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Construction is underway on Orlando's I-Drive Live

May 22, 2013, 7:07 PM · ORLANDO -- Per your request, here's an update on the I-Drive Live retail and dining project, under construction for a scheduled 2014 opening on the old Mercado site on Orlando's International Drive.

I-Drive Live sign

The project's icon will be the Orlando Eye, a 425-foot observation wheel. (You might remember that this project originally was called I-Walk, and was renamed after legal threats from Universal Orlando over that name.) Here's where the Orlando Eye will be built, looking east from International Drive:

View of Eye site

Two structures have gone up on the site, which will include a 25,000-square-foot Madam Tussauds wax museum and 25,000-square-foot Sea Life Aquarium -- both properties of Merlin Entertainments, which is backing the project. (Merlin also owns Legoland Florida.)

Concept art

Here's a view of the project site from the north, from the parking lot in front of the new Kings Bowl:

View from north

And here's the view from the south, next to the Pirates Cove Adventure Golf:

View from south

The project is slated to open in stages between 2014 and 2015.

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May 24, 2013 at 5:48 AM · Orlando ROCKS!

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