There are so many great places to eat in the Orlando area.  Nearly every type of cuisine can be found. Next year, a new restaurant will open on International Drive and offer something no other restaurant can – and it has nothing to do with the menu. Can you say South Beach?

Mango's Tropical Cafe in Orlando

Mango’s Tropical Café

Mango’s Tropical Café will be opening next year near the corner of I-Drive and Sand Lake Road. This is where the TGI Fridays restaurant used to be. Where Walgreens is now, will be relocated and a parking garage will be built in its place. What is the reason for all of the space and parking needs?

Not only will this area host a new restaurant, an entire entertainment complex is going to be built that will change the Orlando skyline. SKYPLEX will break ground in 2015 and will include the world’s tallest roller coaster, The Skyscraper™. It is named that because it takes up very little space on the ground, but is 570 feet tall! Next to it will be the Orlando Eye – 400-foot tall observation wheel scheduled to open in the first half of 2015.

Mango’s Tropical Café will include 55,000 square feet of entertainment space. You’ll be able to dine there, enjoy live entertainment, shop and experience South Beach without leaving Orlando. You’ll have the option to go on a thrill ride (before you eat if you have a weak stomach), dance and have a view like no other complex offers from the glass elevator ride 55 stories into the air.

Skyscraper Roller Coaster

The Skyscraper Roller Coaster

The world’s tallest roller coaster will send riders 50 stories into the air with incredible heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions. The ride will last 3 minutes and will reach speeds of 65 mph. Details to note:

  • Over 50 stories tall
  • Price for unlimited rides is expected to be under $20
  • There will be full inversions on the coaster
  • Ride time will be around three minutes
  • Height requirement is expected to be 48 inches
  • The track will be 5,200 feet long
  • It will reach speeds up to 65 MPH

The ride is scheduled to open in 2016 with an estimated budget around $200 million. Mango’s Tropical Café will open before the ride is built next year. Construction is sure to complicate matters in this busy tourist area, so be prepared for a little inconvenience during this phase. Once complete, it is sure to be a great draw for the area.

Capone’s Dinner & Show is pleased to be located just down the road from International Drive. The location provides a quick trip for many tourists to get to our popular dinner show. Perhaps you’ll be able to see our location from the top of The Skyscraper once it is built. Until then, find us on our location page and enjoy a night away from South Beach at a fine 1930’s gangland Chicago establishment.

Last Updated on February 25, 2022