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.
 

ACCOMODATIONS:

The Alfond Inn at Rollins, an award-winning boutique hotel, has opened The Spa, featuring seven treatment rooms, a new fitness area, luxurious appointed locker rooms and his and her hydrotherapy amenities such as saunas, aromatherapy steam rooms and experience showers.

ATTRACTIONS:  

Disney After Hours events will return to Walt Disney World Resort starting January 2024, offering guests an extra three hours at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. Guests attending this separately ticketed event will receive more time to experience fan favorite attractions, character greetings and unlimited complimentary snacks, including select beverages.   

Disney After Hours events will return to Walt Disney World Resort starting January 2024, offering guests an extra three hours at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. Guests attending this separately ticketed event will receive more time to experience fan favorite attractions, character greetings and unlimited complimentary snacks, including select beverages.   

Universal Orlando Resort will offer U.S. and Canadian residents two days free with the purchase of a 2-Park, 3-Day ticket. Guests will receive five days of access for the price of a three-day ticket, along with the option to upgrade the ticket to include Universal’s Volcano Bay.  Additionally, Florida residents can enjoy two days of access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure for the price of a one-day ticket with the “2-Park Get a 2nd Day Free on a 2-Park, 1-Day Park-to-Park Ticket” promotion.

SeaWorld Orlando will offer guests savings on tickets up to 65% off the regular prices as part of the park’s Black Friday Presale, Nov. 9-12. Single-day tickets will be available starting at $54.99+ tax and fees with additional add-on options for All-Day Dining and Quick Queue also available for purchase.

Madame Tussauds Orlando will reveal an all-new wax figure of the multi-talented actress, writer, and producer Nora Lum, also known as Awkwafina, this month. The wax figure will be adorned in a red two-piece suit, white vest and floral shoes, all donated by Awkwafina, along with two necklaces, hoop earrings, a ring and gold clutch.

Addition Financial Area will be the home of the Orlando Valkyries, Central Florida’s new women’s professional volleyball league. For the 2024 inaugural season, the team is set to play a 24-game slate, hosting 12 home matches and providing an affordable family environment for fans of all ages.

Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney will offer up to 25% off tickets as part of a limited time Black Friday offer. Tickets are available for purchase through Nov. 28 for performances through December 2024.

Gatorland is hosting its 4th Annual Holiday Ho, Ho, Ho-Down on select nights Dec. 2-17. The signature holiday extravaganza will feature music, festive displays, interactive characters and an array of treats available for purchase.

Pirates Dinner Adventure will spread Christmas cheer with a special twist to their award-winning Pirates Dinner Show from Nov. 24 – Dec. 25. Guests can experience the action and adventure of this classic dinner show with a holiday overlay of Christmas music, a special guest at the end of the show and more.

Teatro Martini, an adults-only dinner show featuring some of the world’s top performers in a variety of arts including aerial, comedy, magic and more, will get in the holiday spirit with its own festive overlay throughout the season.
 

DINING & NIGHTLIFE:

Caribbean Moonshine, a 3,000-square-foot craft distillery, tasting room, bar and tropics-inspired retail store, opened at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. The distillery offers daily tastings of its artisanal rum beverages and moonshine-inspired cakes and treats, as well as views of its bottling and packaging process. 

Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews is set to open its first Orlando location on International Drive. The burger-focused chain boasts 50 different kinds of burgers and sandwiches, including the signature Sickies Burger, Turbocharged Twin Cam and Glazed Doughnut burgers, along with alternative patty options like chicken or veggie, plus two dozen types of wing sauces, dry rubs and appetizers.

ICEBAR Orlando will host its 2024 “Midnight Kiss: A Winter Wonderland New Year’s Celebration,” a winter wonderland-themed New Year’s Ever bash, on December 31 starting at 7 p.m. The evening will feature specialty cocktails, a midnight buffet, live DJ entertainment, ice sculptures, free digital souvenir photos and raffle giveaways.

JoJo’s ShakeBAR at Pointe Orlando will transform into a Winter Wonderland pop-up through Jan. 14, featuring festive décor, holiday items such as the Winter Wonderland Biggie Shake, Polar Espresso Martini, Santa Sangria and more. Guests can also participate in JoJo’s interactive Santa’s workshops that include holly jolly mixology classes, ornament painting workshops, wreath making workshops and gingerbread house workshops.  

Natsu Omakase, an exclusive 10-seat sushi omakase concept, will open this month in downtown Orlando. The new concept will offer omakases that are innovative and seasonal, created with the finest ingredients available.

Mid Drive Dive, an all-new midcentury-inspired restaurant and bar serving American classics, is set to open in College Park in early 2024. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner along with brunch on weekends, featuring American classic snacks, salads, sandwiches and mains.

Moso Nori, a new concept by James Beard Award finalist Henry Moso, is expected to open in Winter Park summer 2024. The new restaurant will feature a hand roll bar serving a variety of temaki, sake, beer, wine and sake-based cocktails.
 

EVENTS & FESTIVALS:  

Walt Disney World Resort announced the return of Epcot's International Festival of the Arts Jan. 12 – Feb. 19, 2024. Guests can enjoy various outdoor food studios, entertainment like the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, step-in photo ops inspired by classic paintings, Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt, chalk art and more.

Fun Spot’s HUGE Christmas, the free family-friendly yuletide annual event, will return Nov. 24- Jan. 1 featuring merry treats, festive photo ops, holiday lights galore and more.

ICON Park will host “Live at The Lawn,” a new, free outdoor music series with an outdoor lawn bar, weekend evenings through Dec. 17. The event will feature live performances every Saturday and Sunday from 5-8 p.m. and DJ entertainment every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. - midnight.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration will return on select dates Nov. 10 – Jan. 2, with an all-new holiday show, “Mrs. Claus’ Magic Kitchen;” festive food and beverage offerings; and the introduction of the Christmas Market. The theme park will transform into a winter wonderland with more than 3 million lights and the addition of new and returning holiday experiences including holiday shows and entertainment; outdoor ice skating at Bayside Stadium; the “Holiday Reflections: Fireworks Finale” to end each night of the Christmas Celebration; and more.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and the City of Winter Park will present the 45th Annual Christmas in the Park in downtown Winter Park on Nov. 30. The free outdoor event will include performances by the Bach Festival Society Choir, Youth Choir and Brass Ensemble in concert.

ICON Park will host the Santa Workshop Experience through Dec. 24, where families can partake in the annual tradition of taking holiday photos and meet Old St. Nick. Additionally, each child participating in the experience will receive a complimentary ride on the Carousel on The Promenade and in a holiday-decorated capsule at The Wheel with access to the VIP no-wait line.  

Fringe ArtSpace will present Ophelia, a new musical by Orlando performer Jeremiah Gibbons, focused on the character from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, select dates Dec. 1-18. The production follows the title character as she struggles with the expectations of the men in her life and the
pressures of different aspects of femininity. Ophelia will feature an immersive and interactive pre-show as audiences who arrive early will have the opportunity to meet the flowers from Ophelia’s garden. Select nights will also include an opportunity to help a new flower blossom as part of Orlando Fringe’s Fab Fringe Friday Fundraisers.

Renaissance Theatre Company will present two holiday-themed shows for adults Nov. 30 – Dec. 23. “The Office Holiday Party Musical” will return for its third year featuring new characters and laughs, and “The Winter Late Night Drag Extravaganza Show," a holiday-themed drag performance, will deck the halls of a new Winter Wonderland space.

Terralina Crafted Italian will host a culinary experience with Executive Chef Claudio on Dec. 6. Guests attending this in-person event will indulge in the art of risotto-making and the secrets behind his recipes as he shares his expertise and demonstrates the process of creating the perfect risotto.