Orlando’s newest entertainment destination doesn’t anything to do with mouse ears and magic wands. Instead, the Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is a playground that combines speed, oversized arcade and prize games, virtual reality racing simulators under 150,000 square feet of space on Universal Blvd., within walking distance of the Orange County Convention Center, making it ideal for groups looking for team building or client outings.
Walking through the large glass doors the first time, Andretti Indoor Karting, with its flashing arcade games, remind you a bit of a casino floor. There is activity (but no betting) everywhere.
Want to play a giant version of the classic Space Invaders? It’s here. Laser Tag? Andretti Karting has a terrific, two-level laser tag room that can accommodate up to 24 combatants. Not far away is a 70 HD dark ride motion theater. There’s also 12 lanes of boutique bowling, an extreme ropes course and curved zip line, more than 100 HD TV’s, meetings rooms, and a full-service restaurant (try the ribs) and bar that overlooks the center’s biggest attraction – racing.
The professionally designed multi-level, banked turn, modular track – dressed in optic green and black – is a “must ride.’’ The track was created exclusively for the Orlando location by Kart360 with what AIK says is the most elevation changes and banked turns in the world. When the three tracks are combined, the Super Track is the largest indoor karting track in the United States.
It’s well worth the seven-minute ride and the $21.95 charge for adults (a single junior race is $14.95). Each driver, by the way, has to have a valid driver’s license and is given a briefing on the high-speed electric SODI RTX Superkart he or she will drive at speeds that can approach 35 to 40 mph. The key? Don’t overestimate your driving skills and save the speed laps for your second time on the track.
Second time? Yep. Whether it’s racing, laser tag or giant Space Invaders, you’ll want to come back to Andretti Indoor Karting & Games.