Icon Park Complex in Orlando – The 2023 Unofficial Guide

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Written By Carlos Braga

There are many things to do besides the Disney Parks in Orlando and today we are going to talk about a sensational entertainment complex currently called Icon Park.

If you think there is a complex similar to this one in Orlando, there isn't, but it has changed names a few times in recent years.

It has been called ICON Orlando 360, I-Drive 360 and even the Orlando Eye in the past, despite that being the name of just one of its attractions.

Whenever someone talks about traveling to Orlando, the first thing that comes to mind is Disney World and its parks like Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and even Universal parks and SeaWorld.

Icon Park Orlando
Icon Park Orlando

But there's so much more to Orlando than just those parks (we don't even need to mention the shopping and the outlets right heehehehe)

So, if you're planning a trip and wondering what to do in Icon Park Orlando, read on and start making plans, because this is one place where you can spend the whole day without breaking the bank!

Icon Park attractions in Orlando

The Icon Park Complex is basically an open-air mall on the International drive, the most famous avenue in Orlando.

It is within walking distance of the Wyndham International Drive, making it a super convenient place to spend a day, especially if you're staying there.

Icon Park Orlando
Icon Park Orlando

We even have a series of posts going into greater detail about what is on international drive:

So what is there to do at the Icon Park Complex? Various activities.

There are a multitude of restaurants, Shops and unique activities to experience.

So whether you're looking to shop, eat or see some unique sights, there's something for you to do at Icon Park.

So let's check out all the attractions you'll find at the Icon Park Complex in Orlando in 2023.

The Wheel at Icon Park

Formerly called the Orlando Eye, the The Wheel at Icon Park it's one of my favorite Orlando Icon Park experiences.

It's basically a big ferris wheel that moves very slowly and allows you to get a bird's-eye view of the city below.

The Wheel at Icon Park
The Wheel at Icon Park Orlando

It takes about 25 minutes to get around.

Each cabin on the Ferris wheel has air conditioning, which is a must here in central Florida, and it also has a tablet where you can learn fun facts about the city and the different buildings you might see on your trip.

In addition, it is possible to connect your cell phone via Bluetooth in the cabin and put on your favorite songs to play during the ride.

Not to mention she is super roomy and comfortable to travel with.

Vista The Wheel Icon - Orlando Ferris Wheel
Vista The Wheel Icon – Orlando Ferris Wheel

If you're afraid of heights, maybe it's better not to go because it's really high (it's 122 meters high), but at the same time you feel super safe inside.

Sea Life Aquarium

After the ferris wheel, without a doubt, the aquarium is my favorite attraction.

She is so much fun and if you have kids who like the ocean then this is a must!

Sea Life Aquarium - Icon Park Orlando
Sea Life Aquarium – Icon Park Orlando

It's a really cool walk through the aquarium and there's even a touch tank and playground inside!

It's nothing out of this world, but for aquarium and marine life lovers like me, it's a really fun attraction!

Orlando Star Flyer

The world's largest StarFlyer, it's an experience for the bravest of your group. No lie, I jumped on it!

While I don't care too much about heights on rides, this one really freaks me out a lot.

Orlando Star Flyer - Icon Park Orlando
Orlando Star Flyer – Icon Park Orlando

But it looked super cool and I talked to a lot of people who set it up and loved it!

So if you need a dose of excitement, this might be the one for you.

Skeletons: Museum of Osteology (Closed)

One of the newer attractions, Skeletons, is a really fun way to spend some time learning all about different animals.

Skeletons Museum of Osteology
Skeletons Museum of Osteology

You can check out more than 500 real skeletons and even see beetles eating meat.

It is something very different and interesting, especially for those who have children.

Madame Tussauds

The wax museum is really a fun attraction at Icon Park.

You've probably heard of the Madame Tussauds since it is a very famous network around the world.

Selena Gomez at Madame Tussauds in Orlando - Icon Park
Selena Gomez at Madame Tussauds in Orlando – Icon Park

You see wax figures of famous people, superheroes and much more!

This attraction is so much fun for both children as for adults, I'm sure your entire group will love it!

Arcade City

If you like arcade-style games like I do, then you're going to love this arcade!

Arcade City at Icon Park Orlando
Arcade City at Icon Park Orlando

Nath is certainly afraid of losing me in this place, because I love these electronic games!

This is one of the best arcades in Orlando, so it's definitely worth checking out the next time you're in Icon Park.

7-D Dark Ride

This is a fun attraction style video game with virtual reality.

7-D Dark Ride Adventure - Icon Park Orlando
7-D Dark Ride Adventure – Icon Park Orlando

There are different scenarios for the game but all of them are first person shooter style.

They certainly drew inspiration from that attraction at The Void from Disney springs.

Pearl Express Train

Finally, you and the kids can take a ride in the park on the Pearl Express train.

Pearl Express Train – Icon Park Orlando

It's a very inexpensive tour too, which is really nice if you're trying to stay on a budget.

Icon Park Orlando restaurants

No tour in Orlando is complete without a good place to eat, right?

In Icon Park it would not be different, there are several restaurants there. We haven't had the opportunity to try them all yet but we already know enough to give you a good idea of the best options.

Are they:

Yard house

Yard House, a relaxed, casual restaurant with an impressive beer list and a front-row seat to The Wheel at ICON Park Orlando.

While previously a lunch and dinner only restaurant, the restaurant has recently launched weekend brunch service.

Yard House at Icon Park Orlando
Yard House at Icon Park Orlando

I would say their style is more “bar” style, but very tidy, similar to Millers Ale House.

Despite being bar style and the place is big, it is not noisy and not too crowded, so it is possible to have a quiet meal.

If you want to watch a game, it is possible that you will find more crowds there!

Shake shake

We've talked a lot about Shake Shack around here and it's one of our favorite burgers in Orlando.

Shake shake

We especially like the potato there! Be sure to check out our blog post here about Shake Shack.

Sugar Factory

This all-American brasserie is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth cravings of tourists and visitors to Icon Park Orlando.

Upscale classics are served from brunch to late night, ranging from crepes to delicious milkshakes, gourmet burgers, ice cream sandwiches and much more.

Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant

At Tapa Toro, they combine contemporary Spanish cuisine with a vibrant and energetic atmosphere to bring a fresh dining experience to International Drive.

Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant – Icon Park Orlando

A great choice for adults looking for a different meal from traditional orlando restaurants like Olive garden and Red Lobster in Orlando.

Flamenco dancers perform at 7pm each night.

Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant

Excellent Mexican food and a cozy place! A delicious combination to end the day!

ILounge Istanbul

ICafe de Paris

I don't know about you, but I love a mid-afternoon cup of coffee, and iCafe de Paris is a great place to take that mid-day break.

Paris iCafe - Icon Park Orlando
ICafe Paris – Icon Park Orlando

Divine sweets in a lovely place! Try the “chocolate twist”, it's perfect! Nutella crepes are also delicious!

Outback Steakhouse

Needless to say, the classic and famous outback steakhouse.

Outback Steakhouse - Icon Park Orlando Restaurant
Outback Steakhouse – Restaurant at Icon Park Orlando

The menu is not so different from what we find in Brazil.

Ben & Jerry's

Another “snack bar” already known to some Brazilians as it already exists in some states!

Here you will find wonderful ice creams to cool off on the hottest days.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings

This cafeteria more in style fastfood has wonderful chicken wings!

You can also find other things like burgers and fries.

Carrabba's Italian Grill

Mikado Japanese Steakhouse

According to the company itself:

“We are pleased to offer you an exceptionally fun dining experience and interactive dining experience.
Using the freshest ingredients and the perfect seasoning, they'll fry your meal right before your eyes, creating a fabulous experience for the whole family.
If it's sushi you crave, we offer a complete sushi bar for even the most demanding tastes. Our sushi experts go above and beyond to offer the freshest sushi, sashimi and flatbreads.”

Mikado Japanese Steakhouse - Icon Park Orlando Restaurant
Mikado Japanese Steakhouse – Restaurant at Icon Park Orlando

Let's agree that having a “private” chef cook your food at your table is always an interesting experience!

Ox Grill Contemporary Cuisine (Closed)

Ox Grill offers chocolate lamb chops to seafood squid tonnarelli.

A sophisticated restaurant with very well prepared dishes.

A cool curiosity is that the chef of this restaurant is the Brazilian Marcelos Benegas!

Is it worth visiting Icon Park Orlando?

We believe so!

Honestly, we don't think it's an attraction that will replace a theme park like Island of Adventure or Epcot.

Aerial view of Orlando's Icon Park on International Drive

But if your trip is long enough and you want a less tiring day than one of the Disney parks in between, we believe Icon Park will be an excellent alternative.

Especially if you have kids and are planning a most economical trip to orlando.

For this is a less costly attraction than the Thematic parks more famous.

If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to visit the official site of Icon Park Orlando.

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