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 2020 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 Walt Disney World® Resort
At Walt Disney World Resort, enjoy endless adventures at Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach® and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® Water Parks, Disney Springs®, and more than two dozen official resort properties, among other reasons to visit.
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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad
The wackiest, silliest train trip ever is ready to take you through the cartoon world and Mickey & Minnie’s first ride-through attraction in Disney Parks history! You ready? When Mouse Rules apply, anything can happen! So, pack your imagination, switch tracks and take a ride on the cartoon side like never before.
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. The time has come to live your adventure at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Steady your nerves and summon your resolve as you find yourself in the middle of blasts, rumbles and thrills of a climactic Star Wars™ battle at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. With multiple ride systems carrying you through multiple scenes, jaw-dropping effects and an incredible drop from space, it’s one of the most advanced and immersive Disney Parks attraction experiences ever.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Gather your crew and take control of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
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.
Journey through the past, present and future of Epcot during Epcot Forever — a new, limited-time fireworks spectacular.
This high-flying gondola system connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios and International Gateway at Epcot to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
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At Epcot’s The Land Pavilion, enjoy a new film that showcases the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of the planet.
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
This new entertainment event can be enjoyed at the France pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase.
Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
This film at the Canada pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase has new scenes and a new story.
Coming Soon to Walt Disney World® Resort
Located at Epcot’s Mission: SPACE pavilion, this new restaurant pairs 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.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Coming in summer 2020, this Epcot attraction will be joined by a new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Reservations will open in 2020 for this new two-day, two-night, all-immersive experience. Designed to take you to a galaxy far, far away in a way that only Disney could create, it’s scheduled to debut in 2021.
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.
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 3-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.
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 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.
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, =70-degree digital format.
New at Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort includes Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, and Universal CityWalk, as well as numerous official hotels. A brand-new theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, is set to open in 2023.
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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.
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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.
Coming Soon to Universal Orlando Resort
The Bourne Stuntacular
Coming to Universal Studios Florida in spring 2020, this live-action stunt show based on the blockbuster Bourne film franchise will use a never-before-seen hybrid of stage magic and cinema to follow Jason Bourne’s adventures around the globe.
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! Scheduled to open in 2023, Universal’s Epic Universe will take you on a journey that’s an adventure unto itself, where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands — including Super Nintendo World! Stay tuned for additional details about the new park's attractions, entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more.
New at SeaWorld® Orlando
In addition to its main theme park, SeaWorld Orlando operates Aquatica® Orlando water park and Discovery Cove®, an all-inclusive day resort packed with natural adventures.
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Sesame Street Land™
The iconic children’s television neighborhood has arrived at SeaWorld Orlando! Look forward to meeting beloved characters while enjoying themed rides, interactive experiences, play areas and the park’s first-ever parade.
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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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At Aquatica Orlando, this family thrill ride invites you to “climb” a vertical wave wall during a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure.
Coming Soon to SeaWorld® Orlando
Coming to SeaWorld Orlando in spring 2020, this brand-new roller coaster will feature four airtime-filled launches — both forward and backward — culminating with a reverse launch into Florida’s steepest, beyond-vertical drop, along with exciting twists, turns and airtime hills.
Featuring nearly 650 feet of tight loops and accelerations, including indoor and outdoor sections, Florida's first dueling-racer raft slide is coming to Aquatica Orlando in 2020.
New at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s theme park is complemented by a water park and onsite resorts.
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THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD
Based on The LEGO Movie, this new section brings the blockbuster hit to life with three new rides, a fun playscape, character meet-and-greets, and a themed shopping and dining.
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Battle of Bricksburg
DUPLO® aliens have invaded Bricksburg, and it's up to you to stop them on this aquatic adventure at THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD. As the boat ride progresses, you’ll fight the invaders by spraying water at targets, but beware: Other park-goers will be able to squirt you with water cannons that are mounted around the attraction’s perimeter. (In other words, you’re probably going to get wet!)
THE LEGO® MOVIE™ Masters of Flight
The first of its kind at LEGOLAND Florida, and the first-ever in the world to embed a 180-degree turn in the ride experience, this marquee attraction at THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD will take you on a suspended journey aboard Emmet’s Triple Decker Couch. As you soar along, you’ll see what it’s like to fly through a world made entirely of LEGO bricks thanks to the ride’s full-dome virtual screen.
Unikitty’s Disco Drop
Unikitty is hosting the ultimate disco party at THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD, and you’re invited! After climbing aboard this brightly colored thrill ride, you’ll soar to the top of Cloud Cuckoo Land before dropping, spinning and bouncing back to earth.
New Orlando Attractions
In Orlando, over 100 amazing, standalone attractions beyond our theme parks and water parks are ready to thrill you — and even more are on the way!
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Island H2O Live!
New at Margaritaville Orlando Resort, this full-featured, 14-acre Island H2O Live! 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!
Located at ICON Park™ on International Drive, the 450-foot-tall Orlando StarFlyer — 50 feet taller than the neighboring observation wheel, The Wheel — hits speeds of up to 60 mph before bringing you back to earth.
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Safari Park at Wild Florida
Get nose-to-snout with giraffes, wild boars and other animals with this 75-acre, drive-thru safari adventure at Wild Florida. The safari area also includes a zipline over a grazing area.
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Orlando Attractions Coming Soon
Cirque du Soleil — Drawn to Life
Premiering on April 17, 2020, this new show at Disney Springs will transport you into the world of Disney’s animation in Cirque du Soleil’s signature style.
Museum of Illusions
Set to open in summer 2020 at ICON Park, this attraction will feature optical, photographic, holographic and interactive illusions.
Coming in 2020, this new attraction at ICON Park will be the world’s tallest slingshot ride, catapulting you 450 feet in the air.
Orlando Gyro Drop Tower
Another ICON Park addition scheduled to debut in 2020, this attraction will reach 400 feet, making it the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower, and riders will experience freefall at speeds up to 75 mph.
Pompeii — The Immortal City
This interactive exhibit will be available from June 6 – Sept. 7, 2020, at the Orlando Science Center near downtown Orlando — one of just four U.S. sites to get the honor.
Opening at downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in September 2020, this performance venue will achieve an N1 sound rating — the lowest level at which humans can detect sound.
New Accommodations in Orlando
With more than 122,000 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!
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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 & Updated Orlando Accommodations
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs 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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Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites
With a fun surf theme, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites at Universal Orlando Resort 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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Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Spearheaded by music legend Jimmy Buffett, this waterfront Margaritaville Resort Orlando 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.
Upcoming Orlando Accommodations
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Dockside Inn and Suites
Opening March 17, 2020, with a coastal, calm vibe and sunset theming, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites at Universal Orlando Resort will have two large pools with a sandy beach. It will also have standard rooms and two-bedroom suites, as well as a food court.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
Opening February 2020, JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa will have 516 guestrooms, a Spa by JW and a rooftop terrace with nightly views of theme park fireworks, among other amenities.
Tru by Hilton Orlando Convention Center
Designed to be vibrant, affordable and young at heart, Tru by Hilton Orlando Convention Center is scheduled to open in June 2020. Located a mile from SeaWorld Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center, the property will feature a pool, a 24-hour fitness center, free-to-play board games in the lobby and other guest benefits, as well as a sunlit meeting space for up to 100 attendees.
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, and the same is true for our electric nightlife. Here’s a look at new and upcoming options you’ll want to try during your next visit to Orlando.
New Orlando Restaurants & Nightlife
City Works Eatery & Pour House
New to Disney Springs, City Works Eatery & Pour House is a premier sports restaurant and bar boasting a 168-inch HDTV, four 110-inch screens and 12 65-inch screens, as well as unique menu items and 90 local, regional and global craft beers on draft.
Chef José Andrés has brought his biggest, boldest JALEO yet to Disney Springs, providing a welcoming, comfortable space to explore the flavors of Spain.
Pepe by José André
Adjacent to JALEO, the first brick-and-mortar version of José Andrés’ famous food truck serves hot and cold Spanish-style sandwiches.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Highlighting the best of its iconic chef’s signature dishes, the all-new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs features a Mediterranean-influenced menu and ambience inspired by California.
Upcoming Orlando Restaurants & Nightlife
A lakefront food hall opening late 2020 in west Orlando, this venue will combine retail, beverage and food options with a second-floor seating area showcasing theme park fireworks.
Enhancements & New Eateries at Pointe Orlando
Located on International Drive and home to restaurants, attractions and shopping, Pointe Orlando is getting a $32 million makeover that’s expected to be complete in summer 2020.
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The Hampton Social
Themed after the New York coastal resort region, this eatery is coming to Pointe Orlando in 2020.
Kavas Tacos + Tequila
Opening at Pointe Orlando in September 2020, this locally owned restaurant will feature Mexican comfort food, tequila flights and entertainment.
Knife & Spoon
Coming to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, in spring 2020, this restaurant is a new concept from Chef John Tesar, a James Beard Award semifinalist and Top Chef contestant.
Created by celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner Norman Van Aken, this restaurant is moving to Orlando’s Restaurant Row in spring 2020. The acclaimed eatery was formerly located at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
Coming to ICON Park on April 17, 2020, Ole Red is a new restaurant by country superstar Blake Shelton, merging southern hospitality, good food and live country music.
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Offering contemporary fare with steaks, pasta and a selection of international dishes, Ox Grill is coming to ICON Park in 2020.
Featuring Napa Valley-inspired seasonal cuisine and 60 varieties of wine on tap, this restaurant is set for a spring 2020 debut in Winter Park, about 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando.