International Drive Gets Ready for iSquare Mall and it is Massive!
Just when you thought I-Drive in Orlando couldn’t top The Orlando Eye… A new shopping mall and entertainment experience is getting ready to break ground
Orlando is known for Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld by most people who come to our wonderful tourist destination. However, in the past few years International Drive—Orlando’s most vibrant tourist district—has become a major point of reference for those who visit on leisure or business. Not only has the iconic strip had a facelift, a new wave of redevelopment has hit with the addition of I-Drive 360, The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussaud’s Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando. Add to that a dozen new restaurants such as Tapa Toro or The Yard House and you know that the hottest spot in town is not in the theme parks any more.
The new iSquare Mall has been a rumored new attraction-turned-destination and this month its developers have made the announcement official. The new iSquare Mall will be located in the northeast corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road, very close to The Fun Spot—another popular non-theme park destination. The massive project will not only offer dining, shopping and entertainment, it will also have an ice skating rink and a helipad. Add to that an avant garde façade with state-of-the-art technology, energy efficient windows and even a green roof. Without question, this new project will add to I-Drive’s facelift and raise the bar for all future additions to the famous Orlando strip.
Construction will begin in 2016 and the project is expected to be completed by 2017. The iSquare Mall will likely reshape the area and revitalize the North End of International Drive like no other theme park or attraction could. New shopping venues means that more people will stay within the International Drive area during the high tourist season, allowing them to partake in everything this district has to offer. With its quick access to Universal Studios and Interstate 4, the iSquare Mall will be the best enhancement International Drive has seen in years.
We know that you love to come to Orlando and stay at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium—and we are happy to remind you of how close we are to the site of the iSquare Mall. In fact, we are a few minutes away from that location by traveling down Universal Blvd.—so start planning your trip to Orlando!