CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Orlando and Central Florida

Looking for a place to celebrate the end of 2014 and the arrival of the new year? Then check out this list of options to ring in 2015 here in Orlando.

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating New Year's Eve in Orlando

From the theme parks to massive parties to low key celebrations to family events, here are our picks for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Orlando area. Some are even free:

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Out and About: Sugar Factory Orlando Previews Its Menu

I recently got a chance to attend a media preview of the Sugar Factory Orlando menu, and the items we got to try were good.

Sugar Factory Orlando

Even though most people think of drinks and sweets when they think of the Sugar Factory, they actually have quite a few savory items worth ordering.

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Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando Now Open at I-Drive 360

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando is the newest restaurant/bar to open at I-Drive 360, featuring Orlando’s only mechanical bull.

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando

Yes, you read that right, a mechanical bull (shades of Urban Cowboy). It also features Southern-style dishes and cold drinks, along with “Cowgirls” – servers who also dance on top of the bars.

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The Orlando Eye Remains Closed on I-Drive

It’s been over a week since The Orlando Eye shut down for what a Merlin rep called “required maintenance,” and there is still no re-opening date.

The Orlando Eye
Looking up at The Orlando Eye

The 400-foot observation wheel has closed several times since its opening in May for various repairs, but its usually only taken a day or two at most to reopen.

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Shake Shack to Offer Labor Day Special Menu Items

In honor of Labor Day Weekend, Shake Shack is offering two special menu items September 4 through 7 at both Central Florida locations.

Shake Shack Labor Day specials

The first is the Shack Corn Dog featuring a Vienna all-beef hot dog dipped in Shack-made corn batter, cooked golden brown and served with Rick’s Picks sweet corn relish. It’s priced at $4.50.

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Out and About: Shake Shack Opens at I-Drive 360

This week the second Shake Shack location opened on I-Drive and I was there for both the preview and the ribbon cutting the next morning.

Shake Shack I-Drive in Orlando

This Shake Shack location is at I-Drive 360, with a front door view of The Orlando Eye. It features ample seating indoors, as well as several benches and chairs on the outdoor patio in front.

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Madame Tussauds Orlando to Receive Austin Mahone Figure

Pop music artist Austin Mahone has been immortalized in wax for Madame Tussauds Orlando at I-Drive 360.

Madame Tussauds Orlando to Receive Austin Mahone Figure

The singer-songwriter met with Madame Tussauds artists earlier this year, where they took more than 300 measurements of his head and body to create his figure. Mahone worked closely with artists to finalize the figure’s pose that best reflected his look. The figure is even wearing a replica of the silver bracelet Mahone’s mother made him.

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Shake Shack Announces I-Drive 360 Location to Open August 19, 2015

Shake Shack will open its second Central Florida location on Wednesday, August 19th at Orlando’s I-Drive 360 complex. Mayor Teresa Jacobs will be on hand for the ribbon cutting at 11am.

Shake Shack I-Drive 360

In addition to all of the classic Shake Shack menu items, like burgers (100% all-natural, antibiotic-free), hot dogs, fries, and frozen custard, the I-Drive Shake Shack will feature two-location specific frozen custard concretes for customers to enjoy:

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Beatlemania Hits Madame Tussauds Orlando for a Limited Time

If you’ve always wanted a photo with the Beatles, then you’ll want to get to Madame Tussauds Orlando.

Madame Tussauds Orlando - Beatles wax figures

Starting July 30, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison will be in residence…or at least their wax figures will be. The figures of the Fab Four are set in a pose that pays tribute to the 1969 Abbey Road album cover, which captured all four members walking on a zebra crossing outside of Abbey Road Studios.

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Celebrate the Fourth of Jul-Eye With $4 Kids Rides and More at The Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye and I-Drive 360 are hosting their first annual Independence Day celebration with special free events on the courtyard of the new dining and entertainment complex July 3-5, 2015.

The Orlando Eye

Starting at 10am each day , enjoy live entertainment and family-friendly activities throughout the courtyard. Then at 9pm each evening, enjoy a 20-minute patriotic lighting show on The Orlando Eye, where more than 64,000 LEDs will be illuminated in red, white and blue.

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Tapa Toro to Bring Authentic Spanish Cuisine to I-Drive 360 June 29

We have word the much-anticipated Tapa Toro restaurant will open at I-Drive 360 to serve authentic Spanish cuisine to Orlando on Monday, June 29.

Tapa Toro

Tapa Toro will pay tribute to classic and contemporary Spanish cuisine with a tapas menu, which will make use of imported signatures like chorizo and sherry, as well as local produce and organic proteins.

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Teen Heartthrob Ross Lynch Visits Madame Tussauds Orlando to Unveil His Wax Figure

Music, film and television star Ross Lynch was in town on Thursday, May 21, to unveil his new wax figure at Madame Tussauds Orlando at I-Drive 360.

Ross Lynch Visits Madame Tussauds Orlando

Lynch made his acting debut on the Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, and plays Brady in the network’s Teen Beach Movie and it’s upcoming sequel. If that’s not enough, he’s a member of pop rock band R5, which includes three of his siblings.

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Out and About: Madame Tussaud’s Orlando Offers Great Fun and Photo Ops with Celebrities

Everybody likes hanging out with celebrities and snapping selfies, and at the newly opened Madame Tussauds Orlando, it’s almost like the real thing.

Madame Tussauds Orlando - Taylor Swift

Madame Tussauds features detailed and lifelike wax figures of major celebrities, sports stars, musicians, historical figures, and more. But these figures aren’t trapped behind glass, they’re out in the open for you to get up-close with for all the photos you want.

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Out and About: SEA LIFE Aquarium Brings World’s Oceans to Orlando

In a city full of attractions and theme parks, one thing Orlando has been lacking is a quality aquarium. With the opening this week of SEA LIFE Aquarium, that is no longer the case.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando

We had the chance to check it out during a recent media preview, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Upon entering SEA LIFE, you pass a photo op area. Photos taken here will later be digitized into CGI settings like being underwater with fish, then ready for purchase at the end of the attraction. You then enter a cute round theater, with a video running on the ceiling.

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