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Things To Do on International Drive Orlando July 2023

Welcome to summer here in Orlando, and as the temperatures soar, I-Drive heats up with a non stop choice of things to do and special events you gotta check out!

Thing's To Do On International Drive Orlando

There is always so much to see and do on International Drive, with Orlando's I-Drive home to theme parks, all in-one entertainment centres, attractions, dining, shopping, hotels and more.

Get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure, and whether you looking for fun things to do with all the family or a night out to remember, there truly is something for everyone here on I-Drive this summer, with exciting new experiences, special events and more happening throughout the long hot summer days and sizzling nights. Enjoy!

Things To Do On International Drive This July

Minion Land Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando are currently working on multiple new attractions, plus a brand new Theme Park - Epic Universe which is due to open in Summer 2025.

Minion Land

For summer this year, the huge news at Universal Orlando is a brand new land is now open and its bananas!!

Minion Land invites guests to step inside the world of the Minions, with unique dining experiences like Minion Cafe, Bake My Day and Pop-a-Nana, plus Minion Land will also be home to new Villain-Con Minion Blast Attraction which is not yet open.

Minion Land on Illumination Ave. is an immersive new area created in partnership between Universal’s award-winning creative team and the acclaimed filmmakers from Illumination.

The new land expands upon the wildly popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction and will debut a new collection of experiences for guests of all ages inspired by the beloved Minions franchise.

Universal Orlando Resort brand new Minion Land

Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast

Guests can put their villainous skills to the test in Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast – an all-new attraction where guests compete against each other in a fully interactive gaming experience that’s so much fun, it’s a crime. Afterward, guests exit through Evil Stuff, an all-new retail location where they can stock up on Villain-Con and Minions merchandise. More details about Villain-Con Minion Blast will be revealed soon.

Minion Land Universal Studios Florida

Illumination’s Minion Cafe

It’s Minions in the kitchen, mischief in the dining room, and tons of tasty food at the new Illumination’s Minion Cafe – the marquee dining location within Minion Land. This immersive new eatery offers something for every palate in a highly-entertaining dining experience that features three themed areas designed after beloved Minions Kevin, Stuart, Bob and Otto: the Kitchen – where guests will get a glimpse of the equipment and gear the Minions have used to whip up the cafe’s menu; the Breakroom – where guests can dine in the Minions’ break space that includes everything from “Office Safety Tips” to a vending machine stocked with mischievous items; and the Dining Room – a vibrant space adorned with colorful artwork courtesy of the Minions and more. Guests can also enjoy their meal on an outdoor patio that overlooks the fun of Minion Land.

Bake My Day Universal Orlando

Bake My Day

Topped with a massive pink cupcake that’s visible from anywhere in the land, Bake My Day is a whimsical retail location and bakery featuring a selection of Minion-themed sweet treats, including cupcakes, macarons, s’mores and more, along with exclusive Minion-inspired merchandise like apparel, plush, drinkware, accessories, keychains and more.


Banana-flavored popcorn, anyone? This walkup location features sweet and savory popcorn inspired by the Minions’ love for bananas. Here, guests may also find an assortment of cute popcorn buckets, including the Minion Selfie bucket.

Freeze Ray Pops

Guests can cool off with a visit to Freeze Ray Pops, featuring a variety of colorful popsicles inspired by Gru, the Minions and Vector – along with beverages.

Illumination Theater

Guests can meet, greet and interact with beloved characters like the Minions, Gru, Margo, Edith and Agnes, plus new additions from the hit film “Sing” – Rosita, Gunter and Johnny – at an outdoor Illumination Theater facade.

Guests can also discover murals, photo ops and more throughout Minion Land that celebrate additional characters from popular Illumination films.

For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit

UNIVRS store location at Universal Orlando Resort

New UNIVRS Store

The first Universal UNIVRS store launched in Hollywood, CA in September 2022, and now Universal UNIVRS, a first-of-its-kind retail destination, has just opened on Hollywood Boulevard inside Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort, and we love it!

This shop-in-shop brings favorite brands from across NBCUniversal to life through seasonal apparel offerings that lean into the "get it before it's gone" drop culture shopping mentality.

Launching with this new location, and now also available at Universal City Walk Hollywood, is a summer collection inspired by JAWS, Felix the Cat and the 30th anniversary of Jurassic Park.

Tapping into entertainment and fashion tastemakers through their style-driven offerings, merchandise at UNIVRS marries popular brand designs with current fashion silhouettes and trending styles, driven by favorite characters and iconic on-screen moments.

Exclusive merchandise will be released in limited quantities, from tees and jackets, to tracksuits and skirts, to tote bags and hats, products will range in price from $30-$150 and in size from XS-2XI, across the mens, womens and unisex categories.

UNIVRS store location at Universal Orlando Resort

New UNIVRS merchandise highlights include:

Numskull's TUBBZ collectible ducks, featuring rubber ducks as characters from popular

NBCUniversal film and TV brands, such as Jurassic Park, JAWS, Back to the Future, Illumination's Minions and more.

Celebrate the 30 anniversary of the iconic adventure Jurassic Park, with 90s-inspired nostalgia featured in matching shirt/short sets, cargo pants, cardigans, tees and sweatshirts.

The classic black and white Felix the Cat appears in a variety of patterns in a tennis club style with skirts, shirts, jackets, tees and more.

Home to JAW'S, Amity Island-inspired graphics and slogans take on summer apparel in shorts, shirts, windbreakers and hats.

Short and long-sleeve unisex tees featuring various artwork of iconic NBCUniversal characters, such as E.T., Fast and the Furious, Universal Monsters, Good Luck Trolls and more.

Universal Orlando to celebrate 30th Anniversary of Jurassic Park with limited time experiences

Jurassic Park Tribute Store

A new Jurassic Park Tribute Store: Jurassic Park takes over this summer in the Tribute Store at Universal Studios Florida. The immersive retail location will invite guests to explore the history of the blockbuster movie as they venture through a series of themed rooms that highlight everything from pre-production elements like storyboards and blueprints to photo ops that recreate memorable scenes from the iconic film.

Guests can also shop exclusive 30th anniversary merchandise including apparel, hats, key chains, plush, collectibles, and more.

SeaWorld Orlando Fireworks

SeaWorld Orlando

Get ready for a spectacular summer at SeaWorld Orlando, throughout July, SeaWorld is celebrating with fun days amped up with gnarly entertainment, thrilling rides and breathtaking presentations, and when the sun goes down, enjoy fiery nights featuring new shows, entertainment and a brilliant fireworks spectacular.

SeaWorld Orlando Pipeline: The Surf Coaster

Pipeline: The Surf Coaster
Now Open!

First up is Pipeline: The Surf Coaster, which is Orlando's newest and most unique coaster.

Pipeline is the first-of-its-kind stand up surf coaster where you experience the rush of launching 110 feet up at 60 mph and feeling every bank and curve as though you’re really riding the waves, thanks to innovative dynamic seats that gives you unparalleled freedom of movement.

Experience the ultimate thrill with the addition of this seventh coaster to the Coaster Capital of Orlando.

Club Sea Glow SeaWorld Orlando Summer Spectacular

Summer Spectacular
Now - September 4, 2023

When the sun goes down, the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s Summer Spectacular! Stay late all summer to immerse yourself in exotic worlds of light and music and experience your favorite SeaWorld attractions in a whole new way.

Dance the night away with world-class DJs for a family-friendly party beneath the waves. Then end the night with Ignite, a fireworks spectacular that brings the brilliance of the sea to the sky above. Put a charge in your summer at SeaWorld’s vibrant Summer Spectacular.

Club Sea Glow SeaWorld Orlando Summer Spectacular

Club Sea Glow

The party amps up in the evening at Bayside Stadium, where a DJ will be mixing dance music all evening leading up to the start of our nighttime fireworks show.

Enjoy plenty of space to spread out and dance while enjoying the entertainment. That includes dancers and high-energy atmospheric acts to get the party going!

Surf Holiday at Nautilus Theater SeaWorld Orlando

Surf Holiday at Nautilus Theater

Surfers and dreamers, join us for the wildest party on the sea! You’ll feel the motion of the ocean in a live stage show with singing, dancing, and an inspiring story of preservation and conservation for the beauty within our living ocean.

SeaWorld Orlando All-New Concert Series

Summer Spectacular Concert Series

Starting July 8, guests to the park can enjoy 10 concerts taking place on Saturdays and Sundays within the Nautilus Theater. Well-know performers taking part in the concert series include Maddie & Tae, Rodney Atkins, Little River Band, and Rodney Atkins.

The Full Line-Up

  • July 8: English Beat

  • July 9: Little River Band

  • July 15: Pop Evil

  • July 16: Foghat

  • July 22: Don Felder

  • July 23: Rodney Atkins

  • July 29: Maddie & Tae

  • July 30: Jesse McCartney

  • August 5: A Flock of Seagulls

  • August 6: Skillet

Best of all, the summer concert series is included with park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando in the sunshine

Pearl Divers

This one-of-a-kind experience gives you the chance to watch pearl diving live! Witness a pearl diver pick the perfect Akoya oyster for you in our lagoon. The oyster will produce a beautiful pearl for you to add to a setting of your choice.

In the lagoon next to Oyster's Secret, starting at Noon.

Ignite Fireworks SeaWorld Orlando Summer Spectacular

Ignite Fireworks

Surf the wave to a whole new level with Ignite, a fireworks and fountains spectacular that brings the brilliant colors of the sea to the skies above the park.

The fireworks can be seen from all around SeaWorld’s large central lake, including from Bayside Stadium, The Waterfront, and the Orca Encounter Pathway.

Plus, enjoy a special 4th of July firework spectacular on SeaWorld’s large central lake with inspiring music synced to beautiful fireworks in celebration of America. View from areas like Bayside Stadium or find a spot along the water. This event will bring the red, white, and blue, to you, so be sure not to miss it!

For more details on SeaWorld Orlando's spectacular Sumer events: SeaWorld Orlando

Free Beer  at SeaWorld Orlando

Free Beer
Now - July 27, 2023

It wouldn’t be summer at SeaWorld Orlando without FREE BEER!

When you visit SeaWorld Orlando this summer, from now through until July 27, park guests 21 and older, can enjoy a free 7oz. brew every time you visit!​

The free beer is available daily at Waterway Grill from 11 am until an hour before the park closes. As always, SeaWorld will offer a variety of beers throughout the promotion.

The Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando

Craft Beer Festival
July 28 - September 3, 2023

SeaWorld is serving up an incredible party for craft beer lovers this Summer, with the return of the Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando from July 28 - September 3, 2023.

Taking place weekly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the festival will feature more than 100 crafts brews, wines, seltzers, and cocktails.

Sample an unbeatable mix of domestic and local Florida favorites. Plus savor more than 15 food items expertly paired to match your preferred brew. And to top it all off, festive entertainment will keep the party going all day long.

Best of all, admission to the Craft Beer Festival is included with admission to SeaWorld Orlando.

Elmo Sandcastle Popcorn Bucket at SeaWorld Orlando

Elmo Sandcastle Popcorn Bucket

Summer is even more fun with furry friends!

Grab this adorable Elmo Sandcastle Popcorn Bucket during your next visit to Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, available for a limited time in park.

Guests can also enjoy free popcorn refills on their date of purchase!

The I-Drive Throw Down Truck Show roars into Dezerland Park Orlando

I-Drive Throw Down Truck Show

The I-Drive Throw Down Truck Show is taking over Dezerland Park on I-Drive from July 21 - 23.

Do you love off-roading and adventure? Or maybe you just want to see a bunch of giant, modified trucks? Dezerland Action Park, home of the Orlando Auto Museum and Central Florida’s car show headquarters, is bringing hundreds of exciting trucks and other off-roading vehicles to International Drive with I-Drive Throwdown.

Presented by American Force Wheels, I-Drive Throwdown will take over Dezerland Action Park from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23. The event is designed to showcase the power and agility of various off-road vehicles, including trucks, side-by-sides, and ATVs, and will draw some of the most popular auto influencers and truck enthusiasts from around the country to the area.

Dezerland Action Park will serve as a one-stop shop for visitors attending the event, with all of the trucks and judging on-site and plenty of attractions, food and nighttime entertainment to enjoy.

The Hampton Social International Drive Orlando

The Hampton Social

The perfect way to beat the summer heat is with a glass of frosé at the cool and sophisticated Hampton Social, where you can imbibe all the feels of summer in the heart of Orlando without breaking a sweat.

For July Fourth they’ll be offering a limited-time patriotic blue twist on their iconic Frosé. Let’s just say, if you’re hoping to start your Independence Day celebrations with some elevated summer sipping, a pit stop at The Hampton Social is a must!

Main Event Entertainment at Pointe Orlando brings back its Summer Season Pass!

Main Event Entertainment

Main Event Entertainment at Pointe Orlando on international Drive is offering a Summer Season Pass so families can enjoy All You Can Play activities, discounts on food and beverage items, and Bonus Game Play, perfect for those stormy afternoons here in Central Florida!

For a limited time from May 22 through September 5, the Summer Season Pass includes activities like bowling, billiards, laser tag, and more for just one price of $59.99 per person - good for as many visits as you want, all summer long!

The Summer Season Passes are available online, through the Main Event app, or on-site at the Bowl Desk.

For more information and details on Main Event's Summer Season Pass, you can visit

 Hard Rock Live Orlando

Hard Rock Live Orlando

Hard Rock Live Orlando at Universal CityWalk is going to have you rocking all summer long with a great line up of entertainment.

Orlando’s “Coliseum of Rock” is the destination for the hottest entertainment. Step through the grand entrance to enjoy a show at this amazing venue.

July 13

Ted Nugent: Adios MOFO'23! with special guest Hillbilly Vegas

July 14

101.1 WJRR Presents Staind

July 23

Jinkx Monsoon: Everything At Stake Tour

Improv Comedy Theater

The Orlando Improv Comedy Club located at Pointe Orlando, is one of the premier live stand-up comedy clubs in Orlando. The Improv welcomes the biggest names in comedy to their stage as well as supporting our local talent here in Central Florida!

July 7 - 8

Roy Wood Jnr

July 9

Dean Napolitano

July 13

Eric D’Alessandro

July 14 - 15


July 16

Jason Nash

July 19

Rafi Bastos

July 20

The Christi Show

July 21 - 22

Dusty Slay

July 23

Oscar Collazos

July 26

Meredith Masony - The Mental Load

July 28 - 29

Ms Pat

July 30

Pauly Shore

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant Orlando

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant Wine Club

17 July - 18 July

Come join Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant for a night of flavor-filled dishes inspired by the Amalfi Coast.

The Wine Club, will be taking a trip to the Italian island of Capri for a three-course dinner with wine pairing. Imagine dining under a canopy of lemon groves, where you'll be treated to bright, fresh flavors and an experience that will make you feel like you're on the cliffs overlooking the blue grotto.

For more details check out Cooper's Hawk's website.

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