Ring in 2019 With New Year's Eve Celebrations in Orlando
For many, New Year's Eve is the ultimate holiday, and — call us biased — we think Orlando is the ultimate place to celebrate it! From theme park extravaganzas that are fun for the whole family, to wild countdowns at nightlife hotspots, to world-class firework displays, Orlando is ready to ring in 2019 in style, and you're invited to the party.
Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations at Orlando Theme Parks
Fireworks at Disney's Epcot in Orlando (© Disney)
Looking for amazing fireworks, light shows and all-ages dance parties this New Year's Eve? Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort have you covered. What's more, their theme park celebrations are all included with regular admission!
Walt Disney World Resort
Magic Kingdom: Frontierland and Tomorrowland will host New Year's Dance Parties from 7 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 30-31. Both nights will also feature the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks at 6:30 and 11:50 p.m. (Travel Tip: Disney's fireworks are viewable from many nearby hotels and resorts with rooftop patios and lounges, such as Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.)
Epcot: On Dec. 31, ring in the New Year more than once at the World Showcase, where the clock will strike midnight at different times in all member nations' pavilions, accompanied by a festive announcement and fireworks. Additionally, the American Gardens Theatre will host live music, and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will begin at 11:40 p.m., followed by a countdown to 2019.
Disney's Hollywood Studios: Enjoy a countdown to midnight and awe-inspiring fireworks on New Year's Eve at Disney's movie-centric theme park.
Disney Springs: Disney's dining, entertainment and shopping district will have live musicians and DJ dance parties on Dec. 31, plus other special events.
Disney's Contemporary Resort: Although this resort's Countdown to Midnight celebration ($275 per guest) is restricted to guests 21 and up, kids can have fun at that event's Pixar Play Zone ($65 per guest). Disney's Contemporary Resort is also hosting a concurrent Pixar Party ($190 per guest) that's suitable for all ages.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Studios Florida: On Dec. 31, head to this theme park for live music, party zones, character meet-and-greets, pyrotechnic displays, confetti showers, party favors and Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration.
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels: Most of Universal Orlando Resort's onsite hotels are offering all-ages New Year's Eve celebrations and dining. They include Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, and Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, with pricing varying at each location.
SeaWorld's main Orlando theme park will welcome 2019 with a musical celebration and fireworks. Reserved seating for the latter is available as an additional upgrade.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
From Dec. 26-31, LEGOLAND Florida will host a nightly Kid's New Year's Party with fireworks, dancing, building activities and more. And on Dec. 31, a giant LEGO brick will drop at a kid-friendly hour.
Adults-Only New Year's Eve Celebrations in Orlando
New Year's Eve at Wall St. Plaza in Downtown Orlando
Not visiting Orlando with kids? Secured a sitter? Get ready for wild, adults-only New Year's Eve celebrations throughout the destination!
Learn more: Orlando Nightlife & Entertainment
Universal CityWalk: From 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., the legendary EVE at Universal CityWalk turns Universal Orlando Resort's dining, entertainment and shopping hub into a mind-blowing New Year's Eve extravaganza. Guests get access to six CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs, plus unlimited gourmet cuisine, and signature drinks will be available for purchase. Ticket prices vary.
3NINE: Located at Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive, this club's New Year's Eve Masquerade will feature a chef-inspired menu, a high-energy atmosphere and two full-service bars, including one at the hotel's poolside patio. Guaranteed general admission for the event, which starts at 9 p.m., is $20, and upgrades are available.
Howl at the Moon: This dueling piano bar on International Drive is offering two main packages for New Year's Eve: "Just Dance" ($65), which includes a premium open bar, complimentary champagne toast and party favors, and general admission ($20), which provides the champagne toast and favors. Both start at 9 p.m., and seated packages are also available.
Downtown Orlando & Winter Park
Wall St. Plaza: A collective of seven themed bars linked by an open-air courtyard, this party hub in downtown Orlando will host a New Year's Eve Block Party with lightshows, dance parties and a big countdown to 2019. Pricing is $25-$30 for general admission, and a VIP package with open bar and access to a private lounge is available for $100.
The Alfond Inn: About 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando in stately Winter Park, this hotel is hosting a New Year's Eve Gala from 8 p.m. – 12:15 a.m. Cocktail attire is required, with guests getting access to live entertainment, chef-attended stations, a premium open bar and champagne toast, plus live streaming of the Times Square ball drop in New York City. Pricing is $150 per person and reservations are required.
EVE Orlando: Ring in 2019 like Bond — James Bond — at this downtown Orlando venue's Golden Eye 007 New Year's Eve celebration, running from 9 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Guests are encouraged to come as their favorite Bond characters for cocktails, dancing and entertainment. Packages range from $50-$110.
Written by Nate Shelton, consumer content writer at Visit Orlando. He's an experienced journalist and native Floridian who enjoys the entertainment, cultural and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.
Cover image courtesy Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
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