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Orlando Is About to Get Way Cooler Thanks to These Epic Openings

Keep an eye out for these awesome new Florida attractions


Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

As if Disney, Universal, Legoland (and so many other attractions) weren’t enough, soon there will be even more to look forward to on your Florida vacay. Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort is set to open a Star Wars-themed land in 2019. It will be the largest single-themed land at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World, both scaling 14 acres of land. Fans of the force will get to travel to unknown planets, where Star Wars characters roam. You’ll even get to steer the Millennium Falcon, the fastest ship in the galaxy!

A collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm, guests will be caught in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and stormtroopers upon arrival.

If you haven’t started looking up tickets just yet, perhaps Avatar land will get you packing your crew’s bags. Pandora - The World of Avatar is set to open this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests will be immersed in a surreal wilderness, full of floating mountains and glowing plants. You’ll have a choice of two adventures, one down the family-friendly Na’vi River that will send your gang down a sacred rainforest river, and the second on the back of a Banshee over all of Pandora. This park is ready for explorers!

If your kiddos love all things Pixar, how does Toy Story Land sound? Shrink yourself down to toy size to explore Andy’s yard with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang. Two new attractions your brood will love include Slinky Dog Dash, a family coaster featuring a track Andy built with his Mega Coaster Play Kit, and Alien Swirling Saucers, meant to be a toy play set Andy got from Pizza Planet. According to this Disney fan blog, Toy Story Land seems like it’ll be ready for visitors come 2018.

Universal Orlando also recently opened Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, a Willy Wonka-themed restaurant The cinematic tribute spot opened late last year at Universal CityWalk, the retail district located just outside the park (meaning you can get your chocolate fix without paying park admission!).

This spot is a haven for steampunk fans and movie mavens alike, modeled after a 19th-century factory with stunning gadgets, authentic smoke stacks and presumably, lickable wallpaper. Servers don one-of-a-kind Steampunk attire, too.

The restaurant plates more than just desserts, serving up steaks, burgers, salads, day-long brunch and more. And here’s plenty to satisfy your sweet tooth, too: order a Chocolate x5 milkshake, Salted Caramel Flan sundae or, an ode to a Florida staple, Key Lime Pie shake topped with a piece of pie.


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