The newest entertainment complex to be added to Orlando's roster of exciting attractions along International Drive has officially unveiled the details of what's to come in spring 2015.
The project, officially named I-Drive 360, will be headlined by The Orlando Eye observations wheel, Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum and Sea Life Orlando aquarium.
Additional shops and restaurants will complement the complex beginning with the opening of Orlando's first Yard House on April 24 - with seating for 300 people inside and 80 on the patio and 140 beers on tap.
Details were recently announced at a media event attended by community leaders. Visit Orlando Chief Marketing Officer Danielle Courtenay spoke to the project's significance and benefits to Orlando visitors, particularly convention groups at the nearby Orange County Convention Center.
Madame Tussauds Orlando, the world's most famous celebrity wax attraction will showcase incredibly detailed and lifelike wax figures that pay tribute to influential celebrity and historical figures.
Sea Life Orlando will offer beautiful displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea horses and more through winding tunnels, floor-to-ceiling tanks and bubble aquariums. Additionally, the aquarium, known for its strong conservation efforts, will have unique educational components for young marine life enthusiasts.
The Orlando Eye, the cantilevered observation wheel will be the centerpiece of the complex. A sister icon to London's world-famous landmark, this attraction will provide views of Central Florida in all directions within fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsules with a 15 person capacity.
Adrian Jones of Merlin Entertainments explained during a tour of the site that views of Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando and Downtown Orlando can be seen during the 20 minute ride. Jones also stated that Cape Canaveral may be spotted on a clear day.
We went eye to eye with The Orlando Eye during an aerial tour of the site courtesy of Air Force Fun Helicopter Tours. Watch our video for a sample of the views that will be seen 400 feet up aboard the observation wheel.
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