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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.


The Alfond Inn unveiled "A Night at theMuseum" package, which includes two nights in a Classic room, Winter ParkMuseum passes, Happy Hour Art Tours and more.;212-447-1010 (media); 407-998-8090 (public)


Awards & Accolades

Orlando topped the list for the most popular summer destination amongtravelers taking domestic vacations between May 29 and Sept. 4, with nearly 9percent of Americans traveling to Orlando during the summer months.;267-364-5811 (media & public)


Events & Festivals

The Epcot International Food & WineFestival returns with 75 days of food, wine and fun from now until Nov. 13.A record number of 35 global food and wine marketplaces will sizzle with newmouthwatering edible delights to celebrate Epcot's 35th anniversary.;407-566-6397 (media); 407-939-2273 (public)

Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando REP)opened its 2017-2018 season with the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning Disney's Newsies The Musical. The liveonstage production takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 22 at 1:30p.m. and 6 p.m.;407-896-7365 (media); 407-896-7365 (public)

SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacularwill return on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 23 to Oct. 29. Guests of allages can join friends from Sesame Street as they take the stage in "SesameStreet's Countdown to Halloween." Families can also enjoy a Halloween DanceParty, meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea and take part infun-filled trick-or-treating throughout the park. The Halloween Spooktacular isincluded with park admission.;407-363-2280 (media); 407-545-5550 (public)



The Florida Mall will add six newretailers to its expanding retail lineup, including Central Florida's firstAmerican Soul, featuring vibrant and diverse collections in men's and women'sfashion. Other retailers include NYX Professional Makeup, Victoria Secret PINK,Shoe Palace, Windsor Fashion and Roncato.; 713-224-9115(media); 407-851-6255 (public)


Older News


JW Marriott will begin building a new hotel in Bonnet Creek, a resort development surrounded by the Walt Disney World Resort. The new hotel is expected to celebrate its grand opening in the first quarter of 2020.; 301-380-7770 (media); 1-888-721-7033 (public)



The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens announced the opening of their Florida black bear exhibit. Visitors will have the opportunity to view two Florida black bears and visit the zoo's interactive and educational Bear Awareness house.; 407-323-4450 ext.105 (media); 407-323-4450 (public)

Disney Springs will open the new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire hyper-reality experience this holiday season. The ground-breaking phenomenon combines the magic of illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that gives Star Wars fans the opportunity to step beyond reality and into a galaxy far, far away.; 415-500-0619 (media); 407-939-6244 (public)

Gatorland opened a new animal exhibit featuring more than 50 baby American alligators - all born and raised inside the park. The babies have their own dedicated area to swim, play, interact and grow until they are about 18 months old. Gatorland will also open the new Gator Joe's Adventure Outpost and Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure this fall.; 407-381-0428 (media); 407-855-5496 (public)

Revolution Off Road announced the opening of "Myakka - A Beast of a Ride." This family attraction takes place in a specially adapted six-wheeled Army truck with 20 seats up top for a bird's eye view of the attraction's massive property, including the crystal blue lakes, treetops and local wildlife.; 352-400-1322 (media & public)

Universal Orlando Resort announced an all-new thrill ride coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure in 2019. It is expected to be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences that Universal Orlando has ever created. The new attraction will replace "Dragon Challenge" double coaster.; 407-363-8220 (media); 407-363-8000 (public)



Bowl Bar, a new eatery inside East End Market, is expected to open next month. Formerly knows as Farm & Haus, Bowl Bar will offer a curated list of warm grain bowls and salad bowls, as well as a "build your own option."; 407-628-1230 (media); 321-430-6627 (public)

The Halal Guys, based in New York, opened its first Central Florida location earlier this month on Alafaya Trail. The eatery made a name for itself with its budget-friendly, sizable portions of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food.; 347-527-1505 (media & public)

JINYA Ramen Bar, a modern Japanese restaurant featuring authentic ramen, will open in Thornton Park in early 2018. The restaurant will take over the location once home to Tijuana Flats and Verde Cantina.; 323-930-2477 (media & public)

Mango's Tropical Café Orlando added more excitement to their dinner show lineup with the debut of an all-new Belly Dancing Show and Rhumba Flamenca Show, performing nightly, and a Mariachi Show, performing Friday and Saturday evenings.; 321-277-7812 (media); 407-673-4422 (public) 

M Bar, the sister pub to new rooftop bar M Lounge, opened its doors in Ivanhoe Village earlier this month. Originally slated to be an event space, M Bar is an alternative for M Lounge guests seeking a different atmosphere. More than 60 classic cars line much of the bar's walls. Other touches include a VW Bus-turned wine bar. M Bar also includes half of a Cadillac and vintage arcade games.; 321-430-1140 (media & public)

Wonderland Cookie Co., opening later this month, will be central Florida's only scoop shop specifically dedicated to edible cookie dough. Located in Celebration near Walt Disney World, the shop will offer a variety of flavors and toppings, in addition to gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free options.; 407-964-1474 (media & public)



Air Berlin's flights from Düsseldorf, Germany to Orlando, which began in May, will now be offered all year round. The flights have extended to cover the holiday season of 2017 and all through the year of 2018.; +49 917-26-13-165 (media & public) 

Edelweiss Air will add a once-a-week flight from Zurich to Orlando starting January 2018.; +41 (0)434-565-511 (media); +41 (0)848-333-593 

Eurowings airline added a new direct flight from Cologne, Germany to Orlando last month. The flight arrives to Orlando International Airport (MCO) twice a week.; 845-709-8332 (media & public)

Norwegian Airlines added a direct flight from Paris to Orlando last month. The new service between the two world-class destinations marks the 18th international route and fifth transatlantic route added in the last three years at Orlando International Airport (MCO.); 407- 825-2055 (media); 407-825-2001 (public)