The latest Orlando happenings updated weekly using information provided by partners and destination press releases. Stay up to date on Orlando's most recent announcements and openings from accommodations and attractions to restaurants and more.
AWARDS, ACCOLADES & BEYOND
Orlando was ranked No. 23 among the Best of the Best Top Destination for Sun Seekers in the World in the 2022 Travelers’ Choice Awards, as a result of ratings and reviews pulled by Trip Advisor from travelers across the world.
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.
Hilton Orlando will offer a Galentine’s Weekend promotion, available Feb. 10-15, featuring a $50 per person resort credit to go toward exclusive add-ons, early check-in, late-out and curated experiences.
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.
The Wheel at ICON Park will offer a special “I’m Sweet On You” Valentine’s Day package for the entire month of February featuring a private ride on The Wheel for two with two rotations, one bottle of sparkling wine, a VIP photo package, a curated romantic playlist by iHeartMedia and more for $155 plus tax.
Gatorland will extend its Florida Resident discount through the month of February offering savings of half off a single day admission.
Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) will begin a $3.7 million renovation this month. The first phase of the two-phase project, expected to be completed spring 2022, will include a beach along the main stretch of the facility and an all-new beach-front aquapark.
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.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will present the all-new Resonate Festival at The Plaza Live on select nights Feb. 3-7, offering three full days of classical music featuring pianist and Artist-in-Residence, Stewart Goodyear.
Opera Orlando’s 2021-2022 Viva Verdi! season will launch the “On the Town” series with two very different but equally compelling productions. In March, for Verdi’s King for a Day, presented at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando and in May, Lizbeth, a contemporary work by composer Thomas Albert and librettist Lindé Hayen Herman at Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre.
The 28th Annual “Paws In The Park” Pet Festival and parade will return To Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on February 12. Hosted by Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the fundraising event will feature a pet costume contest with celebrity judges and cash prizes, a beer garden, food trucks, pet adoption opportunities and more.