The following rendering shows the visual impact that the entertainment district will provide:
Sounds like a really interesting project, doesn't it?
Its got to be the Orlando Eye, cant wait to see the view from the top :)
Im just thrilled that some class is on its way to the tacky I-Drive as it is now. Some beauty and WOW factor will be a welcome addition from all the buffets and "lowest price souvenir" gift shops
I cant wait for Madame Tussauds, I love to see things moving in the right direction.
First thing I noticed was the attractions location map has the old Goodings listed as Retail Entertainment. Since when was a grocery story listed as Retail Entertainment?
Also note the interior road. It links directly into the plaza parking lot. With the purchase of the hotel just north of the plaza I expect this interior road to be the new corridor of this entire area. The hotel already has the entrance directly across from Canada Ave. With a light at Canada and Sand Lake Canada could extend all the way to Via Mercado (which will the name of this street change once the Mercado rebuild is complete?).
Another thing I noticed was the SeaLife exhibit is only 25,000sq ft. This seems extremely small for a aquarium. I hope it survives but a small aquarium a bike ride away from one of the worlds best sea parks seems odd to me.
The LED light show is something that seems to be overlooked by most media reports but IMO this aspect of the project is the most exciting, not only will the wheel change the Orlando's southern skyline but will make it look very Asian and futuristic at nighttime.
My only fear is the height as we are already seeing hotel towers near this height. In a few years will this wheel just be able to see the buildings on either side of it?
this whole complex is a welcome shot in the arm for the increasingly tacky International Drive area
I do feel however that Merlin are taking a massive risk with its Sealife Centre in Orlando. I have visited several Sealife Centres in the UK, and although they are probably the best small aquariums, they simply cannot compare to Seaworld. In my opinion they offer a similar experience to some of the Seaworld attractions but on a much smaller scale
Sealife Centres are a success in the UK as they are the best available place to view aquatic life: In Orlando, there will be a vastly superior alternative literally just down the road. Would anyone really want to visit an inferior version of something available nearby?
Its almost like driving a Smart car when you can have a Ferrari!
I think the Sealife Centre will do just fine. Remember, this is NOT a theme park. Believe it or not, there are actually lots of people who dislike theme parks (even Seaworld and Disney), but love shopping. It's like bringing your kid to the pet store to pet the puppies in a shopping mall. Do you not do it simply because it is inferior to the nearby zoo? While there are some people (like many of us) who like both theme parks and shopping, I think I-Drive Live is really targeting a different customer segment than Seaworld, so it should do just fine.
And the views from the Eye should be absolutely incredible!
Just my 2c. I reserve the right to be completely wrong! ;-)