With 2017 behind us and many people agreeing that it’s for the best, I thought we should take a positive outlook to the new year by looking at everything exciting coming to us in 2018.

Toy Story LandĀ 

The popular movie franchise, Toy Story is getting its own land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The land will come complete with large scale replicas of Andy’s toys such as Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, Rex, etc. There will also be 2 new attractions joining Toy Story Midway Mania, one is Alien Swirling Saucers and the other being Slinky Dog Dash Coaster. This new land will expand upon the Pixar place area of the park and really immerse guests into one of the best children’s franchises ever.

Concerts

I can guarantee you that there are at least 3 artists you want to see touring this year. For me, I can tell you I’d love to see The Killers, Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift. Just search some of your favorite artists and purchase tickets to a show or two. It’ll instantly make you smile and give you something to look forward to.

Your Birthday

Unless your birthday was January 1st, you have 1 day to look forward to. I treat every birthday like it may be my last. I take a few days off from work and do a staycation. (It helps I live in Orlando and have annual passes to the parks.) You should do the same. Give your mind a break and do something fun for your birthday. It doesn’t have to be huge. Maybe just a big dinner with close friends and family. Take yourself to the spa. Go shopping. I promise you. Everyone treats you differently on your birthday.

Big Movie Sequels

We’ve had some amazing movies in 2017, such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Pitch Perfect 3, and so many more, but 2018 promises even bigger film releases. Such as, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2, Ocean’s 8, and so many more. Movies make everyone happy.

I-4 Construction

While it seems like I4 construction is never going to be complete, I can assure you, there are large sections that will be. The Maitland Exchange, Kirkman Road area, and possibly even Conroy area all appear to be nearing completion by year’s end!

Parking Garage C at Orlando International Airport

Parking has always been a nightmare at the airport, but with the construction of the new inter-modal terminal that will house the new Brightline express train, Sun Rail, and any other trainĀ  that may be built in the Orlando area, there is a brand new parking garage that is connected to the main terminal via a new automated people mover system. Definitely recommend this new garage.

Brightline

High speed rail has arrived in Florida! The new Brightline train will whisk passengers from Orlando to Miami with stops in West Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale at 125 mph top speeds. The first leg of West Palm to Ft Lauderdale opens early 2018 and construction begins from West Palm Beach to Orlando in 2018.

You’re Able To Read This

You’re alive. You’re healthy enough to read this post. You’re fortunate enough to have a device that allows you to read this post. You can simply read. Most of all, I saved this portion for the very last as to remind you that no matter how bad things seem to be, there is always a bright side. Every storm passes. Every avalanche eventually melts. Every year, summer returns. The sun will eventually shine again. Whatever it is you may be going through, know that there is a way out. Sometimes it involves hard work and soul searching, but you can right a wrong, reverse what seems like a curse, and you can be happy again. I promise you. Make 2018 the year you remind yourself that anytime things go wrong. It makes a difference. Most importantly, know that you are loved.

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