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Orlando International Airport (OIA) plans completion of its $2.15 billion south terminal project for fall 2020. The project will coincide with major theme park expansions.
Check out I-Ride Trolley... the Fun Way to Get Around I-Drive!
As one of the most popular attractions in Orlando’s tourist corridor, the I-Ride Trolley Service
has provided an affordable, fun and convenient way to transport visitors to the attractions, shopping, restaurants and accommodations in the International Drive Resort Area.
Fare: Single cash fare, $2.00 per ride; kids cash fare ages 3-9, $1.00 per ride; senior cash fare age 65 and over, $0.25 per ride. Unlimited ride passes are available: one-day pass, $5.00 per person; three-day pass, $7.00 per person; five-day pass, $9.00 per person; seven-day pass, $12.00 per person; 14-day pass, $18.00 per person.
Since it began in 1997, it has been considered the easiest way to travel, allowing visitors to park their cars, save some money and enjoy the ride. And it got easier with a fleet of trolleys equipped with a state-of-the-art automated vehicle location system (AVLS) known as NextBus. With Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking, NextBus technology provides predicted vehicle arrival information and live maps to visitors.
I- Ride Trolley information is available via the Internet, smartphones and text messaging. Each of the 105 Trolley stops provides a QR code that visitors may scan for access to a new mobile site - iDrive2Go.mobi - dedicated to the International Drive Resort Area. In addition, the trolley equipment includes security cameras on each vehicle, automatic passenger counters, automated stop announcement system, LED destination signage and LED exterior accent lighting visible day and night.
Go Mobile on I-Drive!
With iDrive2Go.mobi, guests find loads of options for dining, shopping or attractions on I-Drive. The I-Ride Trolley section provides “NextTrolley” information as well as maps and listings of what is near each trolley stop. Access to the mobile site is obtained by QR scanning, SMS texting or by simply going to iDrive2Go.mobi on a smart phone.
The trolleys operate from 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. daily. Details along with downloadable maps may be found at http://www.iridetrolley.com
Coming in 2017
Westgate Resort Condominiums
anticipates a late fall 2017 opening date for a new eight-story, 80-unit condominium building. A second building, also eight-story, 80-unit is scheduled for completion summer 2018. westgateresorts.com
The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Orlando
is undergoing renovations on its 176-unit property, including new stainless steel appliances, granite in all kitchens, crown molding, fresh paint, new furniture and TVs. Estimated completion is September 2017. www.wyndhamhotels.com
Lexus of Orlando
to build a 175,000-square-foot showroom and maintenance facility. Expected completion this fall. www.lexusoforlando.com
The Hollywood Plaza Parking Garage to open as a seven-story entertainment and parking complex located directly next to Mango’s Restaurant & Nightclub. To include Circo Orlando, high-end Italian rooftop restaurant, 10 level, 880 space parking facility, 9,500 square-feet of ground level retail and office space. Opening fall 2017.
expects a fall 2017 opening for a three-level, 65,000-square-foot entertainment center. Also: private event space and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays. topgolf.com/us/orlando
Air Force Fun Orlando Helicopter Tours
at Orlando Crossings Mall is scheduled to 'take off' at Orlando Crossings Mall this November 2017. The 2,400-square-foot facility will include a two-story building with two helicopter pads. airforcefun.com
Starflyer-Vue at 360 will open the world's tallest spinning swing ride at 440 feet. The tower ride will reach speeds of 40 mph as riders reach the top and begin spinning. The ride will seat 24 passengers. Expected opening November 2017.
Residence Inn Marriott Universal Studios
, plans a five-story, 145,000-square-foot, extended-stay hotel with 196 rooms. Expected opening is late 2017. marriott.com
will be doubling it's 5,000-square-foot meeting accommodations, adding more space and attractions to its gaming area and redesigning its bar and restaurant. Expected completion late 2017. idrivenascar.com
Cambria Hotel & Suites
plans a seven-story, 140-room hotel. Expected opening in 2017. choicehotels.com
DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
has begun an expansion to include up to 40,000-square-feet of new indoor / outdoor space, which will bring their total meeting space to 100,000-square-feet. Completion in 2017. doubletree3.hilton.com
Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacations
has started their amenities expansion which includes plans for a new activity center, splash pad, two-story pool waterslide, expanded lounge seating and grass-covered event space. Anticipated completion in the second half of 2017. www3.hilton .com
Coming attractions and improvements in 2018 and beyond...
Under new management, the International Palms Resort & Conference Center, a 652-room property has shut down for a 10-month renovation. It will be rebranded as Avanti Palms Resort & Conference Center
. Renovations include lobby, guest rooms, dining areas, pools & 20,000 SF of meeting space. Completion expected first quarter 2018. avantiresort.com
a three-phase retail center along Daryl Carter Parkway, anticipates breaking ground in June 2017. Total of 69.41 acres and 447,500-square-feet of retail space, to include: Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, Boot Barn, First Watch, Ulta Beauty, Midici: The Neopolitan Pizza Company, amongst others. Phase 1 opens spring 2018. oconnorcp.com
expects to open on I-Drive in June 2018. The $28 million property plans to have 175 rooms. house.hyatt.com
Universal Orlando Resort has confirmed their sixth hotel, the Aventura Hotel. The hotel will be 17 stories with an all-glass design, including a rooftop bar.The 600-room hotel is scheduled to open August 2018.
is ready to rush the rapids with Infinity Falls
, the world's tallest river rapid drop coming summer 2018. seaworldparks.com
Fast and Furious: Supercharged
is coming in 2018 to Universal Orlando. Buckle your seat belts and read about it here
expects to open in 2018 with 21 floors, 354 rooms, a top-floor adult pool, nightclub and restaurant. www.paramounthospitality.com
Hyatt House Hotel
started construction on their second Orlando location on Caravan Ct. It will be a 9-story hotel with 168 units. Expected opening in 2018. house.hyatt.com
iSquare Hotel and Mall Complex
plans to include Capella Suites
and Solis Orlando Hotel
: two 23-story towers, 539 hotel rooms combined. As well as a 434,800 square-foot multi-level upscale mall, restaurants, meeting room and office space, 25,000 square-foot luxury spa, ice rink, rooftop infinity pool, heliport and seven-story parking garage. Expected opening: 2019. isquareusa.com
The Grand National
16.5-acre mixed-use project is underway on North International Drive. It will include 60,000 -square-feet of retail and restaurant space, along with a hotel. Bahama Breeze, Starbucks, Longhorn Steakhouse and U.S. Gift Factory are already confirmed. Expected completion early 2020. www.naproperties.com/projects/grand-national/
SKYPLEX Entertainment Complex
will open with Skyscraper, the world’s tallest roller coaster at more than 500 feet. Also: SkyFall - a 450-foot drop ride, Skyfly - a 600-foot zipline, Skysurf Park, SkyLedge thrill experience, Sky Jump - 500-foot free fall dive attraction, Sky Plaza - retail & dining area, open-air promenade, indoor arcade, 450 room hotel, and go-kart track. Project size: 1.5 million square feet. Expected opening: 2020. mangos.com/skyplex
Universal's "Project 566"
is the much anticipated development on the former Wet 'n Wild property. It will include two hotels, with a total of 4,000 rooms, pools, pool decks and pool bars, as well as three parking garages. blog.universalorlando.com
Super Nintendo World
is coming to Universal Orlando Resort
. This themed area will be expansive, immersive and interactive, filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants based on Nintendo's iconic games, heroes and villains. blog.universalorlando.com
announced a new Sesame Street
land will replace Shamu's Happy Harbor play area by fall 2022. seaworldparks.com
Fun Spot America
is planning an expansion to include new themes, incorporate new food & beverage partners, add coasters, water rides and much more. Visit fun-spot.com
Renaissance at SeaWorld
is planning to add an additional 41,731-square-feet of new meeting space that would include a 16,503-square-foot ballroom. www.marriott.com
The Reserve at Shingle Creek Resort
to add a 640-room, 16-story condo tower, walk-in pool and lazy river, additional golf holes, 133,000-square-foot operations building with parking, 36,000-square-foot laundry facility, 150,000-square-feet additional convention space and a multi-level parking garage. rosenshinglecreek.com