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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.

 

 ATTRACTIONS

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.
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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)  

 

 

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Epcot's Mexican Pavilion now features a "Coco"-themed exhibit,Mirror de los Muertos, with interactive mirror video screens allowing guests to design their own Día de los Muertos skeletons and bring the skeletons to life with their own movements. The creations are saved and linked to guests' MagicBands.
disneyworld.disney.go.com | 407-313-6741 (media)| 407-939-5277 (public)

 

Universal Orlando Resort's new nighttime lagoon show - Cinematic Celebration - officially opened at Universal Studios Florida. Blending panoramic water screens, pyrotechnics, projection mapping and more than 120 dancing fountains, the show transforms the lagoon and surrounding buildings into a vivid celebration of beloved characters from Universal attractions and some of the world's biggest films. Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration runs select nights this summer.
universalorlando.com | 407-363-8220 (media) | 407-363-8000 (public)

 

DINING

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American express, will kick off Aug. 24. Foodies can choose from more than 100 restaurants across the destination, with each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person. This year, the program will help children affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities, though donations to Best Buddies and The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. 
magicaldining.com | 407-354-5560 (media) | 407-363-5872 (public)

 

The Hampton Social will open a new location at Pointe Orlando in 2019. Themed after the New York coastal resort region, this restaurant specializes in seafood, pizza and brunch, with unique dishes like chicken and doughnuts and a signature "rosé all day." 
thehamptonsocial.com

 

Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co., an independent craft brewery and tasting room, opened its doors in the historic Ivanhoe District in late-June. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy live music events and food truck nights while sipping on their favorite on-tap selection on select nights. 
ivanhoeparkbrewing.com


Tactical Brewing Co., a microbrewery owned and established by veterans, is opening in Baldwin Park in late-August. Through opening day, the brewery is hosting monthly events to give the public a chance to try some of the beers to be served at the brewery once it opens. 
tacticalbeer.com

 

SHOPPING

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets unveiled lux shopping concierge services that will arrange a personalized experience, including a unique shopping itinerary and gift cards for shopping and food.
premiumoutlets.com | 713-224-9115 (media) | 407-238-7787 (public)

 

SPORTS

Epic Axe Throwing, joining the nationwide trend of places where customers chuck sharpened cutting tools at blocks of wood, will open in downtown Orlando in August. The facility will have 12-foot ax-throwing lanes and a lounge, and host events, leagues and competitions from the World Axe Throwing League.
epicaxethrowing.com  | 385-429-3386 (media & public)

 

TRANSPORTATION

LATAM Airlines Group began new nonstop flights from Fortaleza, Brazil (FOR) to Orlando International Airport (MCO), advancing connection between Brazil and Orlando.
latam.com  | 1-866-435-9526 (media & public)