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, restaurants, resorts 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.
In short, there’s never been a better time to visit. From the theme parks to downtown, and many other points throughout the destination, here’s your guide to all of the newest reasons to come to Orlando!
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 Walt Disney World® Resort
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.
Happily Ever After: This new, nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Magic Kingdom 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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New at Universal Orlando® Resort
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 Resort’s Cinematic Celebration: Universal Studios Florida new, nighttime lagoon show. Enhanced with lighting and special effects, the production features animated characters from Universal Orlando Resort attraction properties.
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New at SeaWorld® Orlando
Infinity Falls: SeaWorld’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.
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.
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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.
Orlando StarFlyer: Located at ICON Orlando 360 on International Drive, this swing ride rises 450 feet in the air — 50 feet higher than the neighboring ICON Orlando 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 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.
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 20, 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.
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 is gaining a new, 15-story tower, adding an additional 500 guestrooms, including suites and concierge-level services. Once renovations are complete, it will also feature a rooftop restaurant and lounge boasting panoramic views of nighttime fireworks at Walt Disney World Resort. Although the refurbishments are ongoing, the resort is still open for business.
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The Grove Resort & Spa: 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 with more to come, including a 12-acre water park, a dining and entertainment district, and 300 timeshare units.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel: The newest member of Universal Orlando Resort’s family of hotels and resorts, this 16-story, gleaming glass tower will have 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites. It will also offer views of all three Universal parks, Universal’s first-ever rooftop bar and grill, and exclusive amenities that include early park admission and complimentary onsite transportation.
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