Last week we spent some time in Orlando, Florida and visited ICON Park. It was our first time in Orlando; we were thrilled to finally be able to check it out a bit.
Thank you to ICON Park for hosting us and sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
It was a bit overcast during our trip (it is January after all!) so it was great that there was so much to do indoors. I can see this also being a huge perk in the hot summer months as well.
We got the ICON Park Play Pass which allowed us to get into all of the ICON Park attractions while saving big when compared to purchasing attraction tickets individually. The Play Pass is valid for 30 days so you don’t need to try to cram all the fun into one if you don’t have to either. We found it to be a great value for everything that it includes.
The Wheel at ICON Park is a MUST. The observation wheel experience takes about 20 minutes and gives you the best views of Central Florida. Each capsule can hold up to 10 people, is air conditioned and you can even grab a beverage at the Sky Bar for your flight if you wish.
Madame Tussauds was a hit for our family. None of us had been to a wax museum before and it was really neat to see some of our favorite actors, singers and presidents up close. They even had Shrek and Fiona and Kung Fu Panda which my kids thought was neat! Each statue had a name plate and details as to who they are. I loved how some statues like Beyoncé had fun extras like her music playing when you walked into that exhibit. The museum is laid out in a way that it takes you on a path past each exhibit so you are sure not to miss anything which I loved.
SEA LIFE Orlando was really fun too. My girls are 5 and 8 and mesmerized by all things zoo and aquarium related. They had so many great exhibits. Large tanks with many fish and other creatures swimming around together; it was interesting to watch. We loved the Pacific Ocean touch tank area too!
ICON Park features so many great shopping and dining options. I wanted to try all of the diverse restaurants but didn’t have a chance to try very many. One that stood out to us was the Sugar Factory. We had never been to one before so decided to have lunch there and, as a family, share one of their huge, over the top, desserts. It was a hit!
You could definitely spend days exploring all of the shops and restaurants at ICON Park. Many spots are open for late-night bites and entertainment.
The Play Pass also gave us entrance to the StarFlyer ride (the nation’s tallest swing ride), the 7D Motion Theater, the toddler-size Pearl Express train (adults can go too!), and the Museum of Illusions plus a $5 credit (per Play Pass) to the In The Game arcade. We would definitely recommend a trip to ICON Park and if you’re going to be enjoying the attractions other than just shopping and dining, definitely look into getting the Play Passes to save!
8375 International Drive
Last week we had the pleasure of staying at the Wyndham Orlando Resort I-Drive. The location and amenities were perfect for our stay.
Thank you to Wyndham Orlando Resort I-Drive for hosting us and sponsoring this blog post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Upon arrival we were quickly greeted by the friendly staff and offered help with our luggage. We have stayed at other Wyndham resorts in the past and found the resort layout to be similar. Multiple buildings of accommodations surround the property with two pools, two hot tubs, a fitness center and a restaurant centrally located. Parking is free and the resort is pet friendly. The restaurant, Gatorville Poolside Bar & Grill, is open for all meals and also offers snacks and fun frozen drinks. Tropical landscape and small ponds are present inside of the property. They do offer room service which we took advantage of one day; the service and food were excellent! There is also a bar in the lobby.
We had an executive suite as well as a connecting premium guest room with two double beds. Both had private patios facing the courtyard with views of the tropical landscape. All rooms come equipped with a mini refrigerator, 40” flatscreen tv (with on-demand), free WiFi, coffee makers, and massaging showerheads. You also get access to laundry services (do it yourself, machine takes change and debit/credit cards). A few washers and dryers were conveniently located right in our building.
Wyndham I-Drive is located right on International Drive making it an ideal location for those visiting ICON Park like we were as well as anyone planning to spend time at Universal Orlando Resort or Seaworld which are all just minutes away. Scheduled theme park transportation is provided on a limited basis. For more details regarding that you can visit the Universal Partner Hotel Vacation Planning Center located in the hotel lobby.
Wyndham Orlando Resort I-Drive
8001 International Drive