Roboland, country’s first-of-its-kind amusement park, opens in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. — A brand-new theme park that allows visitors to come face-to-face with robots and technology innovation has officially opened in Orlando. Roboland officially opened Thursday at 6464 International Drive. It is billed as the first robotics and technology innovation amusement park in the U.S.READ: A new Buc-ee’s could possibly open in central FloridaThe one-of-a-kind experience will allow guests to check out robotic animals, interactive exhibits, food made by robots and more, providing a glimpse into the future of technology. Roboland is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 for children and $39.95 for adults. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Police: Man, 18, confesses to robbing, fatally shooting man outside I-Drive hotel
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police said a man confessed to robbing and fatally shooting a man outside a hotel on International Drive. Officers said Nicholas Anderson, 18, is facing charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. Investigators said after his arrest on Friday, Anderson confessed to shooting and robbing Kevin King, 30, on Dec. 5 in an outdoor walkway at the Floridian Express Hotel located at 6323 International Drive. Police said King died more than two weeks later on Dec. 23. Video: Gunman at large after man found shot at hotel on International Drive in Orlando, police say Police in Orlando responded to an early morning shooting at a hotel.wftv.com
Gunman at large after man found shot at hotel on International Drive in Orlando, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. — Police in Orlando responded to an early morning shooting at a hotel. Officers responded around 4:40 a.m. to the Floridian Express hotel on International Drive. Photos: Gunman at large after man found shot at hotel on International Drive in Orlando, police sayExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 Gunman at large after man found shot at hotel on International Drive in Orlando, police saySeveral officers were working an active crime scene at the hotel. Read: 23-year-old Brevard County deputy dies off-duty, shot by roommate, sheriff’s office saysPolice said a man was possibly shot in an area of the hotel by an unknown suspect. Watch: 3 confirmed dead after massive fire breaks out at Orange County fireworks warehouseChannel 9 has a crew working to gather more details and will provide updates on Eyewitness News.wftv.com
Icon Park to add new attraction, plans more growth
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. Icon Park, a popular International Drive food, entertainment and retail destination in Orlando, has big plans in the works -- starting with a new addition to its iconic attraction, The Wheel. Read: Jay Leno burned in car fireOther plans include the possibility of a hotel, new restaurants, additional attractions and more. Download the WFTV news app and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live updates on this developing story, or click here to have updates sent straight to your inbox. ‘Meaningful change’: Orlando FreeFall ride to be taken down following Tyre Sampson’s death The Orlando FreeFall ride at ICON Park will be taken down, the ride’s owners announced Thursday morning.wftv.com
What we know about a new I-Drive project on land owned by David Siegel
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. Land on International Drive owned by an entity related to Westgate Resorts President and CEO David Siegel soon may see thousands of apartments rise in addition to already-approved hotel rooms and commercial space. Click here to read the full story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website. Video: Brightline needs more time to finish Orlando stretch Brightline President Patrick Goddard met exclusively with Channel 9 traffic anchor Alexa Lorenzo to preview what’s ahead for the rapidly growing rail line. (James Tutten, WFTV.com/WFTV)©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Iconic I-Drive hotel sold; all the details
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. International Drive’s unique Castle Hotel property is in the hands of a new owner after trading hands just two years ago. Read: IRS: Millions may still be eligible for child tax credit and COVID-19 stimulus paymentsBoca Raton-based Waramaug Hospitality sold the 214-room hotel, part of Marriott International Inc.’s Autograph Collection family, at 8602 Universal Blvd. Read: Raleigh shooting: 15-year-old boy suspected of killing 5Click here to read the full story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website. VIDEO: Biketoberfest to rev up this week despite damage to many Daytona Beach hotels Biketoberfest to rev up this week despite damage to many Daytona Beach hotels©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
This new restaurant is headed to I-Drive
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. Kavas Tacos + Tequila, a new restaurant concept from Meraki Food Group, is coming to International Drive’s Pointe Orlando entertainment complex this fall. Read: Man takes plea deal in hit-and-run crash that killed Disney internCo-owner Katerina Coumbaros, who operates three restaurants with her husband Vassilis Coumbaros, wants the 7,000-square-foot restaurant to attract tourist traffic from the nearby Orange County Convention Center. Click here to read the full story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website. Video: Orange County business owners discuss growth in I-Drive area The I-Drive business improvement district hosted a roundtable to talk about growth in a busy area for tourists in Orange County.wftv.com
I-Drive tourism hub adds trio of entertainment concepts
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. Hospitality & Entertainment are bringing a trio of new entertainment assets — with even more on the way later — to Pointe Orlando on International Drive. A new 36,000-square-foot immersive indoor and outdoor space will be developed at Pointe Orlando that will feature restaurant and bar venues, according to a news release. See what’s planned: Click here to read the full story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website. Video: Orange County business owners discuss growth in I-Drive area The I-Drive business improvement district hosted a roundtable to talk about growth in a busy area for tourists in Orange County.wftv.com
2 found dead in apparent murder-suicide at Orange County resort on International Drive
A woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s were pronounced dead Saturday morning after being found by deputies responding to a shooting call at a resort on International Drive, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Orlando brewery to move to larger space
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. Orlando Brewing Co. plans to move from its 9,200-square-foot location at 1301 Atlanta Ave. to a larger new space on International Drive. Orlando Brewing will move from where it has been since 2006 to a 12,000-square-foot space at 5368 International Drive. Read: Driver dies when car falls from SR 408 onto I-4 Express lanes near downtown OrlandoThe brewery was drawn to the I-Drive location because it has the potential to bring more foot traffic compared to its current location in an industrial area, Orlando Brewing owner John Cheek told Orlando Business Journal. Click here to read the full story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website.wftv.com
Volusia County Council seeks more involvement in decision about SunRail/Brightline’s Orlando corrido
(Jeff Deal, WFTV.com)ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. The Volusia County Council on May 3 unanimously approved sending a letter to the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission asking for more involvement in discussion of the proposed SunRail/Brightline corridor. SunRail could connect with Orlando International Airport, the Orange County Convention Center and Walt Disney World, while Brightline would lease the route and connect to Tampa. The rail commission -- a governing board for SunRail of which Volusia County is a member -- is set to meet May 5 and will have a workshop discussion on the potential expansion. Read: Vicky White fired from corrections job, still no sign of her or escaped felon Casey White©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Georgia firm files $100M lawsuit about land near convention center
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. Read: Central Florida lawmakers say financial impacts of dissolving Reedy Creek would be ‘dire’In addition, Fourth Watch named CPR Money LLC, an entity tracing back to Boston-based UC Funds, the current owner of the land. Click here to read the full story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website. Video: Leaders reach deal to bring Brightline stop to I-Drive Local leaders say they've reached a deal to build a Brightline station to I-Drive before the train heads on to Disney. (Jeff Deal, WFTV.com)©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Police investigate early morning shooting at nightclub on International Drive
VIDEO: Police investigate early morning shooting at nightclub on International Drive VIDEO: Police investigate early morning shooting at nightclub on International Drive (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting at a nightclub near the tourist area of International Drive. Officers responded to a shooting call at Rum Jungle near the intersection of South Kirkman Road and International Drive at 12:55 a.m.Police said a female victim was shot in the leg by an unknown person. The victim was transported to the hospital in stable condition. Read: Saturday night shootout at McDonald’s in Orange County after woman fires gun at deputiesThe shooter has not been identified by police at this time. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Tyre Sampson’s mother: Death on FreeFall ‘could have been prevented’
ORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time, we are hearing from the mother of a teen who lost his life riding Orlando FreeFall at ICON Park on International Drive. A memorial has been growing at the base of the tower ever since 14-year-old Tyre Sampson died in March while visiting from St. Louis. READ: 9 things to know about the Orlando FreeFall at ICON Park“This could have been prevented, it should have been prevented,” Nekia Dodd, Sampson’s mother, told “Good Morning America.” “As an operator, you have a job to check those rides. READ: Tyre Sampson death: Lawsuit claims that Orlando drop ride at ICON Park was ‘unreasonably dangerous’An investigation by state officials found that workers adjusted the safety sensors to allow Sampson’s harness to indicate it was locked and closed when it wasn’t. The ride also didn’t have seat belts for the seats.wftv.com
I-Drive hotel evacuated due to ‘suspicious odor’
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A hotel on International Drive was evacuated on Friday afternoon after reports of a “suspicious odor,” Orange County deputies said. Deputies said Woodsprings Suites, located at 11781 International Drive, was evacuated at 12:20 p.m. out of an abundance of caution. Investigators said that as of 2 p.m., nothing hazardous had been located but deputies are continuing to search the area. Channel 9 has a crew on the way to the hotel to gather additional details. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates.wftv.com
Deputies: Woman shot at I-Drive motel
I-Drive motel shooting Deputies are investigating after they said a woman was shot at an I-Drive motel early Friday morning. (WFTV.com News Staff)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A woman was hurt in a shooting at a motel along a popular stretch of International Drive, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. READ: Happening at 11:17 a.m.: SpaceX to launch Axiom Space’s first all-private mission to the ISSOn scene, they determined a man shot a woman during a fight. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 I-Drive motel shooting Deputies are investigating after they said a woman was shot at an I-Drive motel early Friday morning. (WFTV.com News Staff)OCSO said an ambulance rushed the woman, age 27, to Orlando Regional Medical Center; deputies said her injuries aren’t life-threatening.wftv.com
9 things to know about the Orlando FreeFall at ICON Park
ORLANDO, Fla. — Here are nine things to know about the Orlando FreeFall at ICON Park. The ride is located at ICON Park on International Drive. The ride vehicle rotates around the tower and rises high into the skyline. READ: What should happen to the Orlando FreeFall at ICON Park following teen’s death? Once the ride vehicle reaches the top, it tilts forward 30 degrees.wftv.com
What should happen to the Orlando FreeFall at ICON Park following teen’s death?
ORLANDO, Fla. — There is growing debate over what should happen to the Orlando FreeFall at ICON Park on International Drive. Teen dies after falling from Orlando ride (WFTV.com News Staff)It’s unclear what will happen with the ride, but many are calling for it to be shut down. READ: Safety expert: ‘I have serious concerns’ about harness in teen’s death on Orlando FreeFall“In honor of his family and the tragic loss of a young man. READ: Lawyer for Sampson family demands answers, says video proves teen was not secured in rideThey’re preparing to file a lawsuit. READ: Family of teen killed during free fall ride at ICON Park retains high-profile attorneysIt is cooperating with investigators to figure out what went wrong.wftv.com
BREAKING: Boy, 14, dies after falling from ‘Free Fall’ ride at ICON Park, deputies say
ORLANDO, Fla. — A teenager died Thursday night after falling from an amusement ride at ICON Park in Orlando, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded to ICON Park along the 8400 block of International Drive shortly after 11 p.m. after receiving a 911 emergency call. Once on scene, they learned from witnesses that someone had fallen from the “Free Fall” attraction. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 16 Orlando Free Fall death (WFTV.com News Staff)The sheriff’s office said the rider, age 14, was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Orlando Free Fall death (WFTV.com News Staff)Watch live updates on Eyewitness News beginning at 4:30 a.m. and monitor WFTV.com for the latest on this developing story.wftv.com
Orange County deputies identify man found shot to death after crash
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who was found shot after a car crash and later died. READ: 1 teenager dead, 3 teens and 2 adults injured in Clermont crashAccording to the sheriff’s office, responding deputies found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in one of the cars involved in the crash. The sheriff’s office identified the victim Wednesday as 26-year-old Alexander Goss-Rosario. READ: 20-year-old shot in drive-by shooting in Central FloridaInvestigators haven’t released any information on a possible suspect. The sheriff’s office investigation into the shooting is ongoing.wftv.com
Man found shot after crash in Orange County dies
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A man who was found shot after a crash in Orange County died, deputies said. Just before 2:30 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to a crash near Central Florida Parkway and International Drive. Deputies said they found a 20 to 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound in one of the cars involved in the crash. READ: Deputies investigate actor and comedian Bob Saget’s death at hotel in OrlandoThe man was taken to a hospital, where he later died. READ: ‘Full House’ actor Bob Saget dead at 65No other information was available.wftv.com
Live entertainment returns to Mango’s Orlando with new cabaret-style show
Mango's Orlando Live entertainment has returned to Mango's Orlando on International Drive. (Mango's Orlando/Mango's Orlando)ORLANDO, Fla. — A new cabaret-style show debuts this week at Mango’s Tropical Café, signaling the return of live entertainment to the major entertainment destination on International Drive. “Mango’s Live!” is a Cabaret-style show that debuts Friday and features a 12-piece live band, choreographed dancing, exuberant costumes, singers, state-of-the-art lighting and sound and more. See more photos in the gallery below:Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 14 Mango's Orlando Live entertainment has returned to Mango's Orlando on International Drive. “Mango’s Live!wftv.com
Looking for work? More than 20 companies looking to hire hundreds at local job fair
ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 20 companies are looking to hire hundreds of people at an Orlando job fair on Tuesday. The Job News USA job fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Embassy Suites at 8978 International Drive. Employers including Exploria Resorts, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Hospitality Staffing Solutions, Massey Services, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Universal Orlando will be in attendance. How to fight backJob applicants are asked to bring several copies of their updated resume or work history to the event and dress professionally. READ: ‘It never arrived at our door’: Complaints about missing packages pile up for delivery companyTo learn more about the event, click here.wftv.com
Man attacked in Waffle House parking lot shoots attacker, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police are investigating a shooting that happened Saturday night on International Drive. Police said they responded to the Waffle House in the 6300 block of International Drive at 11:45 p.m. in reference to a shooting. Police said the male from the argument attacked the other man, who then fired one shot, striking the first male in the leg. Read: Orange County schools to offer COVID-19 vaccines for children this weekThe shooter reported the incident to police along with several others. Read: Man shot multiple times during fight between family members in Altamonte Springs, police sayThe male who was shot was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.wftv.com
Arrest made in 2013 hit-and-run that killed Disney intern
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — It has been 8 1/2 years since Mahmoud Arabi was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Arabi was with friends, crossing International Drive near Vineland Road on St. Patrick’s Day 2013 when he was struck and killed. Read: 1 year later, still no arrest in Disney intern’s fatal hit-and-runThe 22-year-old law student from Australia was an intern at Walt Disney World. See a map of the crash scene below:Speaking from her home in Australia, Nehed Arabi said her son had big plans for his future. I’m the one that’s captive,” Nehed Arabi said.wftv.com
Police searching for man who exposed himself, grabbed woman on I-Drive
Police searching for man who exposed himself, grabbed woman on I-Drive Police searching for man who exposed himself, grabbed woman on I-Drive (Orlando Police Department/Orlando Police Department)ORLANDO, Fla. — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man accused of approaching two women while exposing his genitals and grabbing one of the women. SHARE SHARE: On 2 different incidents along the International Dr corridor, this man approached 2 unsuspecting women while exposing himself. He also grabbed one of them who thankfully was able to get away. pic.twitter.com/HJorHLeyOw — Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 25, 2021READ: Arrest made in case of woman found shot to death on Mother’s DayThe woman he grabbed was able to get away, police said. READ: Man accused of holding woman he met through dating app against will for three weeks, beating her©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Police search for man accused of exposing himself, grabbing woman along Orlando’s I-Drive
Officers are asking for help from the public after a man is accused of exposing himself to two different women and grabbing one of the victims along the International Drive corridor in Orlando, according to police.
Orange County deputies investigating shooting at tourist area of International Drive
Orange County deputies investigating shooting at tourist area of International Drive Stock photo of crime scene tape. Orange County deputies investigating shooting at tourist area of International Drive (Kali9/Getty Images)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred in the tourist area on International Drive on Sunday. Deputies responded to 10801 International Drive in reference to a shooting just after midnight. READ: Hot and muggy Sunday with a chance of isolated storms in OrlandoAccording to deputies, the suspect, a 20-year-old Black male, remained at the scene and was taken into custody. READ: Princess Charlotte celebrates 6th birthday with portrait taken by Duchess of CambridgeDeputies have not released any further information on this case.wftv.com
ICON Park to celebrate Super Bowl LV. Here’s how
ORLANDO, Fla – ICON Park is showing its spirit ahead of Super Bowl LV. This weekend, the entertainment complex along International Drive will celebrate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Officials said any fan wearing a Bucs jersey or apparel on Saturday or Sunday can receive 50% off their ticket to The Wheel. Ole Red Orlando: watch the game and listen to live music while enjoying good ol’ country cooking. Parking at ICON Park is free.
Florida teachers get unlimited admission to ride The Wheel
ORLANDO, Fla – ICON Park is offering an incredible deal for Florida’s hard-working teachers. To request a pass, ICON Park officials are asking teachers to submit a form that includes their name, phone number, school district, and Florida Department of Education number. Once submitted, a member of the ICON Park school groups team will call the teacher to approve their request. ICON Park recently opened the new Museum of Illusions which allows guests to experience 50 interactive exhibits that are immersive and photo-worthy for social media. Click here to learn about some of the other attractions at ICON Park.
How did they do that? Orlando’s Museum of Illusions now open
ORLANDO, Fla – Central Florida has a new mind-bending experience with the Museum of Illusions at ICON Park along International Drive. Museum of Illusions (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.) “Many international guests are familiar with our concept through social networking,” said Museum of Illusions Orlando General Manager George Youngdahl. Museum of Illusions (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.) News 6 producer Landon McReynolds steps inside to experience the Museum of Illusions (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)
Man injured in stabbing on International Drive
A man was rushed to the hospital after a stabbing on International Drive, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man was hospitalized after being stabbed on International Drive, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened in the Pointe Orlando area of International Drive. Deputies said at 5:35 p.m. authorities responded to International Drive for a stabbing call. The Sheriff’s Office said when deputies arrived at the scene they found a man with a non-life-threatening stab wound.
Orlando’s ICON Park getting 2 new record-setting attractions in 2021
Two new record-setting attractions are coming to Orlando’s ICON Park in summer 2021, the Slingshot Group of Companies announced Monday. The additions to International Drive include the world’s tallest drop tower and the world’s tallest slingshot ride. The ICON Park Drop Tower will stand at 430 feet lifting 30 riders up to see the beautiful sites, according to a news release. The ICON Park Slingshot reaches 300 feet and will launch two riders out of an “exploding volcano” to approximately 450 feet into the sky at more than 100 mph, company officials said. Two new record-setting attractions are coming to Orlando’s ICON Park in summer 2021, the Slingshot Group of Companies announced Monday.
Thanksgiving weekend brings business to some I-Drive spots -- but not as much as experts had hoped
ORLANDO, Fla. – Following the Thanksgiving holiday, some hotels in the area of International Drive said they saw an uptick in occupancy. One hotel said they were sold out on Friday, with others that said they were 70-75% full over the weekend. But Keri Burns, the regional director of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association of Central Florida, said the holiday wasn’t good news for everyone. In fact, I was so excited to hear that over Thanksgiving weekend, some of our properties had 85% occupancy,” Burns said. “If Thanksgiving was strong, I would expect the rest of the holiday season to be equally as strong, if not stronger,” Snaith said.
Armed guest who hadn’t paid bill barricaded himself inside room at I-Drive hotel, deputies say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A guest who was asked to leave an International Drive hotel because he hadn’t paid his bill instead got a gun and locked himself in a laundry room, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they responded to the WoodSpring Suites extended-stay hotel at about 12:20 p.m. Thursday because the property manager said Alric Freeman hadn’t paid his bill and he needed to be trespassed, but Freeman refused to leave his hotel room. The manager said Freeman left the hotel room with a gun in his hand and went to the lobby to yell for the manager, who was hiding under a desk in fear, according to the report. As multiple deputies entered the lobby to confront Freeman and ask him to put his weapon down, he locked himself in a laundry room, records show. He’s facing charges of armed trespassing, resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct.
Guests at Fun Spot repeatedly violated Orange County’s mask mandate, records show
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Fun Spot near International Drive has been put on notice three times in the past few months after strike teams found that guests weren’t always wearing masks while at the amusement park, according to records provided by Orange County. The first strike team visit occurred on Aug. 13 after a citizen complaint. Orange County has had a mask mandate in place for months to stop the spread of COVID-19. While strike teams have been visiting businesses to make sure they’re complying with that rule, the focus has been on educating rather than fining or punishing, according to the mayor. News 6 has contacted Fun Spot for comment.
International Drive restaurant Tapa Toro to host 'safe and savory' cooking class in October
click to enlarge Photo courtesy Tapa ToroInternational Drive tapas joint Tapa Toro is branching out a bit, offering an on-site, limited-capacity cooking class to coincide with the very last day of Hispanic Heritage Month.The class is taking place at Tapa Toro on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m.The menu to be both prepared and eaten in the course of the class will consist of cod and yuca croquettes, Cornish hen stuffed with chorizo, and an apple cinnamon tartlet.The class will be limited to 12 people, and safety measures in place include mandatory gloves and masks while cooking.When Orlando Weekly reviewed Tapa Toro back in 2016, we were impressed by the how the "classic and contemporary Spanish fare packs a wallop," stealing a line from Salvador Dali to rave that nearly every item on their menu had a "terrifying and edible beauty." So you'll be learning from skilled hands.More information on this cooking class and ticketing info can be found hereorlandoweekly.com
High school seniors win art competition to paint parking spots on I-Drive
ORLANDO, Fla. – While using a brush and a variety of colorful paints, Freedom High School senior Zaphra Ward had a specific vision for her artwork. That gave Colonial High School senior Andrew Graham a chance to show off his school spirit and give his classmates a special message. Orange County high school seniors paint parking spots off I-Drive in Orlando, Fla. after winning the "Paint Your Pointe." Joanne Helbourg with Pointe Orlando said this was a special event for the class of 2021 since many students are still taking virtual classes at home because of the virus. They are still seniors and they are still going off to school they can still change the world,” Helbourg said.
Woman drowns in pool of Orlando hotel, deputies say
ORLANDO – A woman drowned in a pool Saturday at the Clarion Hotel on International Drive, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the woman was found face down at the bottom of the pool and after attempts to revive her, she was taken to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. The woman has not yet been identified, deputies said.
The Orlando Forum to offer Halloween-themed dinner show and 'Tunnel of the Damned' maze in October
So starting Oct. 1, the Forum of Fear will offer a seasonal dinner show dubbed the Dark Seance and a maze christened Tunnel of the Damned.The Dark Seance dinner show promises an "unforgettable and unearthly night of intrigue as your host takes you on a journey into the darkness," courtesy of said host Claire Voyant. )Meanwhile the Tunnel of the Damned maze attraction was, intriguingly, designed by former HHN maze pros Patrick Braillard and Kim Gromoll, and gives you "480 linear feet of horrifying madness through the venue." During the course of October, the maze will change into the "City Overtaken" and finally "Apocalypse. "CDC guidelines, mask-wearing and social distancing will be enforced, according to the organizers.The Forum of Fear's Dark Seance and Tunnel of the Damned run from Oct. 1-Oct. 31. Ticketing and timing information can be found for Dark Seance here and Tunnel of the Damned hereorlandoweekly.com
Halloween Horror Night veterans create hair-raising maze at ‘Orlando Forum of Fear’
ORLANDO, Fla – Premier dinner entertainment venue, the Orlando Forum, is about to transform into a frightfully fun Halloween event. (Orlando Forum)The haunted house attraction has been designed and created by Halloween Horror Nights veterans Patrick Braillard and Kim Gromoll. Leaders said the maze will feature 20 masked actors and will wind 480 linear feet of horrifying madness through the venue. (Orlando Forum)During the “Dark Seance Haunted Dinner Experience,” guests will be treated to a four-course dinner and hear tales of the most notorious and nefarious souls to ever walk among the living. The dinner experience costs $87.50 per person and runs daily at 6 p.m. with a limited capacity.
Worker falls to his death from StarFlyer attraction in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – A 21-year-old man fell to his death Monday morning while conducting a daily safety check on the StarFlyer attraction in Orlando tourist’s district, deputies said. | Search ongoing for gunman who shot deputies]Orange County Fire Rescue said Kaminsky was about halfway up the 450-foot ride, dubbed the world’s tallest swing ride, when he fell onto the platform. Ena Hillsman and her family from Augusta, Georgia were vacationing this week to Orlando. She planned to bring her son to ride the StarFlyer swing ride at Icon Park before learning about the tragedy. Ride officials said they’re cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and deputies in the investigation.
I-Drive sees much needed boost from visitors during Labor Day
ORLANDO, Fla. – It was a fairly busy Labor Day weekend for businesses along International Drive, a popular tourist destination in Orlando. This is what Orlando is,” Tereso Guevara, an Orlando native said. Guevara spent the day at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf with his family. He said he’s happy to see I-Drive and some of its most well-known entertainment spots back to life. At Fun Spot America things seemed to be picking up as well as people enjoyed several of their rides.
How one interactive Orlando attraction is adapting to new COVID-19 guidelines
The health and safety of our Team Members and Guests remain our priority. KARTING EXPERIENCE:Operations/PPE: Team Members will adhere to the glove and mask protocols. *Disinfectant lockers (SaniBoXX) will be utilized as an additional precaution to eliminate lingering bacteria, Team Members in proper PPE will man the lockers. Pit Road: Pre-Race: Floor Markers will be utilized in front of SMS stations to adhere to 6 ft. distancing. Team Members will bag items for the Guests, confirming finalized items prior to transferring the items to the Guest.
Despite bankruptcy proceedings, Orlando's Bar Louie locations plan to stay open
However, Bar Louie fans may be relieved to hear that the company will continue to operate more than 90 locations across the U.S. "in the normal course of business. "We called all four Bar Louie locations in Orlando to verify if this was true, and each responded with the same answer: They plan to stay open and keep going. "Bar Louie is a profitable business focused on long-term growth with new investors," said Frick. "The sale through Chapter 11 will help us to focus on our profitable core locations and expand in areas that have a proven track record for success. "The company expects to conclude the Chapter 11 process in 90 days.orlandoweekly.com
Sippin' Santa pop-up bar at Avanti Palms adds a little tiki to Christmastime
Though there's an overall island vibe, there's plenty of cozy-up room to go around on Wednesday's, when the Sippin' pop-up will host a Christmas movie night. Consider supporting local journalism. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Unlike many newspapers, ours is free and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
New Cajun/Creole spot The Juicy Crab debuts in Orlando
The fresh arrival, called The Juicy Crab, is located at 7308 International Drive. The restaurant chain also has plans to open two more Orlando outposts. Craving fried seafood? There are also fried shrimp and fried catfish baskets available. Swing on by to take a peek for yourself: The Juicy Crab is open from noon10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, noon-midnight on Friday and Saturday and noon11 p.m. on Sunday.
Where to get your sweet fix in Central Florida
The Central Florida area has a smorgasbord of restaurants and eateries where patrons can stop in to get their sugar craving quelled. Read more: theglassknife.comKelly's Homemade Ice CreamToppings or no toppings, one scoop or two -- the choice is yours at Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream. Read more: kellyshomemadeicecream.comWonderland Cookie DoughForget what your parents said -- you're allowed to eat raw cookie dough, or at least you can here. Wonderland Cookie Dough in Celebration is set up like an ice cream parlor except you choose your scoop of uncooked dough. The UCF-area bakery offers doughnuts and doughnut-based treats, such as the BS drink and doughnut sammich.
Jack-o'-lanterns take a dive at Sea Life Orlando Aquarium
ORLANDO, Fla - The waters of Sea Life Aquarium in Orlando are about to get a little spooky. The attraction along International Drive is now hosting its Halloween event 'Spooky Seas' till Oct. 31. Sea Life Orlando AquariumDivers will swim throughout the aquarium sporting spooky diving suits, and during select times they will present underwater pumpkin carvings. Throughout the aquarium leaders say jack-o'-lanterns have been placed around giving families the ultimate scavenger hunt. 'Spooky Seas' runs now through Oct. 31.
James Bond takes aim at Madame Tussauds Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla - Shaken, not stirred -- James Bond is arriving in Orlando Saturday at Madame Tussauds Orlando. The famous wax museum located along International Drive is unveiling six James Bonds from the iconic film franchise on National James Bond Day. Madame Tussauds said each figure will feature a classic 007 suit designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming. Madame Tussauds OrlandoThe lineup of James Bonds include:Sean ConneryGeorge LazenbyRoger MooreTimothy DaltonPierce BrosnanDaniel Craig"As the world anticipates the release of the 2020 James Bond film, we're bringing the excitement and drama of the franchise to life here at Madame Tussauds Orlando," said James Paulding, general manager. The figures will appear at Madame Tussauds Orlando for a limited time.
6 hospitalized after crash in Orlando
ORLANDO - Six people were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries following a crash on International Drive and Continental Gateway, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. Five of the patients were taken to Phillips Hospital and the other was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center, authorities said. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Gods & Monsters' Vault 5421 throws a Joker tribute party ahead of the new movie
click to enlarge Image courtesy Warner Bros. PicturesJoaquin Phoenix in JokerEvent Details The Killing Joke @ Vault 5421 5421 International Drive I-DriveUniversal Orlando, FL When: Sat., Sept. 28, 5 p.m. Price: free Events: Parties MapTodd Phillipscomes out next week, which means were going to get a fresh crop of cringey memes about society featuring images of Joaquin Phoenixs take on the classic Batman villain. Before all that happens, though, Vault 5421 is throwing a party honoring the Clown Prince of Crime. Dress up as your favorite complaint about people not batting an eye at something or any other DC character and get a free shot from the bar, along with a discount on any take-home merch. Just dont walk out on the interview: It makes you look like a dick.5 p.m. Saturday; Vault 5421, 5421 International Drive; free;orlandoweekly.com
WonderWorks offers free admission for teachers
ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida's educators will have the chance to experience the WonderWorks Orlando on International Drive attraction for free during "Teacher Wonder Days." Teachers who RSVP will also be entered into a drawing to win $500 worth of school supplies. "WonderWorks Orlando looks forward to hosting our annual Teacher Wonder Days; where we invite teachers and their families from all over the state of Florida to experience WonderWorks' educational, upside down adventure," said Brian Wayne, general manager of WonderWorks Orlando. WonderWorks Orlando features a 4D motion theater, magic comedy dinner show, laser tag and a glow-in-the-dark rope course in a 35,000 square-foot space. For more information about WonderWorks Orlando, click here.
Tourists preparing to ride out Dorian, some locals already heading out of town
ORLANDO, Fla. - International Drive in Orlando wasn't busy with tourists on Friday evening. According to an internet search, hotels are booking up fast ahead of Hurricane Dorian, but several are still available. Orlando International Airport announced late Friday afternoon that the airport will cease all commercial flights at 2 a.m. Monday. At the Turkey Lake Service Plaza, several people were already heading out of town. Sor Flores said that she lives in central Florida and is heading out before Hurricane Dorian hits.
Magical Dining Month kicks off this week
Its a very magical time of the year when Magical Dining Month kicks off in Central Florida. Starting Friday and running until Sept. 30, more than 120 Orlando-area restaurants will participate in Magical Dining Month with three-course, prix-fixe dinners for just $35 per person. Im not sure it could get any more magical than that. One dollar from each meal served will benefit local charities. If theres a local restaurant youve been wanting to visit, this would be a great time to give it a try.
Orlando's newest Rita's Italian Ice will give 50 people at the grand opening free treats for a year
click to enlarge photo via Rita's Italian IceA new location for Rita's Italian Ice is setting up shop near International Drive, and at the grand opening celebration July 25, the first 50 families in line will receive coupons for a year's worth of free Italian ice.The entire grand opening party will last four days, from July 25 to July 28, and will feature special deals and activities. Those who attend are encouraged to bring stuffed animals, toys and books to donate to Give Kids the World , a nonprofit that provides support to kids with life-threatening illnesses.The new Rita's is at 11567 Regency Village Drive, near the Orlando Premium Outlets.orlandoweekly.com