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As you travel through Orlando on the way to all of the major theme parks and tourist sights, you'll likely notice two rainbow-colored ride towers scraping the sky near Sand Lake. Those towers belong to Sling Shot Orlando at Magical Midway. The small thrill park features go-kart tracks located just two miles south of the main entrance at Universal Studios Florida in Southwest Orlando on International Drive.
Magical Midway offers free admission as visitors pay per ride at the park. The park sells wristbands that allow unlimited riding, which could be a great value if you plan to ride multiple rides multiple times. Be sure to check the Magical Midway website for occasional printable coupon offers that can also help save a few dollars for your visit. The park is open daily until midnight, so you can enjoy the attractions during the sunny Orlando days, or at night when the park lights up.
The park does not have an area for small children, just for thrill-seekers, so keep that mind if you're traveling with family. At Brooklyn Pizza inside the park, you can enjoy New York style pizza by the slice or by the pie. In addition to rides, an arcade offers video games and skill games that earn tickets that can be traded in for prizes at the gift counter.
Magical Midway is home to three go-kart tracks - one is flat on the ground as you'd expect, while the other two are elevated throughout the park, giving an exciting twist to the exciting racing ride.
The Orlando Sling Shot is the world's largest slingshot ride at 400 feet. The ride is a reverse bungee-jump, where you load into a cart down into a plastic volcano and then erupt through air. The ride's rainbow-colored towers glow at night. The Star Shot swing ride is located right next to the Sling Shot. The Star Shot isn't your average swing ride; the swings go up 230 feet and travel at speeds close to 50 mph.The Space Shot is another tower ride at Magical Midway. Riders load into a cart around the outside of the tower and are launched 180 feet in the air before dropping into an exciting free fall.
The midway at Magical Midway also includes bumper cars, bumper boats, a spinning thrill ride, and a carousel.
There is lots to see and do around Magical Midway, with several attractions located within a two-mile radius of the park. Within just a few blocks of the park along International Drive, there's Wet n' Wild, The Titanic Experience, Fun Spot, Gator Golf, and Congo River Mini-Golf. Festival Bay Mall has over 60 shops and restaurants to explore in addition to a 13,700 square-foot indoor children's playground.
Other nearby attractions include Ripley's Believe it or Not! and Universal Studios Florida. Disney World is just eight miles from Magical Midway.
Restaurants near Magical Midway
Due to the park's location near other Orlando attractions and tourist sights, there is a great selection of dining options surrounding Magical Midway. Directly across International Drive, there's a Pizza Hut and a Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill. Along Carrier Drive on the thrill park's south edge, there is a Chili's Bar and Grill and two places that offer dinner in conjunction with a show - Pirate's Dinner Adventure and Treasure Tavern.
As you head south on International Drive near Magical Midway, the choices for dining really open up. Within a mile, there's a Chuck E. Cheese, a Cici's Pizza, Chinese buffet, an Indian restaurant with a lunch buffet, Olive Garden, Baskin Robbin's, an IHOP, Perkin's, and Burger King. Just a few blocks north of the park, there's a Ponderosa Steak House, Sushiology, and a vibrant and unique seafood joint called Lighthouse Lobster Feast that offers all-you-can-eat deals.
Hotels Close to Magical Midway
The Enclave Suites located directly behind Magical Midway offer basic hotel rooms, multiple-room suites with kitchens, and special kid-themed suites that provide a bright and vibrant surrounding for children. There are also multiple swimming pools and hot tubs to relax in. Across International Drive, a Travelodge offers no-frills accommodations that are easy on the budget, while the suites at the Lexington Hotel include a full hot breakfast buffet each morning.
There are several easily accessible, budget hotel options as you move north of Magical Midway along International Drive, including a Ramada, the Metropolitan Express, the Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel, and the Days Inn. The I-Drive Trolley provides public transportation up and down International Drive, so if you choose to stay there all of the nearby attractions are easy to get to.