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Orlando is America's top Memorial Day destination, says AAA

As travelers prepare to hit the road for Memorial Day, AAA has announced that Orlando is the country's top holiday destination.

To celebrate the influx of tourists, the Visit Orlando tourism bureau has highlighted some of the newest and most exciting attractions, restaurants and hotels for travelers to consider visiting over the long weekend. 

For the amusement park enthusiast, the Universal Orlando Resort announced that the opening of its new Volcano Bay water park will take place May 25. At the Walt Disney World Resort, Pandora - The World of Avatar land will open Saturday, May 27.

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SeaWorld Orlando will open its first digitally-enhanced ride experience June 16 when the Kraken is transformed into a virtual reality roller coaster. For those traveling along Universal Boulevard, the $30 million Andretti Indoor Karting & Games facility opens in June.

Orlando's dining and nightlife scene is also blossoming.

Disney Springs recently opened two marquee restaurants—Homecomin' Florida and Frontera Cocina—and the world-renowned, English-based Ace Cafe Orlando also opened earlier this month.

In the Universal CityWalk section of the Universal Orlando Resort, visitors will find the new Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen (based on characters from the Willy Wonka franchise), offering unique takes on classic steak, seafood and pasta dishes, as well as an array of chocolates and desserts.

Looking for a hotel away from the busy parks? The new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal features 1,000 rooms and suites while the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is adding 400 additional guest rooms and suites. Disney's Wilderness Lodge is also adding new amenities, including an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool.