WHAT'S NEW: ATTRACTIONS

NORTHERN REGION

ZUMA Wellness Center – Alys Beach – Expected to open mid-March. The 15,000-square foot ZUMA campus will consist of many diverse and distinct spaces. The Lift Room, the Movement Room, the Cardio Room and the Recovery Room are core components of the facility, complemented by an indoor/outdoor pool, two treatment rooms, steam rooms in both men’s and women’s locker rooms, exterior natural spaces, a juice bar and other amenities designed to promote growth toward a better wellbeing. ZUMA will be open to all Alys Beach homeowners and resort guests, so people staying here in one of our vacation rental residences will have full access.

Panama City Beach Sports Complex – Panama City Beach – Estimated to open summer 2019, the complex will offer visitors on ‘play-cation’ a place to enjoy multiple athletic pastimes including soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football, flag football, baseball and softball. Specifically, the brand-new $37-million world class sports complex will include dedicated tournament buildings, two stadium championship fields with seating for 1,500 and a 13-field complex made up of nine turf and four grass fields. Details of the opening including special festivities for Bay County residents will be announced closer to summer 2019.

Gadsden Arts Center & Museum – Quincy – This museum is pleased to announce an exciting exhibition calendar of the new year – 16 exhibitions ranging from national scope, historically rich collections of art, to exhibitions of regional and local artists’ work and a special installation from the museum’s Permanent Collection.

CENTRAL REGION

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.

SOUTHERN REGION

Surf Ranch Florida - Jupiter - Expected to open in 2019, Surf Ranch Florida is an inland wave park planned by surf icon Kelly Slater and the World Surf League (WSL). The park will be built on 80 acres along Jupiter’s Beeline Highway in northwestern Palm Beach County. The project will have a 16.6-acre lagoon with man-made waves using Kelly Slater Wave Co. technology, a learning center, a clubhouse and a high-performance training center. The park will host local, regional and world-wide surfing competitions, which are expected to draw an estimated 50,000 guests annually. Slater and the WSL have already built a test facility in rural California.

Marco Island Historical Museum - Marco Island - MIHS announced that the MIHS has achieved its 25-year quest to bring “home” on loan the world-famous Key Marco Cat and other rare Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts discovered on Marco Island, Florida in 1896. Several of the most significant Key Marco artifacts will be brought together on Marco Island for the first time since their discovery by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing more than 100 years ago. They exhibit will be at the MIHM from January 2019 to April 2021.

The Sarasota Museum of Art - Sarasota - A new contemporary art museum dedicated to global art since the 1960s, will open in December 2019. In addition to a full slate of exhibitions and educational events, the Museum will house a bistro, retail space and sculpture garden. Currently, the Museum is programming events and talks at their pop up space, The Works.

BigShots Golf - Vero Beach - This brand new two-story, state-of-the-art golf recreation facility on U.S. 1 is a family-friendly destination with driving ranges, golf activities, games and some of the best burgers and pizza around in their full service restaurant and bar. 3456 U.S. 1, Vero Beach (772) 979-4653.

Drive Shack - West Palm Beach - Opening spring 2019, Drive Shack’s West Palm Beach venue will be the golf-entertainment attraction’s second U.S. location. Accessing the latest in technology, Drive Shack brings a new level of play to the sport, with exciting interactive range games designed for players of all ages and skills; virtual courses allowing one to tee off around the world; and state-of-the-art golf equipment for enthusiasts looking to up their game. An all-in-one golf and entertainment destination, the 60,000 sq. ft., three-story complex will feature 96 expansive climate-controlled bays with lounge seating; signature restaurant and bar offering elevated dining along with craft beers, wines and cocktails; live entertainment and a classic arcade game center with unlimited free play. Ideal for social gatherings and corporate outings, Drive Shack West Palm Beach boasts indoor and outdoor meeting spaces for groups of 10 to 1,000. There is also the Drive Shack Academy, which offers fun social leagues, clinics and one-on-one instruction.

The Norton Museum of Art – West Palm Beach - West Palm Beach - A cultural icon in the destination since its founding in 1941, the Norton is set to debut its transformative $100 million Norman Foster-designed expansion in February 2019. The expansion and renovation, which began in November 2015, will further serve visitors by enhancing its 6.3-acre campus with an additional 12,000 square feet of gallery space for exhibitions, an education center with two new classrooms and student gallery, the 210-seat state-of-the-art Stiller Family Foundation Auditorium, the Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Restaurant (which includes a garden terrace), an adjoining 9,000-square-foot sculpture garden, a 4,000-square-foot soaring Great Hall, and six restored 1920s-era historic houses to accommodate an artists-in-residence program and the Director’s home. The museum closed temporarily on July 16 and will reopen on February 9, 2019, with eight new exhibitions and numerous works of art from its collection – which include world-class examples of American, European, Chinese, and Contemporary Art and Photography - that have not been on view in more than two years.

Vero Beach Museum of Fine Arts - Vero Beach - New exhibit: Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement. Drawn from the outstanding collection of the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Victorian Radicals will bring together an extensive array of 145 works by pioneering artists — many of which have never been exhibited outside the UK—to illuminate this dynamic period of British art.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - Sarasota - In 2019, Marie Selby will continue to integrate the arts throughout the grounds and gardens with the Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise will explore the botanical world the artist encountered throughout his life in the 19th Century and feature original artwork by the artist along with exotic horticultural displays.