Orlando Summer 2019 Is Going To Big
Orlando has been crowned the “Theme Park Capital of the World” so it’s no surprise the AAA has named it the world’s top summer destination. This summer is not going to disappoint either. Visitors will enjoy new theme park expansions, new hotels, and even new and unique dining adventures.
“Orlando is always innovating, with immersive new experiences and unbeatable hospitality that keeps visitors returning year after year,” said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. “It’s this memorable combination that keeps Orlando the most-visited destination in the country, with a record 75 million visitors in 2018.”
Orlando Summer 2019 – New Immersive Adventures
- At Universal Orlando Resort™, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster opens on June 13. This ride, described as Universal’s most highly-themed coaster to date, takes guests deep into the Forbidden Forest, to check out the various fantastic beasts that call the woods home.
- Walt Disney World® Resort opens Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Aug. 29. Set on the planet Batuu, the new land features two thrilling galactic rides, immersive shops, a restaurant and a character meet-and-greet spot.
- Aquatica® Orlando’s new attraction KareKare Curl™ debuted April 12. This new slide is styled after a curve-shaped wave and welcomes two riders at a time, climbing the vertical wave wall for a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure.
- Walt Disney World Resort brings baller excitement to Disney Springs on Aug. 12 with the opening of the NBA Experience, offering 13 hands-on games and activities for basketball fans in a one-of-a-kind attraction.
- Wild Florida is set to open an all-new 75-acre safari park, an expansion that will result in the park growing six-fold. Plus, guests have the option to drive their own vehicles. They can also choose to ride on a guided buggy tour. Over 100 animals native to Florida will also be on this land, along with a zip-line that lets visitors fly over the park.
Orlando Summer 2019 – New for Little Kids
- Walt Disney World Resort’s new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a live show now open in Hollywood Studios, featuring beloved characters from the Cars movie series like Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.
- SeaWorld® Orlando brought a beloved world to life with the opening of Sesame Street in March. This was just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary. Families can also explore 6 acres of the iconic neighborhood. Furthermore, they’ll enjoy story time with Big Bird and SeaWorld’s first daily parade with Elmo and other characters.
- LEGOLAND® Florida Resort debuted Lego Movie World. This is one of the largest additions ever made to the park. It also includes three new attractions based on worlds within the film.
- Fun Spot America will add a 4,000-square-foot splash pad this summer. This offers 30 interactive features from fountains to moving sprays for little ones to enjoy.
- Crayola Experience is also adding three new experiences to spark creativity in kids. They include the opportunity to take larger-than-life interactive silly selfies, color and customize their own Scribble Scrubbies, a handheld washable toy, and enjoy kid-safe games as part of the Crayola Create & Play app.
Orlando Summer 2019 – New Accommodations
- Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, a new beach-themed value hotel, debuts June 27. Surfside will feature spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep six, with rates starting at $170.10. Its sister property, Dockside Inn and Suites will also join the value resort in March 2020.
Orlando Summer 2019 – New & Notable Dining
- Disney Springs welcomed Jaleo by José Andrés, featuring Spanish cuisine paired with a premier selection of Spanish wines.
- Bigfire is also the next original concept at Universal CityWalk. It will open this summer featuring woodfire cooking amid the decor of a lakeside lodge. Guests will also be able to make fireside s’mores right at their table and play lawn games on the patio.
- Universal Orlando Resort opened The TODAY Cafe on May 16. Guests can stop by for seasonal dishes inspired by Al Roker’s favorite recipes. They’ll also dine amid immersive TODAY Show stage lights and theming. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and even wine and beer are also available.
The Orlando Destination
Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is the No. 1 family vacation destination, Theme Park Capital of the World®, and most visited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of unique experiences also create cherished memories for visitors. This includes legendary theme parks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld. It also includes an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports and nightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world. Visitors can choose from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels.
SOURCE Visit Orlando
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