50+ New Ways to Do Date Night in 2020

New Ways to do Date Night in Orlando in 2020

New year, new date night adventures! Not only is it a new year, but we’re beginning a whole new decade. This year brings tons of new Orlando date night possibilities no matter what interests you, and we’re so excited to share with you those which we’re most excited about (so far). Read on to discover more than 50 fresh finds for date night to start off the roaring 20’s 2.0!

New Dining

It looks like stretchy pants are in the 2020 forecast thanks to all the new places we’ll be able to nosh in town.

First of all, country superstar Blake Shelton is set to open the fourth location of his Ole Red restaurant, which will be housed in a stunning 15,000 –square-foot two-story space at ICON Park. Naturally, we’re looking forward to live music and tons of tasty southern food. While we’re talking about ICON Park, be sure to stay tuned to social media for updates on the entertainment complex’s 5th birthday celebrations.

Committing to eating more vegetables just became a lot easier thanks to Hungry Pants opening up in SODO recently. The restaurant is the brainchild of Joey Conicella and Alex Marin, who previously owned The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck. This time around, they wanted a concept that better reflected their eating style, and thus Hungry Pants was born! The plant curious establishment serves a bevy of plant based options from their popular Black Bean Sweet Potato Wontons and Veggie Burger to Cauli Tots. If you’re not ready to go full plant based then no fear, you have the option to add proteins such as chicken or salmon to salads or bowls. Your sweet tooth will still be indulged at Hungry Pants, with dessert options such as Chocolate Olive Oil cake, Sour Orange pie and the exclusive Sour Orange Pie ice cream flavor from The Greenery Creamery.

Veggie Burger from Hungry Pants. Image credit: Arlene Laboy

Taco Tuesday is about to level-up thanks to the wonderful owners of Orlando favorites Taverna Opa and Tapa Toro. Kavas Tacos & Tequila is set to open in September at Pointe Orlando. Kavas will frequently feature live entertainment and a DJ sure to get the party started. Pointe Orlando is also set to welcome Florida’s flagship location of Brazilian steakhouse Rodizio Grill this January, as well as the nautical Hampton Social and North Carolina-style barbecue restaurant Brother Jimmy’s later this year.

Food halls will be aplenty this year with three food hall concepts planned to open this year. We’re eagerly awaiting Bumby Arcade at Church St. Station in downtown Orlando (read more about the project here), Henry’s Depot Culinary Collective in Historic Downtown Sanford and the lakefront A.G.’s Market in Hamlin. 

A.G.’s Market rendering | Image credit: Hamlin

Beer lovers, this one’s for you: City Works Eatery and Pour House is coming soon to Disney Springs. This family-friendly sports bar will feature innovative cuisine and over 90 local and globally-sourced beers on draft. For those who are looking for a slightly more health-conscious date night, Disney Springs is also set to welcome Beatrix, which will serve “comfort food with a healthful twist.” Save room for dessert, because Ample Hills Creamery is also set to open a location at Disney Springs this year.

We’re also preemptively drooling over: out-of-this-world dining experiences at Space 220 in Epcot, the first U.S. location of Brazil-based Camelo Pizzaria on I-Drive, Dallas chef John Tesar’s steak and seafood restaurant Knife & Spoon in the former home of Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton, BoVine Steakhouse on Park Avenue (same owners as 310 and blu on the avenue), southern comfort brunches at Brick and Spoon in Maitland, and Napa-themed Sixty Vines in Winter Park. For something you can enjoy immediately, Dexter’s New Standard is now open in Winter Park featuring seasonal fare and live music. 

Image credit: Sixty Vines

New Experiences & Attractions

Annual Passholders, rejoice! There are so many exciting updates coming to the parks this year. Let’s start with Disney: starting this month, park-goers can check out a slew of new movies at Epcot as a part of the park’s International Festival of the Arts. Films include: Awesome Planet at the Land pavilion, Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long in France, and new Circle-Vision 360 films in the Canada and China pavilions. Epcot is also set to open Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France pavilion this summer. A new fireworks spectacular, HarmonioUS, is set to replace Epcot Forever this spring. HarmonioUS is going to be the largest nighttime spectacular to ever dazzle a Disney park! 

We’re also so looking forward to the opening of The Bourne Stuntacular show at Universal, Seaworld’s new launched coaster thrill ride Ice Breaker, and Aquatica’s new dueling race waterslide Riptide Race.

Outside of the parks, be sure to take note of three new attractions coming to ICON Park: the Orlando Slingshot, the Orlando Gyro Drop Tower and Museum of Illusions Orlando (summer 2020). Orlando Science Center will host the immersive experience Pompeii: The Immortal City this summer, which previewed with the huge volcano at IMMERSE Orlando last fall! Lastly, Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park just debuted its brand new drive-through safari park at the end of 2019. Adventurous couples can travel along the 2-mile gravel path in their own car or hop on a swamp buggy to see over 100 exotic animals in Florida’s natural habitat.

Wild Florida Drive-Through Safari Park

New Staycations

Sometimes a weekend staycation is the perfect couple’s pick-me-up. This year, Orlando is welcoming some charming new places for you and yours to unwind for a few nights.

First up is the Dockside Inn and Suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. The coastal-themed hotel is set to open in March, so you can look forward to relaxing at two pools (with a pool bar!) and a sandy beachfront in the near future.

Next we have Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest addition to the lineup up Disney Vacation Club Resorts. This Europen-inspired resort just opened, so be sure to check out its rooftop restaurant Topolino’s Terrace for some Riviera cuisine and a view.

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek is set to open in February (Valentine’s staycation, anyone?!). The warm, welcoming resort will be complete with a luxurious spa, resort-style pool, unique restaurants, and a rooftop terrace that provides views of the theme park fireworks shows.

New ways to do date night in Orlando in 2020 - new JW Marriott resort
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa rendering

New Concerts 

You can’t go wrong with a concert date night, and Orlando has some true gems lined up so far for 2020.

Jason Aldean
Friday, January 31, 7:30pm
Amway Center

Billy Joel
Friday, February 7, 8pm
Amalie Arena (Tampa, but so worth the drive)

The Beach Boys
Wednesday, February 19, 8pm
Dr. Philips Center

Willie Nelson
Friday, February 21, 8pm
Dr. Philips Center

Marc Anthony
Sunday, March 8, 8pm
Amway Center

Josh Groban
Wednesday, March 11, 8pm
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

New concerts for date night in Orlando in 2020 - Josh Groban

Niall Horan
Saturday, April 25, 7pm
Amway Center

Elton John
Thursday, May 28, 8pm
Amway Center

Tame Impala
Friday, June 12, 8pm
Amway Center

Def Leppard/Mötley Crüe/Poison/Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Thursday, July 9, 4:30pm
Camping World Stadium

Harry Styles
Friday, August 7, 8pm
Amway Center

Jimmy Buffett
Saturday, December 5, 8pm
Amway Center

New Live Shows

Disney’s Aladdin
January 22 – February 9
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Aladdin The Musical | Image credit: Dr. Phillips Center

Mean Girls
February 25 – March 1
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Cirque du Soleil and Disney Drawn to Life
Premieres April 2020
Disney Springs

Orlando Ballet Presents Mowgli – The Jungle Book
May 8-10
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

My Fair Lady
May 26 – 31
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

New Events

The Hullabaloo in Thornton Park
Saturday, January 25, 2-10pm
Lake Eola Park

Con of Thrones 2020
July 17 – 19
Orange County Convention Center

Donut Fest Orlando
Sunday, September 27, 1-5pm
Location TBD

Feature image credit: © Disney and Cirque du Soleil (rendering)


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