Top New Things to See and Do in the Number One Meetings Destination in the Country


Top New Things to See and Do in the Number One  Meetings Destination in the Country


With a whole new lineup of exciting attractions, entertainment, and dining that has come to Orlando this year, it's a great time to plan a meeting in Orlando. Here are some great restaurants and attractions your attendees will want to experience while they’re here:

INTERNATIONAL DRIVE

In the heart of Orlando's convention corridor, International Drive has seen significant development with the addition of several retail, dining, and entertainment venues.

The newest complex is I-Drive 360, which, along with stellar dining options, has opened a trio of new attractions. The Orlando Eye, pictured above, is a 400-foot-tall observation wheel providing breathtaking views of Central Florida; Madame Tussauds, the world's most famous celebrity wax attraction, and SEA LIFE Orlando, delivering new underwater adventures. All three of these attractions are great for groups. Restaurants such as the Yard House, Tapa Toro, and Tin Roof: A Live Music Joint add to the experience.

Several new restaurants have opened on I-Drive as well, including Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Lafayette’s Restaurant & Bar, known for its Southern cuisine, and Itta Bena - fine dining and piano club - both at Pointe Orlando, another of our dining and entertainment complexes.

Orlando also welcomes one of South Beach's hottest dining and dance clubs with the addition of Mangos Tropical Café at the end of the year. With 55,000 square feet of entertainment space, the Orlando location will offer high-energy entertainment for a wide variety of tastes.

“Restaurant Row” on Sand Lake Road off International Drive, has an array of hot spots like Rocco’s Tacos Tequila Bar and Eddie V’s, and has just added The Whiskey, welcoming lovers of gourmet burgers, craft cocktails and rock ‘n roll fun and more than 100 brands of whiskey for the thirsty connoisseur.

THEME PARKS

Walt Disney World Resort has completely transformed Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, doubling the number of entertainment, shops and dining, including The BOATHOUSE, pictured below, STK Orlando and Morimoto Asia, by celebrity Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

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Universal Orlando Resort announced a new groundbreaking attraction opening in summer 2016 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” will honor one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong. Guests will explore ancient temple structures while encountering hostile natives.

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SeaWorld Orlando will unveil MAKO, a 200-foot-tall coaster, (rendering below), which will complement an entirely new realm, reminiscent of a giant underwater shipwreck. With shark theming throughout, the new venue will provide plenty of heart-pounding excitement. 

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DOWNTOWN ORLANDO

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, opened in November, 2014, delivers a stellar lineup of entertainment for its second season: Broadway productions, Orlando Ballet and an array of music performances.

Orlando City Soccer Club, Major League Soccer's newest expansion team, made its debut in 2015 with global soccer icon, Kaká. The Orlando City Soccer Club will kick-off their next season March, 2016.

An influx of restaurants have joined new downtown Orlando venues, including Two Chefs Seafood, featuring comfort food and seafood from former chefs of Emeril's Orlando and The Palm Restaurant; and North Quarter Tavern, a chef-driven neighborhood tavern by the team behind downtown Orlando's power-lunch staple, Citrus Restaurant.

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