Orlando is the sort of place that never stops imagining tomorrow — and then builds it, one amazing idea at a time. It’s why you can look forward to more than 24 fresh additions in 2024, including attractions at and beyond our theme parks, immersive artistry, innovative places to eat and drink, stylish accommodations, and much more.
- New Experiences Beyond the Parks
- New & Upgraded Places to Stay
- New Places to Eat & Drink
- New Experiences at Theme Parks
No wonder Orlando was ranked the top U.S. destination to explore in 2024 by AAA and among the most fun destinations in the U.S. by WalletHub. Make plans now to experience all the new reasons to visit Orlando — and everything else there is to do here — with your family and friends.
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Orlando is welcoming fresh things to do beyond our legendary theme parks in 2024. Don’t skip 2023’s additions, either. They include Brightline high-speed rail service, connecting Orlando to Miami and other points south, and Fringe ArtSpace, a year-round physical space for Orlando Fringe, among others.
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‘Life’ at Orlando Science Center
Part of Loch Haven Park in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village Main Street district, Orlando Science Center will debut its newest exhibit, “Life,” in spring 2024. Featuring three distinctive and immersive habitats — swamp, ocean and tropical rain forest — and with 300 animals from around the world, the exhibit is designed to amaze, entertain and educate how humans impact the environment.
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An award-winning immersive and experiential art, entertainment, dining and retail hub, AREA15 is expanding from Las Vegas to the heart of Orlando’s tourism corridor with distinctive attractions, interactive art installations and ground-breaking technology.
Judson’s Live at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will open its fifth venue on February 6, 2024. The Joyce & Judson Green Room, known as Judson’s Live, is an intimate, 150-seat music space that will bring international, national and regional artists to the heart of downtown Orlando’s City District. You can discover upcoming shows at Judson’s and the Dr. Phillips Center’s other venues on our Events Calendar.
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FAUNE Augmented Reality (AR) Installation
Snap! Orlando’s CITY UNSEEN℠ presents FAUNE, a series of 10 large-format outdoor posters created by world-renowned digital artists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, installed throughout the city and revealed in 3D augmented reality. Available exclusively via the FAUNE app for Apple and Android devices, the installations will be on view in downtown Orlando’s City District through January 2025, and in the Parramore District’s Creative Village and Lake Nona through April 2024.
With more than 480 hotels and resorts to choose from, plus vacation home and condo rentals, you will always find perfect accommodations in Orlando — especially once you factor in new properties opening in 2024 and more that are getting upgrades. They join other recent additions such as Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando — Disney Springs® Area and Cambria Hotel Orlando Universal Boulevard.
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New Places to Stay
Evermore Orlando Resort
Evermore Orlando Resort is Orlando’s first beach-like property with an 8-acre Crystal Lagoon and a 20-acre sandy beach with hammocks, cabanas and recreational activities. Enjoy family paddleboarding, mixology classes, sandcastle-building lessons and more. Evermore, which will have the world's first touchless sunscreen application system, is thoughtfully built for large groups and families offering a range of 2- to 11-bedroom vacation homes.
The destination’s first Hilton luxury brand, Conrad Orlando boasts 433 rooms, a spa, numerous dining options — including its signature rooftop experience — and 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space. Located at Evermore Orlando Resort, the property overlooks a golf course, a two-story boathouse for private events, and Evermore Bay’s crystal lagoon and sandy beaches.
Aloft Orlando Lake Nona
The 6-story Aloft Orlando Lake Nona opens in January 2024 with 205 loft-style guestrooms, 15 suites, wellness facilities, a sports-themed restaurant and the 10,000-square-foot Althea Lake Nona Events Center.
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Villatel Orlando Resort
Part of the International Drive Entertainment District, aka I-Drive, Villatel Orlando Resort begins a phased opening in 2024. It will offer private villa rentals featuring hotel-style standards. The property will also feature resort-style amenities — including an adventure waterpark with multi-story slides and a lazy river — plus a fully equipped fitness center, full-service restaurant and children’s playgrounds. Upon completion in 2025, the entire resort will have 526 units, comprising 256 apartment-style suites and 270 grand single-family homes of varied sizes, as well as themed kids’ bedrooms and entertainment spaces.
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Upgraded Places to Stay
Waldorf Astoria® Orlando
At Waldorf Astoria Orlando close to Walt Disney World, a multi-phase reimagining of resort rooms and suites, lobby space, and select culinary outlets is expected to debut in 2024.
The Alfond Inn
Owned by Rollins College, The Alfond Inn in Winter Park completed an extensive renovation, adding a new wing with 71 guestrooms, lobby cafe and additional meeting space. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the boutique property added a new full-service spa with seven treatment rooms, including saunas, aromatherapy steam rooms and experience showers, that opens onto a new 6,000-square-foot Amenity Deck with a swimming pool (the hotel’s second) and private cabanas, as well as a shaded canopy that covers an extensive outside living room. The hotel directs all net operating income to Rollins College scholarships to support its philanthropic mission.
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The Grove Resort Orlando
In spring 2024, The Grove Resort Orlando will expand with a chic new hotel, The Terraces at The Grove. Check back for more details as they become available.
New high-profile eateries and nightspots have arrived in Orlando with more on the way, joining other recent additions such as Chima Steakhouse Orlando, Kavas Tacos + Tequila, Rosa Mexicano, and others. And in case you missed it, MICHELIN Guide inspectors have honored 51 Orlando restaurants since 2022, with more rankings to be announced in April 2024. Needless to say, all of them are worth your attention.
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Summer House on the Lake
New to Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World Resort, Summer House on the Lake pairs California-style cuisine with breezy beach vibes. The menu showcases garden-fresh foods and seasonal Florida ingredients.
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New Dining & Nightlife Experiences at Pointe Orlando
Pointe Orlando will debut an immersive indoor and outdoor space anchored by nationally acclaimed concepts Sports & Social and PBR Cowboy Bar. The I-Drive entertainment and dining hub is also welcoming an incredible outdoor Live! Plaza that will serve as the living room of the community, offering a year-round gathering place for special events, live music, sports-watching and festivals.
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The BANDBOX Expansion
A spirit-free speakeasy in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village Main Street district, The BANDBOX will expand in the new year. The bar will partner with a local coffee company to offer a variety of coffee and tea options by day and a sober speakeasy by night. The expansion will also feature a larger bottle shop and retail selection.
Caribe Royale Orlando has debuted Stadium Club: a high-tech, immersive, experiential sports and dining venue. The one-of-a-kind, all-ages experience seamlessly blends the exhilaration of sports with the allure of high-energy entertainment, alongside an elevated, chef-driven menu of upscale takes on classic dishes and cocktails. It features eight pro-level sports simulators, two bars and several areas for private events.
New to the I-Drive area, Arcade Monsters serves classic bar food such as hot dogs, loaded fries and pizza. The purchase of a wristband enables visitors of all ages to play unlimited classic arcade games.
A new concept by Michael Collantes, chef and owner of the One-MICHELIN-Star Soseki Modern Omakase, will open in February in downtown Orlando. Bar Kada will be an intimate, 30-seat sake and wine lounge with a focus on small plates, ancient sakes and low-intervention wines overseen by MICHELIN “Sommelier of the Year” Benjamin Coutts. It will also offer experiences like classes and pairing dinners.
The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers
An Indiana-based table service restaurant and bakery, The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers will open a new location at Disney’s BoardWalk in 2024. The restaurant will offer savory and sweet options, along with afternoon tea service, in a whimsical atmosphere.
Chuck Lager America’s Tavern
Known for craft bourbons, Chuck Lager America’s Tavern from Top Chef alumnus Fabio Viviani features nachos, burgers, flatbreads and tacos. Their eighth location is set for Orlando’s I-Drive district.
Crush Yard Pickleball Club & Restaurant
A pickleball-centric food and entertainment complex backed by NFL stars such as Rob Gronkowski, Crush Yard is set to open in Kissimmee. Expect a mix of healthy and indulgent options with Southern flair, plus opportunities to play and watch pickleball.
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An all-new, modern Indian restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef and Food Network star Mantee Chauhan, EET has opened at Disney Springs.
Flûtes Champagne Bar
A 40-seat French-inspired champagne bar, Flûtes will celebrate the timeless art of champagne making in a sophisticated and luxurious environment. Nestled in the heart of Winter Park, the bar will bring the elegance, culture and flavors of France with a curated selection of exquisite champagnes.
Mid Drive Dive
An all-new mid-century modern-inspired restaurant and bar serving American classics, Mid Drive Dive is set to open in Orlando’s College Park Main Street district. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner along with brunch on weekends, featuring American classic snacks, salads, sandwiches and mains.
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A fresh concept by James Beard Award finalist Henry Moso of the MICHELIN Recommended Kabooki Sushi, Moso Nori is expected to open in Winter Park in summer 2024. The restaurant will feature a hand roll bar serving a variety of temaki, sake, beer, wine and sake-based cocktails.
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An exclusive 10-seat sushi omakase concept, Natsu Omakase has arrived in downtown Orlando. The new concept offers omakases that are innovative and seasonal, created with the finest ingredients available.
See what’s coming to Orlando’s open-air theme parks in 2024, including fresh attractions, shows and more.
Walt Disney World® Resort
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Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
The newest attraction at EPCOT officially opened to the public in October 2023 but will be new to most 2024 visitors. It encourages guests of all ages to explore and engage with water.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Coming to Magic Kingdom Park, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take you on a musical adventure inspired by the fan-favorite film and its beloved characters.
The Little Mermaid — A Musical Adventure
This fully reimagined theatrical production inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic, The Little Mermaid, will debut in fall 2024 at newly refreshed Animation Courtyard theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
United Parks & Resorts (formerly SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment) has new experiences coming to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica® Orlando in 2024, joining other recent additions such as Pipeline: The Surf Coaster at SeaWorld.
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Coming to SeaWorld Orlando in spring 2024, this immersive indoor/outdoor family launch coaster will travel to the park’s penguin habitat in snowmobile-style cars.
Tassie’s Underwater Twist
In spring 2024, Aquatica Orlando will introduce this all-new, immersive waterslide that will take you on an awe-inspiring journey through Australia’s Shark Bay seagrass meadow.
Universal Orlando Resort
Following the 2023 debuts of Universal’s Great Movie Escape at Universal CityWalk and Illumination’s Minion Land at Universal Studios Florida, get ready for more brand-new experiences at Universal Orlando Resort in 2024. Not to mention a fourth theme park, Universal Epic Universe, set to open in 2025.
In 2024, Universal Studios Florida will debut an all-new themed land featuring DreamWorks Animations’ beloved animated characters in themed, interactive play spaces and attractions that bring characters from popular movies like Shrek, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda to life.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
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LEGO® Ferrari Build & Race
LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park will debut LEGO Ferrari Build & Race in spring 2024, offering your family the experience of viewing a life-sized LEGO Ferrari car, then building and testing it in one of three obstacle-laden test tracks. Younger drivers can enjoy the LEGO DUPLO® Build Zone to design their own custom creations with larger bricks.
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