New Attractions, Restaurants and Resorts Coming to Orlando in 2018
Orlando is gearing up for an incredible 2018. From shrinking guests to the size of a toy and high-octane races with the stars of Fast & Furious, to piloting a raft off a white-rapid waterfall and tasting new, innovative creations from celebrity chefs, you'll be able to experience a bigger and bolder Orlando in 2018. So get ready to explore it all!
New Orlando-Area Attractions in 2018
Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios: Scheduled to open in summer 2018, this addition will bring the hit Disney-Pixar films to life in part by making you feel as if you've been shrunk to the size of a toy. The new land will also feature themed dining options and attractions, including Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.
Fast & Furious — Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida: Based on the blockbuster film series, this new ride is scheduled to open in spring 2018. Using specially designed vehicles, it will take you on a high-speed ride with the movies' top characters.
New Nighttime Lagoon Show at Universal Studios Florida: Also coming to Universal in 2018 is this all-new (to-be-titled) show featuring animated characters, lighting and special effects. It will replace "Universal's Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories" show.
Infinity Falls: Set to debut in summer 2018, SeaWorld Orlando's most exhilarating ride yet will invite you to climb aboard a raft for a journey down a lost jungle river full of fountains, waterfalls and the remains of a lost civilization. It will also feature the tallest drop of its kind, resulting in a can't-miss experience.
Ray Rush: This new attraction at Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark will provide guests with three ways to slide, splash and soar on a fully loaded water adventure. Featuring water jets, a colossal water sphere and dives, the raft ride is scheduled to debut in spring 2018.
The Great Lego Race: Transforming the park's existing Project X coaster with virtual reality technology, this upgraded experience will put kids in the driver's seat as they blast through a world made of Legos.
Lego Ninjago — Master of the 4th Dimension: Opening Jan. 20 at the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater with daily screenings, this short film will use 3-D animation and real-world effects to create an amazing new adventure.
New in 2018 Beyond Orlando's Theme Parks
StarFlyer: Slated to debut in 2018 at ICON Orlando 360, this swing ride will take you to a height of 450 feet before bringing you back to earth.
New Dining & Nightlife Coming to Orlando in 2018
Jaleo: A new concept by world-famous Chef José Andrés, this eatery will bring the spirit and flavors of Spain to Disney Springs in summer 2018.
Winebar George: Master Sommelier George Miliotes will bring his renowned expertise to Orlando for this new Disney Springs destination. It will be the only master sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill: Opening summer 2018 at Disney Springs, this all-new venture from one of the world's most famous chefs will have a menu with Mediterranean influences and an ambience inspired by California. It replaces the Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, which closed in August.
Jinya Ramen Bar: Offering authentic ramen and a variety of tapas-style dishes, this restaurant is slated to open in downtown Orlando's Thornton Park neighborhood.
New Hotels & Resorts Coming to Orlando in 2018
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort: This resort is gaining a new, 15-story tower, adding an additional 500 guestrooms, including suites and concierge-level services, plus new meeting venues. It will also feature a rooftop restaurant and lounge offering panoramic views of the nighttime fireworks at Disney's parks.
Universal's Aventura Hotel: The sixth addition to Universal's lineup of onsite resorts is scheduled to open in August 2018. The 16-story, gleaming glass tower will have 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids' suites. It will also boast Universal's first-ever rooftop bar and grill, views of all three Universal parks and exclusive amenities, such as early park admission and complimentary onsite transportation.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando: This waterfront destination will feature 175 guestrooms, 1,000 Margaritaville-inspired vacation homes and 300 timeshare units. Additionally, a dining and entertainment district will accommodate guests, who will also be able to enjoy a 12-acre water park, a wellness center, miles of fitness trails and an onsite water taxi system.
The Delaney Hotel: Scheduled to open in March 2018, this 54-room boutique hotel is coming to downtown Orlando's SoDo district. High-tech conveniences for guests will include remote check-in, digital tablet-based concierge services, smartphone room keys and smart TVs.
Written by Nate Shelton, consumer content writer at Visit Orlando. He's an experienced journalist and native Floridian who enjoys the entertainment, cultural and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.
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