Today’s travel tip sheet includes a spotlight on new openings the next two months, Valentine’s Day getaway ideas and a look ahead to spring festivals at the theme parks.  For interviews and media info: media@visitorlando.com.  

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In this Issue:  

  • What's New for 2022: Spotlight on Upcoming Openings 

  • Valentine’s Day Getaway Ideas 

  • Orlando's Spring Theme Park Festivals  

  • ZORA! Festival Returns Jan. 28-30 

  • What’s New This Month 

  • DYK? Orlando is home to the tallest slingshot and free fall ride in the world! 

What’s New in 2022: Upcoming Attraction Openings  

Orlando kicked off 2022 by opening two world-record-setting attractions at ICON Park and has no plans to slow down with a brand new theme park, launch coaster and acoustically perfect music hall opening within the next two months. Find more info about what’s new in 2022 here.  

Now Open 

  • The Orlando Slingshot™ and Orlando Free Fall™ – two world-record-setting attractions – opened at the end of December. The Orlando Slingshot™ stands at 300 feet, making it the world’s tallest slingshot. The two-tower attraction launches two riders out of an “exploding volcano,” straight up into the sky, reaching speeds of 100 mph. The Orlando Free Fall™ at ICON Park stands at 430 feet, making it the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower. 

Coming Soon  

  • Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opens Jan. 14 in the heart of downtown Orlando. The facility achieves an N1 sound rating - the lowest level at which humans can detect sound. 

  • The world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park opens Feb. 24 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The standalone theme park will feature multiple rides, interactive attractions, fun live shows, themed playscapes and water play areas. 

  • Ice Breaker, SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster, opens Feb. 18. The ride features four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch with a 93-foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle, the steepest vertical drop in Florida. 

Valentine’s Day Getaway in Orlando 

From romance packages including complimentary bubbly and more to exclusive dining deals, Orlando offers countless ideas for lovebirds to experience an unforgettable Valentine’s Day getaway this February.  

Getaway Package 

  • Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites International Drive Orlando is offering a Valentine's Day Special - Save 45% and receive a free bottle of Champagne. Book now through Feb 14. Stays must include Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) to qualify for offer. 

  • Element by Westin is offering a special package valid Feb. 11-14, which includes one bottle of champagne and two passes to The Wheel at Icon Park when using booking code LPR. 

  • Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Downtown is offering a special Romance Package valid Feb. 11-14, which includes sparkling wine or cider and breakfast for two in the hotel restaurant.  

Exclusive Dining Offers 

  • Orlando Cat Cafe will offer their very popular "Valentine's Day High Tea With Kitties” on Sunday, Feb. 6 from 2-4pm.   

  • Bites and Bubbles, which serves American cuisine “with a French kiss,” is offering a four-course, pre-fixe dinner on their rooftop patio for $99 per person, available Feb. 12-14.  

  • Morimoto Asia will offer an 8-course Valentine’s Day Chef’s Tasting Menu for $555 per couple, including amuse bouche and dessert with offerings including oysters, sushi, A-5 Wagyu, lobster and Szechuan-spiced Colorado lamb.  

Orlando’s Spring Theme Park Festivals 

From a festival of the arts and food extravaganza to daily Mardi Gras celebrations, The Theme Park Capital of the World’s popular annual spring festivals will be in full bloom this spring: 

  • Walt Disney World Resort’s EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, the celebration of the best in visual, culinary, and performing arts, returns Jan. 14 – Feb. 21. The event welcomes back the popular DISNEY ON BROADWAY concert series.  

  • Universal’s Mardi Gras returns Feb. 5 - April 24. The family-friendly version of the iconic Big Easy bash brings back the event’s most celebrated, fan-favorite experiences to Universal Studios Florida – including its nighttime parade and star-studded live concerts (select nights).  

  • SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival will return weekends Feb. 4 – May 8. Guests have the opportunity to sample their way through the park and discover globally inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and beverages from around the world along with live performances.  

33rd Annual ZORA! Festival Becomes Year-Round Event 

Historic Eatonville’s signature event is expanding to a year-round ZORA! Festival Season this year, including a signature three-day, open-air Outdoor Festival of the Arts in Eatonville Jan. 28-30. This event will feature an Africa-America Women’s Trade Expo, Arts Walk, International Food Court, International Marketplace and live performances from national and local artists, among other fascinating and important cultural offerings.   

What’s New in Orlando this Month? 

Stay up to date on Orlando's most recent announcements and openings - from accommodations and attractions to restaurants and events - available here.  

Did You Know?  

ICON Park is now home to three record-breaking attractions, the Orlando Starflyer, the tallest swing ride in the world and newly opened Orlando Slingshot, and Orlando Free Fall.