A new year means new adventure! Ready to begin yours? There’s a lot coming to Kissimmee in 2022 – from galactic spectaculars to exciting events and everything in between. Here’s what you can expect to experience in Central Florida next year.
Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary with 18 months of new attractions, nighttime spectaculars, and other magical experiences! Coming in 2022, the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will make its debut at Epcot. This family-friendly, storytelling coaster rotates 360 degrees and is the first coaster on property with a reverse launch.
SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando is debuting its first launch coaster, Ice Breaker, featuring four airtime-filled launches, both backward and forward, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest vertical drop in Florida – a 93-foot-tall spike with a 100-degree angle.
Aquatica Orlando is bringing some fun of its own with a brand-new water slide. Reed Plunge will have more than 330 feet of fiberglass, providing you excellent views of marine life in the new dynamic habitat.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
You and your family will soon be able to set sail on LEGOLAND Florida Resort's newest ride, Pirate River Quest – taking everyone on a journey through murky waters to retrieve a lost treasure. You can also expect a variety of events at LEGOLAND in the new year, including Pirate Fest in January, LEGO NINJAGO Days in May, AWE-SUMMER in June and July, Heroes Weekend in September, Brick or Treat in October, and Holidays at LEGOLAND in November and December; plus a Kids New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 31, 2022.
Peppa Pig Theme Park
Opening on Feb. 24, 2022, Peppa Pig Theme Park will feature six rides, six themed playscapes, a water play area, and more! The park will open as a Certified Autism Center and offer accessible rides for guests who use wheelchairs. The fun doesn’t stop for anyone!
Two very special friends are coming to Wild Florida in 2022. Keep an eye out for two rhinoceroses at the Drive-thru Safari Park this spring! Wild Florida is also adding special celebrations, such as Gator Week (May 23-28, 2022) and Sloth Day (Oct. 20, 2022).
Promenade at Sunset Walk
Promenade at Sunset Walk – a walkable dining, shopping, and entertainment district – is bringing exciting additions in 2022. New locations include Cowboy Chicken, Naples Soap Company, and BR 77 Brazilian Steak House. It’s a great place to stop for any palate and any budget. There’s something waiting for everyone and plenty of dining to choose from.
Embassy Suites by Hilton-Orlando Sunset Walk
Coming to Sunset Walk next fall, this new Embassy Suites location will offer exceptional vacation condominiums featuring a sophisticated contemporary design and some of the finest resort amenities. Among them, the Oasis Beach Club has a beach bar and grill , an indoor/outdoor restaurant, and lounge where hotel guests can enjoy daily complimentary breakfast and happy hour specials. Plus, with proximity to the Promenade and Island H2O Live!, the possibilities are endless for family excitement.
Out to redefine the luxury hospitality space, Ette Hotel will feature a sophisticated look and feel with a focus on high-touch service and personalized experiences. Opening in 2022, the hotel will offer 126 rooms with state-of-the-art amenities such as 24-hour, in-room dining; a spa; and a fitness center. And Chef Akira Back brings his touch to “LIPA” – an all-new rooftop lounge with views of the incredible surrounding area of natural Florida.
Kissimmee’s newest luxury resort is just minutes away from some of Central Florida’s major theme parks, as well as restaurants and shops. The four- and five-bedroom villas are a fit for families of all sizes with a modern – yet chic – design, guaranteed to accommodate everyone’s needs. Plus, indoor/outdoor concepts, including a large living room integrated into the dining and kitchen areas opens to a terrace with a private pool. You can expect themed rooms to keep the fun going when you’re both out and about, and inside your vacation villa.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal’s Mardi Gras is returning to Universal Orlando Resort in 2022, happening Feb. 5 through April 24. A family-friendly version of the iconic New Orleans celebration, this event will feature a nighttime parade and star-studded live concerts (both on select nights), and authentic Cajun-style cuisine from New Orleans. There will also be other fabulous dishes inspired by diverse tastes and flavors from around the world at locations throughout the park.
Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena
Join the tradition by seeing the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi: the Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena, located at Osceola Heritage Park. The rodeo will be held Feb. 18-20, 2022, and June 3-4, 2022. Plus, enjoy the Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade in Downtown St. Cloud on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022.
Promenade at Sunset Walk
Pets on the Promenade will return to Kissimmee on Jan. 23, 2022, and it’s bigger than ever! This event will include a Cutest Pet Contest, portraits taken by a professional photographer, “Yappy Hour” at various tenants throughout the district, and a sidewalk sale of pet products. You won’t want to miss it!
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