DISNEY: From Orlando to a galaxy far, far away
Grabbing headlines this year will be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the highly anticipated new land slated to open in the fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But what other upcoming developments
UNIVERSAL: Stay, play, have fun along the
SEAWORLD: Brought to you by the letter “S”
This spring, SeaWorld Orlando visitors will be able to take a stroll down one of the most famous streets in the world: Sesame Street! Complete with Big Bird’s nest, Mr. Hooper’s store and Abby Cadabby’s garden, the themed land will be a memorable experience for families. One of the premier attractions will be Super Grover’s Box Car Derby, a family-friendly roller coaster. Every fan, big or small, will enjoy SeaWorld’s first-ever parade, the Sesame Street Party Parade, featuring massive floats and beloved characters.
I-DRIVE: Expansion at ICON Orlando 360
Some of the “biggest” developments in the works for I-Drive are at ICON Orlando 360, home of the 400-foot ICON Orlando observation wheel and 450-foot Orlando Starflyer swing ride. In mid-2019, construction is expected to start on additional attractions like the world’s tallest double slingshot, the world’s tallest drop tower
CONVENTIONS, HOTELS & TRANSPORTATION: Improvements Across Our Destination
The Orange County Convention Center will soon break ground on its grand concourse and multipurpose venue, providing 280,000 square feet of additional meeting and ballroom space. Orlando International Airport is continuing its improvement efforts, as well, making way for more gates, guests and connectivity options, including high-speed passenger rail. Renovations at several area hotels are also making a splash: among them, a new ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (opening this fall) and expansion of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort (to be completed in 2020).
Always Moving Forward
New construction marks progress, prosperity
From hotels and highways to theme parks and technology, our destination is always evolving to create new experiences for our visitors and residents. Investing in the future allows us to stay ahead of the curve — and nowhere is that more evident than our tourism industry.
Orlando’s leisure and business travel offerings will continue to grow at an impressive pace in 2019 and beyond. Across our destination, ongoing expansions, upgrades
Such progress only adds to the tremendous economic impact — upward of $70 billion annually — that tourism generates in our region. Indeed, when our No. 1 industry is strong, the positive results can be felt throughout our entire community.