Last summer, we told you that Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando would be opening on International Drive. This week, we have a first glimpse at the interior, courtesy of an artist rendering provided by Mango’s COO Joshua Wallack.
The rendering is of the main bar areas and show floor where Mango’s dancers will perform for guests in the evening. If it’s anything like the original Mango’s Tropical Cafe in South Beach Miami, they’ll even be dancing on top of the bars.
Sponsored by EMS Entertainment, a travelling exhibit dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci will be debuting on International Drive in Orlando this spring.
Featuring 40 models of his most innovative inventions, and 23 replications of his most famous artworks, Leonardo da Vinci: Man-Inventor-Artist-Genius is a unique exhibit offering a glimpse into one of history’s greatest minds via his art, music, and more.
Shake Shack is about to get its second Central Florida location as the eatery announces plans for an I-Drive location.
The New York-based company made the announcement this week that they have signed a lease for space at the upcoming I-Drive 360 complex, next to the recently opened Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, and Yard House.
This location, along International Drive’s tourist corridor and with close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, should bode well for its success.
There’s a new show on I-Drive called DRIP, but that name doesn’t even begin to cover the liquid mayhem that awaits inside.
Set in a warehouse-style setting in the back of the building that houses Denny’s and Senor Frogs, the show is more freeform than other artistic theater-style productions in Orlando, like Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba and Blue Man Group. Though it does bear a passing resemblance to BMG in that it is loud, creative, and messy.
DRIP starts out of the blue, with dancing in the bar area. It’s here that you first start to get wet, as drinks are flung from pitchers with abandon.
The crowd is then ushered into a second room with no seats. Where you got your hand stamped at the entrance determines where you stand in the room.
Then the show really starts.
Dancers inside a plastic screen cage use movements and different mediums, such as paint, water, and sand, to tell a story of love found, then lost. It’s all set to music played by a live band.
But soon after starting, the plastic walls are removed and the entire room – and the guests in it – become part of the show.
Yes, that means you will end up wet with water or paint or both, along with a healthy dose of sand in and on your clothing.
That’s ok, though, because that’s what makes this show so fun and exciting.
My friend Patti and I went Saturday night (Jan 5) and it was a sold out show. We both had a lot of fun, though I was more paint adventurous.
Neither of us drank anything, but they do offer up unlimited beer and wine for $8.
Don’t bother bringing the kids – this show is 21 and over only. You are asked to sign a waiver when you enter to signify that you understand you will get wet and messy at this show. There is also liberal use of strobe lights, if that bothers you.
DRIP plays Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at 8pm. I recommend showing up 15-20 minutes early. Tickets are $35 at the door, but buy them online at ILoveDRIP.com, and you can get them for $29 (a $6 savings!).
It’s located at 8747 International Drive. Go directly behind the Denny’s (like if it were a backdoor entrance). You’ll see the DRIP banner hanging. There is free parking (first come); after that, there is $5 parking or complimentary valet at Senor Frogs, next door.
If you really want to enjoy the show, dress down, in clothing you don’t mind getting stuff on. I would even recommend wearing a white shirt – or buy one there for $8. Then, after the show, and all the paint, you have a souvenir to take home. Wear comfortable old shoes, as you’ll be standing the whole show and you will get them dirty. I’d also suggest bringing towels for your car seats, if you feel like getting exceptionally messy.
And bring friends. DRIP is way more fun with friends.
There seems to be a lot of businesses flocking to International Drive lately, and one of the latest is WhirlyDome, which will take over the old Sports Dominator building.
Inside will be two courts for playing WhirlyBall, a team-based hybrid of bumper cars, jai alai and basketball. There will be one on each floor. Also inside will be laser tag, arcade games, pool tables and a Formula One racing simulator by Evotek Engineering.
Those that work up an appetite on playing can slake their hunger and thirst at the Bloodhound Brew Pub & Eatery.
There are already venues operating in Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta, but the company says this will be their first in such a tourist-heavy location. Sounds like fun for the whole family.
The WhirlyDome is located at 6464 International Drive, near Wet & Wild, and will be opening sometime this spring.
The venue will be holding a hiring event on April 2, 2012, from 11am to 6pm at the Ramada Plaza at 6500 International Drive. Positions available are bartenders, servers, hosts and hostesses, bussers, line cooks and dishwashers. For applications and more info, visit whirlydome.com.
Their tagline is “it’s huge!” and local amusement park The Fun Spot is about to live up to that with plans to expand their original location at the north end of International Drive.
Among the additions planned are adding on to the already popular go-kart section, as well as installing several rollercoasters. The park says they will also be installing a SkyCoaster ride, which has proven to be very popular at the company’s second location in Kissimmee, next to Old Town.
An all-day pass currently costs around $35. Once the expansion is finished, reps for the Fun Spot say that price will go up, but It will still be cheaper than spending a day at one of the big three theme parks. The SkyCoaster will probably be priced as a separate ticket, just as it is at the Kissimmee location.
Have you ever spent the day at one of The Fun Spots? Do you feel it’s a good value for the price paid? Let us know in the comments.
If you’ve ever taken your kids to a Chuck E. Cheese and thought, “I wish they had one of these for adults,” then you’ll want to know about what is soon to be the newest addition to International Drive.
Dave & Buster’s combines a restaurant, a bar, and an area with the latest interactive and video games. The whole idea is a total night out. Grab a meal, have a few drinks and play a few games with your friends.
The dining/entertainment complex will be taking over the former site of Race Rock, so it will have a great location on I-Drive. The Dallas-based company plans to demolish the existing building and construct a new one in its place.
Dave & Buster’s is planning on a summer 2011 opening. It will be the company’s first Orlando location, and its first new Florida location in ten years. There are also locations in Jacksonville and Miami.