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24 Amazing New Experiences in Orlando in 2024

Updated: May 13

If you're planning a visit to Orlando in 2024, there is a ton of new additions in the works, and that's the beauty of Orlando, there is always something new to experience, from new theme park rides, to new attraction, places to eat, and more!


What's New and Coming to Orlando in 2024

A visit to Orlando is always magical, and 2024 is shaping up to be an exciting year in Orlando, with new attractions, hotels, restaurants, and so much more opening in the year ahead.


Seriously, you will never run out of things to do in Orlando, no wonder Orlando was ranked the top U.S. destination to explore in 2024 by AAA!


So.... Are you ready to find out what's coming to Orlando in 2024? Here we have selected the top 25 new additions coming to Orlando this year, so make plans now to experience all the new additions in Orlando in 2024.




NEW ORLANDO THEME PARK ATTRACTIONS IN 2024

There is always something new and exciting to experience at Orlando's theme parks, from the latest rides and attractions, to new restaurants, entertainment, and hotels, and the great news is that 2024 is no exception, with every Central Florida theme park planing new experiences to keep us coming back again, and again! Here is our top pics, and for the full list of everything coming to Orlando's theme parks in 2024, click here.


Walt Disney World reveals NEW DETAILS for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

The big news from Walt Disney World is that sometime in 2024, Walt Disney World will unveil the new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom, which Walt Disney Imagineering are currenly creating from the shuttered Splash Mountain.


The story will pick up where the film left off as guests join Princess Tiana and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure down the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration during Mardi Gras season where everyone is welcome.


Country Bears Musical Jamboree

Country Bears Musical Jamboree at Magic Kingdom

The Country Bears at Magic Kingdom are getting a brand new show in 2024, featuring all new Disney songs, including Bear Necessities from The Jungle Book!


The Country Bear Jamboree at Magic Kingdom is one of the parks original attractions, but ilater this year, the attraction will change to the Country Bear Musical Jamboree.


The Country Bear Jamboree will still have the fun and friendly tone fans enjoy with the same famous characters like the loveable Trixie, Big Al and others.


The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure
The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure, a fully reimagined theatrical production inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic "The Little Mermaid," will debut in the newly refreshed Animation Courtyard theater in fall 2024 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.


The newly reimagined show will feature stunning new set pieces, cutting-edge effects, and a bold new design that captures Ariel's imagination and emotions through her unique view of the world around her. The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure will include much loved songs featured in the film, including "Part of Your World," "Poor Unfortunate Souls," and "Kiss The Girl."


The Colorful World of DreamWorks Animation coming to Universal Studios Florida in 2024

Dreamworks Animation Land at Universal Studios Florida

In 2024, Universal Orlando Resort will debut an all-new themed land featuring DreamWorks Animation’s animated characters.


The colourful new DreamWorks Animation land will include favorite characters like Gabby from Gabby’s Dollhouse and themed, interactive play spaces and attractions that will feature popular franchises like Shrek, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda. The land will include a new swamp home for Shrek and Donkey, and a roller-coaster inspired by Trolls.



Penguin Trek at SeaWorld Orlando

Prepare for Penguin Trek at SeaWorld Orlando, an unforgettable family launch coaster adventure where you will board your snowmobile and race along with your expedition team at up to 43 miles per hour, navigating twists and turns and narrowly escaping the crumbling hazards of an icy cavern.


This new indoor/outdoor family ride set to open in Spring 2024, and is the most immersive addition to the Coaster Capital of Orlando, and with a height requirement of just 42”, it’s the perfect journey for families to share.


Florida’s most immersive waterslide, Tassie's Underwater Twist coming 2024 to Aquatica Orlando

Tassie's Underwater Twist at Aquatica Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is bringing a brand new attraction to Aquatica Orlando in the Spring of 2024, Tassie's Underwater Twist, an all-new immersive waterslide will transform the guest ride experience into an awe-inspiring journey through Australia's Shark Bay seagrass meadow.


The enhanced slide measures 129 feet in length and features a super-bowl element enjoyed by riders on a two-person innertube. As the rider reaches the unique bowl of the slide they’ll begin to circle around the basin and find themselves surrounded by lush seagrass meadows, schools of colorful fish, and even the occasional shark.


New family coaster, Phoenix Rising coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2024

Phoenix Rising at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has revealed that Phoenix Rising, a brand new family roller coaster is coming to the theme park in 2024.


Once open, Phoenix Rising will take thrill seeking families on a hair raising journey swinging them side to side as it does so, reaching speeds of up to 44 mph throughout it's 1,831 ft of inverted steel track. The new ride will be the first ride at the park to feature onboard audio and will sport a minimum height requirement of only 42 inches to ride. Phoenix Rising, a B&M inverted coaster will be coming to the Pantopia area of the park.


Castaway Falls at Adventure Island Water Park Tampa

Castaway Falls at Adventure Island

Adventure Island at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will debut Castaway Falls, in Spring 2024. The all-new multi-level, interactive water-play attraction will feature more than 100 play elements, including two giant tipping buckets that dump more than 1,300 gallons of water combined.

 

Castaway Falls will have four exciting water slides, soakers, flow pipes, hose jets, spray jets, water shooters, water curtains, tipping troughs, spinning and sliding buckets, and much more. The new attraction replaces the former splash area and is double the size of the former Splash Attack, making the new addition to Adventure Island bigger and splashier than ever before.

 

NEW! LEGO Ferrari Build and Race LEGOLAND FLORIDA

LEGO Ferrari Build and Race at LEGOLAND Florida

From your imagination to the racetrack... It's race time at the new LEGO Ferrari Build & Race Experience opening Spring 2024 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort!


See a life-sized LEGO Ferrari and create your own Ferrari race car in interactive play zones before you test drive it through three extreme test tracks. Then digitally build and race on a virtual track to the finish line! Plus, the youngest drivers will design their own Ferrari with bigger bricks in the LEGO DUPLO build zone.



SEA LIFE Florida Resort at LEGOLAND Florida

Discover the amazing wonders of the underwater world at SEA LIFE Florida Resort, an all-new aquarium opening this Fall 2024 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Here, at this family-friendly aquarium, guests will marvel at a diverse range of marine life, interact with captivating exhibits, and embark on a voyage of oceanic exploration, ending in the ultimate final seascape—The Theme Park Under the Sea!


 

NEW ORLANDO ATTRACTIONS IN 2024

It's not just the theme parks that get to have all the fun in Orlando, there is a ton of amazing attractions too, and in 2024, visitors to Orlando can discovers some awesome new additions to explore.



Cool Zoo Orlando

Cool Zoo Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation and rescue center in Polk County is opening a new indoor attraction on International Drive that will offer up-close encounters with many animals including sloths, kangaroos, lemurs, alligators, capybaras, snakes, porcupines and more.


Visitors to the 10,000 square feet indoor wildlife experience will meet the animals, together with interactive educational elements, highlighting the importance of conservation, together with hands-on activities including gemstone mining, wax hands fun, and fossil finding.



Senso Beach Club

Senso Beach Club Entertainment Complex is a project a long time in the planning, this is an idea that was first touted way back in 2018. This 40,000 square-feet, multi-level entertainment complex will boast two pools, several bars, and roof top areas. Programming throughout the season will be highlighted by SENSO Beach Club resident DJs together with the world's premier electronic music talent. Currently, the project is looking at a late 2024 opening.


Area15  Orlando

AREA15

Las Vegas attraction, AREA15 is scheduled to open in Orlando in 2024, although no construction has starte on the project. Located on the southeast corner of I-4 at the intersection of Lake Street and Regency Village Drive, the 300,000 SF immersive art experience and events center will include a range of attractions, art installations, retail offerings, restaurants and bars, and more, all under one roof. AREA15 will also host events, art exhibitions, nightlife and shows. Currently no start date or completion date has been revealed.


Judson’s at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Judson’s at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Joyce & Judson Green Room, to be known as Judson’s Live is a new, intimate music space that will have it's grand opening on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. This new venue joins the Walt Disney Theater, Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Steinmetz Hall and Seneff Arts Plaza on the Dr. Phillips Center campus.


Inspired by the legendary listening rooms of the world’s most musical cities, Judson’s Live is an intimate artistic oasis. Designed with stellar acoustics in mind, artists of all genres sound their most impressive in this elevated and inviting space, surrounded by table-style seating for 150. The atmosphere is low-key with a stylish slant, anchored by a grand piano once belonging to Judson Green, the late jazz musician, beloved Dr. Phillips Center board member.


 

NEW ORLANDO RESTAURANTS & BARS IN 2024

You will never go hungry or thirsty in Orlando, with many of the best restaurants and nightspots in the country, right here in Orlando, and in 2024 there is an exciting mix of new additions to add to the list!


Tom's Watch Bar International Drive Orlando

Tom's Watch Bar on International Drive

Tom's Watch Bar, is an 11,000 SF sports bar concept from Smashburger founder Tom Ryan and will soon be occupying the roof-top space in the Hollywood Plaza parking garage on I-Drive, next to Mango's Live.


The new Tom's Watch Bar will feature Top Golf simulators and several other entertainment features, and its calendar, once open, will feature a variety of watch parties and events. The menu in the new sports bar will include traditional sports bar staples such as burgers and wings but also sushi-grade tuna towers and poke bowls. Estimated opening date is expected to be early 2024.


Sports & Social and PBR Cowboy Bar Pointe Orlando

Sports & Social and PBR Cowboy Bar at Pointe Orland

36,000 square feet of immersive indoor and outdoor space anchored by nationally acclaimed concepts Sports & Social and PBR Cowboy Bar, as well as an incredible outdoor Live! Plaza is coming to Pointe Orlando on I-Drive, offering a year-round gathering place for special events, live music, sports watching, and festivals. Two additional concepts will be announced at a later date. The target opening date for the new immersive dining and entertainment hub is 2024.


Masti

A growing Indian street food chain based in Atlanta is coming to the Hollywood Plaza Garage on International Drive. Masti Indian Street Eats describe themselves as "Fun Indian Street Eats Meets The City Life In The USA."


When the restaurant opens, expect casual dining with Bollywood tunes serving classic Indian food and innovative American-Indian fusion. Estimated opening is expected to be in early 2024.


Pinstripes Orlando Bistro, Bowling and Bocce

Caribe Royale Orlando Resort, Stadium Club

Caribe Royale Orlando Resort will debut its all-new, one-of-a-kind Stadium Club, in January 2024. Described as a high-tech and immersive sports entertainment destination, Stadium Club will emanate the energy of a nightclub and the comfort of a neighborhood sports bar.


The two-story, 9,000-square-foot club will feature cutting-edge offerings including eight pro-level sports simulators by Full Swing Golf, a virtual reality suite, two bars, two 165-inch XHD projector displays, and a 110-foot-long ribbon display television for 360-degree viewing. Sports-themed decor will be complemented by stadium-style cuisine. The space will accommodate more than 500 seated guests, and full venue buyouts are available.


The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers is currently under construction in the space that was previously home to the ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk in Walt Disney World.


Upon opening, this sweet spot will feature both savory and sweet items on its menu, and of course showcase the incredible cakes that Gwendolyn and her team have created, for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant and bakery will serve cookies, French macarons, brownies, dessert bars, pies, and cheesecakes in addition to the handmade cakes.


Chuck Lager America’s Tavern

Growing restaurant brand Chuck Lager America’s Tavern is set to open soon at 8151 International Drive, Orlando, a location that was previously home to Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux. Co-created by celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, Chuck Lager is centered around the idea that life’s best stories take shape over delicious food and a couple of drinks.


Big Chicken

Big Chicken

NBA legend Shaq O'Neal is opening one of his hugely popular Big Chicken restaurants in Orlando at the Market at Southside at 250 E. Michigan Street. From crispy chicken sandwiches and tenders to Cheez-It crusted mac n’ cheese and hand-crafted ice cream shakes, each menu item tells a story all while offering guests an inside look into the life and personality of Shaquille O’Neal.


 

NEW ORLANDO SHOPPING EXPERIENCES IN 2024



Primark at The Florida Mall

Irish based Primark, a discount Fashion, Home & Beauty retailer, and one of the leading brands on the high streets of the United Kingdom, and Ireland is coming to the Florida Mall, Orlando. In addition to having an entrance inside the Florida Mall, the new Primark store will have its own direct access from the parking lot. The 50,000 SF space is next to American Girl, H & M, and Zara, and is scheduled to open in Spring 2024.


 

NEW ORLANDO HOTELS & RESORTS IN 2024



Evermore Orlando Resort

The luxurious Evermore Orlando Resort which opened on Jan. 1, has been purpose-built for large groups and families, offering accommodations from 2 to 11-bedroom vacation homes, all resort-run to make your stay exceptionally easy. Formerly the Villas of Grand Cypress, the new Evermore Orlando Resort will also feature a luxurious Conrad Hotel, a first for the Central Florida area.


Evermore also offers two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, and Evermore Bay, featuring a stunning 20-acre tropical beach complex with zero-entry swim areas, bars, cabanas, private fire-pits, and an aquatic adventure area including waterslide, rope swing, and watersports.


Within the Evermore Resort is the Conrad Orlando at Evermore will debut January 2024 with 433 rooms, including 51 suites and 10 family suites offering “oversized accommodations.” Other amenities include 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, a spa and numerous dining options, including a rooftop experience.


Daskk Orlando Hotel near Universal Blvd

Daskk Orlando Hotel near Universal Blvd

The former Quality Suites on Canada Avenue, located between Universal Blvd. and International Drive is currently being transformed into a new boutique hotel named DASKK Orlando Hotel Near Universal Blvd.


The new hotel by Choice Hotels, has been completely remodelled including the reception, lobby, restaurant, guest rooms, and meeting rooms is accepting bookings from January 15, 2024 onwards. Hotel amenities include free WiFi in your room and throughout the hotel, plus free parking on premises. The redesigned guest room, include a microwave, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, refreshing showers and extra comfy beds. When you are looking for extra room, many rooms also come with a sofa bed.


Hyatt House Orlando / International Drive

Hyatt House Orlando / International Drive

Hyatt House Orlando / International Drive is scheduled to open Spring 2024. The property offers a total of 175 guest accommodations that include suites that come with a fully equipped kitchen and a separate living area. Ammenities include a 55-foot-long outdoor pool, Omelet Bar, H Market, and H BAR.


 

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