Thunderous rollercoasters, mammoth shopping malls, and the biggest T-bone steaks you’ve ever seen in your life. When it comes to holidays to International Drive, size does matter.
The American dream
If International Drive had a motto, it would have to be, ‘bigger is better’. This massive tourist corridor, known to locals as I-Drive, runs for 23-kilometres along the western edge of Orlando. It’s not just a gateway to all of Florida’s biggest theme parks, but a bone fide destination in its own right, with enough shops, restaurants, bars and theatres to fill a telephone directory.
The theme parks
At the top of I-Drive is Universal Orlando® Resort, where blockbuster rides like the Incredible Hulk Coaster are crammed into a skyline of twisting rollercoasters and towering rides. At the lower end is Walt Disney World Resort where the Magic Kingdom and the Epcot Centre are some of the highlights of this vast never-never land. And in the middle of I-Drive is SeaWorld® Orlando, where white-knuckle rollercoasters and awesome creatures like Shamu, the killer whale, create a big splash with young visitors.
Splash the cash
The longer you stay in I-Drive, the less you want to leave. With hundreds of restaurants vying for your attention – from all-you-can eat buffets to swanky eateries – you’ll want to try as many as you can. Plus, shopaholics will think they’ve died and gone to heaven, as there’s everything from dollar-bin souvenir shops to top-of-the-line designer factory outlets dotted along the length of the corridor.
The entertainment in I-Drive isn’t limited to the theme parks. Whether you want to play 18 holes of golf, go 10-pin bowling, or try indoor skateboarding, it’s all up for grabs here. And at night, the street really comes alive, with bars, cinemas, and Broadway-worthy dinner shows.
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