More details revealed about I-Drive-area's Andretti Indoor Karting attraction
February 24th 2017
Construction is underway at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games on Universal Boulevard, but there's still more tidbits of news the attraction is sharing with fans.
The attraction, which is expected to open next July, gave the media a preview of what's planned for its first Florida location during the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) Expo that's in town through Nov 18. Executives with Andretti previously told Orlando Business Journal the attraction will include a uniquely designed kart track that is three separate pieces and can be joined into one mega track, as well as multiple arcade games, a laser tag, a ropes course and more.
And the IAAPA presentation shared some more details on some of the other attractions in play at Andretti Indoor Karting. For example, a 7-D dark ride is planned for the facility in partnership with Canada-based Triotech, which is a major player in interactive dark rides.
Triotech is the company that designed Legoland California's Ninjago The Ride, which is currently under construction at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven. That ride incorporates a technology where guests wave their hands over an invisible beam and cast spells that interact with a movie and score points.
According to Andretti's presentation, via Twitter pictures from Orlando Weekly, Andretti's dark ride seems to be of a similar make as it's described as a ride where "riders compete against each other for the highest score using their laser blasters to battle on-screen enemies."
In addition, the attraction revealed that its ropes course activity will have a curved zipline, which it claims in the first of its kind.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is expected to draw more than 500,000 people each year and will create more than 200 temporary construction jobs and another 300-plus permanent operations jobs. It is the first major attraction to begin development on Universal Boulevard that will grow as more companies try to break into the I-Drive-area market.