New Experiences to Add to Your Orlando, Florida Vacation in 2024

By Visit Orlando
January 8, 2024
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New hotels, attractions, and more are coming to Orlando, Florida in 2024 - courtesy of Visit Orlando

Orlando, the "Theme Park Capital of the World" and "No. 1 Travel Destination in the US," continues to embrace new and returning visitors in 2024 with more than two dozen new experiences. The destination — where winter doesn't exist — is brimming with new possibilities for dream vacations, from movie-inspired attractions and a launch coaster with snowmobile-style cars to a cabaret-style music venue tucked inside a stunning performing arts center and a luxury beach-like resort with an 8-acre crystal lagoon.

With new concepts from Michelin-recognized chefs and Food Network and Top Chef celebrity chefs, alongside champagne bars, sober speakeasies, omakases and arcade bars, Orlando's culinary and nightlife scene continues to grow to reflect the diversity of the destination with distinct new offerings.

“Year after year, Orlando sets itself apart as a travel destination with new experiences and unforgettable adventures to spark the imagination,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “Whether visitors are seeking new thrills, immersive entertainment or foodie-focused exploration, a whole new Orlando is ready to welcome you in 2024.”

Continuous updates on what's new in Orlando are available at, the official visitor information source for the destination. Visitors are also encouraged to sign up for Visit Orlando's free, personalized one-on-one Vacation Planning Service with destination experts for guidance and advice on building the perfect itinerary in Orlando, a destination that enters the new year ranked as the top U.S. destination to explore in 2024 by AAA and listed among the most fun destinations in the U.S. by WalletHub.

New theme park attractions

The crowd at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World by Amy Humphries - Unsplash
  • Journey of Water, inspired by Moana opened in October at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. Through a self-guided exploration trail, guests are fully immersed in the animated film while playing, dancing and interacting with water that travels through its lifecycle, from rain falling to vapor rising to the clouds.
  • The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure, a fully reimagined theatrical production inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic “The Little Mermaid,” will debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios' newly refreshed Animation Courtyard theater in the fall.
  • Tiana's Bayou Adventure replaces Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park in late 2024. Guests will explore a musical adventure inspired by the fan-favorite film showcasing the beloved characters as they are brought into the next chapter of Tiana's story.
  • DreamWorks Land will debut at Universal Studios Florida in late 2024. Guests will be able to interact with their favorite DreamWorks Animations' characters in themed, interactive play spaces and attractions that bring characters from popular movies like “Shrek,” “Trolls” and “Kung Fu Panda” to life.
  • Aquatica Orlando will introduce Tassie's Underwater Twist, a new waterslide that will transform the guest ride experience into an awe-inspiring journey through Australia's Shark Bay seagrass meadow in spring.
  • SeaWorld Orlando will debut Penguin Trek, an immersive indoor/outdoor launch coaster families can ride together this spring. Guests (including children who meet the height requirement) will ride snowmobile-inspired cars going at a maximum capacity of 43 mph, ending up in the park's penguin habitat.
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort will debut LEGO Ferrari Build & Race this spring, offering guests the experience of viewing a life-sized LEGO Ferrari car, and building and testing it in one of three obstacle-laden test tracks. Younger drivers can enjoy the LEGO DUPLO Build Zone to design their own custom creations with larger bricks.

Venue expansions and openings

  • Judson's Live debuts on Feb. 6, bringing a low-key, 150-seat, cabaret-style music space with unparalleled sound to the spectacular Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Guests will discover new music with scheduled 50-minute performances while enjoying specialty cocktails and a seasonal scratch-kitchen menu of shareable bites.
  • AREA15 Orlando, the second location of Las Vegas' highly themed entertainment district, is coming to the heart of Orlando's tourism corridor. AREA15 will offer guests a robust, ever-changing roster of concert events, art exhibitions, nightlife and boundary-pushing shows, featuring an impressive indoor/outdoor event space.
  • Orlando Science Center opens its newest exhibit, “Life,” this spring. Featuring three distinctive habitats – swamp, ocean and tropical rainforest – with 300 animals from around the world, the new exhibit explores the impact of humans on the environment and is designed to amaze, entertain and educate.

New accommodations and renovations

The new Conrad Orlando opens in January 2024 - courtesy of Visit Orlando
  • The Alfond Inn, a boutique hotel in the heart of the historic Winter Park district, completed an extensive renovation in October, adding 71 guestrooms, a chic café, and a lavish spa, among other features for its 10-year anniversary celebration. Owned by Rollins College, the hotel directs all net operating income to scholarships to underscore its commitment to education, philanthropy and the Winter Park community.
  • Evermore Orlando Resort, which opened Jan. 1, is Orlando's first beach-like property with an 8-acre Crystal Lagoon and a 20-acre sandy beach with hammocks, cabanas and recreational activities. Guests can enjoy family paddleboarding, mixology classes, sandcastle-building lessons and more. Evermore, which has the world's first touchless sunscreen application system, is thoughtfully built for large groups and families offering a range of 2- to 11-bedroom vacation homes.
  • Conrad Orlando, the destination's first Hilton luxury brand, opens on Jan. 9 with 433 rooms, a spa, numerous dining options – including its signature rooftop experience – and 40,000 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space. Located at Evermore Orlando Resort, the property overlooks a golf course, a two-story boathouse for private events and Evermore Bay's crystal lagoon and sandy beaches.
  • Aloft Orlando Lake Nona, the closest hotel to the world-class USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Campus and footsteps away from the Drive Shack golf range, opens this month with 205 loft-style guestrooms, 15 suites, wellness facilities, a sports-themed restaurant, and a 10,000 sq. ft. event center. The vibrant hotel will welcome visitors with eclectic décor and design nods to its music and technology roots that give each guestroom its own character.
  • Villatel Orlando Resort, situated within the iconic International Drive area, began a phased opening in late 2023, offering private villa rentals with hotel-style standards and amenities. The property will eventually include an adventure waterpark with multi-story slides and a lazy river, a fully equipped fitness center, a full-service restaurant and children's playgrounds. Upon full completion in 2025, the entire resort will have 526 units with apartment-style suites and single-family homes.
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando ushers in a new era of sophistication in 2024 as it completes a multi-phase floor-to-ceiling transformation of its resort rooms and suites, lobby space and select culinary outlets, including its award-winning restaurant Bull & Bear and prestigious 18-hole golf course. The redesign emphasizes the resort's unique geographic position, pleasantly located within the 482-acre Bonnet Creek Nature Preserve, a perfect sanctuary for guests seeking a mix of nature and tranquility.

Dining and nightlife

New dining at BANDBOX - courtesy of Visit Orlando
  • EET, the only Indian-inspired restaurant in Disney Springs, is now open. Created by Food Network's Maneet Chauhan, most recently known for her role as a permanent judge on Chopped, the new eatery offers traditional Indian flavors with a modern flair.
  • Summer House on the Lake, a lakeside eatery with California-inspired cuisine, also opened at Disney Springs and features local and sustainable ingredients, water views, a signature Rosé cart with rotating bottles and a dedicated Cookie Bar with 15 varieties of oversized cookies.
  • Arcade Monsters unveiled its fifth location of the video-game bar and restaurant in Orlando's International Drive area offering a menu of classic bar food. With the purchase of wristbands, visitors of all ages can play unlimited classic arcade games.
  • Flûtes Champagne Bar, a 40-seat French-inspired champagne bar, celebrates the timeless art of champagne-making and brings the elegance, culture, and flavors of France to Winter Park.
  • Stadium Club, a new sports-themed facility located at Caribe Royale Orlando Resort, debuts later this month. The 500-seat facility will feature eight pro-level sports simulators, two bars and several areas for private events.
  • Bar Kada, a new concept by Michael Collantes, chef and owner of Michelin-starred Soseki, will open in February. Bar Kada will be an intimate 30-seat sake and wine lounge with a focus on small plates, ancient sakes and low-intervention wines overseen by Michelin "Sommelier of the Year" Benjamin Coutts and offer experiences like classes and pairing dinners.
  • Moso Nori, a new concept by James Beard Award finalist and Michelin-recognized chef Henry Moso, is expecting a summer opening in Winter Park. The new restaurant will feature a hand-roll bar, serving a variety of temaki, sake, beer, wine and sake-based cocktails.
  • BANDBOX Orlando, the spirit-free speakeasy in Orlando's Ivanhoe Village district, will expand in the new year. The 1920s-inspired venue is partnering with a local coffee company to offer a variety of coffee and tea options by day, and a sober speakeasy by night. The expansion will also feature a larger bottle shop and retail selection.
  • Natsu Omakase, an exclusive 10-seat sushi omakase concept, opened in downtown Orlando with an innovative and seasonal menu.
  • Chuck Lager America's Tavern is opening its eighth location, and fourth in Florida, from Top Chef alumnus, Fabio Viviani. While known for its craft bourbons, the Tavern will also offer classics, like nachos, burgers, flatbreads and tacos.
  • Pointe Orlando, dubbed a playground for adults with or without kids, will debut a trio of new indoor/outdoor entertainment spaces, including Sports & Social, a place to watch and play games such as Skee-Ball and Foosball; a PBR Cowboy Bar, featuring a mechanical bull and multiple bars; and Live! Plaza, a space for special events, live music, viewing sporting events, festivals and more.
  • Mid Drive Dive, a locally owned midcentury-inspired bar and restaurant serving elevated American classics, will open in the heart of Orlando's College Park neighborhood.
  • The Cake Bake Shop Bakery by Gwendolyn Rogers is coming to Disney's BoardWalk and will feature savory and sweet options, along with afternoon tea service in a whimsical atmosphere that complements the area's idyllic charm.
  • Crush Yard Pickleball Club & Restaurant, a new entertainment complex backed by NFL stars such as Rob Gronkowski, is expected to open in Kissimmee in 2024. The complex will feature multiple indoor/outdoor pickleball courts, a food menu that services different dietary preferences and an active calendar of events, including tournaments, clinics and lessons.
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The museum's panels begin with pre-settlement times and the habitation of indigenous people, continuing through to the modern day.Customs House Museum And Cultural Center - Built in 1898 as a US Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade, this architecturally fascinating structure is now the state's second-largest general history museum featuring several exhibits detailing Clarksville's rich history. "Becoming Clarksville: Honoring Legacies of Leadership" uses interactive software, engaging videos, and local artifacts to showcase Clarksville's history and the individuals who impacted the community. Explorer's Landing features a hands-on educational exhibit for children, Exploring Our Town. This interactive exhibit highlights the different elements that impacted the establishment and growth of Clarksville, from farming, construction, and transportation to area wildlife and the Cumberland and Red Rivers. 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Visitors to the gallery will find pottery, jewelry, paintings, drawings, and more available for purchase. The DAC hosts the First Thursday ArtWalk each month from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. This event not only showcases local art but allows attendees to meet the artists behind each piece at 20 locations. The First Thursday Art Walk displays pieces throughout downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants.Artsville Fest - Take part in Clarksville's annual downtown creative arts festival during the first week of October. Artsville Fest includes visual and performing arts, live large-scale art exhibits, intimate interactions with artists and makers, and much more.Artlink - Create something special during your time in Clarksville with this free creative arts program. ArtLink's mission is to ignite passion and build character through creativity.WIlma Rudolph & Pat Head Summitt - The legacies of these two hometown heroes, trailblazers and champions continue to inspire people from around the world. A three-time gold and one-time bronze Olympic medalist who overcame polio as a child, Wilma Rudolph stands in bronze in Clarksville's Liberty Park outside the entrance to her namesake building, the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. The stories of her athletic and social achievements are exhibited at the Customs House Museum. Gold and Silver Olympic Gold Medalist Pat Head Summitt had, at the time of her retirement in 2012, coached more winning NCAA games than any other men's or women's basketball coach. The Pat Head Summitt Memorial Statue and Legacy Park illustrate her story at the north end of Liberty Park.Live Musical Performances - Clarksville is fortunate to have many musical groups involved in the performing arts including the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, the Cumberland Winds, and Austin Peay State University's Department of Music.Roxy Regional Theatre Performances - Experience the cornerstone of Clarksville's entertainment by attending a live performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. The present Roxy Theatre opened its doors in 1947, showing movies until 1980 and opening for live theatre in 1980. The Roxy produces 10 main stage events annually along with several special events throughout the year.Tennessee Music Pathways - Gain a deeper understanding of the people, places, and genres that make Tennessee the 'Soundtrack of America' through the Tennessee Music Pathways. A statewide driving tour, the Pathways represents hundreds of landmarks across the state and spans seven genres of music: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock 'n' roll. Clarksville is home to five official Pathways locations. Eat like a local Local food in Clarksville, Tennessee - courtesy of Visit Clarksville TNJohnny's Big Burger - Perhaps Clarksville's most iconic spot, Johnny's Big Burger is a community staple. Located in Downtown Clarksville directly across from Austin Peay State University, one might miss this hole-in-the-wall joint if they aren't looking for it. Johnny's still operates in the same place it was established in 1965, a small white building with counter seats that allow diners to chat with the cook while their food is being prepared. First-timers must have a burger. Made the good, old-fashioned way and served with everything on top, you truly cannot beat it. For dessert, their signature Bun and Cream is a also must. This grilled honey bun with ice cream is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Eating at Johnny's isn't just a meal; it's truly an experience that lets you savor the heart and soul of Clarksville. Local Tip: Johnny's is cash only, but they have an ATM located by the register.Blackhorse Pub & Brewery - Founded in 1992, Blackhorse Pub & Brewery has been a downtown anchor since 1992. With a menu offering everything from flatbreads to steaks, there are three things guests must try during their dining experience. To start off the meal, order Blackhorse's Beer Cheese Dip, made with their Barnstormer Red Ale and served with tortilla chips. It's the Number One seller on their menu. You can also choose to upgrade to their savory soft pretzels as your dipping option. When the server asks for entree orders, opt for one of Blackhorse's signature pizzas. Go the lighter route with the Whitehorse or go all out with the Heart Attack. Adding the garlic crust elevates the flavor, no matter the pizza choice. Don't forget to leave room for dessert because you will not want to miss out on The Big Cookie ­­– a warm chocolate chip cookie pizza finished with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. Local Tip: Not ready to go home at closing? Venture upstairs to the Taproom, open until 3:00 AM, to enjoy a round of pool or shuffleboard and continue sipping on Blackhorse's brews.Pbody's - Tucked inside the Clarksville Country Club, Pbody's offers a large menu of comfort foods served in even larger portions. Diners will find everything from burgers and BBQ to catfish and tacos on the menu. With so many options for entrees, we will make the dessert choice easy for you - get the banana pudding. Now there are two ways you can approach this, order the traditional banana pudding or opt for the fried option! Either way, you can't go wrong. Local Tip: Pbody's serves complimentary parmesan garlic chips to each table when seated. The best part? They are bottomless, so eat as many as your heart desires!The Catfish House - A regional favorite since the late 1970s, The Catfish House serves hand-breaded catfish, hand-cut fries, handmade desserts plus all the other Southern sides you would expect like coleslaw (mayonnaise or vinegar-based), fried okra, white beans with relish and more. The standard order is a two- or three-piece fillet with lightly breaded catfish fillets. Local Tip: Before or after your visit, take a seat (or “rest a spell” as you might hear) in a rocker along the wide front porch.


3 Epic Outdoor Adventures to Book in the New Year

If adventure is on your list of things to do in the new year, look no further than the destinations below for thrilling outdoor experiences in uniquely beautiful locations across the country. Get a bird's eye view of eastern Tennessee, explore the wilds of Alaska, and camp in and around one of the most beloved national parks, Yosemite. But don't worry—if you're a beginner looking to ease into this "outdoor adventuring" thing, there's also a couple accommodations options to keep you a little more comfortable, too. Take to the skies in Tennessee Rolling mountains in Tennessee by Mike Lento - Unsplash Experience the enchanting beauty of Northeast Tennessee from a whole new perspective as you launch on a mesmerizing hot air balloon ride. Drift gently through the skies, suspended in a wicker basket, and behold the stunning vistas of the mountains, rivers and lush greenery in this beautiful region. As the gentle breeze carries you across the landscape, you'll be treated to a breathtaking view that captures the essence of the mountains and the charm of the Tennessee countryside. Experienced pilots ensure a safe and tranquil journey, providing a unique blend of excitement and serenity perfect for all ages. Not too far south, and for an equally thrilling adventure, visitors can also try paragliding in the Sequatchie Valley, Tennessee. With its stunning panoramic views, gentle rolling hills, and pristine natural beauty, the Sequatchie Valley is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable paragliding experience. As you soar through the crisp, open air, accompanied by the rush of wind beneath the parachute, you'll be treated to an awe-inspiring vista of the valley below, with its breathtaking foliage, meandering rivers and majestic cliffs. Experienced instructors ensure a safe and exhilarating journey, guiding participants through an unforgettable flight that combines the thrill of flight with the tranquility of nature. Trailblaze through Alaska Denali, Alaska by Jacob Vizek - Unsplash Infinite Adventures, a trailblazer in small group adventure experiences, is thrilled to unveil its latest offering, the "Alaska Highlights Adventure." This exceptional 13-day expedition is designed for adventurous and active travelers who crave the exhilaration of exploring Alaska's rugged wilderness, all while enjoying the luxury of resting in a comfortable bed each night. "Our new Alaska Highlights Adventure is tailor-made for those who live for adventure and crave the thrill of the great outdoors," expressed David Patrick, Co-Founder of Infinite Adventures. "We understand that our travelers are active, eager, and appreciate a good night's sleep after a day filled with excitement. This new offering allows them to experience the best of both worlds." Infinite Adventures is a leading small group adventure company specializing in immersive, sustainable, and unforgettable journeys in the wilds of Alaska. Alongside the Highlights Adventure, the company also offers the 9-day Kenai Adventure, 12-day Denali Expedition, and the epic 20-day Salmon Run Adventure, perfect for those who relish an active and adventurous experience that takes you deep into the heart of Alaska. Those trips are geared towards travelers that enjoy camping and are also suitable for family/small group adventures. For more information and to book this unique adventure, please visit Explore the wilds of Yosemite Yosemite in the amber glow of the sun by Dave Herring - Unsplash Like getting together with an old friend, the feeling of visiting Yosemite National Park is unchanging. Looking up at the El Capitan in wonder as you stand at its base, pondering the ancient life span of the Giant Sequoias, connecting with our pioneering ancestors in historic Gold Rush communities and museums. The impacts of these momentous moments hit the same if it's your first visit or your 12th. Starting in March 2024, a new glamping experience arrives in Mariposa County, California. Wildhaven Yosemite will offer glamping tents and cozy cabins on a beautiful property with mountain and valley views just outside Yosemite National Park. Located less than a mile from the historic town of Mariposa, the extra-large, safari-style tents, and modular cabins with baths feature comfortable beds with linens, electricity, heaters, and all the furnishings needed for a comfortable night's sleep. Wildhaven provides the comfort, cleanliness, and customer service of a hotel while being immersed in nature. Reservations are available now. Additionally, after a few years of closures due to COVID-19 and then record snowfalls in the winter of 2022 and 2023, the Yosemite High Sierra Camps plan to open again in summer 2024. Nestled high in the wilderness and surrounded by nature, the five camps are only accessible on foot or by mule. Guests are free to explore the backcountry, carrying only a day pack as they head out each day. Camps are spaced 6 to 10 miles apart along a loop trail and for those new to wilderness travel, guided mule and hiking trips are available. The lottery for 2024 spots is open now. Reservations are via lottery only. In addition to camping options, The Redwoods In Yosemite is celebrating 75 years of incredible hospitality in 2024. In 1949, dozens of homeowners in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park came together to preserve their family homes and share the wonder of these cabins with the public. The 120 homes are still individually owned and range in size from studios to 6 bedrooms, offering an incredible Yosemite experience for all kinds of explorers. The Redwoods In Yosemite operates like a hotel, offering a front desk, housekeeping and concierge-style services.