Summer nights sizzle in Orlando with music, food and entertainment. All new theme park events are serving up exclusive nighttime experiences. An assortment of newly opened stylish restaurants are creating culinary treats and neighborhood bars are pouring delightful brews and cocktails to quench your desire for socializing.
Check out our top picks for enjoying your #awesummer nights in Orlando:
Walt Disney World Resort
- Harambe Nights at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Embark on an exotic journey to Africa without ever leaving Orlando! This untamed celebration features the all-new show The Lion King: Concert in the Wild, along with bold African and Indian culinary delicacies, live music, character appearances and more. The brand-new hard ticket event runs every Saturday from June 7 - Aug. 9, 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $119 for adults and $79 for children.
- Epcot Wind Down
Experience the intimate side of Epcot with this exclusive after-hours event, offering a selection of snack, dessert and wine flights. Skip the crowds heading out while you relax in one of four lounges within the World Showcase of countries. For an affordable $35 per person, extend your Disney day to 11p.m., from now to mid-September on select nights. Reservations are recommended!
- IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party at Epcot
Bid a sweet farewell to your magical day at Epcot, and go out with a bang! This event offers a wide selection of gourmet desserts, drinks and refreshments, along with a VIP view of the fireworks. The celebration occurs on select Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7:45 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. Tickets to this event are $49 for adults and $29 for children, and reservations are recommended.
- Minus 5 Ice Bar
Chill out after a hot summer day at the coolest bar in Orlando - literally! Everything is made of ice in this unique venue. Choose from a variety of packages and upgrades for your experience, from the basic level - entry, parka and gloves for $17 per person- all the way to Faux Fur coats, cocktails served in glasses made of ice, framed photos and more with the Total VIP Experience for $75.
- Yard House
There's nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer's day, especially here in the Sunshine State. Newly opened, Orlando's Yard House offers more than just a bit of refreshment within the charmingly rustic walls. In fact, you can order a whole yard of it! Offering diverse American fare and 140 craft beer options, some of which are local Florida brews, this is one cool dining experience you won't find elsewhere. Look out for awesome happy hour specials like half price appetizers and drink deals, 3 - 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10p.m. - close from Sunday to Wednesday.
If you think you've seen Tex-Mex, think again. Every Chuy's restaurant is a new showcase of fun and funky décor, personality flair and a wide selection of mouth-watering, authentic Mexican food. If you've never taken on a burrito "as big as yo' face," now's your chance! Family friendly and affordable, this new I-Drive gem is a good way to spice up your summer - but don't worry, their fresh and famous margaritas are handy to cool you down too!
Universal Orlando Resort
- Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel
Fans of rock n' roll can't afford to miss this exclusive cocktail party, happening every last Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For $29 online or $35 at the door, guests can enjoy specialty drinks, newly themed for every session, and finger food before the show begins. A variety of the best rock n' roll artists from across the nation play for the intimate venue, making for an unforgettable experience. Rock on!
- Antojitos at Universal CityWalk
Real Mexican food is hard to come by north of the border, but Antojitos brings the vitality and flavor of Mexico City to Universal City Walk just in time for a sultry summer meal. The freshest ingredients and authentic spices burst to life as if right out of street carts and abuelas' cantinas. Come find the real versions of your favorite Mexican dishes, and discover some you probably haven't seen before! The colorful atmosphere will invite you to stay, but that's okay, since they're open until midnight.
- Cowfish at Universal CityWalk (Coming Soon)
Get ready to have your idea of gourmet cuisine turned on its head: The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is coming to City Walk, and you're going to want to be ready. If you're having trouble picturing how burgers and sushi collide, imagine this: Sautéed chipotle bison, fried green tomato, grilled onions, feta cheese inside, coated with tempura flakes and topped with fresh green tomato, chipotle aioli, diced tomato, red onion and jalapeño pepper. That's just one of many outrageous and original menu items you can expect to find once the restaurant opens this year. No official opening date has been announced, but keep your eyes peeled!
- Summer Nights
When the sun sets in Orlando, the fun is just getting started at SeaWorld! From June 21 - Aug. 10, guests can enjoy special after-dark shows, like Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night and Sea Lions Tonite, or dare to ride the coasters under the stars before an amazing fireworks and fountain finale. The center of the park will feature a family-friendly party, live music on weekends and plenty of refreshments available to keep you going through the extended summer park hours - open until 10 p.m.! The best part is, SeaWorld's Summer Nights celebrations are included with regular park admission, so the extra fun is free! Regular park admission is $80 for an Any Day ticket, or $65 for a weekday ticket.
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