Orlando’s International Drive Plans for World’s Tallest Roller Coaster, Orlando Eye, and More

Orlando’s International Drive Plans for World’s Tallest Roller Coaster, Orlando Eye, and More

Orlando Skyscraper SkyplexIf you haven’t heard, Orlando is getting a makeover. Specifically, International Drive (aka, I–Drive) is undergoing major construction to develop new restaurants, rides, and attractions.

Already a popular tourist attraction, the new and improved I–Drive will be a must see destination for both vacationers and locals. While the restaurants will offer something for every palate, the rides are what will really draw the crowds. The city is working to build some of the greatest, and tallest, rides in the world.

Already in the works is the Orlando Eye Ferris Wheel. The 400-foot structure will be the tallest ferris wheel in the world and will provide a 20-minute bird’s-eye view of the city. The Orlando Eye is part of a larger development that will be called “I-Drive 360 at The Orlando Eye.”

The Orlando Eye will act as an observation wheel, similar to the London Eye in England. The attraction is expected to open in Spring of 2015.

Yesterday, the city also announced plans to build the world’s tallest roller coaster. It will be called the “Skyscraper”. The coaster is a 570-foot tower, in which riders will spiral down to ground at 65 miles per hour. The ride will include barrel rolls, turns, and loops, and last about 3 minutes. Due to the high speeds of the coaster, the creators expect that 1,000 people will be able to experience the ride every hour.

Chris Kraftchick, of the American Coaster Enthusiasts fan club, said: “Not only is it high, there’s nothing else like it in the world.”

If this terrifies you, perhaps you would prefer the view from inside the tower. There are plans to build a nightclub with spectacular 360-degree views of the city.

Skyscraper is scheduled to open in 2016 along with an entire entertainment plaza. The plaza, known as the Skyplex, will be an indoor center for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The Skyscraper will also wind through a portion of the complex. All together, the project is projected to cost over $200 Million.

The developers for the Skyplex project are Joshua and David Wallack, the owners of Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando and Mango’s Tropical Café South Beach.

Stay tuned to TheTimeshareAuthority.com to learn more about this developing project.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Presents 12th Timeshare Resort

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Presents 12th Timeshare Resort

Holiday Inn Club VacationsHoliday Inn Club Vacations (HICV) and Orange Lake Resorts announced the opening of their newest resort, the Cape Canaveral Beach Resort. Located right outside Cocoa Beach, FL the new resort will be HICV’s 5th resort in Florida and the 12th in their timeshare collection.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations is excited to deliver yet another great travel destination to its members. CEO of Orange Lake Resorts, Don Harrill shared,

”Our Holiday Inn Club members love to vacation in Florida and the Space Coast area has long been a popular drive-to destination. Many vacationers will be familiar with the resort, formerly known as the Ron Jon® Cape Caribe Resort, and we’re excited to welcome their vacation owners to our growing family. The area offers a wide variety of activities that will appeal to vacationing families, from touring the Kennedy Space Center to relaxing on pristine beaches and exploring quaint shops in Historic Cocoa Village.”

The new Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort will feature one- and two-bedroom timeshare villas ranging in size from 414–1,224 square feet. The resort will also feature an indoor/outdoor restaurant, luxury pool, and lazy river. For kids, the Cape Canaveral Beach Resort will also offer a game room, mini golf, and kid’s center.

HICV is always looking to present new ways to improve membership experiences. By providing members with newer, more upscale resorts they also hope improve their customer satisfaction. They recently added another resort in family-friendly Williamsburg, Virginia.

Senior VP, Americas Holiday Inn Brand Family, Heather Balsley said, “The Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand provides guests with a relaxing and fun environment where memorable vacations are created. The addition of the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort is a strong demonstration of how the brand continues to expand in top leisure destinations across the U.S.”

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Orange Lake Resorts Donates to Easter Seals Florida

Orange Lake Resorts Donates to Easter Seals Florida

On April 22nd, Orange Lake Resorts donated a $20,000 check to Easter Seals Florida, an adult day health care program. This generous contribution will help adults with cognitive disorders or disabilities.

Donna Chun, Orange Lake Resorts’ director of corporate social responsibility efforts, presented the check to Easter Seals. As it was also National Jelly Bean Day, Chun provided plush toys and jelly beans to attendees.

Chun said, “Plush toys bring a sense of comfort to adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s. While we know donations make critical services possible, we also wanted to do something special for the people in the program.”

This contribution from Orange Lake Resorts, a segment of Holiday Inn Club Vacations, will make an enormous difference to the Easter Seals organization. Located in Orlando, Easter Seals Florida offers a variety of service to assist families in Central Florida. Besides the adult day care program, they provide an Adult Residential Group Home, child development centers, camp challenges, and educational programs. During the adult day program, participants work together in therapeutic activities and a full-multi sensory curriculum. These activities promote independence and socialization for day program members.

VP of development for Easter Seals Florida, Michael Slaymaker shared,

“Thank you so much for the generous gift to Easter Seals Florida. It will help us provide direct services for children, adults, seniors and veterans with disabilities and special needs at Easter Seals Day Break at the Miller Center, an adult day health care center, and Camp Challenge. Our Day Break members who deal with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other disabilities truly enjoyed being part of the check presentation. The celebration of National Jelly Bean Day made it a bit sweeter as well.”

To learn more about Easter Seals Florida, visit EasterSeals.com.

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina’s OspreyCam

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina’s OspreyCam

Pink Shell Osprey CamThe Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, located in Fort Myers Beach, has teamed up with Lee Country Parks & Recreation to bring us the “OspreyCam”.

In an effort to improve the quality of life for Florida’s Osprey population, the two partners have developed a way to monitor these local animals. With a bird’s eye view, the up-to-the-minute video camera will document every minute of life as an Osprey.

Filming is already underway but has just recently been expanded to the public. The first exciting event seen on the OspreyCam was the discovery and hatching of the Pink Shell Beach Resort’s first clutch, or batch of Osprey eggs.

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina’s Marketing Director said, “We have had the pleasure of observing the ospreys and the birth of the hatchlings. With over 20,000 views, many have enjoyed seeing the miracle of nature up close and in high definition. On March 1st and 3rd two of the three eggs hatched. Sadly, the third egg never hatched and the parents, then named Ricky and Lucy, decided to remove it from the nest.”

You can now watch the Pink Shell OspreyCam to see the two happy hatchlings and their parents Ricky and Lucy. One of the most exciting sights to see is when Ricky delivers fish to the two hatchlings. Ricky collects the fish straight from the beautiful waters off Pink Shell’s beach.

Viewers can look forward to exciting footage on the OspreyCam in upcoming weeks. The week of April 20th, 2014 the new chicks will begin to learn how to fly. In order to fly, they will first work on developing the muscles in their wings. When the hatchlings are about 2 months old they will begin exercises called “helicoptering” to practice. Once the hatchlings begin to fly they will return to the Pink Shell Beach Resort as they transition into adulthood.

Timeshare owners and employees at the Pink Shell Beach Resort have been delighted to watch the Ospreys on this journey. The resort will continue to run the OspreyCam as the hatchlings mature.