All-New Reasons to Visit Orlando
No matter how many times you’ve been to Orlando, you’ll be amazed by what you find the next time you’re here. The reason is, we’re constantly improving, with new theme park additions, attractions, resorts, restaurants and other can’t-miss experiences joining the lineup on an ongoing basis.
In fact, even if you’ve traveled to Orlando recently, you probably haven’t seen all of the new tricks up our sleeve. And if it’s been a year or more since your last visit, you’re really in for a thrill.
In the past year alone, Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort have unveiled new rides and features, with more on the way in 2019 and beyond. (We’re not called the Theme Park Capital of the World® for nothing.) And that’s on top of other new attractions all over town.
If you’re hungry, you’ll also find plenty of fresh dining options, including brand-new ventures from celebrity chefs and homegrown gems that locals are raving about. And when it comes to places to stay, several gleaming new resorts have joined our skyline, further ensuring the perfect accommodations for every preference and price point.
New Attractions in Orlando
Searching for all-new adventures and one-of-a-kind experiences? Come to Orlando! Our world-famous theme parks have unveiled all sorts of fresh surprises, with more set to debut in the coming year, and that’s on top of other recent and upcoming attractions throughout the destination. Featuring amazing worlds, white-knuckle rides and moments of sheer wonder, here’s a peek at the latest ways to play in Orlando!
New at Universal Orlando Resort
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™: An epic new addition has come to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. For the first time ever, fly deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle. As you twist past towering trees, magical creatures and wondrous surprises surround you.
Fast & Furious — Supercharged: Get ready for the ultimate thrill ride at Universal Studios Florida courtesy of this fast-paced adventure. Based on the blockbuster movies, the attraction features an original Fast & Furious story starring “the family,” their iconic rides — and you.
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Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration:This epic show is lighting up the night at Universal Studios Florida™ with a colossal celebration of music, water and light, transforming the park and taking you into the movies like never before. As music from the world’s biggest films fills the air, scores of shining, dancing fountains erupt. Massive walls of water blaze with incredible movie moments, and powerful projections bring the entire waterfront into the movies.
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Coming Soon to Universal Orlando Resort
Universal’s Epic Universe: It’s official — Universal Orlando Resort is adding a fourth theme park, one that will create an entirely new level of experience that forever changes theme park entertainment! Universal’s Epic Universe will take you on a journey that’s an adventure unto itself, where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands. More details about the new park will be announced soon, including information about its attractions, entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more, as well as its opening date!
New at Walt Disney World® Resort
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Come live your very own Star Wars™ story in this whole new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, where a galaxy far, far away unfolds all around you. Around corners and through back alleys, you can build your own droid and custom lightsaber, and sample the curious concoctions of the local cantina. Then, gather your crew and take control of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Once Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens on Dec. 5, 2019, you’ll also find yourself caught in an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order — where the incoming laser fire of a towering AT-AT is matched only by the red crackle of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. The time has come to live your adventure at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
Toy Story Land: This new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios makes you feel as if you’ve been shrunk to the size of a toy and turned loose in Andy’s backyard. New attractions are also part of the fun, including Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash. And when you’re ready for a bite to eat, Woody’s Lunchbox is serving Toy Story-themed eats and treats.
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Star Wars Guided Tour: Head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for this new, all-access tour, which includes the “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” and “March of the First Order” productions. You’ll also be able to enjoy a nighttime fireworks spectacular, themed dining experiences, character meet-and-greets and more.
Wonderful World of Animation: At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this nighttime show transforms the Chinese Theatre with a stunning tribute to more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation, including The Incredibles, Sleeping Beauty and many others.
Happily Ever After: This new, nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom® Park combines the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters and fireworks. It features moments from such hits as Aladdin, Moana, Zootopia and others.
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Coming Soon to Walt Disney World Resort
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad: Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in spring 2020, this will be the first-ever Disney attraction to star Mickey Mouse and his best girl.
TRON Lightcycle Run: Coming to Magic Kingdom Park, this attraction will invite you to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles and experience the energy, lights and excitement of the high-tech TRON universe.
New Neighborhoods at Epcot®: As part of Epcot’s multi-year transformation, the current Future World area will become three distinct new neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Discovery and World Nature.
Transformation of Spaceship Earth: Epcot’s grand icon will be updated with new scenes reflecting the universal nature of the human experience. A new guide and all-new narration will focus on storytelling that brings people together. It will be part of the park’s new World Celebration neighborhood.
Dreamers Point: Set to be part of Epcot’s World Celebration neighborhood, this new pavilion will offer breathtaking views, lush gardens, a wishing tree, an interactive fountain, and a statue celebrating the legacy of Walt Disney.
World Celebration Pavilion: Boasting one of the most remarkable designs at any Disney park, this three-story structure will serve as the home base for Epcot’s signature festivals. It will also be an ideal spot to witness the park’s nighttime spectacular.
Space 220: Opening in winter 2019, this new restaurant will expand the Mission: SPACE pavilion. Pairing an out-of-this-world culinary experience with the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up, it will become part of the park’s upcoming World Discovery neighborhood.
Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana: Slated to be part of Epcot’s upcoming World Nature neighborhood, this first-ever experience based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film will let you interact with magical, living water in a beautiful, inspiring setting.
Mary Poppins Attraction: The first-ever attraction based on Mary Poppins will be part of Cherry Tree Lane, a new neighborhood in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.
Wondrous China: Coming to the China pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase, this new addition will take you on a breathtaking journey across China, filmed and presented in a completely seamless, 360-degree digital format.
Update for “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360”: Located at the Canada pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase, this film will debut new scenes and a new story in January 2020.
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along: This new entertainment event will have a January 2020 debut at the France pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: Coming in summer 2020, this attraction will be joined by a new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris.
“Awesome Planet” at Epcot’s Land Pavilion: Beginning in January 2020, enjoy a new film that showcases the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of the planet. The Land Pavilion will also become part of Epcot’s World Nature neighborhood.
New at SeaWorld® Orlando
Infinity Falls: SeaWorld Orlando’s most pulse-pounding experience yet sends you on a raft adventure down a jungle river featuring fountains, waterfalls and the remains of a lost civilization. It also boasts the tallest drop of its kind!
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Ray Rush: This attraction at Aquatica® Orlando gives you three ways to slide, splash and soar on a wild water adventure, complete with water jets, dives and a colossal water sphere.
Sesame Street: The iconic children’s television neighborhood has arrived at SeaWorld! Look forward to meeting beloved characters while enjoying themed rides, interactive experiences, play areas and the park’s first-ever parade.
KareKare Curl: Brand new at Aquatica, this family thrill ride invites you to “climb” a vertical wave wall during a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure.
New at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
The Great LEGO Race: Brick-lovers, start your engines! The first-ever virtual-reality (VR) roller coaster designed just for kids debuted at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in 2018. It also marks the first time the LEGO brand and mini-figure characters have been integrated with VR technology in a theme park attraction.
THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD: Based on The LEGO Movie, this new section brings the blockbuster hit to life with two new rides, character meet-and-greets and a themed playscape.
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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens MiniLand Display: This massive display uses thousands of LEGO bricks, lights, sound effects and animation to re-create key scenes from the hit film, including memorable moments with Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren and BB-8. It joined other displays based on previous Star Wars films.
New Attractions Throughout Orlando
Drive Shack: Minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO), this attraction offers innovative takes on golf like Monster Hunt, where you’re challenged to save a princess, and ShackJack, where the first player to 21 wins.
Island H2O Live!: New at Margaritaville Orlando Resort, this full-featured, 14-acre water park features water slides, a lazy river and live entertainment, including DJs, parties and amazing surprises. Best of all, you don’t need to be a resort guest to gain admission!
Orlando StarFlyer: Located at ICON Park™ on International Drive, this swing ride rises 450 feet in the air — 50 feet higher than the neighboring The Wheel observation wheel — and hits speeds of up to 60 mph before bringing you back to earth.
Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure: This separate-ticketed ride at Gatorland marked the completion of a $2.2 million expansion. After boarding one of the custom-made, 12-foot-tall, off-road ride vehicles, you’ll careen through a hilariously high-octane adventure filled with crazy characters, gorgeous Florida countryside — and of course, gators.
New Hotels & Resorts in Orlando
With more than 121,000 hotel rooms, 20,000 vacation-home rentals and 22,000 vacation-ownership properties in the area, you’d think that Orlando would be well stocked when it comes to available room supply — but again, we’re the sort of destination that never stops improving!
Take a glance at the newest and updated Orlando hotels and resorts that have opened recently or are coming soon, and you’ll see what we mean. Then, start dreaming of where you’ll do your dreaming the next time you visit Orlando.
New and Updated Orlando Hotels & Resorts
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: This resort’s new, 15-story Gran Destino Tower is now open at Walt Disney World Resort, adding 545 modern guestrooms and suites to the property. The addition also features new dining and nightlife, including the rooftop Toledo — Tapas, Steak & Seafood and Dahlia Lounge, as well as Three Bridges Bar & Grill and Barcelona Lounge.
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The Grove Resort Orlando: Just five minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, this new resort has 878 two- and three-bedroom residential-style suites with full kitchens, washers and dryers, as well as multiple bathrooms, providing all the comforts of home. Guests also get complimentary access to the on-site Surfari Water Park, which features a double-surf simulator, dual water slides, a zero-entry pool and a 695-foot lazy river, plus a kids’ activities pool.
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Margaritaville Resort Orlando: Spearheaded by music legend Jimmy Buffett, this waterfront resort already has a 175-room hotel, multiple themed dining and nightlife options, and the brand-new, 14-acre Island H2O Live! water park, with more to come.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel: The newest member of Universal Orlando Resort’s family of hotels and resorts, this 16-story, gleaming glass tower has 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites. It also offers views of all three Universal Orlando Resort parks, Universal’s first-ever rooftop bar and grill, and exclusive amenities such as early park admission and complimentary onsite transportation.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites: With a fun surf theme, Universal Orlando Resort’s newest onsite property boasts standard rooms and two-bedroom suites that sleep up to six. Guests can also play in the resort’s surfboard-shaped pool and refuel at the food court.
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New Restaurants & Nightlife in Orlando
Featuring celebrity chefs, local culinary heroes and flavors from around the world, Orlando’s acclaimed dining scene never stops growing. Here’s a look at new and upcoming options you’ll want to try during your next visit to Orlando.
New Orlando Restaurants
The Edison: One of the best new reasons to visit Disney Springs is this Industrial Gothic-themed restaurant, lounge and nightlife hotspot. Featuring gourmet food, craft cocktails, stellar nightlife and eclectic entertainment, it looks and feels as if it were built inside a converted power plant. The establishment is family-friendly for most of the week, but entry is limited to guests 21 and up starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday nights.
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Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar & Restaurant: A “secret” underground tunnel leads to this imaginative concept bar and restaurant beneath The Edison complex at Disney Springs. Specializing in Prohibition-era and barrel-aged cocktails and spirits, this speakeasy also serves Italian-inspired entrees and edibles.
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Ford’s Garage: Paying homage to the titular American auto manufacturer, this concept is new to Winter Garden near Walt Disney World Resort. The eatery has two bars and an outdoor seating area.
The Glass Knife: New to Winter Park, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, this eatery is headed by Executive Chef Stuart Whitfield, who previously sweetened up menus at Walt Disney World Resort’s Victoria and Albert’s, Be Our Guest and others. They specialize in artisanal desserts, but breakfast, lunch and dinner are also on the menu.
JALEO: Chef José Andrés has brought his biggest, boldest JALEO yet to Disney Springs, providing a welcoming, comfortable space to explore the flavors of Spain. It’s complemented by the adjacent Pepe by José André, which serves hot and cold Spanish-style sandwiches.
JINYA Ramen Bar: Downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood welcomed this modern Japanese restaurant in 2018. It features authentic ramen along with a variety of tapas-style dishes.
Kadence: This one-of-a-kind sushi restaurant can be found in Orlando’s Audubon Park neighborhood, about 15 minutes from downtown. With seating for just 9, they take a highly bespoke approach to sushi by specializing in multi-course tasting menus. The eatery also has a sake bar.
Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante: Located next to The Edison in Disney Springs, this casually elegant trattoria offers southern Italian fare against the stunning backdrop of a 50-foot ceiling, a grand staircase, floor-to-ceiling views of Lake Buena Vista and ambience celebrating the golden age of travel.
Pizza Ponte: This fast-casual concept is part of Disney Springs’ new dining complex centered around The Edison. It’s all about pizza, pastries, Italian sandwiches and espresso.
The Polite Pig: Located at Disney Springs, this restaurant is spearheaded by James and Julie Petrakis, the James Beard-nominated husband-and-wife team who also run The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. It features a variety of wood-fired, smoked and grilled items, as well as an innovative beverage program.
Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar: Presenting a contemporary version of a classic fish camp, this restaurant serves fresh Florida seafood prepared in a southern style amid a casual, family-friendly environment. You’ll find them in Winter Park, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando.
Terralina Crafted Italian: Disney Springs’ former Portobello restaurant received a complete overhaul, transforming into this new concept with fresh ambience, sweeping waterfront views, a new verandah bar and an updated menu focusing on authentic Italian cuisine. Like its predecessor, Terralina is headed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano.
Wine Bar George: The only master sommelier-led wine bar in Florida, this establishment brings Master Somellier George Miliotes’ renowned expertise to Disney Springs. The design is reminiscent of a winemaker’s home estate.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill: Highlighting the best of its iconic chef’s signature dishes, this new Disney Springs eatery features a Mediterranean-influenced menu and ambience inspired by California.