Inflight Dubai, self-proclaimed as the world's largest and tallest wind tunnel for skydiving, is tentatively set as the next attraction at I-Drive 360, and would be the first of four new tenants in the southwest quadrant of the development, at the corner of International Drive and Via Mercado Way.
Property developer Unicorp National Developments has yet to publicly announce Inflight Dubai as its next land lease but has been working with Orange County staff for approval of the attraction within I-Drive 360, CEO Chuck Whittall confirmed for GrowthSpotter on Tuesday.
The attraction would occupy a pad at the I-Drive/Via Mercado intersection with a building of 12,910 square feet. Three more pads directly north for buildings ranging from 8,500 square feet to 10,300 square feet have been reserved, with two new restaurants and another attraction being pursued, Whittall said.
Orlando would be the first location outside the United Arab Emirates for Inflight Dubai, according to the company's website. Calls and emails for comment were not returned Tuesday.
Other new retail tenants preparing to open at I-Drive 360 in the next two to four weeks include iCafe de Paris coffee shop, a new 8,000-square-foot Walgreen's, Cowgirls Rockbar (6,000 SF) and Sugar Factory (6,000 SF). Somm Wine Bar, which will carry craft beers, artisanal sodas and a selection of hot and cold dishes prepared by Slate restaurant in Dr. Phillips, is currently slated to open by early December, according to John Stine, director of sales and marketing at I-Drive 360.
News of a new indoor skydiving attraction on I-Drive comes in step with a planned move by iFly Orlando, an attraction with 18 years in the tourism corridor.
Currently located at 6805 Visitors Circle, near the intersection if I-Drive and Universal Boulevard, iFly Orlando occupies an 1,824-square-foot building built in 1999 on a parcel owned by parent company SkyVenture out of Austin, Texas.
iFly Orlando will move within the tourism corridor, but has yet to decide where or when, said Nick Romero, director of sales and marketing.