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B Resort & Spa in the Disney Springs Resort Area will offer a Winter Escapes promotion featuring special nightly rates starting at $119 and a free children’s breakfast at American Kitchen on stays through June30, when booked by March 19.
Meliá Orlando Celebration has officially launched a partnership with Surfacide, the global leader in UV technology. All 289 guest rooms and indoor public spaces will now be cleaned with Surfacide’s UV disinfection robots, creating a comprehensive infection prevention approach with hospital-grade UV technology that kills 99.99% of dangerous pathogens on hard surfaces and in air.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Ice Breaker coaster announced an opening date of February 18. The coaster will feature four airtime filled launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida - a 93 feet tall spike with 100-degree angle.
The Orlando Slingshot, the tallest slingshot ride in the world, and the Orlando Free Fall, the tallest free fall drop in the world, are now open at ICON Park.
Crayola Experience has debuted Crayola’s first fully animated theater show attraction, “Chaos & Creativity.” Introducing new-to-the-world Crayola characters, the show peels back the curtain to show kids the colorful chaos of Crayola Experience.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ third theater, Steinmetz Hall, opened Jan. 14. As one of the world’s most acoustically advanced theaters, Steinmetz Hall officially achieved an N1 sound rating—the lowest level at which humans can detect sound.
DINING & NIGHTLIFE
Waterford Lakes Town Center will welcome new retailers, restaurants and entertainment in 2022 including Dave’s Hot Chicken, Nike Unite, CrunCheese Korean Hot Dogs, The Paper Store, Barro Tacos + Tequila + Whiskey, PopStroke, and White Rabbit Dessert Experience.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced new musicians and entertainers set to perform in Steinmetz Hall and the Walt Disney Theater during the 2021/2022 season, including Australian musical ensemble, The TEN Tenors; SFJAZZ Collective as part of the Dr. Phillips Center Freedom Series; Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming; UCF Celebrates the Arts: Shrek The Musical; and the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group.
Harry P. Leu Gardens will feature “Dragons & Fairies,” a new theatrical experience taking audiences on a journey through a world of adventure Jan. 28 – March 6. The experience features large-scale lighting installations, live actors, beautiful costumes, nine animatronic dragons and additional surprises.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 as a continuation of the Focus Series at The Plaza Live on January 24. Tickets start at $18.
Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras celebration, retuning Feb. 5 - April 24, will feature star-studded live concerts from headliners including Diana Ross, Khalid, Marshmello and 12 other top artists, a spectacular Mardi Gras parade on select nights and savory cuisine inspired by diverse flavors from around the world.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts unveiled new shows and events for 2021/2022 season, including Voices of Freedom & Justice featuring Orlando’s Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome, the 7th Annual MLK Concert, America’s Wonders 3D, Israeli singer-songwriter Ishay Ribo and standup comic Jen Fulwiler.