Updated 4/2019: The Orlando Eye has been renamed The Wheel, and I-Drive 360 is now ICON Park.
After years of planning and construction, The Orlando Eye opens today at I-Drive 360, the area's newest attraction, dining and nightlife hub. Besides the 400-foot tall rotating wheel, I-Drive 360 also houses SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando, which both opened earlier this year.
Accompanying the entertainment experiences is also a diverse array of dining and nightlife options such as Yard House, Tin Roof and Sugar Factory.
I-Drive 360 is a fantastic spot for date night. Couples can park in the huge parking garage onsite (parking is free in the seven story covered parking garage and free valet parking is also available) then grab dinner from a huge selection of onsite restaurants, including:
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill
- Naru Restaurant and Sushi Bar (opening Summer 2015)
- Outback Steakhouse
- Shake Shack
- Tapa Taro
- Tin Roof
- Yard House
I-Drive 360 is open daily from 10am until 2am, which means after dinner you'll have loads of time to hit the attractions.
The Orlando Eye is best enjoyed at sunset when peach hues set the sky on fire. Tickets to this attraction are $25 on site and $18 in advance, and include a fantastic pre-flight 4D cinema experience. The wheel takes approximately 20 minutes to do a full rotation. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10am-10pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10am – midnight.
Filled with dozens of incredibly lifelike famous folks, Madame Tussauds Orlando is a fun place to wander around and snap a few silly selfies. This attraction is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 10pm. Tickets are $18 in advance or $25 on site.
We were very impressed with SEA LIFE Orlando, the new aquarium attraction housing more than 5,000 creatures including colorful fish, seahorses and jellyfish. You'll love the immersive ocean tunnels, interactive elements and the various places you can pop your head into the tanks (you'll see what we mean when you get there). This attraction is open Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 10pm. Tickets are $18 in advance or $25 on site.
Finally, there is the Skeletons Museum attraction, which features 400 animal skeletons posed and composed of real bones. This attraction is open daily from 10am-10pm and tickets are $19.95 per adult.
The best way to pack all the attractions in while saving some money is to pre-purchase a ticket package. Here are the options:
Orlando Eye + SEA LIFE: $29 in advance or $39 on site
Orlando Eye + Madame Tussauds: $29 in advance or $39 on site
Orlando Eye + Madame Tussauds + SEA LIFE: $35 in advance or $49 on site
Orlando Eye + Madame Tussauds + SEA LIFE + LEGOLAND: $89 in advance or $99 on site
After you've hit the attractions, slurp an ice-cream at Ben & Jerry's or head to one of the nightlife options for a drink. Options include:
- Cowgirls Rockbar
- Tin Roof (read our review here)
- Yard House
For more informaiton about all the attractions, bars and restaurants at I-Drive 360, visit i-drive360.com.