New and Upcoming Attractions Opening in Orlando in 2016
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 fresh theme park attractions — opening in 2016.
Universal Orlando Resort announced a new, groundbreaking attraction opening in summer 2016 at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Skull Island: Reign of Kong will honor one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong. Guests will board large vehicles and explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives and fending off unspeakable terrors.
Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort announced plans to open a new "Frozen" ride in early 2016, called Frozen Ever After. The Maelstrom ride, located in the Norway pavilion of the World Showcase, will be renovated into this new attraction based on Disney's popular animated film. The ride will take guests to Arendelle during the kingdom's Winter Festival, featuring favorite characters and music from the film, all with cutting-edge technology.
SeaWorld Orlando announced plans for Mako, a 200-foot-tall coaster opening on June 10. Named for one of the ocean's fastest known sharks, it will be Orlando's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 73 mph as it races along 4,760 feet of steel track. SeaWorld's new hypercoaster will be the centerpiece of the newly themed, two-acre plaza. The surrounding realm will be fully shark themed, providing guests with the opportunity to learn about the impact humans have on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced plans for a new family thrill ride called Cobra's Curse, opening 2016. This spin coaster will be the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations. Key features of the ride will include an 80-foot snake icon, a trek over the park's Serengeti Plain, and the mysteries of an Egyptian archaeological excavation.
Walt Disney World Resort is currently developing the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. Featuring an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, this new expansion will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, to more than 150 establishments. New retail tenants include APEX by Sunglass Hut, Art of Shaving, Chapel Hats, Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC, Havaianas, Sanuk and Sound Lion. The new area will open in phases with expected completion in 2016.
Universal Orlando Resort announced plans for a water park opening in 2017, called Universal's Volcano Bay. The water theme park will offer innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation, and an entirely new guest experience. A highly themed, completely immersive environment is planned, inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands. The new park will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts have announced plans to build the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando. It will be the fifth onsite hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, featuring 1,000 rooms and suites with a casual Caribbean theme, built around a lagoon and towering waterfall. The resort is expected to open in the summer of 2016.
A multipurpose soccer stadium began construction in fall 2014 and is scheduled to open summer of 2016. The stadium will be located in downtown Orlando in a developing entertainment center a block away from the Amway Center. The privately financed stadium will seat between 25- to 28,000 fans and serve as home to the Orlando City Soccer Club.
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