New Year's Eve Celebrations in Orlando
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New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Orlando: Your Guide to Entertainment

Updated: November 28, 2017

If you plan to be in Orlando on New Year’s Eve you’ll have plenty of entertainment options to choose from.  All of the Orlando theme parks are hosting special New Year’s Eve events, and even some of the local shows present New Year’s Eve productions.  Take note, though, that New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest days of the year for Orlando parks like Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. For an epic holiday, check out these New Year’s Eve celebrations in Orlando.

New Year's Eve Celebrations in Orlando

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Orlando

Walt Disney World

Disney World Theme Parks go all out for the New Year’s Eve holiday, making the night even more magical. From Magic Kingdom to Disney Springs and everything in between, the entire resort is ringing in the new year. On December 30th and December 31st, Magic Kingdom hosts Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks at 11:50 pm. Plus, at Epcot, you can say “bon voyage” to last year with the park’s New Year’s Countdown Fireworks. Other celebrations include parties at the various resorts and hotels and special dining opportunities.

Universal Orlando Resort

On December 31, Universal Orlando Resort guests can ring in 2018 at Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Partygoers will enjoy the music mixing talents of several DJs, dine on gourmet cuisine like filet mignon and jumbo shrimp and crab claws, and dance the night away at some of Orlando’s best nightclubs.

In addition to a high-energy live concert and dance party, guests enjoy access to six of CityWalk’s hottest clubs as well as six distinct party zones. Guests can also raise their glass to 2018 with a midnight champagne toast, celebratory confetti burst and pyrotechnic display. Tickets start at $109.99 plus tax per person. Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration takes place from 8:00 pm through 2:00 am. Book your tickets in advance as this is one New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Orlando that sells out quickly!


SeaWorld hosts a New Year’s Eve party included with park admission. Holiday entertainment including Shamu’s Christmas Miracle, A Sesame Street Christmas and Winter Wonderland on Ice will be featured. End the night with a special fireworks finale at midnight. Plus, guests are treated to interactive entertainment, craft beer and snacks, and live DJ stations.

Busch Gardens

Purchase Busch Gardens tickets to countdown to 2018 with special musical entertainment, holiday themed shows and a special fireworks finale. The finale is visible from all around the park with the prime viewing location being Gwazi Park. The theme park is also open until 1:00 am so you can make your first hour in 2018 a thrilling one!


The whole family can enjoy a family-friendly party with Kids’ New Year’s Eve from December 26 through December 31, included with theme park admission. Kids get to rock out in Miniland USA with a live DJ Dance Party. After the live-action show and fireworks, experience the enormous Brick Drop at just the right time for kids, midnight Kid Standard Time (KST) – otherwise known as 8:00 pm.

Sleuth’s New Year’s Eve Party

Celebrate the New Year with Sleuths! Enjoy a fabulous party with a delicious dinner and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks! You’ll be treated to a hilarious comedy-mystery and streamers, noisemakers, hats, horns, topped off with a champagne toast at midnight! If that’s not enough, the night also includes a delicious dinner and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Plus, you can upgrade your night at the door, for an additional $35 per person, to include prime rib, upgraded hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight and specialty desserts. Tickets for the show, which starts at 9:00 pm, are on sale for $90.00 per person.

Which New Year’s Eve celebrations in Orlando do you plan on attending?

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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