ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - International Drive is Central Florida's center of entertainment, and it could be in store for some major changes.
The county's vision calls for the tourist strip to be more colorful and attractive to the eye -- colorfully-lit buildings, lighted art installations, lighted water features, and projections on buildings.
Attractions like The Wheel and Starflyer, already light up the night sky but I-Drive could soon be glowing a lot brighter. Orange County’s vision for the tourist strip is for it to be more colorful and attractive to the eye.
“It would be really cool, because this is a tourist attraction that people come to from all over the world, so they will definitely like it,” said Jessie Kim, a visitor.
Some tourists along I-Drive think it’s a great way to enhance the popular stretch or roadway.
“People who come to Orlando likely have been here before, so if they come again and see something different, it’s probably more attractive,” said visitor Amanda Hernandez.
But Liz Dietz, visiting from Colorado, says she thinks it’s too much.
“I think there’s probably enough right now, to attract people to the area, there’s plenty of lights already,” said Dietz.
Dietz also says the lights could be distracting to drivers.
“I think a lot of accidents can occur up and down the street, as it is, with all the people coming from out of town, I don’t think that we need anymore,” Dietz added.
The goal is to attract more people to the area. The county says this is just a vision in its preliminary stages.