New US theme parks and hotels to welcome UK visitors

One of the USA’s top resorts is preparing for a massive increase in the number of UK visitors with new theme parks, hotels and other attractions planned.

The largest construction project in airport history is also underway at Orlando International Airport with the £3 billion South Terminal Complex.

Phase one is expected to be substantially completed in the first quarter of 2022 adding 15 gates and includes features such as interactive digital media, a state-of-the-art radio frequency baggage system, numerous shops, and restaurants.

An Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF), connecting to three train systems including a service to Miami, is also set to open.

Casandra Matej, president and chief executive for Visit Orlando, said: “Travellers in 2022 are prioritising vacation plans to reconnect with family and friends through new experiences that create unforgettable memories, and Orlando is the perfect destination to do that.

“Orlando is ready for an exciting year ahead with openings ranging from a brand new Peppa Pig theme park to Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration festivities.”

Theme Park thrills

Orlando’s theme parks continue to expand in 2022, with much-anticipated expansions and an entirely new theme park.

Walt Disney World Resort



Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando

Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration brings new experiences to all four theme parks and beyond. Some of the most anticipated experiences for 2022 include:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, EPCOT’s first “other-world” showcase pavilion opening in the summer, features a new storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open a new show, “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond,” reimagined to be set in the timeline of the Finding Dory film.

SeaWorld Orlando Parks & Entertainment

Ice Breaker, SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster, will open in February 2022. The ride features four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch with a 93-foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle, the steepest vertical drop in Florida.

The new Reef Plunge water slide at Aquatica Orlando launches in spring 2022. Guests will zoom past a vibrant array of marine life, Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks and a variety of other cold-water fish.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort



The world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park will open February 24

The world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park will open February 24, at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The standalone theme park will feature multiple rides, interactive attractions, fun live shows, themed playscapes and water play areas.

Pirate River Quest, a family friendly treasure hunt adventure, allows guests to journey through the uncharted waters of the legendary Cypress Gardens and discover the secrets protecting its canals, as this all-new story unfolds brick by brick.

Beyond theme parks

T he Orlando Slingshot and Orlando Free Fall – two world-record-setting attractions – opened last month. The Orlando Slingshot stands at 300 feet, making it the world’s tallest.



The Orlando Slingshot is the tallest in the world

The two-tower attraction launches two riders out of an “exploding volcano,” straight up into the sky, reaching speeds of 100 mph. The Orlando Free Fall at ICON Park stands at 430 feet, making it the world’s tallest free-standing drop tower.

Cirque du Soleil – Drawn to Life premiered at Disney Springs in November 2021. The show is a combination of Disney animation and awe-inspiring performances including 10 unique acrobatic acts.

Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Comple x will open at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in March 2022. The 50,000-square-foot, multi-level attraction will feature a showcase of NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware with immersive displays, as well as a “journey” through space, unique launch viewing opportunities and more.

Hotels

Walt Disney World‘s immersive Star Wars-themed hotel, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, will open March 1. Guests will “board” the starship Halcyon for an all-inclusive experience that puts them into the immersive world of Star Wars.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort also opened a 14-story, 349-room hotel tower, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, in the autumn. The property – just a short walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot – features meeting rooms with rooftop terraces, a restaurant, full-service health club, 90-foot-long pool and more.

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Orlando offers

Virgin Holidays offers 7 nights in Orlando staying at Coco Key Hotel & Water Park (room only), including economy UK return flights (from London Heathrow). Prices from £601 per person, travel based on 2 adults sharing departing February 3.

Virgin Holidays offers 7 nights in Orlando staying at Avanti Palms (room only), including economy UK return flights (from London Heathrow). Prices from £690 per person, travel based on 2 adults sharing departing May 12.

Virgin Holidays offers 7 nights in Orlando staying at Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate (room only), including economy UK return flights (from London Heathrow). Prices from £871 per person, travel based on 2 adults sharing departing June 16.

Continuous updates on what’s new in Orlando can be found at VisitOrlando.com , the official visitor information source for the destination.

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