Orlando, the renowned theme park capital of the world, is gearing up for an extraordinary year in 2024, introducing a plethora of new attractions, expansions, accommodations, and dining experiences. From thrilling theme park rides to innovative dining options, Orlando promises a diverse range of adventures for both new and returning visitors.
Theme Park Attractions
Journey of Water – Epcot (Walt Disney World Resort)
Inspired by Moana, this attraction opened in October.
The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
A captivating musical adventure is set to debut.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – Magic Kingdom Park
Replacing Splash Mountain, this promises a new and immersive experience.
DreamWorks Land – Universal Studios FloridaA new land dedicated to DreamWorks characters.
Aquatica Orlando – Tassie’s Underwater Twist
An awe-inspiring waterslide journey through Australia’s Shark Bay seagrass meadow.
SeaWorld Orlando – Penguin Trek
An immersive indoor/outdoor launch coaster.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort – LEGO Ferrari Build & RaceA new feature for LEGO enthusiasts.
Venue Expansions and Openings:
Judson’s Live – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Debuting on Feb. 6, offering live entertainment.
Heading to Orlando’s tourism corridor, promising unique experiences.
Orlando Science Center – “Life” Exhibit
Featuring three distinctive habitats for an interactive learning experience.
New Accommodations and Renovations
The Alfond Inn
Completed an extensive renovation in the historic Winter Park.
Evermore Orlando Resort
Opening on January 1, featuring an 8-acre Crystal Lagoon and a 20-acre sandy beach.
Orlando’s first Hilton luxury brand, set to open on January 9.
Aloft Orlando Lake Nona
Opened in January, located closest to the USTA National Campus.
Villatel Orlando Resort
Phased opening in late 2023 in the iconic International Drive area.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Undergoing a multi-phase transformation and redesign.
Dining and Nightlife:
EET – Disney Springs
The only Indian-inspired restaurant.
Summer House on the Lake – Disney Springs
A lakeside eatery providing scenic dining.
Arcade Monsters – International Drive
Unveiled its fifth location, a video-game bar and restaurant.
Flûtes Champagne Bar – Winter Park
A French-inspired champagne bar for a sophisticated experience.
Stadium Club – Caribe Royale Orlando Resort
A sports-themed facility launching in January.
Bar Kada – Opening in February
By Michael Collantes, chef and owner of Michelin-starred Soseki.
Moso Nori – Summer Opening in Winter Park
A new concept by James Beard Award finalist and Michelin-recognized chef Henry Moso.
BANDBOX Orlando – Ivanhoe Village District
A spirit-free speakeasy expanding in the new year.
Natsu Omakase – Downtown Orlando
An exclusive 10-seat sushi omakase venue.
Chuck Lager America’s Tavern
Opening its eighth location, a midcentury-inspired bar and restaurant.
Introducing new indoor/outdoor entertainment spaces.
Mid Drive Dive – College Park Neighborhood
A locally owned midcentury-inspired bar and restaurant.
The Cake Bake Shop Bakery – Disney’s BoardWalk
Coming to add sweetness to Disney’s BoardWalk.
Crush Yard Pickleball Club & Restaurant – Kissimmee
An entertainment complex backed by NFL stars, expected to open in 2024.