I-Drive 360 - Soaring fun, celebrities and Sea Life | Other Orlando

  • IDrive 360Uh, oh. Somebody’s stealing Disney’s magic.

    And they’re getting away with it.

    Look for it at Orlando’s International Drive as often referred to as I-Drive.

    Nothing left to experience in the area? No way.

    If you have that illusion, Merlin will disprove it

    Merlin Entertainment, that is.

    You may not know of them. But you will. They are the second largest entertainment company in the country.

    Behind only Disney. And still growing.

    New Attractions Not Seen Before

    They just announced three new attractions: The Orlando EyeMadame Tussauds Orlando and Sea Life Orlando

    Nothing new about that. But what does it mean to you?

    If you are one of the 62 million visitors a year here, you will get to do something you were not able to do before.

    Here’s what is new:

    See Orlando From High Above on The Orlando Eye

    You can now see a swirling view of the entire area. It’s the tallest observation wheel on the US East Coast. The view includes downtown Orlando’s skyline, lakes and lush landscapes. And even the space shuttle at Cape Canaveral on clear days. There’s never before been anything like this. You have to go to London for something similar: the London eye. Here, you ride in air-conditioned comfort to a height of 425 feet above the ground. That is more than 100 feet taller than the Statute of Liberty. There are restaurants at the top. You can see Central Florida in all directions. It’s the new Orlando Eye.

    Orlando Eye Capsule

    Secondly, shoot “selfies” with you and Tiger woods or Dan Marino or even Juan Ponce de Leon (if you don’t know him, try your history book). Newly opened Madame Tussauds Orlando offers 800 wax figures.

    Sea Life Orlando

    Finally, see more than 5,000 sea creatures at the new Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. Sharks. Jellyfish. Sea horses. More. All found in a 12-foot deep ocean tank. That’s for adults. And for kids: a touch pool and discovery trail.

    Orlando Wax Museum

    I-Drive is located at 8445 International Drive, near Kissimmee and all the major theme parks.

    A Moderate Price Tag

    Tickets to each attraction start at $25 ($20 for children 12 and under). However, combination tickets are available across multiple attractions and sister attraction LEGOLAND®Florida. Children age 12 and under will receive a $5 discount off of the adult ticket price, which is $25 for one attraction, $39 for two attractions and $49 for all three. For $99 ($94 for children 12 and under) adult guests will receive tickets to all three attractions as well as a ticket to nearby LEGOLAND Florida.

    Wait, before you head off to buy tickets, we got Discount tickets to the IDrive 360 attractions!

    Merlin Entertainments PLC is already known in the area for its ownership of nearby LEGOLAND Florida.

    For more information, try officialorlandoeye.com, Or madametussauds.com/orlando. Or visit sealife.com/orlando.

    For more on attractions and activities in the International Drive resort area: internationaldrive.com. For maps and schedules of the International Drive Trolley: iridetrolley.com.

    Maybe you thought there could not be anything else new here.

    Think again.

    Predictions are that Merlin magic will continue to conjure up new tricks. And you’ll be hearing more from Merlin. ###