New attractions set to boost tourism next year

New attractions, restaurants and accommodations are in store for Central Florida hot spots.



a group of people in front of a building: Epcot


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Epcot is adding “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure” and “La Creperie de Paris” to the France pavilion.

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Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be adding its Jurassic World VelociCoaster and Legoland will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with its largest LEGO cake ever.

SeaWorld will have its first launch coaster, the Ice Breaker, and the list goes on.

Tourism leaders say all of this, paired with pent up demand to travel plus a COVID-19 vaccine, should be a good combination for the tourism industry.

“We’re just very hopeful as the vaccine rolls out, that the pent up demand is really going to come and people are going to start to get more comfortable getting on airplanes with their family and traveling again,” Experience Kissimmee President and CEO DT Minich said.

In the meantime, Experience Kissimmee has been marketing for Florida residents to enjoy the local attractions, to help tourism stay afloat as businesses report a more than $131,000,000 loss.

They’re also encouraging locals to indulge in a stay-cation in a nearby vacation home to help those companies out.

“We’re actually going into the holidays being about 70% occupied, but we’re still taking a lot of last-minute bookings. December has been incredible. I think we’ve taken over half a million dollars in bookings during this month, all last-minute stuff,” said Sharon Harvey with Jeeves Florida Rentals.

Tourism leaders say they did see an uptick around Thanksgiving and are expecting another this Christmas, though roughly 85 percent of travelers will be coming from in the state.

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