You are here

Kissimmee, Fla. (April 2018) – Cool off with penguins, adventure through lesser-known landscapes, and lounge around the vacation home pool—with longer days and breezy nights, summer in Kissimmee means more sunshine, more fun, and memories to last a lifetime.

Here are the all-new attractions, exciting experiences, and colorful sights to look forward to in Kissimmee this season. 

 

All-New Attractions 

Play all summer long at Toy Story Land, opening June 30, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Shrink down to toy-size as guests travel into Andy’s backyard for adventures with the Toy Story characters with two all new attractions— Slinky Dog Dash, a new coaster inspired by the classic toy, and Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic adventure led by the film’s famous little green aliens. 

Party with your favorite Disney•Pixar’s superheroes during the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo, May 25 - Sept. 3, at Magic Kingdom Park with character appearances, Incredibles décor, and a dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage. 

Jam through the galaxy at Epcot with The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! concert series featuring hits from Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixtapes and characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy films. The shows will take place five times daily, June 9 - Aug. 19. 

Celebrate Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary with Donald’s Dino-Bash! A nightly dance party at Dinoland U.S.A. hosted by Donald Duck, starting Memorial Day weekend. And join Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s ‘UP’ during UP! A Great Bird Adventure, a new show debuting April 22, featuring up-close encounters with bird species from around the world. 

Cool off at Disney H2O Glow Nights, a glow party hosted by Rex and his Toy Story pals. This special ticket event, on select nights June 21 - Aug. 11 at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, will feature a DJ on the beach along with all attractions open for guests to enjoy. 

Buckle up for Universal Orlando’s newest attraction Fast & Furious – Supercharged. Guests will have the opportunity to live the excitement of one of the world’s hottest film franchises in a high-octane ride experience where they’ll become part of the Fast & Furious family. Fast & Furious – Supercharged is also the next attraction at Universal Studios Florida to feature the new Virtual Line system. Guests will be able to select a time to ride Fast & Furious – Supercharged via the Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App or at kiosks located near the attraction entrance.

Take a wild ride through an imaginary world made entirely of LEGO bricks during The Great LEGO Race now open at LEGOLAND Florida Resort—the first virtual reality roller coaster experience designed for kids. 

Make a splash on Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando.  Clocking in as the world’s tallest river rapid drop and inspired by the lush rainforests of South America, this thrilling ride will plunge guests into a flowing river, 40 feet below, opening 2018. 

Just add water at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark with a brand-new family raft slide, Ray Rush, opening spring 2018. This 60-foot-tall, fully-loaded water adventure features water jets that launch rafts 33-feet per second, as well as a colossal translucent sphere that spins rafts around the slide walls then drops them into an open-air halfpipe resembling the shape of a manta ray.

There’s a new ruler in town at Kissimmee’s Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Starting April 19, for the first time ever, a queen will take over as the head of the tournament. On top of a new storyline, the tournament will feature new music, costumes, and shields. 

Paddle under the summer night skies during a Full Moon Kayak Tour at the Paddling Center at Shingle Creek. Or glide through dark lagoons as microorganisms within the water light the night during Bio-luminescence Night Kayaking Tour, offsite at Skyes Creek.

Tee up for an all new experience at the golf-themed driving range Drive Shack, now open in Lake Nona. The entertainment complex is a three-story, 57,000-square-foot sports center, complete with a lounge, bar, and 90 hitting bays.

 

Special Events

Sunday April 29, 2018 explore an amusement park for the mind at Wonderworks Sensory Days, as the location’s interactive and educational exhibits are altered to provide limited stimulation for children with special needs. 

Celebrate May the Fourth with Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. On May 4, shoppers will enjoy Star Wars-themed face painting and photo booth, and view the latest Star Wars collection by Kipling. 

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park wants to share its knowledge and passion for gators with guests during Gator Week from May 7 - 12. On top of free admission to its Gator and Wildlife Park all week, each day Wild Florida will hold special events or demonstrations, including the Taste of Gator Cook-Off and Wild Paint Night Out, where guests get to paint Wild Florida’s albino alligators.

Sample the staple food of summer at the Old Town BBQ Throwdown May 25 – 26. When the flames spark, music fans, barbecue enthusiasts, foodies, and championship barbecue teams will cook up a delicious experience. 

Celebrate Independence Day with festive food, all-American fun, and more: 

  • Have a Monumental 4th of July at Kissimmee Lakefront Park during the park’s annual celebration featuring live concerts, activities, food trucks, and a fireworks display to close out the night. 
  • Explore America’s military heritage and history, with interactive, interpretive exhibits designed for visitors of all ages at the Museum of Military History
  • Dance along the brick-lined streets of Celebration, with a family-friendly 4th of July event at Celebration Town Center—complete with a live music, inflatable games, and fireworks.  
  • Celebrate America’s independence at LEGOLAND Florida Resort with the park’s biggest fireworks show of the year above Lake Eloise. Guest can also help create a giant USA flag out of thousands of LEGO bricks. 

Plus, enjoy special 4th of July versions of the fireworks shows at the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, and SeaWorld Orlando.

 

Accommodations 

Omni Orlando Resort’s 101 Days of Summer Fun runs May 25 – Sept. 3. From kayak fishing and dive-in movies, to cooking demonstrations, golf clinics, and fireworks, guests of all ages are sure to enjoy a summer stay.

Enjoy special spring savings at Reunion Resort, home to two- and three-bedroom villas and four- to thirteen-bedroom private homes. The fun is endless this season with ten shimmering pools, award-winning tennis courts, three signature golf courses and, of course, Kissimmee’s iconic theme parks right at your doorstep.

Float along a lazy river, enjoy homemade tortillas, and relax just minutes from the area’s theme parks at the all-new, 410-room Red Lion Lake Buena Vista South hotel, opening in May. 

 

Eateries 

Get a taste of summer with an all-new menu at Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens featuring savory small bites, hand-selected wine and cheese pairings, and additional vegetarian options. All ingredients are harvested on-site daily and dishes are cooked to order. 

Brighten up a summer day even more with the delightfully weird and sinfully delicious creations at the just-opened Voodoo Doughnut at Universal Citywalk. The one-of-a-kind chain is known for its quirky décor and unique offerings—including over 50 types of doughnuts. 

Enjoy delicious new flavors with new dining options at Disney Springs

  • Opening this spring, enjoy more than 135 wine options at Wine Bar George, curated by the expertise of Master Sommelier George Miliotes. The two-story location will also offer a menu with small plates, cheese and charcuterie, and full entrees. 
  • At Terralina Crafted Italian, also opening this spring, enjoy an all new dining experience with an ambience and décor inspired by the Italian countryside and featuring authentic Italian cuisine. 

After wining and dining, guests can keep the night going with late-night offerings until 2 a.m., Thursday- Sunday at select Disney Springs restaurants and bars including: The Edison, Forbidden Lounge at Morimoto Asia, Raglan Road, Enzo’s Hideaway, Paradiso 37, The BOATHOUSE, STK Orlando, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, and Vivoli Il Gelato. 

 

Shopping 

For fresh finds head to Disney Springs, where new retailers DisneyStyle and Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories are now home to Disney Parks-inspired apparel, accessories, and jewelry. 

 

Photo Access:

http://barberstock.com/collection/experiencekissimmee/whats-new-summer-2018 

 

The Experience Kissimmee Vacation Story: 

Almost 50 years of vacation-making experience. More than 8,000,000 overnight visitors. And closer than a wave-of-a-wand away from world-famous theme parks and attractions, the headwaters of the Everglades, extraordinary natural wonders, and plates for every palate. We’re Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. (That means we oversee sales and marketing for the destination.) We’re also the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with more than 45,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, and over 22,000 vacation homes.

Tap into the magic. Get inspired at www.ExperienceKissimmee.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Experience Kissimmee Communications Department

[email protected]

Join Our
Press Distribution List

Sign up to receive the latest news and premium content.

Get Your Free
Destination Guide

Let the pages of our destination magazine inspire you when planning your Central Florida vacation.

Request Your Free Guide

- or -

View Interactive Guide

Check out our
Blog

Get the lowdown on places to see and adventures to try in Kissimmee.

Check It Out