We were recently invited to come check out all the fun that ICON Park has to offer. With all the times that we’ve been to Orlando, can you believe that we’ve never visited before?! ICON Park Orlando is a HUGE entertainment complex with over 40 restaurants, bars, shops, attractions + some amazing amusement park rides.
There are multiple ticket options at ICON Park. You can go the à la carte route and just pay admission for the activity (or activities) that you’re interested in but the absolute best deal is the ICON Park Play Pass.
Offering over a 50% discount vs individual ticket prices, the ICON Park Play Pass is $69 and covers all 7 attractions for one low price + an arcade play card + shopping and dining discounts.
ICON Park Orlando 7-D Dark Ride
The kids wanted to start our day at ICON Park with the 7D theater. They let Ellie pick which movie/ride to do and she picked the “scariest” one and they all said it was great fun!
MADAME TUSSAUDS at ICON Park
Have you ever been to a wax museum? We’ve walked past the Madame Tussauds in Hollywood a few times but never ventured inside and after visiting the one in Orlando, I’m kicking myself that we didn’t check it out sooner because Madame Tussauds Orlando was outstanding!
While you’re not supposed to touch the wax figures, you can sit/stand next to them. The kids enjoyed seeing their favorite historical figures and celebrities and had a BLAST posing with them.
Some of the exhibits are interactive like this one where you can help Superman lift a helicopter. Don’t worry, we used hand sanitizer before and after!! Madame Tussaud’s has gone the extra mile with their star-studded safety plan requiring masks, distancing, decreased capacity, and increased deep cleaning.
SEA LIFE AQUARIUM ORLANDO
Directly across the main building (the one with The Wheel) from Madame Tussauds, is the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. Though on the small side, this aquarium packs in a lot of exhibits, and we had a great time.
I think my kids could spend hours staring at tanks full of fish, especially when they have rays that seem to just glide through the water.
The touch tank was a HUGE hit with our crew! We’ve done countless touch tanks before but this was the first time the kids were able to touch a sticky sea anemone. Did you know the tentacles will grab your finger and wrap around it?! We had no idea but did it over and over and over!
MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS ORLANDO
Brand new to the Orlando scene in 2021, the Museum of Illusions Orlando is well worth a visit. In addition to learning how optical illusions work, there are also photographic illusions like the Ames Room. Ben was excited to be “taller” than Lexie for a change!
The climbing wall illusion was definitely the favorite for our group. They were shocked that you could get an image of them climbing a rock wall (above) when in reality, they were laying on their stomachs (below)!!
The Museum of Illusions is the only place that we encountered at ICON Park that required a reservation. If you buy tickets online, you can set your timed entry up at that point. Since we had the ICON Park Play Pass, we made our reservation in-person and then had a quick snack while we waited for our time.
THE WHEEL AT ICON PARK ORLANDO
The Wheel at ICON Park is probably the most recognizable aspect of the park itself. If you’ve ever driven down I-4 through Orlando, I’m sure you’ve seen it because there’s really, there’s no way that you could miss the giant 400-foot observation wheel – even from miles away!
Every capsule on The Wheel has air-conditioning and stability control plus interactive informational displays so that you can find all the Central Florida landmarks like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and Sea World! It takes about 20-minutes to go all the way around and right now, you can do it from the comfort of a private capsule.
ORLANDO STAR FLYER
Our last attraction of the day was the Orlando StarFlyer – standing 450-feet high, it’s the world’s tallest swing ride attraction. Nick, Lexie, and Ellie(!) were the only ones brave enough to try it out and they LOVED it!
Grab a partner for this double-seated attraction that sends you high in the sky and offers a one-of-a-kind view of Orlando below your feet as you spin in the breeze. It’s all lit up at night and the kids wished that they’d saved their tickets to ride in the dark so we’ll make sure to do that next time.
Thank you so much for inviting us out, ICON Park – we had an amazing time and we’ll be back again soon!
Tips for Visiting ICON Park Orlando
- FREE PARKING is available behind The Wheel and also in the parking garage near Star Flyer.
- Buy your ticket online for the best deals – either the combo tickets or the Play Pass offer the most savings.
- The Museum of Illusions currently requires a reservation time. We made ours for the next available spot (30 minutes later) which gave us time to get a snack!