Ring in 2018 With 21 New Year’s Celebrations in Orlando

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Orlando

Whether you want to celebrate with other adults or with family and friends, Orlando has 20 perfect New Year's Eve celebration for you!

By Nicole Cantore

For some, New Year's Eve is the ultimate holiday, and as far as we're concerned, Orlando is the ultimate place to celebrate it. From exhilarating events at popular nightlife venues and multiple firework displays, Orlando offers numerous possibilities to ring in the New Year in style, including these 21 fantastic festivities scheduled for Dec. 31 at the destination's theme parks, International Drive and downtown Orlando.

Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations in Orlando 

New Year's 2017 Magic Kingdom NYE

Walt Disney World Resort

1. Magic Kingdom: On both Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, witness the "Fantasy in the Sky" firework spectacular at 11:50 p.m. Go the night before for a special preview, or go on New Year's Eve and receive party hats and noisemakers to make the party even better.

2. Epcot: Travel around the World Showcase with DJs, live music, dance stations and delicious food from all over the globe. You can even see two showings of the firework spectacular, "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth," at 6 p.m. and 11:40 p.m., prior to the holiday fireworks at midnight.

3. Disney's Hollywood Studios: Here, you'll be able to watch a brilliant fireworks display as the clock strikes midnight. Stick around afterward for a special presentation of "Star Wars: A Galactic  Spectacular" with the party continuing until 1 a.m.

4. Disney's Contemporary Resort: This venue will host Pixar Party: A New Year's Eve Celebration. Bring the whole family and ring in the New Year with your favorite Disney-Pixar characters. Indulge in a buffet dinner, dance the night away, enjoy games for the kids and be mesmerized by the fantastic fireworks.

New Year's 2017 Universal CityWalk

Universal Orlando Resort

5. Universal Studios Florida: From 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 31 until 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, you can enjoy live music and dancing with some of Universal Orlando's most popular characters in the Music Plaza Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida, as you ring in the New Year with fireworks and confetti at midnight. This New Year's Eve celebration is included with general Universal Studios Florida admission.

6. Rock ‘Til The Drop New Year's Eve Party: Held at the Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando at Universal CityWalk, this family-friendly event includes live music, an assortment of menu offerings and a champagne toast at midnight. Plus, each ticket includes unlimited soda, juice and water for the little ones.

New Year's 2017 SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando

7. New Year's Eve at SeaWorld Orlando: Give 2018 an aquatic welcome while surrounded by your favorite underwater animals. The party will include interactive DJ stations, craft beers, delectable food, musical performances and a vibrant fireworks display at midnight.

New Year's 2017 Legoland

Legoland Florida Resort

8. Kid's New Year's Party: If your little ones can't make it to midnight, they can still ring in the New Year — albeit at the kid-friendlier hour of 7 p.m. That's when a giant Lego brick will drop with Lego-inspired fireworks as a backdrop, capping off the giant danceparty.

International Drive Area

9. Topgolf Orlando: This new attraction is celebrating with live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and a midnight celebration to remember. General and VIP bay reservations are available, both of which include unlimited Topgolf game play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., plus other extras. Full details are available online.

Adults-Only New Year's Eve Celebrations in Orlando

New Year's 2017 Disney New Orleans

Down in New Orleans Party at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

10. Disney's BoardWalk Resort: Held in the Atlantic Dance Hall, this New Year's Eve party invites you to don your best hat and blow your horn as you witness Epcot's fireworks at midnight. A complimentary glass of champagne is included with admission.

Disney's Contemporary Resort: This venue will host two parties exclusively for adults.

  • 11.Disney Countdown to Midnight: This bash features delicious dishes, live DJs, ample dance room and a breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks display. The food and drinks come from some of Disney World's best restaurants, including California Grill, Flying Fish, Cítricos and Narcoosee's.
  • 12. Down in New Orleans: This jazz-infused, fine-dining experience will make you feel just like you're in The Princess and the Frog. As the clock strikes midnight, enjoy a champagne toast and a gorgeous view of the park's fireworks.

New Year's 2017 Universal EVE

EVE at Universal CityWalk 

Universal Orlando Resort

13. EVE at Universal CityWalk: General admission to this electrifying New Year's celebration includes access to six Universal CityWalk clubs with live bands and Orlando's biggest outdoor dance floor. And you can feast on unlimited gourmet cuisine including prime rib, tenderloin and fresh seafood.

New Year's 2017 Howl at the Moon

New Year's Eve at Howl at the Moon

International Drive 

14. Howl at the Moon: This live-music bar is offering two packages for New Year's Eve at Howl at the Moon. The "Just Dance" package includes a premium open bar, and both it and the general admission package include a complimentary champagne toast and party favors.

Pointe Orlando on International Drive: This destination is hosting numerous New Year's celebrations.

  • 15. Blue Martini: Come in your most elegant attire for a night filled with live entertainment perfect to welcome 2018. Table reservations are required.
  • 16. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar: This unique fiesta includes a balloon drop, champagne toast and live entertainment. To enhance the Cuban atmosphere, ladies receive complimentary carnations and men are provided with complimentary fedoras. Buffet and five-course-meal dining options are available.
  • 17. Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar: Their New Year's Celebration features live performances, a delicious menu, carving and dessert stations, and a countdown by divas in drag.
  • 18. The Pub: At this British-inspired watering hole, you can toast 2018 with champagne and a pint of Guinness. 
  • 19. Tapa Toro: One of Orlando's best Spanish restaurants is offering New Year's Eve at Tapa Toro, which includes a five-course meal, champagne toast, open bar and live entertainment with flamenco dancers. Choose from one of two seating options: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

New Year's 2017 Wall St Plaza

New Year's Eve at Wall St. Plaza

Downtown Orlando

20. Church Street Bars: At the Church Street New Year's Party, you can wait for the "Big Orange" to drop at Church Street's Chillers, Cahoots and Latitudes. There will also be DJs, a video wall and a live Times Square broadcast.

21. Wall St. Plaza: This destination's New Year's Eve Block Party includes multiple venues, lightshows, dance parties and a big countdown to 2018.

New Year's 2017 Final Header

Every Holiday Is Magical in Orlando

No matter the holiday or special occasion, Orlando offers a myriad of ways to celebrate it in style. Visit our Events page to see what's going on when you're in town, and also check out our tips on things to do in Orlando. Plus, you can stay up to date with the latest happenings via our blog.

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