Universal Orlando Resort is adding some new options to CityWalk, Universal Orlando’s entertainment district.

The Orlando resort announced yesterday, December 15, that it has installed an IMAX theater in CityWalk’s 20-screen Cineplex. The changes included adding IMAX’s digital-project system and upgrading the sound system.

The new IMAX Theater will open at 12:01am on December 18, coinciding with the premiere of the highly anticipated “Avatar” movie.

Universal City Walk Orlando is also adding two new eateries – Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar and a Fat Tuesday frozen-daiquiri bar. Fusion will open in January and Fat Tuesday will open in February.

Walt Disney World Theme Parks in Orlando are welcoming 2010 with celebrations throughout their famous theme parks.

Epcot will celebrate with dance parties in various locations throughout the park, as well as an encore presentation of the “Illuminations” fireworks & laser show at midnight. Epcot celebrates New Year’s Eve with an “Around the World” theme that is located throughout the World Showcase area once the sun goes down. Epcot will be open until 1:00am.
The Magic Kingdom rings in the New Year with a special presentation of “Spectromagic,” an electric parade filled with lights and multiple firework displays. Its regularly scheduled parades, including “”Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” and shows like “Holiday Wishes,” will also be performed. The grand finale of the night is “Fantasy in the Sky,” a 360-degree countdown in the sky that begins around 11:50pm. The Magic Kingdom will be open until 1:00am.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests can enjoy multiple presentations of “Fantastmic,” as well as enjoy the DJ Dance Party located at the Sorcerer Hat Stage. The fireworks spectacular – “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” – will close the night. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will remain open until 12:00am.
All events at the Disney Theme Parks are included with regular Disney admission.
Visitors might also want to go to Disney’s Boardwalk, where bars and dance clubs will be open late for New Year’s Eve festivities. Epcot’s fireworks display will be able to be seen near Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club. Live entertainment and music will be available throughout the night. Disney’s Boardwalk will be open until 2:00am. New Years Eve Festivities will also be available at Downtown Disney. It will host live entertainment and street dancers and have party favors for all attendees. A fireworks display at midnight is planned.
Disney tickets are on sale now.

SeaWorld is celebrating New Years Eve with live music, fireworks and a countdown to 2010 in the Waterfront section of the park on December 31, 2009. At the stroke of midnight, guests will watch the Orlando sky burst into a brilliant firework show that will celebrate the year 2010. SeaWorld’s New Years Eve party is included with regular park admission.

While you’re at SeaWorld, enjoying their fabulous shows like “Shamu Rocks” and exciting rides like “Manta,” it’s also a good time to take a trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express. To create the Polar Express Experience, SeaWorld transformed its Wild Arctic simulator into a multi-sensory experience that takes guests on a thrilling expedition to fabled Santa Town. It’s a great way to create a special holiday moment.
Through January 3, 2010, SeaWorld Orlando will also be showcasing their holiday shows, which include “Shamu Christmas – Miracles,” “A Sesame Street Christmas,” and “Winter Wonderland on Ice.”
SeaWorld tickets are on sale now.

Universal Orlando Resort is hosting Orlando’s hottest New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31st, from 8pm – 2am. Live entertainment, gourmet cuisine options and exciting festivities create a New Year’s Eve Celebration that’s fun for everyone.

Performances by the award-winning Temptations and The Four Tops are scheduled throughout the night. The Temptations are famous for hits like “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready” and “I Can’t Get Next to You.” The Four Tops made a mark on the music scene with hits like “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself” and “Ask the Lonely.” Live entertainment will also be available at every club at CityWalk.

The night will include a midnight countdown, champagne toast, confetti burst and other exciting New Year’s Eve moments.

The following performers are scheduled at clubs throughout CityWalk:

Red Coconut Club®
Herb Williams Band
DJ G Cleff

Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom

Mystik NRG
DJ Spice J
Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville®
Blue Stone Circle
DJ Bo Wilson

the groove
DJ Doc Wells

Pat O’Brien’s®
Dueling Pianos

CityWalk’s Rising Star
Center Stage Band
DJ Scott King

Latin Quarter™
DJ Leony
Universal Studio Tickets are on sale now. The New Year’s Eve Celebration at Universal does cost extra and is not included in regular admission. Advance tickets are $119.99 per person. After December 27, tickets are $129.99.