How to Ring in the New Year at Orlando's Theme Parks

Looking forward to welcome 2013 in Orlando?  See our newest blog about New Year's Eve in Orlando.

As the home to seven of the top theme parks in the world, Orlando knows how to ring in the New Year with a bang. If you're heading to the parks to welcome 2012, here's an essential list of New Year's Eve celebrations.

Walt Disney World Resort
While fireworks are an everyday occurrence at Walt Disney World Resort, for New Year's Eve they kick-it-up a notch with a variety of fireworks displays and events, including:

  • Magic Kingdom presents: "Wishes" nighttime spectacular with a holiday overlay at 8:30 p.m. and "Fantasy in the Sky" at 11:51 p.m.
  • Epcot‘s "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" salutes the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m.
  • At Disney's Hollywood Studios, "Fantasmic!" combines water, fire, lights, lasers, fireworks and music will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with "Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!" fireworks display at midnight.
  • At Cirque du Soleil, all guests attending the Dec. 31 performances will receive a limited-edition Walt Disney World/Cirque trading pin. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk Resort offers a special-ticket New Year's Eve party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with video DJ Tony Zapulla.

New Years at Walt Disney World

Universal CityWalk
With Smash Mouth and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy set to perform live, Universal CityWalk's "Rock the New Year!" is one of Orlando's hottest New Year's Eve parties. In addition to live music, enjoy an expansive gourmet buffet, a champagne toast and live entertainment at the various  nightclubs, including the groove, an electrifying dance club; CityJazz, a hip jazz venue; Jimmy Buffett's Magaritaville and others.

SeaWorld Orlando  
SeaWorld Orlando's New Year's Eve features a spectacular musical celebration and a fireworks show that will light up the night welcoming 2012.

LEGOLAND - Florida
The new theme park's first New Year's Eve celebration is perfect for families. LEGOLAND's "Kids' New Year's Eve" let's kids rock out and watch LEGO fireworks at just the right time for them, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST.


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