New and Upcoming

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.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels now offer guests the Extra Magic Hours benefit at Walt Disney World Theme Parks, with valid park admission, through December 2018. To view the Extra Magic Hours calendar, guests can visit DisneyWorld.com/ParkHours or request a copy of the Times Guide at each hotel's lobby.
DisneySpringsHotels.com

 

 

ATTRACTIONS

Crayola Experience Orlando is now home to the world's largest Crayola crayon, weighing in at 1,352 pounds and measuring 15.6 feet long. The huge crayon was created in celebration of the latest shade to join the Crayola family, Bluetiful, and is a permanent addition to the attraction.
CrayolaExperience.com; 407-757-1711 (media); 407-757-1700 (public)

Disney's Animal Kingdom will debut a new show in spring 2018 that will feature characters from Disney-Pixar's "UP."  This new experience will offer guests the chance to follow beloved characters Russell and Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world.
disneyworld.disney.go.com; 407-566-6397 (media); (407) 939-5277 (public)

DRIP, the live entertainment-art venue and bar on International Drive, will close at the end of this month. Remaining shows will take place on Fridays and Saturdays with the final show scheduled for Jan. 27. Discounted tickets are available for the remaining shows.
ILoveDRIP.com; 347-855-3747 (media & public)

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs took its final bow on Dec. 31, 2017, ending an 18-year run in Orlando. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced they will continue to work with Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group on a new show that will pay homage to Disney's rich history of animation. The title and debut date has not yet been announced.
disneyworld.disney.go.com; 407-566-6397 (media); (407) 939-5277 (public)

SeaWorld Orlando is offering free admission for Florida preschoolers through Dec. 31, 2018. Florida residents ages 5 and younger can enjoy all the excitement of SeaWorld Orlando for free by registering for the SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Card. The card also includes admission to popular SeaWorld events such as the Seven Seas Food Festival, Electric Ocean, Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration. Parents can add Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark, to their child's Preschool Card for only $59.99. Advance registration must be completed online and is only valid for children ages 5 or younger at the time of redemption at the park. Registration is required by May 13, 2018.
SeaWorld.com; 407-370-1252 (media); 407-545-5550 (public)

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is now open at Disney Springs. This new hyper-reality experience by ILMxLAB and The VOID transports guests to the Star Wars universe where they go undercover as Stormtroopers to capture Imperial intelligence. Tickets are $29.95 and available at TheVOID.com.
disneyworld.disney.go.com; 407-566-6397 (media); (407) 939-5277 (public)

Universal Orlando Resort announced a new projection mapping experience coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle celebrates the four houses of Hogwarts by transforming the castle in a dazzling display of lights, special effects and music. The new experience will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 31 and is scheduled to run Feb. 5 and Feb. 7-12, with additional dates to be announced at a later time. Fans can preview the show during A Celebration of Harry Potter on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28.
universalorlando.com;   407-363-8220 (media); 407-363-8000 (public)

Walt Disney World Resort officially reopened The Hall of Presidents in December with the addition of President Donald J. Trump. The new animatronic figure features remarks recorded exclusively for the attraction.
disneyworld.disney.go.com; 407-566-6397 (media); (407) 939-5277 (public)

Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex just got larger with the opening of another facility. A new 300,000-square-foot, 8,000-seat arena officially opened last week with plans to host basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling and e-sports events. It's the only venue of its size in America designed with cheerleading and dance competitions in mind.
disneyworld.disney.go.com; 407-566-6397 (media); (407) 939-5277 (public)


AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Orlando was ranked No. 3 in Kayak's Top Wallet-Friendly Destinations for 2018. The ranking was based on the 100 most searched vacation spots, identifying those with the lowest overall median trip cost.
Kayak.com; 1-855-529-2501 (media & public)



DINING

The Edison, a lavish, "Industrial Gothic"- themed restaurant and entertainment venue, is now open at Disney Springs for lunch and dinner. The Edison offers contemporary American fare, crafted cocktails and more, while live musicians, aerialists and dancers entertain guests.
theedisonfla.com; 407-560-9288 (media & public) 

Sticky Rice Lao Street Food opened on East Colonial Drive in Orlando. The eatery serves Vietnamese- and Thai-inspired dishes - all priced at $5 or less.
StickyRiceStreetFood.com; 321-800-6532 (media & public)

 

EVENTS

SeaWorld Orlando's Praise Wave Christian music event will take place every Saturday from Jan. 20-Feb. 10.  Guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides and inspiring animal attractions. Confirmed artists include Steven Curtis Chapman, Lecrae, SWITCHFOOT and MercyMe.
SeaWorld.com; 407-370-1252 (media); 407-545-5550 (public)

 

Older News

Accommodations

Lake Nona Resort, a new eight-story hotel property focusing on fitness and wellness, will offer services like access to an onsite nutritionist, 24-hour fitness facility, spa, trails and a 120,000-square-foot beach volleyball venue. The resort will allow the community to host more athletes and sport enthusiast visitors in an environment that's attentive to their needs. Lake Nona Resort will have 250 guest rooms and 80 condos, and is expected to open in 2020. 
407-888-6500 (media & public)

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort announced two new membership offerings: a Golf Club Membership at Tranquilo Golf Club and a Resort & Golf Club Membership, which provides access to the Resort's five-acre water park, recreation amenities and more.
fourseasons.com; 407-313-6778 (media & public)

Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort received a full renovation of its driving range, making it one of the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art practice facilities in Central Florida. Effective Feb. 1, 2018, Tranquilo Golf Club will be accessible exclusively to guests staying at Four Seasons Resort Orlando and members of Tranquilo Golf Club.
fourseasons.com;  407-313-6778 (media & public)

 

Attractions

Hogan's Beach Shop, owned by wrestler Hulk Hogan, will move to a new location at the Hollywood Plaza complex. With the move, Hogan hopes to bring some form of virtual or augmented reality concept, making the 4,000-square-foot retail location an immersive attraction.
Hogansbeachshop.com; 407-674-7457 (media & public)


Dining

Universal's Islands of Adventure added the new Marvel Character Dinner at Cafe 4 in Marvel Super Hero Island. The experience includes a buffet-style meal with one nonalcoholic beverage, plus a digital photo taken there. Diners will encounter Spider-Man, Captain America, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm and Rogue during the experience. The characters will sign autographs and take photos with guests.
UniversalOrlando.com; 407-363-8220 (media); 407-363-8000 (public)

El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant is now open in downtown Orlando. The restaurant's menu fuses Latin and Asian flavors with such dishes as dim sum and platitos, rice and noodles, poke, and deluxe meat and fish. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with weekend brunch hours to be added later on.
ElBuda.com; 407-203-8171 (media & public)


Transportation

Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) partnered with Allegiant to offer nonstop flights to Orlando from Milwaukee, Wis., Newburgh, N.Y. and Norfolk, Va. These new markets are a few of the over 70 nonstop destinations for Allegiant to SFB, more than any airline from any airport in Central Florida.
Orlandosanfordairport.com ; 407-414-8832 (media); 407-585-4000 (public)