Orlando has become one of the fastest growing cities over the past decade, even claiming rank on WalletHub’s Fastest Growing Cities in America list. Orlando definitely boasts its fair share of top-notch restaurants, theme park attractions and other enjoyable pastimes… and there’s more to come in the coming year!
Saying goodbye to 2019 won’t be hard as Orlando is set to welcome more opportunities for flavor and fun. We’re especially excited about the fresh restaurants coming to the ever-evolving International Drive, up-and-coming Sanford district and bustling downtown Orlando (pssst… fun food halls are in our future). Not to mention, all of Orlando’s main theme parks have announced thrilling additions opening in 2020.
Dining Destinations Opening in 2020
Orlando Area Neighborhoods
Bumby Arcade at Church St. Station | Orlando, FL
Orlando has become a foodie heaven for both those who reside and vacation in The City Beautiful. Prepare to sport your comfy pants before visiting the highly-anticipated Bumby Arcade at Church St. Station. Finally revitalizing this prestigious downtown location, the upcoming food hall will feature up to 18 stalls and boast ample seating. Diverse offerings will have you set to feast onsite for any meal of the day.
Henry’s Depot Culinary Collective | Sanford, FL
A 30-minute drive from downtown Orlando, Sanford has long been a town with fun beer tours and flavorful places to grab a bite. Those two elements will join forces at Henry’s Depot Culinary Collective ─ cheers to that! For just a taste, you can already visit its cocktail bar, The Basin. Expect other Orlando favorites, such as Dixie Dharma, The Greenery Creamery, Salvatore’s Prime Sandwiches and Grain & Ember, set up shop in this modern food hall soon too. And in case you were wondering, Henry B. Plant ran one of the very first railroad stations in Florida back in the 1800s. He’s the inspiration for culinary adventure.
Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company | Orlando, FL
Absorbing the fresh air and scenery during a walk around Lake Eola Park can be a rewarding experience, right? Well, it’ll be even more satisfying once Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company opens its brewery and taproom in the Eo Inn. With views of the Lake Eola Pagoda, the menu will feature regular brews from the original DeLand location, alongside a rotation of fresh beers brewed exclusively for the new Orlando site. Plan to sip your pint seated on the 1,100-square-foot patio that overlooking the iconic foundation.
Sixty Vines | Winter Park, FL
When you’re looking for an elegant evening featuring dinner and wine, Orlando has plenty of palate-pleasing places perfectly pairing the two. Adding to its impressive roster of chic eateries, Winter Park will soon be home to Sixty Vines (opening in the spring in the former Kona Grill space on Orlando Avenue). Hoping to inspire a new attitude about wine culture, Sixty Vines plans to pour a bit of wine country into our city… well, specifically onto your dinner plate and into your glass.
KAVAS Tacos + Tequila | Orlando, FL
Owners of Tapa Toro and Taverna Opa, two mainstays on Orlando’s dining scene, will bring KAVAS Tacos + Tequila to Pointe Orlando in September 2020. The menu will pay tribute to Mexico’s rich culinary history, featuring savory comfort food and fresh table side experiences. Also expect to see tequila flights, classic margaritas, creative mocktails, and nightly entertainment.
Nothing beats a cold ice cream on a hot Florida day. We’ve got the scoop that Ample Hills Creamery will open at Disney Springs. Silly-named flavors deliver serious taste at this sweet spot! If you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for example, opt for ‘I Contain Breakfast Foods,’ sweet cream ice cream loaded with chocolate donuts chunks, coffee cake pieces and bits of cinnamon.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get in or stay in shape, count on feeling divine as you dine at Beatrix, another newbie at Disney Springs. Described as a neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and grab-and-go market, you’ll be able to savor healthy dishes including vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan selections. Beatrix, which is replacing Bongos Cuban Cafe, will also offer a bakery and full-service bar with an assortment of all-American beer and wine. If you’re pressed for time because of your entertainment agenda, simply get a fresh-squeezed juice cocktail for a dose of delicious energy.
Traveling the furthest to feed you in the new decade is Camelo Pizzaria. The first quarter opening of their Orlando location will be the first time their restaurant touches American soil (as all of their current locations are in Brazil). This restaurant will definitely transport your taste buds with family-style pizza served in a fine-dining atmosphere. Look for this robust 4,200-square-foot eatery at Pointe Orlando on International Drive.
How does country superstar Blake Shelton do it all? Aside from dominating the music charts, romancing Gwen Stefani and bromancing Adam Levine on The Voice, Shelton is planning to expand his restaurateur role with the opening Ole Red at ICON Park on International Drive. A sister site to the existing Gatlinburg, Nashville and Tishomingo locations, the southern-inspired menu features sandwiches and burgers, milkshakes, beer, signature cocktails, wine and mocktails. Expect to drink up live tunes from the music venue within the restaurant.
Attractions Opening in 2020
Cirque du Soleil Show | Disney Springs
It was a sad day when Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba closed at Disney Springs two years ago. But we’re beyond happy to report that Cirque du Soleil is again partnering with Disney to stage a production titled Drawn to Life. In a sneak peek video, the show’s writer and director describes the show as a “love letter to the art of animation.” Previews for this joint venture between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering begin on March 20, 2020 with the official premiere set for April 17, 2020.
Ice Breaker | SeaWorld Orlando
Cool news alert – literally! Spring 2020 will allow you to face your fears and experience one of the most jaw dropping roller coasters ever created. Ice Breaker will feature four airtime-filled launches, both forward and backward, culminating with a reverse launch into Florida’s steepest, beyond-vertical drop with twists and turns like none other at SeaWorld.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway | Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The house of mouse will finally reveal the first-ever Disney attraction that stars Mickey Mouse and his best gal pal, Minnie. You can climb aboard the train to experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting on March 4, 2020.
New Film Attractions | Disney’s Epcot
Starting January 17, 2020, Epcot will debut three new films. The Land pavilion will showcase the beauty of Mother Earth and her diversity in Awesome Planet. Hear an original music score from Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price while you marvel at the gorgeous imagery and in-theater effects.
The France pavilion will transport you to the Beast’s castle as you witness a twist on a tale as old as time. Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along is directed and produced by the producer of the animated and live-action Beauty and the Beast films, Don Hahn, and will include narration from Angela Lansbury (who portrayed Mrs. Potts in the original movie). This new musical wonder will run alongside Impressions de France, which itself will get an upgrade to 4K projection.
Lastly, the Canada pavilion will receive an update to the previous O Canada! film. Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 features new scenes, a new musical score from Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration from two of Canada’s best exports, award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.
Orlando Slingshot and Orlando Gyro Drop Tower | ICON Park
Attention adrenaline junkies! Already a lively mega-complex full of restaurants, attractions and shopping, ICON Park will add more thrills to the mix. This includes the Orlando Slingshot, a 300-foot-high, 450-foot-wide catapult ride; and the Orlando Gyro Drop Tower, a free fall experience reaching speeds of 75 mph from a 400-foot drop.
Pompeii – The Immortal City | Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is a hidden gem within our city. While this hand-on educational space has great exhibits on a regular basis, its newest installment, Pompeii – The Immortal City, is sure to wow like never before.
This touring exhibition will call Orlando home from June 6–September 7, 2020 and feature interactive history lessons about the ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure | Disney’s Epcot
Yessss! Or, shall we say, oui oui. The France pavilion at Epcot will improve its stock as one of the best corners of the park with the introduction of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Planned to open in summer 2020, this family-friendly ride will have you racing across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles.
The Bourne Stuntacular | Universal Studios
If you love action-packed feats, like those performed in the Bourne film franchise, you’re going to love The Bourne Stuntacular. Opening spring 2020 at Universal Studios at Universal Orlando Resort, this all-new, cutting-edge, live-action stunt show based on the blockbuster Bourne series will keep you enthralled. You’ll witness a never-before-seen hybrid of stage magic and cinema, bringing you to the edge of your seat to follow Jason Bourne on his mission to subdue sinister characters.
With all of these Orlando openings set for 2020, don’t miss out on the fun! And whether you’re on a holiday stay or staycation, don’t miss out on benefits at 57 local Hilton properties. The Hilton Honors program boasts tons of hotel discounts and rewards, plus several Hilton properties include park perks for SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.