Wild Florida - Kenansville - Offering adventures in Central Florida's gorgeous outdoors, this attraction will expand by more than six times its current, 13-acre size and add a 2-mile, drive-through safari that will provide nose-to-snout encounters with giraffes, wild boars, and other exotic creatures. A total of 75 additional acres will debut in summer 2019, and the safari section will include a zip line over a grazing area.
Old Town - Kissimmee - Old Town, Kissimmee’s beloved family fun destination, is thrilled to announce its grand re-opening on April 6, 2019, after two years of renovation and expansion. For over 30 years Old Town has charmed visitors with its unique walkable collection of shops, themed restaurants, rides, attractions and car cruises that harken back to an easier, simpler time. With the multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion, Old Town is bigger and better, while offering a more authentic, all-American feel than ever before. “This refurbishment has solidified Old Town’s reputation as one of central Florida’s most popular ‘must-visit’ attractions,” said Thearon Scurlock, vice president, and general manager of Old Town. "We are excited that Old Town has embarked on a new era in its history and welcome both locals and tourists to rediscover its simple pleasures and classic American fun.”
Boxi Park - Orlando - Built with repurposed shipping containers, this unique outdoor food hall and outdoor entertainment venue is coming to Lake Nona, about 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport. The 30,000-square-foot family- and dog-friendly outdoor district will feature restaurants, bars, and a live music stage, plus a playground, fenced dog park, and beach volleyball courts.
Dezerland Action Park - Orlando - Coming to Orlando's International Drive area in 2019, this indoor theme park will feature the Orlando Auto Museum — one of the world's largest, privately owned collections of "automobilia." Spanning 250,000 square feet, the experience will boast dynamic displays of cars made famous by Hollywood, including those from James Bond and Batman movies. The facility will also have specialty car lounges spanning decades of restored vintage, classic and international vehicles, including displays on the cars' impact on automotive history. Guests can also look forward to Florida's longest go-kart track, as well as unique event space.
Epic Axe Throwing - Orlando - A first-of-its-kind for the area, this unique attraction is bringing axe-throwing to downtown Orlando. The rustic "sport" is open to anyone over the age of 13, and coaches will be on hand to teach the art in a safe environment.
Nona Adventure Park - Orlando - A new watersports park featuring an inflatable, floating obstacle course and cable-assisted wakeboarding, is scheduled to open in February in Lake Nona.
SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando - Sesame Street Land: Wondering how to get to Sesame Street? Starting in spring 2019, you'll be able to find the iconic neighborhood at SeaWorld's main Orlando theme park! In addition to themed rides, this area will feature beloved characters, interactive experiences, wet and dry play areas, and SeaWorld Orlando's first-ever parade. KareKare Curl: This new family thrill ride at Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark, will offer a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure as you "climb" a vertical wave wall.
Universal Orlando Resort - Orlando - New Harry Potter Ride: Anticipated to be one of the most heavily themed coaster experiences ever created at Universal Orlando Resort, this attraction is set to debut in 2019 at Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure, part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It will replace the former Dragon Challenge coaster. New Live Experience: Although details are still under wraps, this live-action experience will be based on a high-energy Universal franchise and will replace Terminator 2: 3-D in 2019. Update February 21, 2019: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™ will officially be opening June 13, 2019. For the first time ever, join Hagrid™ as you fly far beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle on a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the paths of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.
Walt Disney World Resort - Orlando - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The famous galaxy far, far away comes to Orlando in fall 2019, courtesy of this immersive land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Introducing a brand-new planet to the Star Wars mythos — Batuu — Galaxy's Edge will invite Jedi and Sith alike to explore Black Shire Outpost, which is set to include two attractions (including the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon!), themed dining and shopping, and character meet-and-greets. Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway: Believe it or not, Mickey Mouse has never starred in a Disney ride — but that all changes once this family-friendly journey debuts at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2019! Using next-gen technology, the attraction will transport you to the world of Mickey's classic cartoons. Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy: Set to open in early 2019, this live show at Sunset Showcase in Disney's Hollywood Studios will star Cars characters Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Cruz Ramirez.
The Florida Holocaust Museum - St. Petersburg - Named one of the best museum shows of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune, Bill Graham and the Rock & Rock Revolution explores the extraordinary life of renowned concert promoter who fled the Nazis in Europe at age 11 before going on to help launch the careers of some of the biggest Rock & Roll artists of all time. Running through Feb. 10, 2019, the exhibition is the museum’s most pop-culture-focused exhibit, spanning an entire floor with Graham artifacts – including photographs, multimedia clips, memorabilia, and a psychedelic light installation.
The Dali Museum - St. Petersburg - Beginning Dec. 15, 2018 – May 19, 2019, visitors to The Dali Museum can experience Magritte and Dalí – a first-of-its-kind special exhibition dedicated to the world’s two most celebrated surrealists, Renée Magritte and Salvador DalÍ. Showcasing carefully curated, exemplary pieces from Magritte’s and Dalí’s works, Magritte and Dalí push back the curtain to reveal what lies beyond the simple appearance of painted images. The two preeminent surrealists opened the mind to an alternative view of the world, constantly challenging reality. Following its presentation at The Dalí Museum, Magritte and Dalí will travel to the Magritte Museum in Brussels.
Museum of Fine Arts - St. Petersburg - Jewelry from the innovative French designer Jean Schlumberger – best known for his work at Tiffany & Co and worn by some of 20th centuries most glamorous women, including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy – will be on display as part of an extension exhibition, Dec. 14, 2018 – March 31, 2019. The exhibition, Jewels of the Imagination highlights 129 eye-popping pieces collected by philanthropist and art collector Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon. In conjunction with Jewels of the Imagination, the MFA organized a complementary exhibition called Drawn to Beauty, which will explore Schlumberger’s process as an artist and designer.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Tampa - Continuing to solidify its position as Florida’s thrill leader, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced Tigris™, a new triple-launch steel coaster and Florida’s tallest launch coaster, roaring to the park this spring 2019. An innovative experience, Tigris will catapult riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heart line roll, all at more than 60 miles per hour. Tigris will race riders along more than 1,800 feet of steel track designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat –the tiger.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - Titusville - The Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is getting a new addition: United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket. Following the launch of the final Delta II rocket in September 2018, it was announced by ULA CEO Tory Bruno that the last remaining backup rocket will make the visitor complex its home. Additionally, witness the return of human spaceflight at Kennedy Space Center. After nearly seven years, it is time for a new era of space exploration when astronauts will once again launch into space from American soil. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is producing the next generation of American spacecraft that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from Kennedy Space Center. Finally, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen astronauts on the Moon between July 1969 and December 1972 and the first crewed mission – Apollo 8 – that circumnavigated the Moon in December 1968. Come check it out!
LEGOLAND Florida Resort - Winter Haven - Opening early spring 2019, THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD, created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will feature three family-friendly marquee attractions, inspired by the characters and themes of the worldwide blockbuster THE LEGO MOVIE and THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part. These attractions will be THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight, Unikitty’s Disco Drop, and Battle of Bricksburg. Buy your tickets now and be among the first to experience THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD.