The Orlando Eye Anchors I Drive 360 Entertainment Complex

Take a ride on the Orlando Eye, and be effortlessly lifted away in a capsule of calm and serenity to see Orlando in a way you’ve never seen it before.  The iconic 400-foot tall Orlando Eye observation wheel provides breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions, with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast.

The Orlando Eye, located in the i-DRIVE 360 Entertainment Complex, officially lit up Thursday, April 16, 2015 for the first time.  The Orlando Eye features 360-degree views of Central Florida, including nearby theme parks and attractions, downtown Orlando and Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast, all within an air-conditioned glass capsules.  The Orlando Eye officially opened to the public on May 4, 2015.

The Orlando EyeThe Orlando Eye

The event began when a Make A Wish family was invited to flip a giant light switch on. The child of the family excitedly flipped the switch and then…. I think we all expected something very climactic. We were told of multiple colors and dancing lights. Instead, what we got was a very long 20 minute solid lighting.

The wheel rotated at the same speed it would when riders are allowed on May 4th for it’s grand opening. Slowly, the lights started to come on, until, after 20 minutes the wheel was lit. Although it was slightly purple, we were advised by a Merlin spokesperson that the wheel is capable of multiple colors.

In addition to The Orlando Eye providing breathtaking views of Central Florida within fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsules, i-Drive 360, a new entertainment complex, will open additional Merlin Entertainments attractions. Madame Tussauds, the world’s most famous celebrity wax attraction, offers visitors the ultimate fame experience with its signature red carpet treatment. SEA LIFE Orlando delivers a new wave of underwater adventures with beautiful displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea horses and more, that turn the traditional aquarium observation on its head. Skeletons: Animals Unveiled!, The Yardhouse, Tin Roof and more retail, restaurants and entertainment yet to be announced, will add to the experience.  Click here for a VIDEO preview of Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Orlando.

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About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!