I-Drive 360 has forever changed the Orlando skyline with the massive 400 ft. tall Orlando Eye observation wheel. The developer, Unicorp, recently won approval for a new record breaking 425 ft. tall swing ride
. But if these aren’t enough ways to take in the views of Orlando, Unicorp has now proposed a new heliport, which would be on the top of their seven-story parking garage.
So far, Unicorp has not given any details on which company would operate out of the proposed airport.
There are a number of helicopter tour companies within the tourism district, including Air Force Fun on Vineland, which recently had their own expansion denied
. Another heliport was recently approved
along the northern end of I-Drive, featuring an elevated 2 pad heliport in the recently remodeled Orlando Crossing plaza. Also, a nearby tour company that sits just south of Dave & Busters is rumored to be included in a Rosen Inn expansion.
The I-Drive 360 helicopter tour company will likely include self-imposed restrictions over specific nearby residential areas. With the Eye and the Starflyer nearby, the new heliports’ location will make it unique in the market, while also providing a very centralized location for many of the more popular helicopter sightseeing spots. There’s no word on what size helicopter the new I-Drive 360 heliport will be able to handle. Air Force Fun wanted to expand as part of an initiative to feature a larger (and quieter) helicopter, similar to the ones used for most tours in New York and L.A.
The proposed heliport at I-Drive 360 will include a sales kiosk in the central square of 360. If approved, the new attraction should open in 2017.