As Central Florida residents, we know that Orlando is one of the most sought-after destinations in the U.S.. Our City Beautiful maintains its popularity as one of the top places for summer vacationers and promises an array of new experiences for visitors planning their next trip to the Theme Park Capital of the World. In addition to new attractions at the theme parks, Orlando is offering up even more new adventures ranging from a new golf entertainment venue from Tiger Woods (eek! so excited for this one!) to an alcohol-free speakeasy concept (um, yes please!)
Here are 10 NEW Orlando experiences opening just in time for summer!
1. PopStroke, Waterford Lakes
PopStroke a golf entertainment venue created in partnership with Tiger Woods, will offer a menu of handhelds and pizzas to enjoy from the indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking two 18-hole miniature golf courses. PopStroke even has an app to automatically keep track of scores on the course and is set to open June 13th at Waterford Lakes Town Center.
2. Reef Plunge, Aquatica Orlando’s
Aquatica Orlando’s newest water slide, Reef Plunge, offers eye-catching translucent cutouts and rings with twists and turn though 330 feet of fiberglass. A vibrant array of marine life, Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks and a variety of other cold-water fish are also part of the new dynamic habitat.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy, EPCOT
Cosmic Rewind, EPCOT’s first “other-world” showcase pavilion opens May 27, featuring a new storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
4. Hotel Orlando, near Disney
The Tuscan-inspired, 126-room ette Hotel Orlando opens this month near Disney World. Focusing on wellness as an alcohol-free property, the hotel offers culinary experiences in partnership with Michelin Star Chef Akira Back, along with The Spa at ette, with services for everyone from the modern minimalist to the unruly naturalist.
5. Immersion at London House
Immersion at London House by Chef Rikku Ó’Donnchü, a new boutique restaurant fully open to the public, features a tasting menu-only concept with a sensorial dining experience focused on science, climate change, sustainable farming and zero waste, where texture, scents and sounds are as important as taste.
6. Ice Breaker, SeaWorld
SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster features four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch with a 93-foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle, the steepest vertical drop in Florida.
7. The BANDBOX, Ivanhoe Village
Take a short drive to explore one of Orlando’s local neighborhoods and experience The BANDBOX – Orlando. Central Florida’s first alcohol-free speakeasy cocktail tasting lounge and vintage shop. It will open this summer at Ivanhoe Village in Downtown Orlando.
8. AC Hotel, Lake Buena Vista
AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista will offer a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness facility, inventive chef-tailored dining and signature cocktail service. The property is set to open this June.
9. The New York Beer Project, Winter Garden
The New York Beer Project is set to open this summer in Winter Garden, will resemble an indoor beer garden complete with a gastropub, sidewalk bistro and up to 20 craft beers on tap.
10. Knife Burger to the JW Marriott
Three-time James Beard Award semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar has brought his concept Knife Burger to the JW Marriott Orlando. Featuring a slightly more expanded menu than the original Texas location, the poolside restaurant offers classic, high-quality burgers as well as seafood burgers and salads, all made with the finest ingredients10. AC Hotel, Lake Buena Vista
________________________________________________________________________Continuous updates on what’s new in Orlando can be found at Visit Orlando, the official visitor information source for the destination. On their website, visitors can also make an appointment for a complimentary, personalized one-on-one Vacation Planning Service with one of Visit Orlando’s vacation planning experts for advice and guidance on building the perfect itinerary.