line-up of attractions, are world-famous Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium, SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled! and Arcade City.
  • Mango’s Tropical Café & Nightclub Complex – $40 million, 55,000-square-foot restaurant and nightclub providing nonstop live entertainment, dancing, dining. The Latin-themed restaurant and club is an expansion of the Mangos brand in South Beach.
  • And the World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s – just reopened and is the first in the country to have a newly-designed 22-foot-tall kids’ jungle gym with slides and tunnels. The two-story restaurant is 48 feet tall and includes19,000-square-feet of space. With 348 seats on the first and second floors, there is a 2,000-square-foot arcade center with 50 games and eight kitchens prepare more than 200 menu items.

In addition to these new attractions and entertainment, Central Florida is also home to six theme parks (SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica – SeaWorld’s Waterpark, Wet ‘n Wild, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure), restaurants, dinner shows, shopping experiences, mega entertainment complexes, smaller family style attractions and spas.


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