iFLY Orlando Reopening With VIP Party This Summer

As one of Orlando’s most popular non-theme park attractions for nearly two decades, iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving announces the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art facility featuring dual wind tunnels.

And to celebrate iFLY Orlando will host a unique simultaneous closing ceremony and VIP opening party at the new location on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017.
iFLY Orlando Rendering May 2017

Two all-glass flight chambers will stand side-by-side in the sleek, ultra-modern facility, ready to deliver the dream of flight to double the number of flyers each year. The tunnels are part of a building design with amenities to easily handle groups and parties of 150 or more.  iFLY also offers Science, Technology and Math (S.T.E.M) field trips along with other programs for kids.  The new facility will feature an open singlestory floorplan that will allow passersby easy viewing of the flight experience.

“We are making this significant investment in Orlando because it’s where iFLY started and where we continue to have an enormous and loyal fan base,” said Matt Ryan, iFLY President& COO. “Our goal is to deliver the dream of flight to everyone and by relocating to a new, expansive location we will be able to deliver this dream to even more people in the future.

The new facility, in close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, will replace the original wind tunnel located on the south side of I-Drive, and the current wind tunnel located on the south side of I-Drive has been relocated to this new site at 8969 International Drive, next to WonderWorks, and is now open. 

To prepare for their flight experience, customers complete a training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors. They then are equipped with flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and enter the flight chamber by leaning forward into a smooth cushion of air, with a flight instructor at their side.

All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International Bodyflight Association (IBA) certified instructor. The IBA established the gold standard for training and safety standards for indoor skydiving instructors. All iFLYinstructors meet or exceed IBA standards. 

“Our new location is right in the middle of the exciting I-Drivecorridor and much more accessible to visitors in the area,” Matt Ryan said. “Our decision to relocate on I-Drive is indicative ofthe excitement we have about the Orlando tourism market and economic development in the area.” 

iFLY Orlando Corporate Logo

About the NEW iFLY Orlando:  iFLY’s new Orlando facility is the company’s first to feature two recirculating vertical wind tunnels in the same facility. The two wind tunnels  sit side-by-side in the facility and each features a 12-foot diameter flight chamber with wind flow powered by two quiet and clean running electric motors. All instructors at iFLY Orlando are IBAcertified as the best-trained and safest instructors in the sport of indoor skydiving. 

May 2017 Deals And Events At I-Drive 360

I love a great deal, and this month there are great offers and special events taking place at the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando at I-Drive 360!

May 2017 Deals And Events At I-Drive 360

Mother’s Day BOGO I-Drive 360 Attraction Offer

The Orlando Eye I-Drive 360

In honor of Mother’s Day on May 13th & 14th the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will be offering Mothers free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket!

This offer is valid for walk-up ticket purchases at the admissions desk when purchasing a single adult attraction ticket for the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando or SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

I-Drive 360 Brunch Event

May 2017 Brunch I-Drive 360
Image: Orlando Weekly

On Saturday, May 20th from 11 am until 3 pm I-Drive 360, home of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, is hosting its first ticketed brunch event at the dining and entertainment complex on International Drive.

Brunch 360 offers guests the opportunity to sip on unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails, as well as savor a variety of brunch menu offerings from the Sugar Factory, Tin Roof, Tapa Toro, Paramount, Carrabba’s and Outback Steakhouse.

Brunch 360 tickets include complimentary parking and a flight on the 400-foot observation wheel. Advanced tickets are available now at OfficialOrlandoEye.com for $36 (plus tax). Brunch 360 attendees must be 21 and up.

May First Responders Month Deal at I-Drive 360

Frostival The Orlando Eye

Until May 31st, First Responders will receive free admission to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando.

In addition to the First Responder, up to four additional guests (family members or friends) can receive a 50% discount on single-attraction tickets to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando

The discount is valid for police officers, fire fighters, and EMS employees working in the U.S. Active, former and retired personnel with identification are also eligible.

Personnel must present valid employment UD or professional organization membership card at admissions, and is only valid on walk-up ticket purchases.

Toddler Tuesdays at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Sea Life Orlando Young Environmentalist I-Drive 360

Each Tuesday at 9:30am, parents can join an immersive and engaging morning activity with their toddlers at the aquarium.

Toddler Tuesdays provides interactive and age-appropriate programming such as coloring, story time, animal feedings, sing-alongs, and more.

Tickets are $15 for adults (12 and up); $12 for children (3-12) and free for toddlers (ages 2 and under), and SEA LIFE Orlando Annual Pass Members receive complimentary entry to this event.

For tickets or information, go to VisitSeaLife.com/Orlando

Wild Florida Hosts First Gator Week In May

It’s no secret Wild Florida knows a thing or two about alligators. To share this knowledge and passion with visitors, Wild Florida will host Gator Week May 1-6 and offer free admission to its Gator and Wildlife Park throughout the week.

To many, alligators are simply fierce carnivores on the hunt, but that’s not actually the case. Like many misunderstood creatures, myths develop based on a lack of knowledge.

Wild Florida Gator Week Gators March 2017

It is because of this Wild Florida decided to dedicate an entire week to educating and debunking many common myths surrounding these reptiles through live demonstrations and interactive experiences. There will also be plenty of fun photo-ops and guest appearances made by some popular inhabitants of the Gator and Wildlife Park (hint: sloths).

Ranier Munns, co-owner and co-founder of Wild Florida, says, “Alligators are the stars of the show out here at Wild Florida and it is our job, as experts, to educate our guests on these fascinating reptiles. We dedicate much of what we do to gators all year long, so why not celebrate these animals with a week dedicated to them?”

Wild Florida’s mission has always been to provide an unforgettable Everglades experience that promotes a connection with animals while inspiring education and conservation.

Wild Florida Gator Week 2017 Logo

Wild Florida Gator Week Schedule: 

May 1: Alligators have one of the strongest jaws of all living animals, with a bite force of 16,460 newtons (that’s A LOT). Experience this power with a live demonstration of alligators smashing watermelons between those jaws.

May 2: Live Radio Broadcast by 103.1 The Wolf and Gator Jump-a-thon. Demonstrations throughout the day will show off the true power of these animals, and just how high they can jump to catch their prey.

May 3: Fox 35’s David Martin will be live on-air interacting with alligators.

May 4:May the 4th” be with the alligators at Wild Florida. Come decked out in your Star Wars gear and Darth Gator costumes!  Grand prize awarded to the best costume!

May 5: It’s Cinco de Mayo! Come prepared to photograph animals throughout the park in their festive gear and share your animal memes on social media for a chance to win prizes.

May 6: FREE gator photos holding Fluffy, our superstar alligator!

In addition to the Gator Week activities, Wild Florida will offer a daily buffet in the Cypress Ballroom for $24.99 per person from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and the showing of Lake Placid (edited for all ages) every day in the ballroom from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Be sure to follow Wild Florida on social media for updates, fun polls, educational tidbits and giveaways throughout the week.  Also, check out www.GatorWeek.com for a full schedule of activities.

Bowling & Bazaar At Boardwalk Bowl

The Daily City’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar and Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center are partnering to create the Bowling & Bazaar. Starting April 26, this family-friendly food truck event will be held at Boardwalk Bowl every fourth Wednesday of the month.
Bowling & Bazaar Logo

 

Six food trucks will make an appearance at the popular Orlando bowling center from 6 to 9 p.m. in this new monthly event. Guests will enjoy great food and receive one free game of bowling with their purchase. The Bowling & Bazaar will also have a full cash bar for guests to enjoy.
“The Orlando Food Truck Bazaar is an iconic local tradition,” said Kendra Gaines, the general manager at Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center. “At Boardwalk Bowl, we love being part of the Orlando community, and we’re excited to provide a fun twist to this event.”
The food truck lineup for the first three Bowling & Bazaar events has already been announced, though trucks may change.

Scheduled trucks for the inaugural event are Little Blue Donut Co., Up in Smoke BBQ Orlando, Tamale Co. Food Truck, Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks, La Empanada Food Truck and The Burger Lab.

This event will occur rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs.
More information is available on the event Facebook page.

Brian Regan Performing At Dr. Phillips Center This Fall

The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts announced that Brian Regan will be bringing his comedy tour to Orlando this fall!

Brian Regan Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 2017

Brian Regan’s latest stand-up special, “Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall” (2015), was the first-ever live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. The special was critically acclaimed, with Vanity Fair calling Regan, “the funniest stand-up alive.” He made a scene-stealing cameo in Chris Rock’s film, “Top Five,” and was a guest on Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Regan has released six hours of comedy: “Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall” (2015) is airing on Comedy Central and his available on CD and DVD and as a video or audio download; “All By Myself” (2010) is available on CD and download only through his website; his two previous hour-long Comedy Central specials, “The Epitome of Hyperbole” (2008) and “Brian Regan Standing Up” (2007) are available on DVD; “I Walked on the Moon” (2004) is available on DVD or as an audio or video download only through his website, and “Brian Regan Live” (1997) is available on CD.

Regan just announced a two-special deal with Netflix, joining Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Louis CK in multi-special deals with the leader in worldwide streaming. Regan will tape the first special on June 23 and 24, 2017 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver. Announcing the deal during his March 28, 2017 appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Regan is a regular on “The Tonight Show,” and he made 28 appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” the most of any comic in the show’s 22 years on CBS.

Brian Regan will visit 39 cities this summer and fall during the tour. Regan visits close to 100 cities each year, selling out the most beautiful venues on the continent, and he will arrive in the Walt Disney Theater on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $49.75 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

Toddler Tuesdays at SEA LIFE Orlando

During the month of April, SEA LIFE Orlando will host a new program called Toddler Tuesdays to offer an enhanced experience for the youngest underwater animal enthusiasts and their parents. The program provides an up-close, hands-on experience that is fun and unique – with an early opening hour and affordable pricing to match.

Sea Life Orlando Young Environmentalist I Drive

SEA LIFE Orlando is an immersive, one-of-kind aquarium experience that allows marine life enthusiasts to experience the magical world beneath our oceans of the world with interactive touch pools, bubble aquariums, floor-to-ceiling displays, a cold water rock pool, and 360-degree and 180-degree ocean tunnels featuring more than 5,000 sea animals. The 25,000-square foot aquarium attraction is home to colorful fish, sharks, sea horses, stingrays, jellies, a rescue green sea turtle and much more.

Starting this month, each Tuesday from 9:30am -10:30 a.m., guests can visit the aquarium and be a part of an exclusive, age-appropriate program filled with coloring, story time and animal feeding activities. The program will offer a variety of changing creature-feature topics focusing on the aquarium’s best-loved animals including sharks, turtles, sea horses, and more.

Toddler Tuesdays events will feature:

  • Meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Magnus, SEA LIFE’s shark mascot
  • Story time at the Indian Ocean exhibit
  • An animal feeding experience
  • Sing-a-longs, coloring sessions and more activities to teach fun facts about underwater animals
  • Admission to the aquarium

Special pricing also applies with tickets just $15 for adults, $12 for children (ages three to 12), and free for toddlers (ages two and under).

SEA LIFE Orlando Annual Pass Members receive free entry into the Toddler Tuesdays program.

SEA LIFE Orlando

SEA LIFE Orlando is located at 8337 International Drive in Orlando, Florida, inside I-Drive 360, the entertainment and dining complex which is the home of the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel and celebrity wax attraction Madame Tussauds Orlando.

For more information about the Toddler Tuesdays program at the aquarium, go to VisitSEALIFE.com/Orlando.

2017 World Sword Swallower’s Day at Ripley’s

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium Orlando will once again play host again this year to a majority of the world’s most skilled sword swallowers as they demonstrate their death-defying skills to mark World Sword Swallower’s Day with free events on Saturday, February 25.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium Orlando 2017 World Sword Swallower's Day

This will be the tenth year that Ripley’s has hosted the event, which celebrates the 4,000 year old art and honors the few people in the world who risk their lives every time they swallow a sword. The event also recognizes the contributions that sword swallowers have made to medicine and science. There are only a few dozen people in the world able (and willing) to swallow swords.
“Sword swallowers have been prodded and examined by doctors and scientists in the name of science for the past 150 years, often without being recognized for their contributions,” said Dan Meyer, President, Sword Swallower’s Association International. “We want to change that. That’s one of the reasons we celebrate World Sword Swallower’s Day.”
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will host sword swallowers at more than a dozen of its Odditoriums across the country, providing FREE shows for the public.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium Orlando 2017 World Sword Swallower's Day Ted Campbell
Central Florida’s own Ted Campbell
In Orlando, Central Florida’s own Ted Campbell (aka “Will Rotten”) will demonstrate his amazing sword swallowing skills on World Sword Swallower’s Day. He’ll be joined by other local sword swallowers, including Red Stuart, who will attempt to swallow more than 50 swords at one time! The show will start at 1:30 pm with the Big Swallow finale at 2:25 pm. The show is FREE and will take place at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium. 
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium Orlando 2017 World Sword Swallower's DayRipley’s Believe It or Not! has long chronicled the incredible feat of sword swallowing.
Sword swallowers were prominently featured at the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.

Orlando Tree Trek Fright Flights

Orlando Tree Trek Fright Flights

Fright Flights will allow guests 4 zip line rides for $29.95
There are plenty of ways to be scared in Orlando this Halloween, and Fright Flights at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is taking it to another level – high above the trees.
For the first time, the park will be open at night for a special zip line event.

Orlando Tree Trek Fright Flights Halloween 2016

During Fright Flights, guests will have the chance to soar down Tree Trek’s lighted 425-foot dual zip lines. For only $29.95, guest will get four rides in a night. The park’s guides will be dressed as ghouls as guests make their way through the dark forest.
Fright Flights will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 29. The zip lines are designed for kids and adults 9 years old and older.
Guests can make reservations for this spooky event by calling (407) 390-9999. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is Orlando’s most thrilling aerial obstacle course. Guests take on courses that feature 97 games and challenges, and the courses get higher and more challenging as they go. In addition to the climbing experience, Tree Trek also offers a daytime zip line only ticket for just $29.95.
For more information, visit www.orlandotreetrek.com.

Orlando Tree Trek Special Zip Line Offer

Orlando Tree Trek

Orlando Tree Trek offers special ticket

for zip line experience

Orlando Tree Trek Guests can fly down the park’s giant zip lines for only $29.95
Fans of thrills in Central Florida will want to zip on over to Orlando Tree Trek. The aerial adventure park is now offering a special rate that allows guests to experience its exciting zip lines as a separate attraction for those who only want to zip line.
Orlando Tree Trek
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park is now offering a special $29.95 ticket for its zip lines.
For $29.95, guests can purchase a zip line ticket, which will allow them to take four rides on the park’s zip lines in one day. Guests can fly down one of Tree Trek’s giant 425-foot dual zip lines and race their family and friends, and they can get a taste of the high-flying, adrenaline-pumping adventure Tree Trek offers.
Participants must be at least 9 years old and be able to reach the tips of their fingers to a height of 5’9″ while keeping their feet flat on the ground. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
For guests who wish to experience the full Tree Trek adventure, ticket rates range in price from $38.95 to $49.95. This will allow them to fly down a giant zip line, as well as experience four progressively challenging courses.

Make a reservation today by visiting www.orlandotreetrek.com or by calling 407-390-9999.

The Octonauts Visit SEA LIFE Orlando This Fall

SEA LIFE Orlando

The Octonauts Sail in to

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Captain Barnacles and Kwazii of The Octonauts, characters from The Octonauts, a popular animated children’s television show on Disney Jr., will visit SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium Friday through Sunday, beginning Sept.16 to Oct. 30. During this time, young guests can take photos with the characters at scheduled onsite meet-and-greet events and become part of the Octonauts crew by participating in the Octonauts Training Academy at the aquarium.

SEA LIFE Orlando

The Octonauts are a team of undersea adventure heroes who rescue and protect sea creatures in trouble. During each television episode, viewers are able to learn about a variety of marine life as The Octonauts study facts about sea animals and their ocean habitats. Captain Barnacles, a brave polar bear, is the leader of The Octonauts crew while Kwazii, a kitten, is the crew’s lieutenant and a daring explorer. Both characters will make appearances at the Orlando aquarium.

“SEA LIFE is excited to have The Octonauts visit us for the first time with interactive, educational and fun activities,” said James Paulding, General Manager at SEA LIFE Orlando. “Children will have the opportunity to meet the characters and learn while having fun on their adventure to complete the Octonauts Training Academy.”

While The Octonauts are visiting SEA LIFE Orlando, guests can enjoy special on-site activities, featuring the Octonauts Training Academy. The Training Academy will guide children through different exploration zones on their way to earning official Octonauts crew member status. For ticket information, visit www.visitsealife.com/orlando.  The Octonauts are included in regular admission to SEA LIFE Orlando.

Scheduled appearances:

  • Sept. 16-18
  • Sept. 23-25
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2
  • Oct. 7-9
  • Oct. 14-16
  • Oct. 21-23
  • Oct. 28-30

Dates and times are subject to change. For more information on The Octonauts, the aquarium’s conservation efforts or to buy tickets, go to VisitSEALIFE.com/Orlando.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Educator Appreciation Days

Educator Appreciation Ripleys Orlando

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Educator Appreciation Days

All K-12 teachers and staff receive free admission to Ripley’s Florida attractions from September 6 – October 16Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions in Florida are thanking
All Florida locations of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will be honoring K-12 educators for all their hard work with the return of Educator Appreciation Days this fall.
All K-12 school personnel are invited to visit any of Ripley’s Florida attractions for FREE from September 6 – October 16. Participating attractions include:
 
  • Educator Appreciation DaysOrlando: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
  • St. Augustine: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Red Train Tours, Bayfront Mini Golf and Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventures
  • Panama City Beach: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, 7D Moving Theater and Marvelous Mirror Maze
  • Key West: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
Educators need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID to receive their free admission. They can also bring up to five guests who will receive 50% discounts on their admission.
Ripley's Believe it or Not! Florida Attraction Logo Educator Appreciation Days
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is conveniently located at 8201 International Drive, and is open daily from 9:00 am to midnight (last entry nightly at 11:00 pm). For more information, please visit www.ripleys.com/orlando or call 407-345-0501.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Pokémon GO Contest

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Holds #RipleysGo

Contest for Pokémon GO Players

Whoever catches the rarest Pokémon character at
any U.S., Canada, UK, or Australia Ripley’s location wins $5000!
Heads up players: catch a rare Pokémon character at a Ripley’s attraction and you could win $5000 in the #RipleysGo contest to see who can find the rarest Pokémon lurking at its Odditoriums, Aquariums, and other attractions in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia.
The attractions are full of PokéStops and Gyms, and people are flocking to Ripley’s attractions around the world to add to their collections.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Pokémon GO Contest

How to enter the Ripley’s #RipleysGo contest: 

  • Screenshot a Pokémon you catch at or inside a U.S., Canada, UK, or Australia Ripley’s attraction.
  • Upload photo to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RipleysGo
The contest runs now – July 24th.
There is a grand prize of $5,000 for the person who catches the rarest Pokémon character, as well as a $100 cash prize to one random winner each day during the contest. The rarest character will be determined according to this ranking index.

Players can check the leaderboard on the contest page each day to see where they rank, and it is super easy for players with this list of PokéStops and Gyms at its attractions.

Click HERE for complete contest rules.  The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Pokémon Company International, Inc. Nintendo Co., Ltd. or Niantic, Inc. Pokémon and Pokémon character names are trademarks of Nintendo.

Orlando Tree Trek OneOrlando Fundraiser

 

Orlando Tree Trek OneOrlando Fundraiser

Orlando Tree Trek to donate 100 percent of ticket sales to Pulse shooting victims and their families

All ticket income on June 22 will go to the OneOrlando Fund
In honor of the victims of the Pulse shooting and their families, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park will donate 100 percent of its ticket sales on Wednesday.
Orlando Tree Trek OneOrlando Fundraiser
Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park will donate 100 percent of its ticket income on June 22 to victims of the Pulse shooting.
All of the ticket money from people who come to climb at the park on June 22 will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund, which will support victims and their families, the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities and other needs related to the shooting.
“This is an unthinkable tragedy that has hit our community hard,” said Pina Barbusci, who owns the park with her family. “We cannot imagine the loss the families and friends of the victims feel. We want to show our support for our community and LGBTQ friends, and this is the least we can do. Hate will not win in Orlando.”
Orlando Tree Trek is an aerial obstacle course that features 97 games and challenges for a variety of ages and skill levels. Tickets are available for those ages 7 and older, and departures start at 8:30 a.m.
Reservations must be made by calling 407-390-9999. Please visit www.orlandotreetrek.com for more information about the park.
More information about the OneOrlando Fund is available at www.oneorlando.org.

The Orlando Eye Celebrates Its First Year

The Orlando Eye First Anniversary
Photo: The Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye Marks First Year with Special Celebrations 

Orlando’s observation wheel celebrates its first year with special events in May

The Orlando Eye will celebrate its first anniversary with special events throughout the week of May 2. The 400-foot observation wheel opened to great fanfare on May 4, 2015, with grand opening events, a pyro show, and world renowned aerialist Nik Wallenda walking on the structure as it moved. This year, the Orlando Eye invites guests to come out and celebrate this milestone event, themed in the style of a first birthday party.

Frostival The Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye will offer special gifts in honor of the anniversary to guests randomly throughout the week ofMay 2-8, including complimentary tickets, special merchandise and VIP packages, gift cards to I-Drive 360 retailers and restaurants and more, all handed out by the Eye Spy Prize Patrol.

On Wednesday, May 4, guests at The Orlando Eye can enjoy a party celebration all day featuring:

  • A live DJ inside the terminal
  • Special birthday décor inside Orlando Eye’s capsules
  • Balloon artists, face painters, entertainers and magicians throughout the area
  • Sweet treats provided by Sugar Factory
  • Cupcakes by Publix
  • A free digital photo download
  • Commemorative tickets

Additionally, the Orlando Eye will be lit up in rainbow lighting. For more information on the observation wheel, visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com.

The Orlando Eye Logo

Located in the heart of International Drive, the 400-foot Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the U.S. eastern coast, offering a new way to experience the breathtaking views of Central Florida.

As a top visitor attraction for the tourism capital of the U.S., the new Orlando Eye, part of the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex, showcases 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 the comfort of 30 air-conditioned glass capsules. Each capsule has room for up to 15 guests to enjoy a serene 20-minute journey above the scenic landscape.

Included in the journey is access to the pre-flight 4D cinema experience, taking guests on a full 3D aerial journey of Florida, with the added dimension of sensory experiences, including lighting, wind, spray and scent effects. Visit OfficialOrlandoEye.com for more information.

 

Celebrate “World Sword Swallower’s Day” with Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Celebrate "World Sword Swallower's Day" with Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Celebrate “World Sword Swallower’s Day” with

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium hosts free sword swallowing performances on February 27
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will pay tribute to the ancient art of sword swallowing by holding free sword swallowing performances as part of World Sword Swallower’s Day on Saturday, February 27. Two things to remember – that’s solid steel and yes, it’s all real.       

Celebrate "World Sword Swallower's Day" with Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Orlando’s own Ted Campbell
Ripley’s will showcase the greatest group of sword swallowers ever assembled and offer free performances for the public at several of its Odditoriums around the world.
In Orlando, Ted Campbell will put his death-defying sword swallowing and fire eating skills on display. Other performers include Red Stuart, who has swallowed 50+ swords at one time, and Bill Berry, who juggles while sword swallowing! The show will start at 1:30 pm with an official swallow at 2:27 pm to coincide with the 2/27 date. Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium is located at 8201 International Dr. The sword swallowing
Celebrate "World Sword Swallower's Day" with Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Bill Berry simultaneously sword swallowing and juggling!
performances will be FREE, but admission is required to tour the Odditorium.
This will be the 9th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration, founded by the

The event was created to recognize the handful of people in the world who can swallow swords, an ancient art that dates back some 4,000 years. The day also raises awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raises money for esophageal cancer research.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has long chronicled the incredible feat of sword swallowing. Sword swallowers were prominently featured at the very first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.