The new decade heralds fresh growth for “the Theme Park Capital of the World”, as Orlando’s evolution continues with unprecedented theme park expansion.
New attractions include the world’s tallest slingshot ride, an acoustically perfect theatre, a new celebrity chef restaurant and one of the largest booms for hotel growth in decades. Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando is set to open in spring 2020, featuring the most vertiginous vertical drop in Florida. It’s just one of 30 new openings in Orlando for 2020. “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” opened in December and is the second attraction for the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway” also opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020.
Epcot is undergoing one of the biggest transformations of any Disney park in history, bringing a host of new attractions and experiences in 2020.
Universal Orlando Resort’s 2,050-room Dockside Inn and Suites opens March 17, 2020. Steinmetz Hall at the Dr Phillips Centre for the Performing Arts will open in September 2020, as one of the most acoustically perfect spaces on earth.
New Resorts and Hotels
Orlando has the second highest number of hotel rooms of anywhere in the U.S., and 2019 and 2020 will be the biggest two-year period for hotel expansion in Orlando in over two decades.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa opened February 2020 with 516 rooms, a Spa by JW and a rooftop terrace with nightly views of theme park fireworks.
Photo: Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando is set to open in 2020, featuring the steepest vertical drop in Florida.