Orlando is already home to an overwhelming amount of family entertainment, but it’s about to get even bigger with several new attractions coming to central Florida in 2022.
Whether it’s superheroes, animated classics, or that really annoying show your young kids or grandkids can’t get enough of, there will be more to explore in the coming year.
“Travelers in 2022 are prioritizing vacation plans to reconnect with family and friends through new experiences that create unforgettable memories, and Orlando is the perfect destination to do that,” Casandra Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando, said in a statement.
Here’s a list of some of the new attractions opening in the coming months.
Peppa Pig Theme Park
Yes, that pig with the British accent that youngsters can’t get enough of is getting a standalone theme park. It will open February 24 at Legoland Florida Resort and feature multiple rides, live shows, themed playscape, interactive attractions, and water play.
Pirate River Quest
Also part of Legoland, this family-friendly treasure hunt adventure will take guests through the uncharted waters of Cypress Gardens and allow them to discover a number of secrets.
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
This is something completely different for EPCOT, with a full pavilion dedicated to the adventure heroes and a roller coaster that rotates 360 degrees to allow riders to focus on the action taking place in different directions. It also features the first reverse launch coaster on a Disney property.
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue … And Beyond
As part of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is launching a brand new show. And even though it’s Nemo in the title, the show will be set in the timeline of Finding Dory, the sequel to the original blockbuster.
A new water slide opens in the spring at SeaWorld Orlando, and this one sounds pretty special. The water slide at Aquatica Orlando will have guests zooming down the slide and past an array of dolphins, leopard sharks, and cold-water fish. Each trip down will be different depending where the marine life is located.
Not to be outdone by other parks in the region, SeaWorld is launching its own coaster in February. It will feature four launches, both backward and forward, culminating in a reverse launch with a 93-foot spike and 100-degree angle, the steepest drop in Florida.
The Orlando Slingshot And Orlando Free Fall
Not everything new is in an amusement park. Located at Icon Park, about a 3-minute walk from the Orlando Eye, the slingshot stands 300 feet tall and launches two riders out of a volcano straight up into the sky at speeds up to 100 mph. This is not for the faint of heart. Neither is the Orlando Free Fall, which stands 430 feet, making it the world’s tallest free-standing tower.
Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex
Located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, this multi-level attraction will open in March and feature immersive displays of NASA and commercial aircraft hardware, launch viewing opportunities, and more.
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