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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.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Disney's Contemporary Resortopened the Pixar Play Zone last week. Kids, ages 4-12, can star in anadventure-packed evening filled with interactive fun, arcade games and dinnerin this new entertainment experience, open from 6-10:30 p.m. The spacetransports young guests to a world full of adventure with their favoritecharacters from Disney/Pixar animated films "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles."
disneyworld.disney.go.com| 407-313-6741 (media)| 407-939-5277 (public)

Universal Orlando Resort revealedthe names of their two newest value hotels: Surfside Inn and Suites andDockside Inn and Suites. The two properties will make up Universal's EndlessSummer Resort. Surfside Inn and Suites is slated to open in summer 2019 andDockside Inn and Suites will open in 2020.
UniversalOrlando.com| 407-363-8200 (media) | 407-363-8000 (public)

 

ATTRACTIONS

Disney's Animal Kingdomwill debut the Pandora Utility Suit, inspired by the iconic Amplified MobilityPlatform (AMP) suits of power armor from the epic film AVATAR, on April 22.Thesuit will serve as street entertainment and inform guests about Pandora'sunique flora and the experience of living on the planet.
DisneyWorld.Disney.Go.com| 407-313-6741 (media)| 407-939-5277 (public)

Madame Tussauds Orlandorevealed plans to unite an all-star cast of DC Super Heroes in a new experiencecalled, Justice League: A Call for Heroes. For the first time ever, fans ofDC's Justice League will come face-to-face with their favorite DC heroes inthis action-packed adventure at the wax attraction.
MadamTussauds.com |407-432-7066 (media) | 321-888-2690 (public)

Medieval Times Dinner &Tournament will debut its new show this month that, for the first time in34 years, will crown a queen. The show features jousting, authentic swordplay,horsemanship and falconry during the four-course feast.
medievaltimes.com| 407-396-2900 (media) | 407-396-2900 (public)

Universal Studios' HalloweenHorror Nights is introducing the arrival of Netflix's Original Series"Stranger Things." Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the UpsideDown and confront the supernatural as they walk through all-new mazes inspiredby season one. 
HalloweenHorrorNights.com| 407-363-8200 (media) | 407-224-7840 (public)

 

DINING

STK Orlando in DisneySprings launched "Social Hour" featuring half-off drinks and $2-$8 bitesweekdays from 4-6 p.m.
togrp.com | 407-539-4315 (media)| 407-917-7440 (public)

 

 

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Disney's Contemporary Resort's new Pixar Play Zone - where characters like Woody from "Toy Story" and the hero family from "The Incredibles" take part in children activities - will open April 13. Separate admission will be required.
disneyparks.disney.go.com | 407-313-6741 (media) | 407-939-1936 (public)

 

ARTS & CULTURE

The Holocaust Memorial Center will lease the former Chamber of Commerce building from the City of Orlando to create an iconic, architecturally significant, world-class museum and community gathering place in downtown Orlando.
Holocaustmemorialcenter.org | 407-628-0555 (media & public)

 

ATTRACTIONS

Epcot's new "Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art" exhibit will move into the American Heritage Gallery this summer. This will be a collaboration of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will feature interactive elements in which artists share their creative processes and the inspirations behind their works. 
Disneyworld.com | 407-313-6741 (media) | 407-939-1936 (public)

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Airbnb named Orlando the No. 1 spring break destination for families.
usatoday.com

 

DINING

Bar 17 Bistro - the rooftop bar at Universal's Aventura Hotel - will make its debut when the hotel opens this August. Visitors will be able to look down upon the city from the 17th-floor bar and enjoy small-plate options and craft cocktails.
universalorlando.com | 407-363-8220 (media) | 407-363-8000 (public)

Greenery Creamery, a new vegan-friendly ice cream shop, is now open in downtown Orlando. Visitors can savor unique diary-based flavors as well as vegan-friendly options made from organically and locally soured ingredients.
Thegreenerycreamery.com | 407-286-1084 (media & public)

Voodoo Doughnut began offering sweet delicious treats - 51 varieties, to be exact - at Universal CityWalk last week. The place has eclectic décor involving bright murals, a spiral staircases, skeletons, stained glass, zigzag pattern on the floor and a high ceiling.
voodoodoughnut.com | 407-363-8220 (media) | 407-363-8000 (public)

 

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Kidz Bop Weekend will have a return engagement at LEGOLAND Florida. The three-day event, set for Nov. 10-12, will be part of the Kidz Bop 30-city tour that begins in Toronto this summer. All activities are included in regular park admission.
Legolandflorida.com | 863-318-5464 (media) | 888-690-5346 (public) 

The Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando was extended by two weekends until April 29. The new dates will continue to include concerts at Bayside Stadium.
Seaworld.com | 407-363-2280 (media) | 407-545-5550 (public)

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights will start as early as mid-September this year, running through Nov. 3. The theme park also unveiled a new limited-time ticket offering: through June 6, guests who buy the Halloween Horror Nights flex ticket will get two event nights for the price of one.
Halloweenhorroenights.com | 407-363-8220 (media) | 407-363-8000 (public)

Universal Orlando Resort will celebrate the end-of-the-year holiday season for a total of 44 days starting Nov.17 through Jan. 6. This year's Christmastime festivities will include the Grinchmas live musical, Mannheim Steamroller concerts, Universal's Holiday Parade and "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle," the nightly projection production at Islands of Adventure.
Universalorlando.com | 407-363-8220 (media) | 407-363-8000 (public)

 

SPORTS

 Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge will add an extensive two-acre short-game facility and make improvements to the driving range. The short-game facility will feature four greens along with a collection of bunkers. The improvements will commence following the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
Arnoldpalmerbayhillclub.com | 727-967-2487 (media) | 407-876-2429 (public)