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.

 

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Disney's Hollywood Studios
announced the names of two major attractions for the new land, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, coming in late 2019. Set on the remote planet Batuu, the area will feature two signature attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, putting guests in the cockpit of the famous space ship, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, where an escape from The First Order turns into all-out battle.
disney.go.com|407-566-6397 (media) |407-939-5277 (public)

LEGOLAND Florida Resort has released details on a brand-new land, The Lego Movie World, opening in 2019. Inspired by the popular 2014 film The Lego Movie, the area will debut with three new attractions: Unikitty's Disco Drop, Battle of Bricksburg and The Lego Movie Masters of Flight, a unique 180-degree rotating theater attraction with additional 4D elements such as smells and water sprays.
legoland.com | 863-318-5464 (media & public)

Pointe Orlando announced a new VR attraction, Nomadic VR, that will utilize real-life obstacles and structures to mimic virtual environments, immersing players into the digital world. The attraction plans to introduce a zombie apocalypse scenario before the end of 2018, with a "Mission: Impossible" version coming in the first part of 2019. The roughly 15-minute game, which will cost $25 to play, equips players with a plastic gun that fires virtual bullets when the trigger is pulled.
pointeorlando.com| 407-264-9950 (media) | 407-248-2838 (public)

 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Margaritaville Resort Orlando will open a new waterpark in spring of 2019 called Island H2O Live.  The park will feature nine different thrill rides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a kids' area and a family river raft ride. Designed to enable guests to customize their experience and share it with the world, the park uses a new RFID wristband system that will enable guests to personalize the music and lighting they experience on select rides.
margaritavilleresortorlando.com | 855-995-9099 (media & public)

 

 

DINING

Financier Patisserie announced a location opening in Winter Park. The New-York-based bakery, which is expanding beyond the Big Apple for the first time, will bring delicate treats and coffee to Florida's own version of Park Avenue, in place of the recently-closed Rustic Table restaurant.
financierpatisserie.com | (212) 973-1010 (media & public)

 

 

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Disney Springs announced the "first-ever" Kingdom Hearts pop-up experience, running December 14, 2018 to January 31, 2019. This one-of-a-kind experience features a special Keyblade exhibit, featuring life-size replicas directly from Kingdom Hearts III, as well as larger-than-life art inspired by characters and worlds from the game. Attendees can also pre-order the game and merchandise ahead of their releases at digital kiosks. 
disneysprings.com; 415-500-0619 (media); 407-939-6244 (public)

The Florida Mall will welcome LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil, running March 8-31, 2019. The show will take audiences on a trip to an imaginary Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico, taken from both tradition and modernity.
simon.com; 713-224-9115 (media); 407-851-6255 (public)

The 6th annual Violectric Holiday Show will return to the Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park. Renowned "Vinylinist" and Founder of "Violectric" Michelle Jones will join the talented musicians of the Central Florida strings super-group on stage for the show on Friday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m.
violectric.net | 321-277-7812 (media and public)

 

 

Older News

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Orlando Auto Museum, previously the Miami Auto Museum in South Florida, will relocate to the former Artegon Marketplace. No official opening date has been announced.
dezercollection.com

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 Orlando was ranked as the second-most pet friendly city in the country and No. 1 for its dog friendly restaurants, according to WalletHub.
wallethub.com | 202-684-6386 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public)

 

DINING

 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck, a concept by 4R Restaurant Group, will feature a barbacoa-style menu and signature 4 Rivers meats when it debuts in late August at Disney Springs.

4rsmokehouse.com | 844-474-8377 (media & public)

Chicken Guy!, a new concept restaurant by celebrity chef Guy Fieri and restaurateur Robert Earl, is coming to Disney Springs in late August. The menu features tenders - grilled or fried - in sandwiches, on skewers or in meal-sized salad bowls, as well as tempting sides like Guy Fieri's fries, mac ‘n cheese, fried pickles and fresh slaw.
chickenguy.com   | 561-324-9630 (media) | 407-560-8180 (public)  

Jinya Ramen Bar opened its first Central Florida location on Aug. 8 in Thornton Park. The restaurant serves 13 styles of ramen bowls, as well as small plates like crispy chicken, mini tacos and pork gyoza.
jinya-ramenbar.com| 407-704-1825 (media & public)  

 

EVENTS & FESTIVALS 

Craft Beer Festival at SeaWorld Orlando, taking place weekends Nov. 3-11, will feature more than 100 brews on draft from breweries across Florida, plus a few domestic and international craft favorites. The festival will also feature over 20 unique food items designed to pair with the event brew selection.
seaworld.com | 407-363-2280 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public)

 Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando will return for its second year on Sept. 15 and 22. 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. Concerts will be included with park admission.

seaworld.com | 407-363-2280 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public) 

Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a new, four-weekend celebration set to begin Aug. 25. Featuring live entertainment and more than 100 beers from 60 breweries around the globe, the event invites guests to taste some of Florida's best-known craft beers - as well as international selections - and explore flavors of the world through themed culinary cabins.
buschgardens.com| 810-300-8048 (media) | 813-884-4386 (public)

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 Avianca Airlines began a new service from Lima, Peru to Orlando International Airport (MCO) on Aug. 1. The new service is in addition to previously announced new non-stop service from Guatemala City, Guatemala and San Salvador, El Salvador.
avianca.com| 506-2242-1178 (media) | 800-284-2622 (public)  

 

 Swoop Airlines, Canada's first ultra-low-cost carrier, will begin service from Hamilton to Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting Oct. 17.
flyswoop.com | 587-441-1001 (media) | 407-675-3253 (public)