DestinationsWhat’s New to See, Do and Dine at Around the Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida Area for 2023

This article lists all of the new attractions, shows and restaurants that have recently opened in early 2023 in the  Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida area.

New Things To See and Do in 2023

Cirque du Soleil – Drawn to Life

Disney Springs finally has a new Cirque du Soleil show called Drawn to Life. This new show follows the story of Julie, a courageous and determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her late father: an unfinished animation piece. Guided by a surprising pencil, she embarks on an inspiring quest sprinkled with her Disney childhood memories. Through this journey, she will learn to imagine new possibilities and animate the story of her future.

Drawn to Life will transport guests into the world of Disney animation in Cirque du Soleil’s signature style. This entirely new experience will wow Walt Disney World guests and Cirque du Soleil fans, both young and old, while bringing timeless Disney stories to life in an unforgettable new way. This show is 90 minutes long.

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Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions is one of the latest attractions at ICON Park, which is located just off International Drive or I-Drive. As you walk through this museum you will experience things like an upside-down living room and a swirling vortex tunnel as well as other mind-boggling interactive immersions that will challenge your senses.

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Dezerland Park

Dezerland Park on International Drive or I-Drive provides indoor fun no matter the weather outside. It has a food hall, axe throwing, an arcade, a bowling ally, a trampoline park, karting, bumper cars, mini golf virtual reality games and a pinball palace.

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Wild Florida

Wild Florida has added a drive through safari park to their airboat tours and gator park.

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Universal City Walk Escape Rooms

Universal City Walk has added two new escape rooms called Back to the Future and Jurassic World. Choose your adventure. You can attempt to stop Biff Tannen from sabotaging the timeline in Back to the Future or you can find yourself in a secret genetics lab having to use your wits to avoid being eaten in Jurassic World.

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Street Market at the Promenade at Sunset Walk Orlando

The Promenade at Sunset Walk, located in the Margaritaville Resort, is hosting a Street Market every Saturday evening featuring the best local artisan, craft and specialty vendors from across Central Florida. This event is free, but it is recommended that you RSVP, which can be done from their website.

New Restaurants Now Open for 2023

Four Flamingos: $$$

The Four Flamingos, a Richard Blais Florida Kitchen is located in the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort serving dinner only. The menu is upscale and sophisticated.

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Ole Red: $$ – $$$

Ole Red is a Blake Shelton restaurant and music venue located in ICON Park serving lunch and dinner. The menu is American bar food with a southern twist.

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City Works Eatery & Pour House: $$ – $$$

City Works Eatery & Pour House is a sports restaurant and bar located in Disney Springs serving lunch and dinner. The menu is classic American food with a modern twist.

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Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips: $$

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips restaurant is an English themed restaurant located in ICON Park. The menu is comprised of different combos containing your choice of different proteins, chips (fries), and 2 sauces served in a neat little box.

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Jaleo, By Chef Jose Andres: $$ – $$$

Jaleo, by Chef Jose Andres is a Spanish inspired restaurant located in Disney Springs serving lunch and dinner. The menu consists of many tapas dishes as well as a number of main courses including paellas. I’ve actually eaten at this restaurant’s Washington DC location and it was fantastic. The selection of Tapas was fantastic. We did not leave hungry.

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New York Beer Project: $$ – $$$

New York Beer Project is a brewery, tap room and gastro pub located in Winter Garden, Orlando serving lunch and dinner. This restaurant is located approximately 20 minutes north of our villas. The menu is upscale bar food with a modern twist and has a number of New York inspired specialities. It also has a roof top terrace, outdoor biergarten/tiki bar, fire pit, brewery tours a mug club and more.

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This article was originally published on the Your Florida Vacation Villa Blog and is being republished here with their permission.