What's Happening on I-Drive!
Family Reunions - Put Magic in Family Gatherings in the International Drive Resort Area
Reconnect. Celebrate cherished family memories. Enjoy being together. Make some new memories. Have fun. Laugh until you cry. This is what family reunions are all about.
Whether your family is looking for the thrill of the theme parks, playing on one of the area's golf courses or the endless selection of shopping and dining, the I-Drive area provides the perfect place for families to spend time together in Orlando's tourism corridor.
With more than 100 resorts and hotels of all sizes and offerings, accommodations are available to fit every reunion budget from exclusive resorts with spas to suite hotels to budget-minded properties. And they are all close to the fun and excitement with the I-Ride Trolley Service
that will deliver you to almost any location in the resort area. Park the car. Leave the driving to the Trolley conductor and enjoy the fun way to get around International Drive! And taking the Trolley will save visitors dollars while traveling around the I-Drive Area.
Costs: Single cash fare, $2.00 per ride; child cash fare, $1.00 per ride (ages 3 to 9 with paying adult); senior fare 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).
Where else can you swim with dolphins in the morning at Discovery Cove
and encounter JAWS in the afternoon at Universal Orlando
? It's all right outside your hotel!
Take the kids (and the adults!) for a burger and fries at the world’s largest McDonald’s Place
At Wet 'n Wild
, families have a blast together! Blastaway Beach offers endless opportunities including a sandcastle themed water playground, 60-foot sandcastle with over 160 interactive toys and 15 slides, two pools.
Relax the body, mind and spirit at one of the area's nine spas
Catch a movie at a 20-screen theater at Regal Cinemas
Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + Imax.
Have great food, meet the artists and buy some art off the walls at Cafe TuTu Tango
It’s Not Just Dining! It's an Adventure!
Celebrating with family over great meals is a big part of any reunion. You will not want to miss the choices of themed, quality entertainment combined with great food and fun for the entire family! From the world's largest McDonald's PlayPlace to dining with pirates, dining will be a memorable part of any family reunion. Many dinner theaters offer group discounts, so be sure to ask when planning your reunion.
All of the familiar restaurant chains that you have at home are located in the I-Drive area...along with many more.
If the pirate’s life is for you and your family, have a memorable evening at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
as the evil Captain Sebastian the Black leads his crews of renegades on a swashbuckling adventure before your very eyes! Enjoy the appetizer buffet, piping hot bread, entrée and dessert.
At Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Shows
, you become the detective as you mingle with outrageous characters trained in the art of improv. Sleuths presents 13 different themed shows on a rotating schedule. Dine on a choice of delicious game hen, lasagna or prime rib, along with appetizers, salad and dessert.
In addition to the themed dining experiences, there are choices in family-style restaurants, fast food dining and an endless selection of international cuisines from which to choose. For a complete listing, go to Dining!
Don’t Forget the Camera…Theme Park Memories!
Be sure to check with the theme parks for discounted tickets for groups as well as special services such as catering, event and banquet space and assistance in event planning. Some parks even offer exclusive tours for groups.
Accommodations cater to families
Most accommodations in the area have programs for family reunions and someone on staff to assist with your planning. Many offer discounts for groups so be sure to inquire when planning your reunion. Where to Stay?
Tips for planning your magical family reunion:
Form a committee to begin planning 12-18 months prior to the reunion. There are magazines devoted to family reunions that are very helpful. Special software programs may be found on-line to assist with the planning.
Select a date and a back up date. Check with family to avoid conflicts.
Determine how many people will be attending and how many rooms you will need.
Think about an itinerary. There are many attractions in the area that are perfect for reunions. Plan activities for the family to do together and also allow some free time for exploring the area. Consider the ages of all member of the family. Use this site to help decide activities and dining options.
Determine budget. Set up an account to keep track of expenditures.
Select an accommodation on I-Drive that is best for your family. Work with the reunion planner at the accommodation. Ask about group discounts for rooms and tickets.
Establish good communications! Everyone needs time to plan and budget for an out of town reunion.
Prepare guest list. It is a good idea to send “save the date” postcards as soon as possible with dates and location information.
Develop program. Book reservations. Inquire about group discounts at dinner theaters restaurants. And theme parks.
After the reunion: Make sure that you have collected all cameras! Prepare a newsletter of stories and photos. All of your great memories form the reunion. Be sure to include an updated list of contact information for each member of the family.
07/2013 (updated 10/31/2013)