What’s New in 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 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. (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.
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.
Throw in plenty of wide-open spaces offering endless ecotourism adventures and outdoor fun for the whole family, and you’ll never run out of new experiences in Orlando.
New at Orlando’s Theme Parks
Explore brand-new worlds of wonder at Orlando’s legendary theme parks, which have all sorts of fresh surprises in store and even more set to debut in the coming year.
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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Don’t miss the newest attractions and experiences at Walt Disney World Resort.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: COSMIC REWIND
Star-Lord, Rocket and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy have arrived at EPCOT for this brand-new experience, which sends you on an intergalactic, family-friendly thrill ride through space and time. It’s part of the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion — the first “other-world” pavilion in EPCOT history.
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Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
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.
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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Come live your very own Star Wars™ story in this immersive 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!
Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
Based on Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille, this new EPCOT attraction is joined by a new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris.
NEW NEIGHBORHOODS AT EPCOT
As part of the multi-year transformation at EPCOT, the park’s former Future World area has become three distinct new neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Discovery and World Nature.
Enjoy a new nighttime spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park in honor of the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary festivities. Expect music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects in a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment.
One of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney theme park, this new EPCOT show at World Showcase Lagoon features a celebration of Disney music designed to inspire people worldwide.
Located at the Mission: SPACE pavilion at EPCOT, 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.
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.
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 The Land Pavilion at EPCOT, 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 in World Showcase at EPCOT.
Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
This film at the Canada pavilion in World Showcase at EPCOT has new scenes and a new story.
Even more magic is coming to Walt Disney World Resort soon.
Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2022, this larger-than-life show will feature more than 50 live performers, massive sets, stunning effects, dazzling pyrotechnics and rousing music.
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.
Transformation of Spaceship Earth
The grand icon of EPCOT 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 the World Celebration neighborhood at EPCOT, 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 signature festivals at EPCOT. 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 the upcoming World Nature neighborhood at EPCOT, 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.
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, 360-degree digital format.
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, has also been announced.
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Don’t miss the newest attractions and experiences at Universal Orlando Resort.
Jurassic World VelociCoaster
Get ready for a new species of roller coaster. Speeding through the jungle, rising high above the terrain, it’s Jurassic World VelociCoaster. Board your vehicle for a highspeed dash through the park’s Velociraptor paddock. You’ll feel the rush of the hunt as you race alongside these nimble predators, twisting and soaring above the land and water. VelociCoaster is now open at Universal Orlando Resort.
Now open in Universal Studios Florida’s KidZone area, this all-new, interactive character experience gives you the chance to meet, greet and dance along with your favorite DreamWorks characters, including those from DreamWorks Animation’s hit film franchises such as Trolls, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and more.
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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The Bourne Stuntacular
This live-action stunt show based on the blockbuster Bourne film franchise uses a never-before-seen hybrid of stage magic and cinema to follow Jason Bourne's adventures around the globe.
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.
Universal Orlando Resort isn’t just growing — it’s adding a whole new universe of epic adventures.
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! 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.
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Don’t miss the newest attractions and experiences at SeaWorld Orlando.
This brand-new roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando invites you to brave 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 thrills.
Aquatica Orlando’s newest waterslide will send you through eye-catching translucent cutouts and rings as you twist and turn though over 330 feet of fiberglass, zooming past a vibrant array of marine life in the new dynamic habitat, including Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks, sardines, and a variety of other cold-water fish.
New at Aquatica Orlando, Florida's first dueling-racer raft slide features nearly 650 feet of tight loops and accelerations, including indoor and outdoor sections.
Sesame Street Land™
Take a stroll down Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando courtesy of this brand-new land! Featuring eight attractions, character appearances, interactive play, and themed dining and shopping, Sesame Street Land provides endless fun for the whole family. Come and play with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby and all of your Sesame Street favorites for the first time at SeaWorld!
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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.
See what else is coming to SeaWorld in the near future.
Park-Wide Enhancements at Aquatica Orlando
In 2022, Aquatica Orlando will add over 1,000 loungers and beach chairs with increased shade for comfort and two food and beverage additions: a quick-service pizza place and a brand-new beach bar in addition to upgrades to the popular Banana Beach Cookout. Multiple attractions will also receive upgrades, including enhancements to several water slides.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
LEGOLAND Florida Resort's original theme park is complemented by a water park and onsite resorts. And now, the world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park is adding all-new reasons for little ones and their families to visit.
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WORLD’S FIRST PEPPA PIG THEME PARK
Your family can enjoy an unforgettable day of adventure at the world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park. Designed to be the ultimate day for little ones, this all-new, standalone, separately ticketed theme park features multiple rides, interactive attractions, themed playscapes and water play areas — complete with “muddy puddles,” of course — and fun live shows daily, all based on instantly recognizable locations from the globally popular brand.
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This new, immersive experience invites kids and their parents to build, unbuild and rebuild the world of their dreams with — of course — LEGO® bricks.
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 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.
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Pirate River Quest
Starting Nov. 2, 2022, at LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, set sail with a rowdy crew of LEGO® pirates on Captain’s orders to explore the murky waters and retrieve the lost treasure, stolen by a troop of mischievous monkeys. Journey through the uncharted waters of the legendary Cypress Gardens and discover the secrets protecting its canals, as this all-new story unfolds brick by brick into a family-friendly treasure hunt.
New Attractions in Orlando
Featuring amazing experiences, white-knuckle thrills and moments of sheer wonder, here’s your guide to brand-new attractions in Orlando — and you never know what’s coming next.
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In Orlando, over 100 amazing, standalone attractions beyond our theme parks and water parks are ready to thrill you, including these fresh additions.
New at downtown Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, this performance venue achieves an N1 sound rating — the lowest level at which humans can detect sound.
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Cirque du Soleil — Drawn to Life
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Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex
This 50,000-square-foot, multi-level attraction is new at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Florida’s east coast, about an hour from our main tourism districts. It features a showcase of NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware with immersive displays, including a simulated journey through space, unique launch viewing opportunities and more.
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Island H2O Live!
Adjacent to 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.
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Museum of Illusions
New to ICON Park® in the International Drive (aka I-Drive) Entertainment District, Museum of Illusions features more than 50 optical, photographic, holographic and interactive illusions, providing hours of mind-twisting, eye-tricking fun.
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Part of the I-Drive Entertainment District, Dezerland Park is a massive indoor amusement park with free admission and a wide variety of separately ticketed, affordably priced attractions. They include Arcade Orlando, Axecelsior Axe Throwing, Bowling Orlando, Jump Start Trampoline Park, Karting Orlando, The Pinball Palace, and its signature attractions, the Orlando Auto Museum and adjacent Bond Lounge & Exhibit.
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Drive-Thru Safari 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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At Fun Spot America, this 90-foot family swing ride features both traditional, side-by-side, two-passenger ride seating, as well as side-by-side, two-passenger horizontal (prone) seating, with guests spinning at 10 RPMs.
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One thing you can always count on in Orlando: Something new is just around the corner.
Utilizing a 2-story shipping container structure, this urban park — aka “Art Squared” — will incorporate a cafe, art gallery, stage, seating, digital video walls and a gift shop, as well as an artificial turf courtyard, a concrete patio, picnic tables, hammocks, and two food truck spaces when it comes to downtown Orlando in 2022.
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New Accommodations in Orlando
With more than 130,000 hotel rooms, 20,000 vacation-home rentals and 22,000 vacation-ownership properties in the area, you'd think that Orlando would already be well-stocked when it comes to available room supply — but again, we're the sort of destination that never stops improving. See new places you can stay now, plus fresh accommodations that are coming soon.
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Here are the newest places where you can stop dreaming of an Orlando getaway and start dreaming in Orlando.
Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
In late 2021, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve opened at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The 14-story, 349-room hotel tower features a restaurant, full-service health club, a 90-foot-long pool and other enticing extras.
Lake Nona Wave Hotel
Lake Nona Wave Hotel is new to its namesake, forward-thinking, tech- and medical-focused community, minutes from Orlando International Airport. The luxury lifestyle experience is powered by innovative technology yet grounded in visitors’ wellbeing. It’s adjacent to the Lake Nona Sculpture Garden, featuring pieces from The Lewis Collection. Guests also have access to the Lake Nona Performance Club and Chopra Mind-Body Zone.
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AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando
New to downtown Orlando, AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando has 180 modern guest rooms with a sleek European-inspired design and a SkyBar Rooftop Terrace with 360-degree city views and creative mixology, creating a true high-rise experience in the heart of the city.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
With a focus on well-being and relaxation, the brand-new JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa offers a luxurious opportunity to get away from everything while staying minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. It boasts 516 guestrooms, a Spa by JW and a rooftop terrace with nightly views of theme park fireworks, among other amenities.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Spearheaded by music legend Jimmy Buffett, this waterfront Margaritaville Resort Orlando has a 175-room hotel, multiple themed dining and nightlife options, and the adjacent Island H2O Live! water park and Promenade at Sunset Walk open-air entertainment district.
Tru by Hilton Orlando Convention Center
Designed to be vibrant, affordable and young at heart, Tru by Hilton Orlando Convention Center is located a mile from SeaWorld Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center. The property features a pool, a 24-hour fitness center, free-to-play board games in the lobby and other guest benefits.
ette Hotel Orlando
This Tuscan-inspired, 126-room ette Hotel Orlando is new to the Walt Disney World area. Focusing on wellness as an alcohol-free property, the hotel offers culinary experiences in partnership with Michelin Star Chef Akira Back, along with The Spa at ette, with services for everyone from the modern minimalist to the unruly naturalist.
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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Universal's Endless Summer Resort — Dockside Inn and Suites
Featuring a coastal, calm vibe and sunset theming, Universal's Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites has two large pools with a sandy beach. It also has standard rooms and two-bedroom suites, as well as a food court.
STAR WARS: GALACTIC STARCRUISER
This two-day, two-night, all-immersive experience will take you to a galaxy far, far away in a way that only Disney could create. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is far more than a place to stay: It’s an adventure.
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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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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.
Bite into the newest things to eat and drink in Orlando.
Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen
From the titular winner of Bravo’s Top Chef: All-Stars, Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen opened in December at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Expect tropical-inspired fare with fresh flavors and local ingredients, including native fruits, crisp vegetables and straight-from-the-docks seafood.
Located inside the high-tech Lake Nona Wave Hotel, BACÁN is a lush restaurant influenced by the many flavors of the Americas and centered around a dramatic, open-theater kitchen.
In February 2022, AVA MediterrAegean opened in Winter Park, specializing in authentic, upscale Greek food and ambiance.
New to downtown Orlando’s Milk District, this unique dining space houses some of Central Florida’s most notable food and beverage brands.
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The Hall on the Yard
Part of downtown Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village, this full-service food hall delivers nine diverse culinary offerings, five curated event spaces, and three premium cocktail bars in an eclectic environment.
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In the Creative Village section of downtown Orlando’s Parramore district, The Monroe has emerged as the area’s culinary hotspot.
Part of ICON Park, Ole Red is a new restaurant by country superstar Blake Shelton, merging southern hospitality, good food and live country music.
The Hampton Social
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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.
Knife & Spoon
New to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, this restaurant is a fresh concept from Chef John Tesar, a James Beard Award semifinalist and Top Chef contestant.
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has brought his take on classic English street food to ICON Park.
Treat your palate at this new Winter Park eatery, which uses the highest quality meats and locally sourced produce to create dishes that invoke the flavors of the finest steakhouses.
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Featuring Napa Valley-inspired seasonal cuisine and 60 varieties of wine on tap, this first Florida outpost of this popular Texas restaurant is in Winter Park, about 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando.
More great restaurants and nightlife are coming to Orlando soon.
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.
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ at ICON Park
Coming to Icon Park, Brother Jimmy's features down-home, Carolina-style barbecue, plus all the sports you can watch and some of the greatest sweet tea around.
Kavas Tacos + Tequila
Opening at Pointe Orlando, this locally owned restaurant will feature Mexican comfort food, tequila flights and entertainment.
Created by celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner Norman Van Aken, this restaurant is moving to Orlando's Restaurant Row. The acclaimed eatery was formerly located at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
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The BANDBOX — Orlando
Central Florida’s first alcohol-free speakeasy, cocktail lounge and collectibles/vintage shop will open in June 2022 at Ivanhoe Village in downtown Orlando.