ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando's International Drive, the city's 20-year-old theme park, entertainment and resort district is about to get a major face lift.
By 2016, the district, which was the first of its kind in Florida when it was established in 1993, will house two new entertainment complexes.
Skyplex is expected to bring in 500 new jobs, with plans to include restaurants and the world's tallest roller coaster, the 570-foot Skyscraper. Not far away will be the $200 million I-Drive 360 and its 400-foot Orlando Eye, a North American lookalike of the London Eye that is scheduled to open in 2015 and give visitors a bird's eye view of Orlando's theme park corridor.
Skyplex developer Joshua Wallack says the project represents a renaissance for the Orlando tourism staple.