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Disney I-Drive art installation

Disney plans to install a gargantuan, ribbon-like digital art display on 8050 International Drive which is the Hollywood Plaza garage.

The art installation will weigh 114,671 pounds, be 30 feet high, and 337 feet long. To put it into a better size perspective, the art display will be bigger than a football field. The cost is estimated to be around $1 million, but it could exceed that amount. Acomb Ostendorf & Associates of Winter Park, the developer, and Hollywood Plaza Garage Realty, the parking garage owner, are working together to make this project a reality. Disney is also partnering with Mitsubishi, a Japan-based company, to install and maintain the art display.

It is reported that construction is expected to last less than a year and the screen should be turned on in 2022.

A New Level of Advertising

Disney creators said the display will be able to change or move and will show artwork including Disney’s iconic characters, franchises, and famous attractions.

There are conceptual examples that show the image of Disney World’s Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster in Hollywood Studios. The screen will face Orlando’s main highway Interstate 4 and look north toward downtown. Just on Interstate 4, more than 200,000 cars pass by daily and in the future, the cars will be passing the digital display. International Drive alone attracts more than 15 million tourists annually. In the future, the screen can be used as an advertising tactic showing tourists new Disney attractions, events, or even just creating the want of visiting Disney.

The goal of the digital art display is to gain more exposure and bring more guests to the Walt Disney World Resort.

On top of the new art display, Disney will open a retail store on the bottom floor of the Hollywood Plaza garage. Although there isn’t a description of what the retail store will look like, we can all expect something fantastic because Disney never shoots for anything less than impressive.

Disney’s new art display will most likely inspire others to pursue the same venture, especially north of Sand Lake Road and near the Convention Center. Similar digital displays can market towards visiting conventions or even be used as a welcome sign for attendees around the convention district.

The History

Disney predicts the new technology will be an I-Drive icon at the beginning of Sand Lake Road and will advance the Orange County Dynamic Art Program’s plan to promote works of art to the public.

The art display has been in the talks for years, with supporters comparing it to installments at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and Sydney Opera House. The application for the digital art project was filed with Orange County and was approved earlier this month. Now the project is seeking building permits. The display is projected to further the I-Drive 2040 plan which is a commitment to maintaining I-Drive as the world’s premier global destination for tourism and family entertainment.  Orange County hopes that the broader scale works of art will encourage creativity and develop a strong sense of place in the county.

In January 2020, Orange County voted to allow users on International Drive to have large video screens with art or graphics, but 10% or less of the screen can be used for advertising texts.

Other rules include the screens being at least 600 feet from I-4 and only buildings that exceed two stories in height can have screens. Walt Disney World resort jumped on the opportunity to advertise their company and the screen can be used to generate revenue from selling sponsorships if Disney chooses to do so.

Planning on visiting I-Drive? Book the Perfect Stay.

Reserve a room with the Rosen Inn International.

Our luxurious amenities are friendly for participants and attendees of all ages, and they include on-site swimming pool access, video arcade gaming, and a children’s playground. To book your room, click the “Check Room Availability” button at the top of the page or give us a call at 407-996-1600.

With Father’s Day around the corner, we’ve been thinking about fun activities Dad would love, yet there are so many choices. What can we say? Dad’s Day in Orlando is really exciting, so who better to explain what to do than from the best source possible—my main man—Dad. Here’s a quick rundown of my father’s top three picks on International Drive.

1. For the active father, try iFLY Orlando. This amazing indoor skydiving experience lets you enjoy the thrill of free-falling in a wind tunnel. No parachute, plane, or skydiving experience needed.

2. For the chill father looking to stay cool and enjoy the summer sun, try Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark. With more than 12 water rides and slides, Dad can dip, dive, float, or slide alongside dolphins. Soaking up the sun has never been so much fun.

3. For the detective father who enjoys a mental challenge, try America’s Escape Game. Choose one of five uniquely-themed rooms from which you have to escape—in an hour—using clues, puzzles, deductive reasoning, and team skills. Let Dad be the hero as he uncovers mysteries, hidden treasures, and saves the world from crisis!

There are dozens of more activities: midway rides, side-show attractions, dinner shows, and mini golf to name a few. If you and Dad still can’t make up your minds, ask the Guest Service Desk for an opinion. We’ll be happy to help.

Have an AMAZING Father’s Day!

Worried you might not be able to bring your best friend with you on your Orlando adventure? Well, fret no longer! We at Rosen Inn International love and welcome dogs with their well-behaved owners. To help you and your furry loved one have a great vacation, we want to share a few choice spots here in Orlando we think you and your dog will love.

– Dr. Phillips Dog Park: A gorgeous dog park fenced yet with plenty of room for dogs to roam. Let your friend run free off-leash in the play area while your friends cook up some delicious barbeque at the gazeebo nearby, or just take in the awe-inspiring sights of Big Sand Lake.

– Lake Eola Park: While it’s not explicitly a dog park, Lake Eola Park definitely welcomes dogs on leashes including many businesses surrounding the park. From these pet-friendly restaurants, the iconic vistas of downtown Orlando seen from this park, to an almost mile-long walking trail around the lake, you and your four-legged friend are sure to find something to love.

– Barber Dog Park: Here’s a dog park that stands out. It’s the only park in the area with an agility training obstacle course. Visit to mentally and physically challenge your dog’s skill level and knowledge of commands. The basic agility obstacles are easy enough for dogs of all skill levels. The park also provides ample space for dogs to simply run around and live the good dog life in this fenced-in off-leash park.

Please be sure your dog is current on all shots and vaccinations before visiting any dog park or public place. There is a small chance a park ranger may ask to see the dog’s vaccine records, so travel with these important papers. Even at the hotel, we may ask to see these records to ensure your dog and our guests’ safety.

Take the hand of your loved one and embark on an open horizon of warm sunsets and romantic escapes waiting for you both in Greater Orlando. The only question is, where are you going to capture the romance? Let’s give you a few starting points and we’ll leave the remainder of the evening for you to conjure and enjoy.

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Dine & Delight

Lake Buena Vista/Walt Disney World® Resort Area: Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Celebration: Celebration Town Tavern on Front St.

International Drive: Harry’s Pool Side Bar & Grill at Rosen Centre

Downtown Orlando: Citrus Restaurant on Orange Ave.

Winter Park: Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine on Park Ave.

Entertainment to Swoon by

Lake Buena Vista/Walt Disney World® Resort Area: Rent a Surry bike at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas

Celebration: Celebration Farmer’s Market on Sycamore St.

International Drive: Club 39 at Rosen Plaza

Downtown Orlando: Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center on Magnolia Ave.

 

Winter Park: The Wine Room on Park Ave.

To Make Lasting Memories

Lake Buena Vista (Walt Disney World® Resort Area): Fireworks display from the Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Celebration: Horse-drawn carriage ride on Front St.

International Drive: Couples’ Massage at The Spa at Rosen Centre

Downtown Orlando: Orlando Museum of Art on N. Mills Ave.

Winter Park: Date Night Movie at Harry P. Leu Gardens on N. Forest Ave.

One of the most common (and broken) resolution for the New Year is to exercise. Sometimes it’s hard to fit exercise into your daily routine, especially when you’re on vacation. But did you know that you can sneak in exercise everyday by doing things such as taking the stairs rather than the elevator, parking further away from the stores, or speed walk during your errands? A little bit goes a long way.

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We understand that while you’re on vacation, exercising might be the last thing on your mind. Even with our wonderfully well-equipped fitness center on site, you’re probably looking to spend some time out and about. That’s okay. You’re going to get a great workout. Here’s why…

There are so many attractions on International Drive—all of which are easily accessible by just walking. There are about three miles worth of restaurants, shops, and attractions for you to explore during your stay. Even if you take the IRide Trolley part of the way, you’ll still get a good work out.

A day spent at a theme park also amounts to great exercise. On average, expect to get in 5 to 10 miles of walking at any theme park. Squeeze in more exercise while waiting in line or watching parades or street shows doing calf raises or stretches. If you’re a thrill seeker, you might be happy to know that roller-coasters actually help you burn calories. Our favorite rides may help tone the body as our muscles contract to grip the handrail, heart rates spike, and as we react to the twist and turns by contracting major muscle groups.

Now you know how to turn a vacation into a fit-cation, so enjoy a guilt-free vacation knowing you’re probably getting the best workout possible.

Everyone loves a great view from their hotel room. In fact, our guests’ most frequent type of request is for a guestroom with a view. A lot of guests who stay with us again and again already know which views they favor. However, for those who haven’t been to our hotel it might be a bit more difficult to know which guestroom and view is best for them. (They’re all great, by the way. Some just offer different perks than others.) The easiest request is to ask for a high floor with a pool view, but there are more choices at our hotel.

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Rosen Inn International has two swimming pools surrounded by guestrooms offering great views. If you want a quieter, more tranquil view, we also have guestrooms overlooking the courtyard fountain and central lawn. Like I said earlier, all of our guestrooms are great. Our grounds are rich with lush greenery, which you can enjoy from any guestroom. Beautiful trees and flowers bring life to our hotel and provide a calm and welcoming change of scenery from theme parks and the hustle on International Drive.

If you have an idea of what type of view you’d like, plan ahead and send us your preferences. Our staff is happy to take them into consideration when assigning guestrooms.

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