Say a farewell to the old and welcome in the new with a number of festivities throughout Orlando on Dec. 31.

Here are just some of this year’s highlights:

New Year’s Eve Extravaganzas in Orlando – Orlando has festivities galore including the Pleasure Island Pirates Party at Downtown Disney on Dec. 31. The bash features live music, a street dance and a countdown to midnight. Event hours are from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Revelers will dine on skewered shrimp, smoked salmon, seared beef medallions and other delicacies. A champagne toast and fireworks display at midnight are included in the $99 admission charge.

At the Disney World Theme Parks, Epcot celebrates the New Year “around the world” with DJs and evening dance parties throughout World Showcase and a special presentation of the park’s lasers and fireworks show, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

Disney-MGM Studios offers multiple presentations of “Fantasmic!” a Disney movies and music spectacular, and a special “Light! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks display plus a DJ dance party around the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage.

The Magic Kingdom features special presentations of its “SpectroMagic” light parade, multiple nighttime fireworks displays, including the “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at midnight, one of the biggest displays of the year, according to a Disney spokesman. The theme park events are included in regular park admission.

SeaWorld Orlando throws a big New Year’s Eve party with live music, a DJ dance party and fireworks on Dec. 31. The countdown to 2008 begins at The Waterfront section of the park, where visitors find entertainment, shopping and dining venues. At the stroke of midnight, the skies are lit up with fireworks. The festivities are included in regular park admission.

At Universal Orlando, the big bash is at Universal CityWalk, a 30-acre entertainment complex with nightclubs, restaurants and shops. On Dec. 31, the evening will feature live performances by such national acts as B52’s and Foreigner, a gourmet buffet, champagne toast and live entertainment at CityWalk’s nightclubs. Admission is $119.

Information courtesy of Orlando Sentinel