Guide to ICON Park Orlando: An Icon of Entertainment

Museum of Illusions Orlando

With attractions all around the world, Museum of Illusions newest location is right here at ICON Park. The museum includes exhibits designed to play tricks with your eyes and mind. Learn how optical illusions and holograms work in this interactive attraction, suitable for all ages.

In The Game

Located inside The Wheelhouse, In The Game is another new addition to ICON Park. This 7,000-square-foot attraction boasts a mirror maze, 7D motion theater, advanced arcade games, an escape room, and virtual reality (VR) experiences.

Pearl Express Train

Tour ICON Park aboard a miniature replica steam engine. The trackless train station is located at the front of The Wheelhouse, and all ages are welcome to ride.

*Although technically not a part of ICON Park, there are several other attractions within walking distance of the complex, including Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and The Escape Game Orlando.

Best things to do in orlando with kids
Enjoy a family-friendly meal on the patio at Ole Red Orlando.

ICON Park Restaurants & Quick Dining

Ole Red Orlando

Inspired by Blake Shelton’s famous song, Ole Red is a country music venue/restaurant that offers guests a good ol’ time, with a made-from-scratch menu and live country music. Kids menu includes chicken tenders, burgers, mac & cheese, hot dogs, and grilled cheese.

Read more  15 Best Things to Do in Ledyard (CT)

Sloppy Joe’s Orlando

The world-famous Key West restaurant Sloppy Joe’s is now in Orlando! Featuring palate-pleasing meals, tropical drinks, and island music, Sloppy Joe’s is ideal for those looking for a laid-back, vacay vibe.

Sugar Factory Orlando

Sugar Factory satisfies even the biggest sweet tooth with its full-size candy shop and over-the-top dessert offerings. These include sundaes big enough for two, “insane” milkshakes, and chocolate fondue. In addition to sweets, there is also a full menu with sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and more.

Tapa Toro

Enjoy classic and contemporary Spanish cuisine with tapas and sharable meals at Tapa Toro. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as Flamenco dancing performances nightly. A kids menu is available, and brunch is offered on Sundays.

Tin Roof

Tin Roof offers a tasty “Better Than Bar Food” menu as well as an eclectic environment with live music. Open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch available on Sundays.

Yard House

Yard House boasts modern American foods and a large selection of draft beer with more than 100 taps. My personal favorite entrée here is the Nashville Hot Chicken! There are lots of menu options, and kids can choose from sliders, chicken fingers, fish & chips, grilled cheese, and more.

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

This fast-casual dining option features Gordon Ramsay’s take on the classic British meal. Choose from fish, chicken, or shrimp, and natural sea salt “chips” (fries). Other options include lobster and shrimp, fishwich, and chickenwich. For dessert, try a Sticky Toffee shake.

iCafe de Paris

If you’re like me, you want to know where the closest coffee shop is wherever you go! iCafe de Paris is ICON Park’s coffee shop and creperie, and also features breakfast, lunch, dinner, and several delicious dessert options.

Read more  15 Fun Free Things to Do in Austin TEXAS

The Wheelhouse Market

Located inside The Wheelhouse, this food hall features a variety of different fast dining options, including pizza, pasta, Latin street food, sausages, tacos, and sweets.

*Other restaurants within ICON Park include Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Shake Shack, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Best things to do in orlando with kids
The views from the The Wheel’s capsules are stunning.

ICON Park Tips, Tricks & More

  • Parking is FREE in the multi-level adjacent garage, as well as the surface lot on Universal Blvd. Complimentary valet parking is also available.
  • Visitors can purchase a Play Pass to get tickets to seven attractions for one low price. More deals are available for military, teachers, Florida residents, and more.
  • There is a large outdoor green space right outside The Wheelhouse, ideal for family picnics, viewing The Wheel’s light show, or just to let the kids run around and burn off some energy.
  • There are a handful of shops to explore at ICON Park, incluing a Build-A-Bear Workshop, ICON Park Gift Shop, and individual gift shops at Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Orlando, and The Wheel.
  • Are you expecting or know someone who’s expecting? Host a gender reveal at The Wheel! Gather friends and family on the central lawn and watch a pink and blue light show on The Wheel, with the final color revealing the baby’s gender!
  • During the holidays, be sure to reserve the best Santa photos in town at The Santa Workshop Experience! Easter Bunny photos are also offered in the spring through the same company.
  • Review ICON Park’s current health guidelines before visiting for the latest Covid-19 protocols.

Read more  26 of the Most Unique Things to Do in Chicago

Unless noted, photos courtesy of ICON Park

Recommended For You

About the Author: Tung Chi