The entire area of I-Drive 360 definitely feels upscale. It is gorgeous, no doubt:
This area could use some flowers, but we think it is going to be a walking area:
The terminal of the Orlando Eye:
We love this logo:
Let's take a quick peek inside (from the other side of the construction walls, of course):
A look at some of the buildings next to the terminal:
All of them will soon become great attractions, restaurants, or shops:
The artwork seems to indicate you will be able to see the sunshine skyway with good visibility. That would be amazing if true.
As a Brit fortunate enough to have been able to visit Florida on six occasions (getting married in Key West, no less) I'm looking forward to visiting the Eye. The photos, though, reveal a severe lack of freely available seating - at this point, anyway - I do hope the developer changes this. The best thing about the old Mercado, for me, was the nice concourse with the elevated stage hosting free concerts (I remember Rick Jeffrey and a Beatles cover band - can't remember the name). Would be good if something similar could be incorporated. Not all visitors on a two-week vacation want to have to endure a sit-down meal every night to relax and enjoy a bit of music. The demise of I-Drive appeared to mirror the demise of the Mercado, so there may be lessons to learn. I've stayed near Downtown Disney on my last two visits. Will the Eye complex bring me and the family back to I-Drive? Time will tell, I guess. We shall see.
I used Google Earth to determine that Sunshine Skyway Bridge is 90 miles away. However, both the Orlando Eye and the bridge are over 400 feet high. I don't know how to do the math to determine whether seeing it is possible or not, I doubt it at that distance. I guess we'll find out soon enough! ;-)
The arch of the earth will disappear at 20 miles from 200ft up.
Problem, and it will be fun when the attraction open; it's the same old crap that Orlando is known for. Oh! another Outback! Lets go to Orlando kids, cause the one down the road in Albany isn't good enough.
@Last Anonymous: I am sorry, but we disagree with you a lot on this. While there are definitely a lot of chain restaurants in the Orlando area, there are also a lot of great local eateries to discover. Also, the I-Drive 360 area is expected to have some great, out-of-the ordinary businesses that have not been revealed yet. I would personally make sure to wait until the whole project is done before giving such a harsh judgement.