Is a vacation to central Florida in your future? If so, you’re probably curious about what’s new and what’s next for Orlando attractions.
Well, there’s great news! New Orlando attractions include thrilling rides, top-notch entertainment, and exceptional dining options. Read on to find new things to do and places to stay, as well as get the scoop on all of the exciting new theme park attractions opening in 2020.
Walt Disney World
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
This new Orlando attraction technically opened in December 2019. However, it’s so new it made the list for new Orlando attractions for 2020. It joins Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and is billed as one of the most ambitious and immersive experiences Disney has ever offered.
Riders will join the Resistance in an epic battle against the First Order and Kylo Ren. Part walk-through, part trackless dark ride, there’s a mix of multimedia elements used, such as projections, audio, animatronics, and physical effects, that places you right in the middle of the action. Along the way, Along the way, favorite Star Wars characters—including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and BB-8—will join the action to help you!
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Can you believe Mickey and Minnie Mouse have never been featured in a ride at Disney World? Well, in 2020 that will change when Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway debuts.
Set to replace The Greatest Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Chinese Theatre, visitors will join the duo for a ride-through attraction based on the retro-style cartoon shorts. Guests can also look forward to a new original story as well as a catchy theme song. In addition, the ride will feature 2 ½ D, a breakthrough dimensional media concept that doesn’t require 3D glasses.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
At Epcot’s France Pavilion, a “Ratatouille” inspired attraction will open in summer 2020. This ride will be similar to the attraction already open at Disney Park in Paris. As such, guests will “shrink” to Remy’s size, then scurry around Gusteau’s legendary Parisian Restaurants. Additionally, a delicious new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, will offer both table- and quick-service options featuring a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse.
Following a limited run of Epcot Forever, “HarmonioUS” will debut as the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park. The show highlights famous Disney tunes reimagined by artists from around the globe. HarmonioUS” will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.
Universal Orlando Resort
The Bourne Stuntacular
An action-packed, live stunt show based on the blockbuster Bourne movie franchise is all-new at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020. The show will follow Jason Bourne across the world as he tries to escape the sinister enemy. Guests will marvel at the never-before-seen hybrid of stage production and cinema used to showcase everything from death-defying chase scenes to fistfights.
Universal Orlando promises that “you won’t just watch it – you’ll feel it.”
Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will debut as SeaWorld’s first launched coaster! The coaster showcases four airtime-filled launches going backward and forwards, resulting in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida. Opening in spring 2020, the coaster also features a near-vertical topcoat maneuver and dives into a series of thrilling twists, turns, and airtime hills. Moreover, this new coaster will be located across from Wild Arctic.
Cirque du Soleil: Drawn to Life
Starting April 17, 2020, Disney Springs will be home to an all-new theatrical show—Cirque du Soleil. The show is the brainchild of a collaboration between Cirque Du Soleil, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Show-goers can look forward to following the story of a courageous young girl who sets out on a quest involving a piece of animation and her late father.
Highlights from New Orlando Attractions in 2019
Walt Disney World
Lightning McQueen’s Race Academy
This brand-new show is sure to race into the heart of fans who visit Disney World in 2019. Featuring Cars characters, visitors will get a chance to meet Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez. Look for the Race Academy near the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster.
Star War’s Galaxy Edge
When detailing new Orlando attractions, you can’t overlook all that’s happening with the Star Wars Universe at Walt Disney World. It’s no secret Disney World has been planning a Star Wars-themed land. And, in 2019 it will finally open! Star War’s Galaxy Edge will include new rides, restaurants, and shopping creating an entirely immersive experience for Star Wars fans. Highlights include two new attractions—Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The all-new land, which will be Disney’s largest at 14-acres, is set to be totally interactive.
Universal Orlando Resort
Islands of Adventure
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
When it comes to new Orlando attractions, fans are always happy to have more Harry Potter at Universal Orlando! Located in the Hogsmeade section of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, guests go on a daring adventure that’s fun for the whole family. Along the way, expect to meet magical creatures and visit new and mysterious places in what Universal Orlando’s most highly-themed roller coaster to date.
Sesame Street Land
The major new attraction for SeaWorld Orlando in 2019 was a Sesame Street-themed land. This all-new area of the park transports guests to the colorful and creative world of Sesame Street. Families can walk down Sesame Street for the very first time as well as connect to the laughter and learning that continues to inspire Sesame Street.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
THE LEGO® MOVIE WORLD
In 2019, LEGOLAND Florida added THE LEGO® MOVIE WORLD. In this section of the park, step out into the streets of Bricksburg and embark on a bricktastic journey with all of your LEGO® friends. Throughout the city of Bricksburg, guests can enjoy character meet and greets inside Emmet’s apartment, the Taco Tuesday Everyday eater, and the Awesome Shop. Plus, the new land features a space-themed playground inspired by Benny’s ship.
Created in conjunction with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the brand-new land will also include three family-friendly attractions all inspired by THE LEGO MOVIE and THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part. The three rides include:
- THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight
- Unikitty’s Disco Drop
- Battle of Bricksburg
Busch Gardens Tampa
In the Spring of 2019, Busch Gardens launched its most innovative ride yet—Tigris! It features a series of looping twists—both forward and backward—huge drops, a 150-foot surge towards the sky, and an inverted heartline roll. And did we mention this is all happening at speeds up to 60 mph? The 1,800-foot steel track mimics the agility and power of the world’s largest cat, the tiger! As far as new Orlando attractions in recent years, this is definitely one of the most thrilling!
There’s Always Something New in Orlando
These are some of the highlights of new Orlando attractions in 2020. Start making vacation plans now to be one of the first to experience these world-class additions to Central Florida.
Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.