The Wheel at ICON Park holds special memories for people all over the world, from proposals to gender reveals to family reunions. It’s always featured the best view, but now it has the perfect soundtrack to match.
Each of The Wheel’s 30 capsules includes a Bluetooth feature that allows guests to connect their phones to the capsule sound system featuring Bose speakers.
To optimize this element, ICON is partnering with iHeartRadio.As part of the partnership, iHeartRadio has created the “ICON Park Radio” custom playlist that guests can enjoy while riding The Wheel.
Special seasonal themes will also be available during various holidays throughout the year.
Prior to boarding their capsule on The Wheel, guests will walk past a new Lyric Wall designed by ICON and iHeartRadio. This beautiful photo spot features lyrics of songs that represent The Wheel, flying, and the sky.
“ICON Park is excited to partner with iHeartRadio as we enhance our guests’ experience,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “In addition to having a perfect view of Orlando on The Wheel, guests will also have the right music for their mood. This will make special moments even more memorable.”
ICON Park is at the center of the Orlando Entertainment District. With free parking and conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard, and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist
ICON Park will be hosting a celebration of the beloved hymns and carols, goodwill toward all, and of course, gathering together to spread light and love with the Light the World with Love Christmas Concerts.
From December 6 to 11, local high school, church, and community choirs will be performing nightly from 5 through 8 p.m. Each night, four choirs will perform traditional Christmas songs in front of ICON Park’s holiday tree. There will also be Christmas-inspired videos, and emcees will lead the crowd in singing some Christmas carols themselves. To close out the evening, professional performers will take the stage each night.
But that’s not all. To really drive home the reason for the season, the concerts will spotlight local charities. Attendees will be invited to donate via a virtual giving machine at www.lightorlando.acahand.org to help make a difference.
“At ICON Park, we’re all about showing locals and visitors alike what Orlando is all about,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “The Light the World with Love Christmas Concerts are a perfect way to show off the talent here in Orlando, as well as to give back to the community we care about so much—plus, who couldn’t use a dose of the Christmas spirit?”
This is the first year for this event.
Local charities to be featured throughout this year’s event include Clarita’s House Outreach, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Edgewood Children’s Ranch, Frontline Outreach, Latisha’s House, Matthew’s Hope, One Heart for Women and Children, Orlando Community & Youth Trust, Orlando Day Nursery & Childcare, Orlando Serve Foundation, Poverty Solutions Group, Russell Home, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, United Against Poverty, and The Salvation Army.
Featured performers include Daniel Emmet, Sunshine Mafia, Opera Orlando, David Osmond, Ofi, and God’s Example. Community choirs come from all over Central Florida.
ICON Park is at the center of the Orlando Entertainment District. With free parking and conveniently located near I-4, Universal Boulevard, and the Beachline, this premiere entertainment complex is easy to access for any Central Florida resident or Orlando tourist.
This holiday season SEA LIFE Orlando at ICON PARK is inviting you to Deck the Seas daily from November 26 to December 31, 2021.
You have heard of Santa Claus, but have you heard of Scuba Claus?
Thursdays at 1:00 pm guests can gather around and listen to the story of Fishmas as told by Scuba Claus!
What’s better than listening to a holiday story? Listening to a holiday story with Scuba Claus underwater surrounded by spectacular sea creatures!
Ready for some interactive fun?
Pick up your Deck the Seas Scavenger Hunt guide on your way inside the attraction and begin your adventure to find six cold water sea creatures located throughout the aquarium!
You’ll have a lot of fun learning about our cold water sea creatures, and once you find them all make sure to turn in your guide for a special prize!
Ready for even more fun?
Before you leave SEA LIFE Orlando, make sure to leave a special holiday card for your favorite sea creature! Drop it in the mailbox on your way out so their creatures can get all their cards in time for the holidays.
Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the attraction and see if you can find all the decorations we’ve put into our tanks.
Sea creatures need holiday cheer, too!
SEA LIFE Orlando is open daily from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm at ICON Park!
If you’re looking for a wicked good time this October, you’ll absolutely want to visit ICON Park!
Family Savings at ICON Park
Until October 31st bring your little ballerina, pirate or princess out for a free ride on the signature attraction, The Wheel.
ICON is offering complimentary tickets to The Wheel for kids 12 and under who are dressed up in costumes, while their family members riding along will receive 50 percent off their tickets to The Wheel (up to four tickets).
More fun at The Wheel
To set the scene on the 400-foot observation wheel, ICON Park has curated a fun, Halloween-inspired playlist to play in the private capsules.
A free ghoulish glowing light show will take place on The Lawn each night, with a show at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Watch as The Wheel’s 64,000 LED lights dance to the spooky soundtrack during a 10-minute production.
Reserve your table today for a three-course dinner and treat dad to Capital Grille favorites, world-class wines, and always attentive service ($245 for four or $135 for two).
Prefer to celebrate at home this year? Preorder for curbside pickup Father’s Day Weekend featuring The Capitol Butcher and Accompaniments to Share and Pair at Home recommendations including the Stoli Doli.
Dad eats free with a family-style menu for four or more people or celebrate Dad at home with Papa’s Feast for $69 to serve two or three with a Greek salad, Spanakopita, a meat platter with lamb chops, chicken kebob, beef kebob, pork loin, sliced gyro, and much more.
About Pointe Orlando
Pointe Orlando features retail, restaurant, and entertainment options, including an eclectic mix of award-winning restaurants, many unique to the area. For more information on additional re-openings and safety precautions for the continued health and well-being of our community, visit www.pointeorlando.com.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and Madame Tussauds Orlando at ICON Park have officially reopened to guests for an enjoyable escape.
A range of new health and safety measures have been introduced in line with government advice and the requirements of local health authorities.
Safety measures such as social distancing signage, contactless payment, and enhanced cleaning will be clearly visible to guests from the moment they arrive.
Interactive experiences including touch tanks at SEA LIFE Aquarium and photo props at Madame Tussauds have been temporarily removed.
Capacity will also be restricted to no more than 25 percent of permitted occupancy.
“The health of our guests, staff, and sea animals is of utmost importance. We are taking proactive steps to provide visitors with a safe, comfortable environment,” said General Manager of SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando James Paulding. “We will continue to adapt our operations to adhere with health and safety guidelines while offering guests the chance to create magical memories.”
As part of the reopening, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by providing complimentary tickets to healthcare heroes.
For every guest who shares a photo of their visit and tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, both locations will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.
For a limited time, guests who are the “First To Play” will get a specially discounted ticket that includes free digital downloads. Entry to both SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds is now available for $30 per adult and $25 per child. Single attraction tickets are discounted to $20 per adult and $15 per child and also include free digital downloads.
Families are encouraged to visit the SEA LIFE ORLANDO website and Madame Tussauds Orlando website to purchase tickets and review safety protocols ahead of their visit.
Visiting ICON Park on I-Drive just got an upgrade, thanks to the release of an all-access ticket to exciting attractions along with major food, drink, and retail discounts.
The ICON Park Play Pass, $65 per person plus tax, unlocks the fun that ICON Park offers including entrance to world-renowned attractions and discounts at a broad selection of funky bars, restaurants, and retail stores.
With a Play Pass, guests will receive one entry to:
The Wheel at ICON Park
Madame Tussauds Orlando
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
Pearl Express Train
7D Dark Ride Adventure
Arcade City $5.00 Play Card
Foodies won’t want to miss out on incredible dining discounts at ICON Park’s refined eateries with the Play Pass. They can enjoy up to 20 percent off at favorites like the Sugar Factory, Tin Roof, Mikado, Shake Shack, Ox Grill and more. Play Pass holders also get exclusive access to all-day happy hour at ICON Park’s Lawn Bar, Deck Bar and Wheelhouse Bar.
But no trip to ICON Park is complete without a little shopping. Play Pass holders can shop ’til they drop and save big at ICON Park’s amazing stores. They receive up to 25 percent off on favorite brands like Tervis, Sunglass Boutique, Flip Flop Shop, The Wheel Gift Shop and more.
Finally, visitors can commemorate their trip with a digital photo package from ICON Park. The Play Pass gets guests free digital pre-ride photos of The Wheel and 50 percent off printed photos.
“Whether you’re a tourist or a local, our new Play Pass is the perfect way to experience ICON Park,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president, and CEO of ICON Park. “We have so much to offer at ICON Park and we are eager to share our attractions, restaurants, and shops. The Play Pass is a fun and affordable option for everyone.”
The pass is now available online and in-person and is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.
Bringing the best of Southern food, hospitality, and live country music to the No. 1 travel destination in the United States, Ryman Hospitality Properties is set to open Ole Red Orlando at ICON Park on International Drive April 14.
With venues in Nashville, Tennessee; Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Ole Red Orlando is the fourth establishment of the Ole Red brand, a lifestyle, and entertainment concept inspired by Shelton’s clever hit, “Ol’ Red.”
Ole Red Orlando will feature live music with state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting for a concert-quality music experience as well as indoor and outdoor private event areas and three bars. The venue will also be equipped with a large stage and concert-level production and sound capabilities, along with a video wall and additional LED screens. Programming will include showcases for up-and-coming talent and live music throughout the week hand-picked by Opry Entertainment Group’s programming team.
The $15 million venue will offer 17,289 square feet on two levels and seat approximately 500 guests. It will provide extensive event space for private dining, corporate events, weddings, and group outings.
A made-from-scratch, Shelton-inspired menu will feature Ole Red signature items such as “Champagne of Fried Chicken,” along with specialty cocktails, an extensive selection of beer and wine and Orlando-only specialties.
Ole Red Orlando is now hiring for select positions, and all other positions will be posted beginning Feb. 24. The venue will be hosting a Grand Hire event March 16 – 21. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply online in advance to secure an interview time and day. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information and to apply, visit olered.com/orlando/jobs.
KINGS Bowl Orlando soft opens today, and is sure to
change the face of nightlife on I-Drive!
KINGS Bowl first opened their doors in 2003 in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. With a retro-inspired décor KINGS focuses on creating unique and memorable entertainment experiences with an emphasis on food, creative cocktails and beer selection, cutting edge technology, and a fun atmosphere with music to keep the party going.
This 30,000 square feet location is a lot more than just “bowling”…it’s an entertainment venue where you will find:
22 Ten Pin Bowling Lanes
Four Full-Size billiards tables
Regulation size, outdoor Bocce ball court
Full-service, executive chef driven restaurant serving award-winning food
Two premium bars serving fun and innovative cocktails
Customizable private space for parties of 10-800 people including corporate/team-building events, birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties, kids parties and more
Over 60 giant HDTV’s and HD projector screens
Industry best sound, lighting and music environment
Regulation Shuffleboard Table
When we were treated to a preview of KINGS Bowl Orlando, we were able to try some of their food and drink options.
Executive-Chef Andre Bautista has won numerous awards and has created a menu for KINGS Bowl Orlando showcasing American comfort food with a kick. Each dish has a unique, unexpected and playful twist that leaves diners delighted. Hand-formed buffalo wontons, house-smoked ribs, marinated steak tips and seared scallops are among Chef Bautista’s most popular and mouth-watering dishes on the Kings menu.
Born in Santos, Brazil, Chef Bautista has also embraced his roots and the large Brazilian tourist population in Kings’ Orlando location by adding “Moqueca,” a traditional Brazilian clay pot fish stew, to the menu.
I have to say that my favorites were the Hand-Formed Buffalo Chicken Wontons, Sesame Ginger Chicken Wings with Chili Soy Sauce, and the Chocolate Banana Spring Rolls were out of this world!
And the cocktail menu is beyond creative! Everyone really enjoyed the Fizzy Lifting Drink! It’s such a playful (and delicious) nod to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
But one of the coolest, and exclusive to KINGS Bowl Orlando, is the two booths that feature their own beers on draft. That’s right…You just tell your server how many pints you would like to purchase, and you then get to pour the beers you want at your leisure. It’s pretty awesome!
If Private Parties are your thing, KINGS Bowl Orlando has two private bowling/party space and party planners that are on staff to help make any party a success. From a fun gathering to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah party, you’re covered at KINGS!
There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re going to visit KINGS…
Must be 21 or over to enter the premises after 6:00PM. All persons must present a valid legal ID for proof of age.
In order to consume alcoholic beverages, you must establish that you are at least 21 years of age. You must have a valid identification card issued by a state governmental agency containing your photograph, date of birth, height, sex and color eyes. Kings is unable to accept forms of identification that are expired, cracked, altered, or damaged in any way.
Please note: All forms of identification must NOT be expired Kings does not accept paper or international driver’s licenses as a form of ID. Kings staff may ask for back up identification at any time and for any reason.
Acceptable forms of ID are:
A valid Florida driver’s license
Out-of-state license w/back-up
Valid Florida ID with a valid expiration date listed
United States Active Military ID
A valid Foreign driver’s license
No horseplay or other disturbing or disruptive behaviors
Any person who damages Kings property or equipment shall be held liable for its repair or replacement
Loitering on these premises or in the adjacent parking areas is strictly prohibited
No excessively baggy clothing of any kind
No work style boots
No baseball caps
No bandanas/doo rags
No sleeveless shirts
No bluetooth devices
No oversized chains or pendants
Persons wearing torn or soiled clothing may only be admitted at the discretion of Management
No hats, clothing, jewelry or visible tattoos with profanity or objectionable art
Sunglasses may not be worn on the premises
All back packs and/or bags are subject to be searched by Kings staff
Kings reserves the right to modify the dress code guidelines for any reason, including or due to local or seasonal conditions or special events.
Located on I-Drive behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not! And Charley’s Steakhouse. Enter from I-Drive or Universal Boulevard.
Hours of Operation
Opening April 15th, 2013
Monday, April 15th – 6:00PM-10:00PM
Tuesday, April 16th – Private Event, Closed to the Public
Wednesday, April 17th – Private Event, Closed to the Public
Thursday, April 18th – 6:00PM-12:00AM
Friday, April 19th – 6:00PM-12:00AM
Saturday, April 20th – 2:00PM-2:00AM
Sunday, April 21st – 12:00PM-12:00AM
Monday, April 22nd – Private Event, Closed to the Public
Tuesday, April 23rd – 5:00PM-2:00AM
Wednesday, April 24th – 5:00PM-2:00AM
Thursday, April 25th – 11:00AM-2:00AM
Friday, April 26th – 11:00AM-2:00AM
Saturday, April 27th – 11:00AM-2:00AM
Sunday, April 28th – 11:00AM-2:00AM
Also, they are having a great fundraiser for the Orlando Ballet called Bowl-Erina on April 16th and you can find out more about it here.
We really enjoyed our time at KINGS Bowl Orlando, and it is a great way to spend a fun and upscale night with friends, a unique date spot, or just a great place to host an event. We can’t wait to go back!
Kings Orlando is International Drive’s Newest Hot Spot for Fun
KINGS Bowl Orlando Scheduled To Open April 15
30,000-Square-Foot Dining, Bowling and Entertainment Venue Features 22 Ten-Pin Bowling Lanes, Full-Service Upscale Restaurant, 60 Big Screen TVs and State-of-the-Art Sound System
KINGS Bowl, the Boston-based, dining, bowling and entertainment venue that pioneered the upscale bowling revolution in 2003, is scheduled to open its first Florida location on April 15, 2013 in the “I-Drive Live” project on Orlando’s world-famous corridor, International Drive.
KINGS first opened its doors in 2003 in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay. KINGS’ goal was to focus on recapturing and rekindling the fun and escape of bowling which had faded since its heyday. The 1950’s and 1960’s are considered to be the golden age of bowling and KINGS’ award-winning design and décor captures this nostalgic feeling, while adding modern twists. From the start, KINGS set out to create a unique and memorable entertainment experience by emphasizing world-class food, cold beer, creative cocktails, cutting edge technology and great music. The focus is on classic, retro-inspired décor and executive chef-designed menus brought to life by best-in-industry service. In doing so, KINGS sparked the modern day bowling renaissance and carved a name for itself as the original upscale bowling venue, which has revitalized the sport across America.
KINGS Orlando will offer a first-class dining and entertainment experience unlike any other along International Drive or in Central Florida. In addition to 22 ten-pin bowling lanes, KINGS will offer four full-sized billiards tables, a regulation-sized shuffleboard table, a full outdoor bocce ball court (one of only a few in the area), weekend disc jockeys, dancing and much more. Beer enthusiasts who have dreamed of tending bar will take great delight in innovative and engaging tables fitted with beer taps where they can pour the perfect pint at their own pace. KINGS Orlando will be further differentiated by transforming into an adults-only experience after dark. By day, families with children can bowl and savor homemade ice cream and other treats. At 6 p.m, general public admission moves to adults only, ages 21 and above.
“This isn’t your dad’s bowling alley; it’s an upscale bowling joint,” says Patrick Lyons, president and founder of the Lyons Group and KINGS Bowl America. “Bowling has always been a great social sport and Kings has reinvented the experience for a new generation. Serious ten-pin athletes will relish our ultramodern lanes and roomy player accommodations, while even the most ‘gutter-prone’ will appreciate our chef’s delicious fare and our thoughtful menu of craft beers and signature cocktails.” The Lyons Group leadership team is backed by more than 100 years of combined entertainment industry experience with a track record of innovation and success. The group is credited with re-energizing Boston’s nightlife scene over three decades with more than 30 dining, nightclub and entertainment venues in its growing portfolio.
From the moment they set foot inside KINGS, guests will know that they are in for an experience unlike any other. A hip, retro-inspired vibe and grooving soundtrack will greet them as they navigate between a friendly evening at the lanes, great food in the restaurant and socializing in KINGS’ lounge bar that translates to an open, climate controlled outdoor café experience on the stylish, full-service patio. Committed sports fans can catch all of the action at KINGS’ massive sports bar boasting 60 HDTVs and projectors and a real-time sports ticker. Guests can also take in the scene on the energetic concourse catching all the action happening throughout the expansive facility.
The idea of bowling alley food as an afterthought is tossed in the gutter at KINGS; everything is
carefully crafted, made fresh and delivered daily. The full-service KINGS restaurant will serve an impressive, executive chef-designed menu of American favorites and delicious comfort food. Appetizers include unique, modern plays on classic bar fare, such as cheeseburger spring rolls, perfectly fried mac & cheese bites and homemade buffalo chicken wontons. Entrees are highlighted by house-smoked baby back ribs, juicy and creative burgers and KINGS’ signature, tender, award-winning steak tips. Diners will finish their meal with a taste of sweet nostalgia from the built-in Ice Cream Shoppe featuring creative sundaes and delicious homemade desserts. The impressive menu is served throughout the entire facility until close seven days a week.
“I look at every dish on the menu and I think of ways to exceed expectations by sourcing only the finest ingredients and adding a ‘kick’ to every dish,” says Executive Chef Andre Bautista. “We pride ourselves on everything being made from scratch, in-house daily and making sure that each and every plate has a ‘wow-factor’.”
In addition to the food and entertainment, KINGS is well-known for its special events and parties. The venue will boast multiple jaw-dropping private bowling and meeting spaces complimented by state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities. Two meeting rooms can be made completely private and can accommodate up to 100 and 200 people, respectively. Party goers can bowl while enjoying an assortment of upscale culinary delights served right to the lanes, as well as best-in-industry service that has already made KINGS a repeat destination for so many in Boston and Chicago. Birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, kids’ parties, and corporate and team building parties are all made memorable with the unique combination of entertainment, great food and unforgettable service.
KINGS is committed to being an actively engaged member of the Orlando community and has pledged to work with community-based initiatives in an effort to raise money through “fun-raisers” and in-kind donations. KINGS has already made a philanthropic name in its markets, having hosted and raised millions for local charities attended by the likes of popular celebrities and athletes including former and current NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Patriots Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Jerod Mayo, Bears captain Charles Tillman, and BC and NFL legend Doug Flutie. KINGS will immediately look to make a similar impact in the Orlando area. Other famous guests at KINGS include Lady Gaga, Adam Sandler, Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg and many more of music and Hollywood’s finest.
KINGS will also assure that local residents and members of the Orlando hospitality industry are treated like royalty on the traditionally tourist-heavy International Drive. From opening, they will receive a free loyalty card that will provide the benefits of seasonally rotated, exclusive specials and discounts. Locals will also appreciate free surface parking in 600 adjacent available spaces and easy access via Universal Boulevard. KINGS has also planned a private opening party to offer an exclusive reveal of the venue to Orlando residents and hospitality industry members.