Orlando’s New and Upcoming Attractions Opening in 2017

NFL Pro Bowl Game

The NFL Pro Bowl game returns to the traditional NFC - AFC conference matchup with the inaugural game scheduled at the Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando on Sunday January 29, 2017. Along with the game the NFL is also introducing a brand new Pro Bowl Week, which will include accessible team practices at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, along with a variety of youth football and family fun activities across Orlando

Pandora - The World of AVATAR at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The highly anticipated new addition to Disney's Animal Kingdom is the recreation of the mythical world Pandora, which is the largest expansion in the history of Animal Kingdom. This AVATAR-inspired land is a visual experience of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests, and soaring Banshees for guests to see, hear, and touch. In addition, Pandora includes a family-friendly attraction called Na'vi River Journey. Take an adventure and set out in a canoe to explore a mysterious, sacred river hidden within the bioluminescent rainforest. Gaze your eyes upon the exotic glowing plans, amazing creatures, and even experience an encounter with a Na'vi shaman!

Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park

Universal Orlando Resort is well underway with building a new water park opening in 2017, called Volcano Bay. This new breathtaking water park will offer innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation, and an entirely new guest experience. A highly themed, completely immersive environment is planned, inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands. The new park will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.


Universal's Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Universal Orlando Resort announced a new ride set to open in 2017: "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon". The ride will invite guests to join the Tonight Show's studio audience on the ultimate race through the streets-and skies-of New York City, from the deepest subway tunnels to the tallest skyscrapers with colorful characters, famous landmarks and more from the mind of Jimmy Fallon.

3 Days in Orlando for First Timers

DAY 1

Stop #1 – WonderWorks

WonderWorks Orlando is one amazing attraction. For starters, everything is upside-down! With more than 100 fun and interactive exhibits to explore, you’ll never tire of this place.

Some highlighted exhibits include a 36-foot-tall indoor ropes challenge course, a 4-D Extreme Motion ride, simulated earthquakes and hurricanes, a machine that allows you to measure the speed of your baseball pitch, and many more!

We recommend reserving about 2 hours for this attraction.


Stop #2 – Ripleys Believe It or Not!

This “Odditorium” is the home of all things bizarre and strange. Ripley’s Believe It or Not is chock full of unique exhibits that vary from the quirky to the full-on outrageous.

With 16 different galleries filled with artifacts and exhibits, there’s more than enough to satisfy your curiosity here.

A few of the popular exhibits you’ll see at this attraction include a section of the Berlin Wall, a car made of match sticks, a real shrunken human head, an Egyptian mummy, and more. This place is always a big hit with curious kids.

We recommend reserving between 1-2 hours for this attraction.

Stop #3 – Gatorland

There’s no other place quite like it in the world – Gatorland is a truly unique destination dedicated to the most iconic of all Floridian creatures, the alligator. Of course, they’ve got a few crocodiles, too!

You’ll experience everything from tours and performances to exhibits and nature walks, all contained within this 110-acre wildlife preserve.

There’s even a petting zoo! (Don’t worry – there are no alligators there.) This attraction is a quintessential destination for the Orlando traveler.

We recommend reserving between 2-3 hours for this attraction.

Head south to this nearby city for a great selection of cuisines, especially along the Bronson Memorial Highway.

With options ranging from Mexican and Caribbean to BBQ and waffles, you’ll basically find it all here.

 

DAY 2

Stop #1 – Gray Line Orlando Day Tour

This day-long excursion provides a comprehensive perspective on the city of Orlando and its surrounding environs. Since you spent most of yesterday indoors, dedicate today to exploring the great outdoors!

Because the tour does last all day, plan to each lunch along the way – perhaps along Park Avenue?

From Lake Eola and charming Winter Park to the shopping distinct of Park Avenue and Disney’s City of Celebration, you’ll get a great overview of the area’s biggest highlights.

You’ll even get plenty of time on your own to spend exploring each distinct neighborhood.

This tour lasts for approximately 7 hours.

Now is your chance to explore the downtown dining scene.

Although there are scads of restaurant options all over the city, here is where you’ll find a larger concentration of independent and innovative restaurants, from beautiful lakefront dining to trendy gastropubs.

You’ll also find seafood options, and, as always, tons of Mexican and BBQ.

DAY 3

Stop #1 LEGOLAND® Florida

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is actually the biggest LEGOLAND® park in the world, and that’s saying something!

This 150-acre theme park features more than 50 rides, shows, attractions, restaurants, and gardens for you to explore – all of which are LEGO®-themed!

We recommend reserving between 3-4 hours for this attraction.

Check out our guide for tips on visiting LEGOLAND Florida before your visit.


Stop #2 – Fun Spot America

Looking for some extreme fun? Then check out Fun Spot America, one of Orlando’s more affordable and accessible theme parks.

It’s a great way for everyone to burn off some steam and to keep the kids entertained after lunch.

Some of the things to do at this amazing theme park include include go-karts, bumper boats, bumper karts, the White Lightening roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, and a suspended car called the Paratrooper.

We recommend reserving between 1-2 hours for this attraction.


Stop #3 – The Cirque Magique Dinner Show

The Cirque Magique Dinner Show, located on I-Drive, features a totally interactive and fun dining experience for the whole family.

Your dinner will be packed with all the circus classics, including performers from around the world, a comedy magician, clowns, acrobats, and even performing puppies.

During the show, sit back, relax, and enjoy a full-service meal and ice cream dessert while the kids keep entertained taking in the high-energy performance.