Orlando Overview

The Hotel – Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel is located in the Walt Disney Resort, next to Downtown Disney and a complimentary shuttle ride to the Disney theme parks.  Visit their website to find out more about the advantages of staying in an official Walt Disney World Resort.

New Attractions in Orlando

Chocolate Kingdom, an interactive journey that shows how chocolate transforms from bean into chocolate bar opened in January. Forever Florida now offers an EcoPark Admission Ticket. With this ticket, guests can conquer six adventures within the park, including the Cypress Canopy Cycle, the Zipline Safari, Swooping Crane extreme swing, and the newest attraction, the Rattlesnake, which is the first zipline roller coaster in the U.S.

 LEGOLAND Florida’s water-park opened on May 26, 2012. LEGOLAND also revealed future plans to open an accompanying themed resort hotel in 2014 or 2015. In addition, a "Star Wars" opened Fall 2012. Star Wars Miniland will include Lego scenes from six-movie series of films as well as the animated "Clone Wars" television series. The section will follow a chronological path through the "Star Wars" timeline. Visitors will be able to activate animations throughout the scenes using interactive buttons.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment announced three new attractions set to open over the next two years. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin, is the single largest attraction expansion in SeaWorld history, and will take guests to the bottom of the world to explore the mysterious continent. TurtleTrek, now open, features a first-of-its-kind 3-D/360-degree film that will immerse guests in the journey of a sea turtle. The Freshwater Oasis at Discovery Cove will feature wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with otters and marmosets.

Walt Disney World Resort announces the opening of three new experiences:

  • Disney's Hollywood Studios welcomes Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Epcot debuts the re-imagined Test Track presented by Chevrolet, where guests will enter the world of automotive design as never before, creating their own virtual concept, then boarding a "SimCar" ride vehicle to race through a thrilling series of performance tests
  • Magic Kingdom opens the next segment of New Fantasyland. Included is Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, a musical showcase featuring Ariel and friends, "Ariel's Grotto," a meet-and-greet with the mermaid heroine herself, Enchanted Tales with Belle, where Belle and friends will share "the tale as old as time," Be Our Guest Restaurant, a dining experience in the ballroom, gallery, and mysterious "West Wing" of the Beast's castle, Gaston's TavernandBonjour! Village Gifts.  

Dining & Entertainment

Amazon Forest, a new Brazilian-inspired restaurant, is now open on Universal Blvd. The restaurant offers authentic Brazilian favorites. Amazon Forest offers the option of a sit-down dining experience or a grab-and-go counter service.

B&B Junction is a new burger and beer spot that boasts farm-to-table practices and grass fed beef that is never exposed to antibiotics or growth hormones.

Cask & Larder, a new restaurant in Winter Park was created by James and Julie Petrakis, owners of the award-winning Ravenous Pig restaurant. It showcases Southern artisanal food, hand-crafted beer available for sale in kegs and takeout containers, ingredients from local farmers and Florida fish and seafood in the Boathouse/Drakes location.

Eternal Tap, a new bar on Church Street in downtown Orlando opened in December 2012 and features 51 taps focused on American craft beer, mostly Florida brewed, plus more than 50 international and domestic canned beers, a full liquor bar and hand-tossed, brick-oven pizzas.

The Florida Mall is thrilled to announce the addition of luxury retailers TOUS and Michael Kors, which will be joining the property’s mix of more than 250 retailers in early 2013. 

Fogo de Chão, an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse named one of Zagat’s top U.S. restaurants, opened on International Drive on March 15. The prix fixe menu features 15 freshly grilled meats carved tableside, as well as an extensive salad bar with more than 30 selections including authentic Brazilian sides.

Marlow's Tavern opened at Pointe Orlando in October.  Marlow's Tavern features the "best of the best" in classic American tavern fare, served in a modern atmosphere.

Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Ave complex near Walt Disney World is pushing forward with plans to expand its tourist-area outlet center by 100,000 square feet, and is expected to open by 2013.

Pirates Dinner Adventure announced a new show, Rise of the Sea Dragons, set to open early this year. The show will feature life-size dragons and a replica 18th century Spanish ship.

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar opened September 2012. The restaurant sits on 8,500-square-foot lakefront space that has an indoor and outdoor dining area. Private space is also available.

Senor Frog's has come to Orlando! This will be the Mexican-based restaurant-and-bar chain's first Florida location, located a mile north of the Orange County Convention Center. The 14,000-square-foot location will feature live entertainment every night.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes Downtown Disney opened December 2012. The 2-story, 50,000-square-foot bowling and dining complex features family-friendly fun in an upscale, modern atmosphere.

For more information on things to do and see in Orlando, visit www.visitorlando.com.