Dr._Phillips_Center_ConstructionThe new center’s grand opening is scheduled for November 6. After the announcement that Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will host splashy Broadway shows, co-presented with Florida Theatrical Association: “The Phantom of the Opera” in December and “The Book of Mormon” at Christmas, as well as Orlando Ballet with “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”, representatives of Dr. Phillips Center unveiled a few days ago other shows to be seen during the new center’s first months of operation. More »

Diagon_Alley-geograph.org.uk-3264063Harry Potter Diagon Alley Wizarding World officially debuts on July 8, Universal Orlando announced on Wednesday. The news surprised many theme park fans who had hoped for a June opening.

At a red carpet event Universal Orlando made a special preview of the widely anticipated attraction. Many film stars, Helena Bonham Carter, Wardwick Davis, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton came to the ceremony on Wednesday night and were greeted by a huge horde of international media and screaming fans. More »

mangos logoDavid and Joshua Wallack, the developers of the $50 million Mango’s Tropical Café on International Drive will replace a current Walgreens with a new seven-story public parking garage.

A 12,000 to 15,000 square feet glass-enclosed restaurant will be added on the top of the garage. The restaurant will feature an outdoor patio offering wonderful views of the Orlando tourist corridor.

In addition, the new parking garage is planned to have about 12,000-square-foot retail space on the ground level.

os-mls-soccer-stadium-rendering-20140610-001Orlando’s new Major League Soccer stadium will have a sunken field; more than three dozen luxury suites; roofed seating bowls; and plenty of places to drink and carouse. After more than a year of speculation, Orlando City Soccer Club on Tuesday released details and renderings of the $110 million stadium featuring an open plaza where passers-by can look down on a field sunken 10 to 12 feet below street level. More »

polercosterOn June 5, Michael Kitchen, the President of Orlando-based US Thrill Rides officially announced at a press conference on International Drive that the world’s taller roller coaster, also known as the Polercoaster, is coming to I-Drive in 2016.

Officials revealed that the ride will be named Skyscraper and will be the centerpiece of a $200 million complex called The Skyplex at International Drive and Sand Lake Road. More »