You might think–and we’ve actually mentioned it several times here on the site–heading over anywhere near International Drive can be a big ole pain in the arse. And truth be told, it can be. But sometimes it can be totally worth it – like ICON Park. We talk about it quite frequently, and we’re big fans of The Wheel and some of the other attractions located here. There seems to always be something new and exciting going on. In addition to signing/opening 12 new tenants in 12 months such as Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips (we’re really eager to try this one out!) and Blake Shelton’s Ole Red (meh), ICON Park has been busy with its own renovation projects.
The Wheelhouse, the center of energy at ICON Park where guests board The Wheel and experience more attractions, great food and drinks, games and fun, is completely remodeled. If you’ve previously visited you’ll definitely notice a big change. This started with tearing down the building’s front walls to create a brand-new grand entrance that includes retractable glass panels. Talk about an overhaul!The new design provides perfect synergy between ICON Park’s open-air spaces and the complex’s central building. The minute guests walk through the large doors, an adventure awaits.A key component of The Wheelhouse remodel was the addition of a circular bar in the center of the building. It was designed using custom-colored, hand-made encaustic cement tiles to give the bar surface a fun, Florida feel, all while complementing the ICON Park colors surrounding it. The shape of the round bar honors the design of The Wheel – a hint of what is to come. It features blush-colored glass pendants that are handblown, suggesting sea glass, and a brightly-speckled terrazzo countertop adds a touch of retro glam. This mix of texture, color and shape, make The Wheelhouse Bar the perfect spot for a quick drink or leisurely hangout with friends.As guests walk to the back lot of The Wheelhouse to ride The Wheel, they’ll discover the new Sky Bar. It’s a casual spot to pick up a quick drink before boarding your capsule. The bar is covered in ocean blue scallop-shaped cement tiles and accompanied by a brightly-speckled terrazzo countertop. The back bar wall, painted in Flamingo Pink, is decorated with a selection of curated poster-sized vintage travel postcards, a nostalgic wink to Florida tourism over the years.As part of The Wheelhouse remodel, ICON Park has also added new attractions such as In The Game ICON Park and 7D Motion Theater, a gift shop, retail store and new flooring inside The Wheelhouse.
To optimize all 20 acres of ICON Park’s open-air and walkable spaces, the entertainment complex has expanded the ICON Park Promenade. Thirty new kiosks have been added so guests can enjoy a unique outdoor shopping experience as they stroll along the brick promenade under festoon lights.
“ICON Park’s recent, guest-driven enhancements are making our property the top short-stay destination for locals and tourists in Florida,” said Chris Jaskiewicz, president and CEO of ICON Park. “These investments in money and time show our optimism, and we enjoy seeing how much our guests enjoy the updates.”
8375 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
When was the last time you paid a visit to ICON Park?