• Posted on 12/23/2015

10 Best Stories of 2015

Along with a boom of all new attractions, entertainment and dining options, even more exciting things to do are popping up all over Orlando. From our world-famous theme parks to International Drive, 2015 was marked by a wide range of new and exciting offerings for family vacation fun enthusiasts. We've gathered a list of the 10 best stories from this year with a sneak peak as what's to come in 2016 in Orlando.

#1. Soar High on the Orlando Eye at the Brand New I-Drive 360

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Orlando's newest major retail, dining and entertainment complex, I-Drive 360 has altered Orlando's skyline forever with its large observation wheel. This new attraction that you can see from all over Orlando is the Orlando Eye where guests can enjoy the sights from 400 feet (122 m) in the air.

#2. Dive into Undersea Adventures at the New SEA LIFE Aquarium in Orlando

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If you're a lover of the world's oceans or are searching for something really cool to do with the family, the new SEA LIFE Aquarium in Orlando is teaming with interactive fun - without actually taking a deep sea dive. From a 360-degree view of sharks to glowing jellyfish, surround yourself by the wonders of the oceans in this new indoor attraction located at I-Drive 360 on International Drive in Orlando.

#3. It's ‘Selfie' Heaven with Celebrities Galore at Madame Tussauds Orlando

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A-list celebrities have invaded International Drive and are striking a pose for high-five loving, selfie snapping fans visiting the new Madame Tussauds at I-Drive 360 in Orlando. Enter a world of life-like wax figures that will put you directly on to the red carpet.

#4. The Force Is Strong at Disney's Hollywood Studios With New Star Wars Launch Bay

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The force may be awaking in theaters this holiday season but it's already alive and well at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Fans can now journey to a galaxy far, far away in a brand new, walk-through attraction, Star Wars Launch Bay, face their fears in a revamped Jedi training class and fly at hyperspace speeds on an updated Star Tours ride experience.

#5. SeaWorld Debuts New 'Clyde & Seamore's Sea Lion High' Show in Orlando

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The famous pair of sea lions, Clyde and Seamore, once again takes center stage at SeaWorld Orlando for an all new line up of family fun and comedic antics in the Orlando theme park. "Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High" is a full of surprises as the famous nautical duo, joined by a colorful cast of human characters, star in an all new comedy adventure which replaces the long running "Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island" show.

#6. Downtown Disney Is Now Officially Disney Springs

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With the wave of a wand, a sprinkle of pixie dust and a multi-year expansion project, Walt Disney World Resort has officially changed the name of their shopping and entertainment complex to Disney Springs. The announcement also raises the bar on dining in Orlando with the opening of Morimoto Asia and Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.

#7. Visit Orlando Kicks Off Global Search for Vacation Stories in Orlando

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Every day thousands upon thousands of vacation dreams come true in Orlando. These dreams lead to unforgettable stories to be shared about magical journeys and thrilling adventures. This summer Visit Orlando kicks off an exciting way to share your vacation stories using #MyOrlandoStory.

#8. LEGO Friends Joins LEGOLAND Florida With Opening of Heartlake City

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Young fans of the LEGO Friends characters will be thrilled with the opening of the new Heartlake City at LEGOLAND Florida. Here is your chance to meet the popular LEGO girls: Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea. Hearlake City brings to life LEGO's line of products which puts girls first.

#9. New Gator Spot Attraction Opens at Fun Spot America and It's Jawsome!

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Nothing says welcome to Orlando like a friendly smile from one of over 100 American alligators. Fun Spot America has brought a slice of Orlando's historical Gatorland attraction to the heart of International Drive where visitors can now get jaw to jaw with these huge prehistoric-looking reptiles at a new attraction called Gator Spot.

#10. Walt Disney World Adds a Slice of Paradise with New Polynesian Resort Expansion

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Straight from the land where palm trees sway, a whole new South Seas fantasy vacation experience awaits guests at the newly renovated Disney's Polynesian Village Resort including new guest areas and amenities throughout the resort along with new accommodations for Disney Vacation Club members.

Next Year: New and Upcoming Attractions Opening in Orlando in 2016

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Be among the first to experience a whole new lineup of exciting attractions, entertainment and dining coming to Orlando. Plan your visit to enjoy all the new things to see and do including all new world-class theme park attractions opening in 2016.

Orlando is a destination filled with fun things to do. Let Visit Orlando make planning your vacation even more fun. Request a free Orlando Vacation Planning Kit.

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