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Visit Orlando's Global Communications Team compiles a "Weekly What's New" list using information provided by partners and destination press releases to keep you up-to-date on Orlando happenings.




Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark officially opened Ray Rush. The nearly 60-foot-tall family raft slide is a fully-loaded water adventure combining three unique slide elements into one action-packed attraction. | 407-363-2282 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public)

Crayola Experience will debut Kaleidoscope, a larger-than-life, digital attraction where guests stand in front of a large screen that transforms their image into a swirling explosion of color and light. Kaleidoscope will open this summer and replace Doodle in the Dark. | 407-757-1711 (media) | 407-757-1700 (public)

LEGOLAND Florida Resort will debut a new area in spring 2019 inspired by The Lego Movie. The Lego Movie World will feature two new rides, character meet-and-greets and a giant themed playscape. In addition, the interactive boat ride, The Quest for Chi, will be completely transformed, drenching guests in an exciting new experience when it reopens as a key attraction in The Lego Movie World. The addition will be among the largest for LEGOLAND Florida. | 863-318-5463 (media) | 877-350-5346 (public) 

SeaWorld Orlando will bring Seasame Street to Orlando in spring 2019. The park will recreate Seasame Street, feature new rides and introduce the first-ever daily parade. Guests will have the chance to meet their favorite characters, including Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird. | 407-363-2282 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public)

SeaWorld Orlando is offering free admission to U.S. veterans and up to three guests through July 4. Veterans must redeem their complimentary single-day ticket(s) online at The free tickets are available online only. | 407-363-2282 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public)




Orlando became the first U.S. destination to surpass 70 million annual visitors. In 2017, 72 million visitors traveled to Orlando, an increase of more than 5 percent over the prior year, once again making it America's most-visited destination.  Orlando reached other milestones in 2017, including record convention attendance and record airline arrivals. | 407-354-5560 (media) | 407-363-5872 (public)




American Social Bar & Kitchen will open on Sand Lake Road in 2019. The upscale sports lounge and restaurant will offer an extensive selection of local and national craft beers, lively happy hours and award-winning menu items. | 305-758-1110 (media & public) 

Disney's Magic Kingdom Park will debut the After Fireworks Dessert Party on May 28. Guests can experience the legendary fireworks over Cinderella Castle from a special viewing area in the Plaza Garden before heading over to Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant to indulge in a delicious array of all-you-can-eat desserts and snacks. Pricing is $69 for adults and $41 for children. | 407-313-6741 (media)| 407-939-5277 (public) 

Hopdoddy Burger Bar will open its first Florida location at Pointe Orlando on International Drive in 2019. The Austin-born burger joint serves fresh, all-natural Angus burgers, hearty salads and handcrafted milkshakes and has a full bar that serves house-made liqueurs and freshly squeezed juices. | 407-903-2923 (media)

The ROCK Dinner Show, a new dining and entertainment experience at the Orlando Forum Theater on International Drive, brings audiences of all ages through a high-energy musical journey of the most iconic rock and pop artists of all time. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal as part of their admission. The new dinner show opens June 1. | 407-536-7943 (media & public) 

SeaWorld Orlando is offering complimentary domestic and seasonal beers to park guests through Sept. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close. Guests can visit Mama's Pretzel Kitchen Patio and receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit.  The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer. | 407-363-2280 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public)




The Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, to run Oct. 26-27, will add a new Hawaiian luau-themed area to this year's event dubbed The Pig and the Poke. This will be the fifth themed area in the annual fest. The Pig and the Poke will feature luau-style décor and dishes. | 407-977-5004 (media) | 407-934-4000 (public)

SeaWorld Orlando's Electric Ocean nighttime summer event will return this year with exotic worlds of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, DJ entertainment and a spectacular display of fireworks. Throughout the night, guests can experience exciting nighttime shows, returning summer classics and a plethora of new food and drink options. New for 2018, the park will introduce "Touch the Sky," a high-energy celebration of the sea and sky featuring majestic bottlenose dolphins, beautiful macaws and an original musical score. The event runs select dates through Sept. 2. | 407-363-2280 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public)

Wine Bar George celebrated its grand opening in Disney Springs earlier this month. The sommelier-led wine bar offers an unparalleled wine list, including more than 130 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle, as well as small plates, cheese and charcuterie, shareable entrees and desserts. | 407-566-6397 (media) | 407-490-1800 (public)



Older News


Disney's Contemporary Resort opened the Pixar Play Zone last week. Kids, ages 4-12, can star in an adventure-packed evening filled with interactive fun, arcade games and dinner in this new entertainment experience, open from 6-10:30 p.m. The space transports young guests to a world full of adventure with their favorite characters from Disney/Pixar animated films "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles." | 407-313-6741 (media)| 407-939-5277 (public)

Universal Orlando Resort revealed the names of their two newest value hotels: Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn and Suites. The two properties will make up Universal's Endless Summer Resort. Surfside Inn and Suites is slated to open in summer 2019 and Dockside Inn and Suites will open in 2020. | 407-363-8200 (media) | 407-363-8000 (public)



Disney's Animal Kingdom will debut the Pandora Utility Suit, inspired by the iconic Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the epic film AVATAR, on April 22.The suit will serve as street entertainment and inform guests about Pandora's unique flora and the experience of living on the planet. | 407-313-6741 (media)| 407-939-5277 (public)

Madame Tussauds Orlando revealed plans to unite an all-star cast of DC Super Heroes in a new experience called, Justice League: A Call for Heroes. For the first time ever, fans of DC's Justice League will come face-to-face with their favorite DC heroes in this action-packed adventure at the wax attraction. | 407-432-7066 (media) | 321-888-2690 (public)

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will debut its new show this month that, for the first time in 34 years, will crown a queen. The show features jousting, authentic swordplay, horsemanship and falconry during the four-course feast. | 407-396-2900 (media) | 407-396-2900 (public)

Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights is introducing the arrival of Netflix's Original Series "Stranger Things." Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as they walk through all-new mazes inspired by season one. | 407-363-8200 (media) | 407-224-7840 (public)



STK Orlando in Disney Springs launched "Social Hour" featuring half-off drinks and $2-$8 bites weekdays from 4-6 p.m. | 407-539-4315 (media) | 407-917-7440 (public)