06 July 2018
If the world’s theme-park capital has been on your family bucket list for some time, make 2018 the year you treat the kids to the family holiday of a lifetime in the heart of the Sunshine State. A whole host of new attractions means even more fun and adventure for the year ahead.
Disney’s new 11-acre land opened in late June to the delight of fans of Buzz, Woody, Jess and the rest of the gang. Here, in a re-creation of Andy's backyard, ride the Slinky Dog Dash family-friendly roller-coaster and rotate on the Alien Swirling Saucers. A celebration of toys, the land is filled with giant crayons, green army Men, Rubik’s Cubes and other icons and has its own restaurant, Woody’s Lunch Box, where you can sup on old-fashioned soda floats among other American classics.
Opened in May, this immersive experience based on the hit movies takes you – via the use of glasses-free 3D technology, pre-show encounters, a themed queue and live actors – on a high-speed chase through the streets of San Francisco. Hop aboard and experience the thrill of fast cars travelling at more than 190km/h.
An upgrade of the Project X coaster with virtual reality technology, this ride takes you through an immersive brick-built world, racing brick vehicles in the hope of becoming the next champion. This year also sees a new 3D production – Lego Ninjago: Master of the 4th Dimension – in this theme park and water park just 45 minutes from Orlando.
Opening this summer, SeaWorld’s all-new river ride will take you on a journey of discovery down a lost jungle river, passing the remains of an ancient civilisation. Prepare to be soaked by fountains and waterfalls as roaring rapids send you flying through chutes and plunging down the tallest drop of its kind into churning whitewater. Fnish up at Harmony Village, which aims to educate visitors about the need to conserve the world’s rivers.
The waterpark launched a new aquatic adventure this spring, offering three ways to slide, splash and soar. Clambering into a raft, you’re launched by powerful water jets, spin inside a huge water sphere and glide on giant manta wings.
The spooky season at Disney Orlando this year brings together iconic annual attractions (including the Halloween parade and a fireworks party) with some new Halloween surprises. These include fresh lighting and effects for the Mad Tea Party, the chance to join rookie pirates in their search for Gunpowder Pete on Pirates of the Caribbean, and a new soundtrack for Space Mountain as it takes you hurtling through deep space.
The sixth onsite resort for Universal Orlando is scheduled to open in August 2018 and will include 13 kids’ suites among its 600 rooms, all housed in a gleaming glass tower with views of all three Universal parks. Boasting a rooftop bar and grill, it will offer guests early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ and complimentary transport to all three parks.
This outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex has welcomed several new venues in 2018, including Jaleo (a Spanish restaurant by celebrity chef José Andrés), the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill and the Winebar George (the only master sommelier-led wine bar in Florida) .
To book your Orlando family holiday, contact your Travel Counsellor today.