I-Drive 360- Orlando’s newest entertainment complex- what to expect

800px-Aquarium_tropical_-_bac_marinThe new entertainment complex on Orlando International Drive, I-Drive 360, is scheduled to open in phases starting spring 2015 and will be headlined by its exciting attractions: the Orlando Eye observation wheel, Sea Life aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum; Skeletons, a Museum of Osteology; Titanic – The Experience, and there’s also a mega-attraction that remains a mystery for now. The project is being developed by Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. Continue reading “I-Drive 360- Orlando’s newest entertainment complex- what to expect”

Orlando International ranked the fifth best airport in the U.S.

800px-Orlando_International_Airport_terminal_from_arriving_airplaneTravel & Leisure Magazine announced the results of its latest survey. According to its annual “World’s Best Awards”, Orlando International Airport was ranked among the nation’s top five domestic airports.

From December 2, 2013 to March 31, 2014, the magazine’s readers were asked to vote for their favorite airport and the criteria included logistics and convenience. The respondents assessed the quality of location, access, security, check-in, restaurants, shopping. Continue reading “Orlando International ranked the fifth best airport in the U.S.”

The long-awaited Dr Phillips Center revealed performances but not opening activities

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. Continue reading “The long-awaited Dr Phillips Center revealed performances but not opening activities”

Diagon Alley opening date officially announced

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. Continue reading “Diagon Alley opening date officially announced”

Gorgeous views of Orlando from the top of a new multi-story parking garage

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.

Orlando to get the world’s tallest roller coaster

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. Continue reading “Orlando to get the world’s tallest roller coaster”

A new era for transportation in our region has started

800px-A_maglev_train_coming_out,_Pudong_International_Airport,_ShanghaiOrlando is a few hi-tech steps closer to boast the first commercial magnet-powered train in the country. Last week, Florida approved plans for construction of a privately funded floating train that would link the convention center with Orlando International Airport and will be the first of its kind.

The futuristic train is about to be built by Georgia-based American Maglev Technology. Continue reading “A new era for transportation in our region has started”

Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Express to open by mid-summer

800px-Universal_Orlando_(7323933374)Universal has recently announced new details for the highly anticipated expansions to the theme park in Orlando. A wildly ambitious project, unprecedentedly connecting two theme lands: the original Universal Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure and the new London-themed area at Universal Studios Florida. The Hogwarts Express train ride is set to connect them, offering an exciting journey, authentic to the one in the movie; with characters and magical creatures from the book: the Weasley twins on their brooms, the Knight Bus in London traffic, Hagrid on his flying motorbike. Continue reading “Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Express to open by mid-summer”

Universal’s Cabana Bay is welcoming its first guests

cabana2aUniversal Orlando opened a brand new resort on March 31. Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be the fourth on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. The hotel features a retro Googie style and its look evokes the beach resorts from the late 1950s and 60s. The new pearl of Universal Orlando consists of five similar looking structures with their names inscribed on top of each. Continue reading “Universal’s Cabana Bay is welcoming its first guests”