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NEW & UPCOMING
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LEGOLAND FloridaResort opened LEGO NINJAGO World on Jan.12, 2017. The new immersive land is a training ground for future ninjas, includingan interactive ride where guests blast fire, lightning and ice with theirhands.
Topgolf Entertainment Group isone of the top golfing entertainment complexes in the world set to open a newlocation in Orlando in fall 2017. The 65,000-square-foot venue will include 230high-definition flat-screen TVs, 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that canhost up to six players at one time, and advanced technology to track theaccuracy and distance of players' shots.
iFly Indoor Skydivingwillopen a facility next to WonderWorks on International Drive, on April 27. Thenew facility is equipped with two all-glass wind tunnels in an opensingle-story floor plan that allows I-Drive passersby to see tourists inaction. It will replace the original location further north on I-Drive.
Andretti Karting isa brand new $30 million indoor go-kart facility on Universal Boulevard near theconvention center is expected to open spring 2017. The new facility willfeature electronic go-karting, zip lines, bowling, racing simulators, a ‘skybar,' rock climbing, laser tag and a full-service restaurant. Plans for thefacility include 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
FunSpot America will debut a new wooden coaster this summer,dubbed the Mine Blower. The $6 million new ride will be 82-foot-tall, and runnearly 50-mph.The lead car will be adorned with large sticks of dynamite, andthe train will enter darkened tunnels themed as mine shafts. Mine Blower willinclude a barrel roll inversion, a rare element for a wooden coaster.
Hotels and Resorts
LEGOLAND Florida Resort announced a new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat opening April 7.The new accommodations will include 83 single-story duplexes, a themed pool,sandy play area and new restaurant. Conveniently located adjacent to the themepark, the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat invites guests to relax beneathbrightly-colored bungalows or dine below the new LEGO lighthouse, which willfeature a buffet restaurant, pool bar and a beach-themed space for kids.
TheDelaney Hotel will be a 54-room boutique hotel in the SoDodistrict of downtown Orlando, expected to be open by late spring 2017. It willoffer unique high-tech conveniences for guests, from remote check-in, todigital tablet-based concierge services in every room, smart phone room keysand smart TVs.
MargaritavilleResort Orlando has been announced as a new resort propertybeing developed by Encore Capital Management, expected to open late 2017. Thewaterfront destination resort will offer 175 rooms, 1,000 Margaritaville-themedvacation homes and 300 timeshare units. A new dining and entertainment districtis also planned to accommodate guests, along with a 12-acre water park, awellness center, miles of fitness trails and a destination water taxi system.
The Grove Resort& Spa - Just five minutes from Walt Disney WorldResort, the Grove Resort & Spa is set to open in March 2017. The hotel willoffer 878 two- and three-bedroom residential-style suites with full kitchens,washers & dryers and multiple bathrooms to provide all the comforts ofhome. Additional amenities include several full-service restaurants, bars, agrab-and-go marketplace and a family-friendly water park.
OmniOrlando Resort at ChampionsGate is undergoing a $40 millionexpansion project, which includes 93 new guest rooms, 100,000 square feetdedicated to meeting and event space and a revamped Trevi's restaurant with anoutdoor bar and terrace .
Disney's Wilderness Lodge will sooninclude new amenities. The accommodations formerly known as "The Villas atDisney's Wilderness Lodge" have already assumed a new name - "Boulder RidgeVillas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge", and a sweeping re-imagination of theformer Hidden Springs Pool area is scheduled for competition in summer 2017.Called Boulder Ridge Cove, it will feature an expanded sun deck andzero-depth-entry pool in what appears to have been an abandoned rock quarry. Abrand-new bar & grill, as well as a quick-service restaurant, are also beingdeveloped.
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, the largest of the six convention hotels at WaltDisney World Resort, is expanding over the next two years, adding new diningoptions, resort rooms and outdoor networking spaces. As part of that expansion,construction is underway on a new 15-story tower that will bring an additional500 rooms to the resort, including suites and concierge level services. A newrooftop restaurant and lounge atop the tower will offer panoramic views ofnighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks. The expansion will alsoinclude new meeting venues, adding a board room and two multi-purpose rooms tothe resort's current 220,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and functionspace.
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort'scurrent marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retailshopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort's guests moreconvenient access to services, amenities and dining.
Dining & Nightlife
Luke's Kitchen and Baris the third restaurant for Chef Brandon McGlamery, of Luma on Park and Prato. Nowopen in Maitland, Luke's offers cocktails and American cuisine, such asoysters, a raw bar, soups and sandwiches, entrees cooked on open fire grill androtisserie.
Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar is a new casual restaurant from Fred Thimm,newly-opened in Winter Park. It will be a contemporary version of a fish camp, offeringfresh Florida seafood from both coasts.
Ace Cafe Orlando, thefirst outpost of the iconic London, England-based motor-diner is set to open inspring. An American roadside diner inspires the menu, with made-from-scratchcomfort food, some British favorites and locally-sourced and green options, allat an affordable price point. Ace Cafe Orlando also has a big backyard area forpatio dining, outdoor events and live music.
Circo Orlando, a part of Le Cirque Restaurant brands, will be the top-level tenant at the new 10-story parking and retail structure next to Mango's Tropical Café Orlando. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant, offering high-end Italian cuisine, is slated to open in the second quarter of 2017.
A MultipurposeSoccer Stadium is scheduled to open prior to the2017 Major League Soccer season. The stadium will be located in downtownOrlando in a developing entertainment center a block away from the AmwayCenter. The stadium will seat 25,500 and serve as home to the Orlando CityLions soccer team.
Universal Orlando Resort announced plans for a water park opening in 2017, called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort. The water park will offer innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an entirely new guest experience. A highly themed, completely immersive environment is planned, inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands. The new park will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
SKYPLEX,a new entertainment complex on I-Drive, is set to break world records bybringing the world's tallest roller coaster to Orlando in 2018. The 570-foot-tall(174-meter) structure will be the tallest in Central Florida, and feature thefirst Polercoaster, a vertical ride dubbed the Skyscraper, weaving in andaround the whole tower on coaster-length tracks. The SKYPLEX tower will alsooffer views of the city via an observation deck, restaurant and lounge at thetop. Additionally, a second ride, called Skyfall, will be will be the world'stallest drop ride once it opens, rising up to 460 feet (140.2 meters) and thendropping riders at 90 miles (144.8 km) an hour.
WaltDisney World Resort announceddetails about the new Avatar-inspired land, set to open in 2017. The expansion,set to be the largest in Animal Kingdom's history, will feature floatingmountains, bioluminescent rainforests and a Banshee flying attraction, as wellas new after-dark entertainment. Disney Parks also announced plans for two historicthemed land expansion, bringing the far, far away galaxy of Star Wars and thecolorful world of Toy Story closer to guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced plans to build new first-of-its-kind killerwhale environments that will offer park guests unique and diverse killer whaleencounters. The first new killer whale environment will be built in San Diego,followed by Orlando, and will nearly double the size of the existingfacility. The company also pledged $10 million in matching funds forkiller whale research and conservation projects.
All Aboard Florida is introducing Brightline, an express train service for intercity travel in Florida. Brightline will transport passengers at speeds between 79 and 125 miles per hour, using the existing Florida East Coast Railway corridor between Miami and Cocoa, along with new track between Cocoa and Orlando. Services will begin between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2017, with service from Miami to Orlando to follow. Upon completion, travel from Miami to Orlando will only take about three hours. Phase Two of Brightline will include a station at Orlando International Airport, within the future South Terminal.
Orlando International Airport is building a new, $1.8 billion south airport terminal near the current airport, adjacent to the $1.3 billion train station also under construction. The train station and gates 16 to 21 of the south terminal are scheduled to be completed in 2019, and will feature indoor palm trees, interactive video screens and a moving sidewalk through a straight strip, "the boulevard," that spans the different components of the new terminal: ground transportation, ticket hall, concessions, screening and gates.
NEW WITHIN THE LAST YEAR
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SeaWorldOrlando brought new thrills to Orlando in 2016 with Mako, a brand new 200-foot-tall coasteropened in summer. Named for one of the ocean's fastest known sharks, itis Orlando's tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, reaching speeds of73 mph as it races along 4,760 feet of steel track.
Busch Gardens Tampaopened a new family thrill ride called Cobra's Curse in June 2016. This spincoaster is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift andtaking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations.
LEGOLANDFlorida Resort: "The LEGO® MovieTM 4D A New Adventure" premieredin February. The new 4D animated film features the popular characters from TheLEGO® MovieTM and uses elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lightingeffects. A new 4D movie premiered in May, 2016:"LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D: The Book of Creativity." Characters from thepopular LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS series battle forces of evil in this new immersiveexperience.
KennedySpace Center Visitor Complex opened Heroes and Legends,featuring the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame and showcases the heroism of America'searly space pioneers by inviting guests to vicariously experience the thrillsand dangers of America's earliest missions through high-tech elements andspecial effects.
Crayola Experienceopened Rockin' Paper in summer 2016, an all-new attraction that bringspersonalized paper creations to life.
Main Event Entertainment at Pointe Orlando is now open. The 45,000 square-foot (4181 square-meter) dining and entertainment complex offers everything from America fare and handcrafted cocktails, to more than 100 virtual and interactive games, state-of-the-art bowling and the first free roam multi-player virtual reality game in the U.S.
Hotels and Resorts
Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. It is fifth onsite hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, featuring 1,000 rooms and suites with a casual Caribbean theme, built around a lagoon and towering waterfall.
The Fairfield Inn and Suites is now open in Celebration. This 150-room hotel is the first Fairfield Inn and Suites to open in the celebration area.
The Buena Vista Palace Resort and Spa became the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace located in the Disney Springs area.
Frontera Cocina, anew Mexican dining concept from Chef Rick Bayless, opened at Disney Springs inJuly, 2016. Chef Bayless is a six-time James Beard Foundation winner, aiming toshowcase the gourmet Mexican cuisine that has made him a culinary legend atFrontera Cocina.
STKOrlando joined the host of new venues at Disney Springs, openedin May, 2016. The upscale steakhouse blends two concepts into one-the modernsteakhouse and a chic lounge. Unique features include a live DJ, high-energyatmosphere and a sleek environment designed to encourage guests to interact andmingle.
Homecoming:Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine, owned by celebrity ChefArt Smith, is bringing a taste of real Florida to Disney Springs. The newrestaurant opened in July 2016, and showcases the cuisine of Chef Smith, whowas born and reared in the town of Jasper, Fla., on the Florida-Georgia border.
DoveCote,atwist on the Classic French brasserie in downtown Orlando is now open. This isthe newest project for James Beard nominated chefs, James and Julie Petrakis,who also own Winter Park's Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder and Swine &Sons.
ToothsomeChocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is anew full-service restaurant at Universal CityWalk that offers a wide variety ofdishes - from all-day-brunch crepes and quiches to unique takes on classicsteak, seafood, pasta and more, plus an array of gourmet chocolates anddesserts. The restaurant is themed as a 19th century inspired, Steampunk-erachocolate factory and located near the entrance to Universal's Islands ofAdventure.
The Bear and Peacock Brewstillery inWinter Park is now open. Serving beers and liquors brewed on premises, thevenue offers an atmosphere of serious artisanal workplace mixed with cozyhangout.
Cask& Larder at Orlando International Airport, anotherexpansion for the Petrakises, is now open. The airport outpost for the popularWinter Park restaurant that was named one of Esquire magazine's Best NewRestaurants in America in 2014, is the first restaurant at the airport tospecialize in seasonally driven cuisine and locally sourced ingredients.
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airportopened a newly re-imagined Hemisphererestaurant this fall on the ninth floor, known for its epic sunrise tosunset views of the airport runway.