Orlando was visited by more than 66 million people last year and the numbers might go further up this year. The most-visited city of the United States has some new attractions to offer. Here are some new tourist attractions and some popular summertime activities in Orlando, Florida:
1.Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
The magical world of Pandora comes to life on May 27, 2017. Based on James Cameron’s popular sci-fi film, this is the largest expansion ever made in Animal Kingdom. If promises come true, you would be able to ride winged creatures(mountain banshee), sail through bioluminescent forests in the Na’vi River, and hike along glowing plants and floating mountains. To explore the culture of the Na’vi people further, do not forget to dine at the Satu’li Canteen and sip some drinks at Pongu Pongu drink stand.
Pandora would also feature a souvenir shop with Na’vi cultural items, science kits, animal toys, etc. Kids would absolutely love this place and there’s one more reason why. Colors of Mo’ara; a Na’vi inspired face painting shop where you(well, if the child inside you is still alive) and your kids can get some authentic Pandora markings or some wild and eclectic creatures painted on your face.
People visiting during the end of May can exploit the extended theme park hours as the park would be open from 8 am to 11 pm from May 27 to July 4. Additionally, tourists staying at select Walt Disney World Resorts get to enjoy the Extra Magic Hours before the park opens and after the park closes.
2.Miss Adventure Falls in Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
This adventurous new addition to the Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is the new Mecca of water-loving families with kids high on sugar. No wonder why it has created a buzz among locals and is considered as one of the most popular things-to-do in Orlando on weekends.
Embark on a thrilling white-water voyage in the longest ride in the history of Disney water parks.
According to legends, this family-friendly attraction is owned by a seafaring treasure hunter called Captain Mary Oceaneer whose treasure haul was caught up in a typhoon and scattered all across this tropical paradise. The captain’s old driving partner — a talking parrot hunting for treasures, can still be spotted in the Miss Adventure Falls.
Now talking about the longest Disney water park ride; it features a 4-person raft and an aquatic conveyor belt which chutes your raft to the ride’s apex. The ride back down takes you through tunnels and waterfalls. The ride is quite sloshy and there are no height requirements for this ride. Disney says the ride would last 2 minutes but do not get disheartened as the wait time for this ride is often less than 10 minutes.
3.LEGO NINJAGO World at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
With so much to offer, I don’t think any tourist would have ever wondered what-to-see in Orlando, Florida. LEGOLAND Florida Resort added some more family fun earlier this year. The LEGO NINJAGO World was opened in January 2017 and has been designed as an interactive training ground which allows your kids to hone their skills and “become the ninja”.
Indulge in some hands-on outdoor activities themed to sharpen your ninja skills before you head out for the prime attraction of the park, LEGO NINJAGO The Ride. This kidtically(if kids were to be critics) acclaimed ride is a state-of-the-art “dark ride” where you compete with your seat mates to score points. Scoring points involves blasting animated fireballs, lightning, and fighting many other 3-D villains using ninja hand moves.
Other major attractions and activities inside LEGO NINJAGO World meant especially for kids under the age of 12 include Zane’s Temple Build, Kai’s Spinners, Cole’s Rock Climb, and Jay’s Lightning Drill.
4.iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving
Skydiving is an exciting option for non-winged creatures to experience flying. But what if you are too scared to jump out of a plane or what if you are a 5-year-old who shouldn’t be jumping out of moving planes. iFLY Orlando has an amazingly thrilling solution since April 27, 2017.
iFLY features two vertical wind tunnels which create a wall-to-wall cushion of air to keep you afloat at all times. The iFLY indoor skydiving can be experienced by anyone above the age of 3 and there’s no parachute or any other kind of special equipment involved in the flight. It’s just you and the air inside the tunnels. iFLY also provides safety gear and personal instructors who will guide you throughout your flight.
Visitors under the age of 18 participating in this activity must be accompanied by parents or a legal guardian who can sign the Release of Liability. The wind tunnels are all-glass and the open single-story floor plan allows people passing through I-Drive to see visitors in action inside the tunnel.
5.VR Kraken Roller Coaster and other expansions at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando is all set to be the first theme park in Orlando to integrate technology to its roller coaster rides. Beginning this summer, The Kraken roller coaster will now feature VR headsets which would give the riders a thrilling sensation of traveling through treacherous waters amidst mythical sea creatures, including the Kraken itself.
Another exciting new development inside SeaWorld is the updated Dolphin Nursery which would allow visitors to get an up-close view of the dolphins. The newly installed acrylic windows enable you to enjoy under water as well as above water views of the baby dolphins and their nursing mothers. SeaWorld Orlando also brings you a vibrant nighttime light show — the Electric Ocean, this summer.
Orlando is world-famous for its theme parks, water parks and other marvelously built tourist attractions. Orlando has many unique, world-class, extremely creative, and technically genius tourist attractions which attract travelers from all over the world to this city every year. To serve its visitors better, Orlando is well-connected with direct as well as regular flights from several cities in America and abroad. Cheap flight tickets to Orlando, Florida can be booked online from several ticket booking websites.