We recently did an Orlando staycation during a stretch of very humid, rainy weather. We decided to shift around the timing of some of our outdoor activities, and find some fun new indoor things to do during the afternoons when heavy rain was predicted. That led us to discover Andretti Indoor Karting and Games.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is located near International Drive and the Orange County Convention Center, just a short drive from the SeaWorld, Disney World, and Universal Orlando theme parks. This 150,000 square foot attraction offers indoor karting, laser tag, bowling, arcade games, racing simulators, an interactive motion theater, and a ropes course with zip line. There is also a full-service restaurant and a bar. Parking is free and there is no admission fee. You pay per experience.
When you first arrive, you need to head to your left towards a bank of computers under the “Registration” sign. This is where you’ll input your information, such as name, address, and birthdate. Then you’ll have to sign a waiver to drive the go karts. Once you’re done with this, you’ll head over to the cashier at the “Starting Line” to buy tickets for the go karts, a game card for the arcade, or whatever else you plan to do.
The three of us opted to do the junior karting track first. It was Little Dude’s first time driving a go kart and he wanted us all to experience it together. We put all our loose articles in a free locker, then were given our gear – a head sock and a helmet with a visor. Then, we were ushered to the track and strapped into our karts.
Now, with a name like Andretti, you would expect the kart racing here to be fast and fun. It was a bit of a disappointment. The kart speed was on the slower side and the track was extremely short. It was just a tiny little circle. It would probably be fun for a 4 or 5 year old. But, since the height requirement for the junior track is 48 inches, most younger kids would not be able to drive.
On the plus side, the electric karts were clean and smooth-riding. We also appreciated how seriously Andretti Indoor Karting and Games takes the safety of their guests. Even so, we wouldn’t do the junior track again.
There are two other indoor tracks, which are much longer with more turns and banks, but kids cannot race on them until they are at least 54 inches tall and 12 years old. The racing simulator also has a height requirement of at least 54 inches, so we didn’t try it out this time. Little Dude is almost there, so we’ll have to go back in the future.
The Junior Races start at $14.95 per person and the Adult Races start at $21.95 per person.
We spent the rest of our time in the arcade. There were lots of fun games, including Skee-Ball and air hockey. Most of the games cost $1.00 – $1.50 per play. We also got to watch people on the ropes course and zip line, which is just above the arcade floor.
The arcade games give out tickets based on the points you get during each game. The number of tickets is recorded on your game card. Before you leave, you can stop at the redemption counter to “buy” prizes with your tickets. Little Dude ended up with a soccer ball and a set of gliders after about $50 worth of games.
We wanted to try bowling, but the price was a bit too high for our small family until their special kicked in at 4:00 pm, which unfortunately was the time we had to leave. If you want to bowl, be sure to take advantage of their “Rush Hour” deal. It’s only $5.00 per person per hour to bowl, which includes shoe rental. This deal is offered Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Be sure to watch their specials page for changes and updates.
Tips for Visiting Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
- If you want to save a little time, fill out your waiver online before you arrive.
- Visit on a weekday, if possible. Weekends are often busy, so if you visit then and plan to do the karting, give yourself plenty of time in case the earlier races are filled up.
- Join the Andretti E-Club for a free $5.00 Game Card and information about exclusive specials and promotions.
- If you plan on doing most of the activities or will return multiple times in a year, buy their membership, which gives you discounts for food, karting, arcade play, and more.
- Check the age and height requirements before you go, so you know what your kids can and cannot do. Also, just doing a few of the activities can add up quickly. Check the prices of each activity as well to decide what your budget will allow. This information can be found here on the Andretti website.
- Register your “Pit Pass” Game Card so you’re protected in case it’s lost or stolen.
- Wear closed-toed shoes if you plan to do the karting, laser tag, or ropes course and zip line. Wear socks or bring them if you plan to bowl.
- Service at the restaurant and bar is generally pretty slow and the food isn’t that great. Plan on eating at one of the great restaurants nearby instead.
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