By Roger Jimenez
2024 is on the horizon and with it will come a slew of new residences and businesses, exhilarating experiences, serene getaways, and enticing theme park updates to look forward to. Join us in the anticipation and exploring all that the promising new year has in store!
Construction Begins on The Grow Neighborhood
Pulte Group has secured over 400 acres in Orange County for Orlando's first “Agrihood” community, The Grow. With an investment of $10 million, the first phase will feature 504 lots, a nine-acre farm, barns, and a farm stand. The expansive 1,185-acre development will encompass diverse housing, community gardens, a park, trails, an equestrian facility, and more. Pulte plans to commence construction, including the first pool facility, in late January.
Town Vineland Apartments
South I-Drive is set to welcome a new addition to its skyline with the Town Vineland Apartments—an upcoming 396-unit luxury garden-style, multi-family development. Comprising sixteen 3-story buildings, a clubhouse, pool, 5 detached garages, and 600 surface parking spaces, this modern complex is poised to redefine residential living. Anticipated completion is scheduled for 2024, offering a contemporary living experience in this vibrant area.
Following Orange County Commission's funding approval for more affordable housing projects, 2024 may see the arrival of new affordable housing units. One of the approved projects is Barnett Villas, a 156-unit affordable rental housing complex situated right next to Barnett Park in Pine Hills, per the Orlando Business Journal. Anticipated to conclude by October 2024, this initiative aims to address the pressing need for affordable housing in the county.
Orlando Magic Entertainment District + Residences
Orlando Magic's visionary $500 million sports hub near downtown's Kia Center promises a transformative landscape, opening doors to diverse business prospects sometime in 2024. Spanning 8.5 acres, this ambitious project includes a 260-room hotel tower, a 200,000-square-foot office space housing the Magic's corporate headquarters, 270 residential units, a 1,100-space parking garage, 125,000 square feet of retail space, a 3,500-capacity live event venue, and a central plaza, among other exciting features.
Universal Orlando revealed exciting plans for 2024 with the introduction of a new land dedicated to DreamWorks Animation characters. Set to replace the KidZone attractions, including Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, DreamWorks Land promises interactive play spaces and attractions inspired by beloved characters like "Gabby’s Dollhouse," "Shrek," "Trolls," and "Kung Fu Panda." Visitors can also look forward to immersive experiences and meet-and-greet areas in this upcoming addition to the Universal Studios theme park!
New Star Tours Adventures
Exciting news from Disney! Star Tours is set to journey to fresh Star Wars destinations. Following the 2010 update allowing story swaps, the attraction will now feature new scenes in its upcoming version. Get ready for the arrival of new Star Wars characters, with Ahsoka Tano joining the Star Tours experience! Anticipated launch: Spring 2024.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Get ready for Tiana's Bayou Adventure, a new Disney World attraction opening soon! Drawing inspiration from "The Princess and the Frog," the ride is set after the film's events where Tiana, now a business owner of Tiana's Foods, invites riders on a journey through the bayou with friends like Louis, the jazz-loving gator, as they prepare for an exhilarating Mardi Gras celebration. Currently under construction in Frontierland, the magical adventure is set to debut in late 2024.
New Country Bears Musical Jamboree
Disney World’s Country Bear Jamboree is becoming the "County Bears Musical Jamboree" in 2024. Fans can look forward to a fresh story and soundtrack as the beloved characters reinterpret classic Disney songs in various country music genres.
SeaWorld’s New Penguin Trek COASTER EXPERIENCE
Get ready for an exciting new adventure coming to SeaWorld! Prepare for the launch of Penguin Trek—a family coaster that takes visitors through the captivating landscapes of Antarctica. Speed along on a snowmobile in a race to discover a real penguin habitat at the ride's end! The immersive experience will be perfect for families, who are daring enough to take the unforgettable journey coming spring 2024!
LEGOLand New Aquarium SeaLife + Lego Ferrari Race Experience
LEGOLand is set to unveil two exciting additions in 2024! Plans for a new aquarium called “SeaLife” promises interactive marine exhibits and oceanic exploration for guests, opening sometime in fall 2024.
Meanwhile, within the LEGOLand Park, a spring 2024 arrival awaits with the LEGO Ferrari Build and Race experience—an engaging attraction allowing visitors to build and test their own race cars, complemented by a virtual track for digital racing. Get ready for a year of new adventures at LEGOLand!
AREA15, the immersive experience hub from Las Vegas, is expanding its horizons with a second location slated for Orlando in 2024. The colossal facility, spanning approximately 300,000 square feet on 17 acres in the tourism corridor, promises a new realm of immersive entertainment. Known for its popular entertainment in Las Vegas, AREA15 is set to bring its unique blend of venues, events, and partnerships to this exciting new destination.
Cool Zoo Orlando
Prepare for an exciting animal adventure coming to International Drive! Cool Zoo, known for its wildlife rehabilitation center, is unveiling a new 10,000-square-foot indoor attraction. The educational center will immerse visitors in wildlife and conservation through interactive exhibits. Get up close with sloths, kangaroos, lemurs, and alligators, and enjoy hands-on activities like gemstone mining and fossil finding. Opening in September 2024, Cool Zoo plans to offer general admission at $15, with one-on-one animal encounters ranging from $10 to $100 per person.
Atmos 360 Dining
Get excited for a groundbreaking dining adventure arriving on International Drive soon. Originally a successful pop-up from Fort Lauderdale, this immersive dining experience by Atmos is set to captivate guests sometime in 2024. Described as an "epic fine dining journey," this multisensory experience promises to invigorate all the senses as diners traverse diverse visual destinations paired with unforgettable 5-star chef-prepared meals.
SENSO Beach Club
Spring 2024 will unveil SENSO Beach Club, a 40,000-square-foot oasis on International Drive. The expansive entertainment complex will feature two pools, multiple bars, and rooftop areas. Elevating the experience, resident DJs will frequently showcase premier electronic music talent. Guests can dive into exclusivity with premium cabanas offering infinity edge glass dipping pools, flat screens, and dedicated service. Other amenities include exclusive cabanas with overnight quarters, private pools, and an open-air party deck, making SENSO Beach Club the ultimate destination for a vibrant and unforgettable escape.
Explore the future landscape of Orlando with upcoming developments, including the visionary sports hub by Orlando Magic and the stylish Town Vineland Apartments on South I-Drive. From immersive entertainment experiences to transformative living spaces, these ventures are set to shape the city's dynamic and vibrant future. Dive into the details and discover what's on the horizon for Orlando in 2024 and beyond!
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