New Year's Eve in Orlando: Things to Do and Where to Celebrate

December 17, 2021

A thrilling New Year’s Eve awaits in this theme park haven, perfect for both kids and adults!

The young and young at heart will have no trouble finding a celebration suited to them on New Year’s Eve in Orlando. Orlando theme parks show off with special parties and fireworks shows to add extra excitement. Other attractions and restaurants come to life with festive celebrations, too! 

From amazing fireworks to rides to food, there’s no shortage of new year magic at this dreamy destination. The City Beautiful is the perfect place to kick off the new year! We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Orlando:

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Walt Disney World

The magic of Disney World is amplified on New Year’s Eve with a swirl of dreamlike sights and sounds to leave you enchanted as you begin the new year. Take your pick of the parks! EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios stay open until midnight, while Animal Kingdom closes at 7 p.m.

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Due to the busyness of the parks on this holiday, we recommend choosing your favorite to camp out at all day. Arrive early in the morning to guarantee entrance before they reach full capacity.

A night at Disney wouldn’t be complete without a mesmerizing fireworks display. Catch a multicultural phenomenon at the Harmonious show at EPCOT or an awe-inspiring journey at the Disney Enchantment show at Magic Kingdom.

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Both take place at 6:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and have special showings the day before, as well.

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Celebration Town Center

Snow in Florida isn’t something you see every day, but the Now Snowing event at Celebration Town Center makes the impossible possible.

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Catch a snowfall at the top of every hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to experience a winter wonderland in the middle of the Sunshine State heat. Hop on a horse-drawn carriage or glide across the ice at the skating rink for a night like no other. The last night of this season-long event is New Year’s Eve, so don’t miss it!

Looking up at bright fireworks and a water show with lights at SeaWorld Orlando in Orlando, Florida, USA

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SeaWorld

Splash into the new year with riveting rides and marine life mania at SeaWorld! A grand midnight fireworks show can be seen from multiple viewing points throughout the park.

We recommend the Shark Underwater Grill New Year’s Eve dinner for a truly unique experience. It includes a three-course meal and reserved seating to watch the fireworks!

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The Wheel

For a bird’s eye view of the new year, visit The Wheel. This attraction will take you to 400 feet in the air for a breathtaking view of Orlando. It’s open until 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Grab tickets today so you can end the year on a high note! 

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LEGOLAND Florida knows how to go all out for New Year’s Eve. They host a party just for the kiddos, complete with dancing and fireworks.

These aren’t your typical fireworks, though. Put on special viewing glasses to watch the sky burst into LEGO bricks! The fireworks show takes place at 8 p.m. so the kids can celebrate and get to bed on time. 

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New Year’s Eve Events in Orlando for Adults

EVE at Universal CityWalk

Universal Orlando Resort stays open until 2 a.m. so you can party all night long on New Year’s Eve! The park-wide EVE party is included with park admission.

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The holiday festivities begin at 9 p.m., including live music and a selection of food and drinks to purchase. The finale is a countdown and fireworks display!

Photo Alert: Come prepared to strike a pose at one of the many photo ops sprinkled throughout the park.

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Disney Springs New Year’s Eve at The Edison

The New Year’s Eve gala at The Edison is the perfect spot for adults to party at Disney World. Live entertainment at this party isn’t just run-of-mill; it includes a DJ, an aerialist, and stilt walkers.

An open dance floor is yours for the taking. The food spread includes delectable appetizers like buffalo chicken sliders, crab cakes, and loaded mashed potatoes. End the night with a champagne toast included with your ticket!

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Busch Gardens

Millions of lights brighten up the night at Busch Gardens Christmas Town. Take in the sights and thrills of the park during the day, then ring in the new year with the Holiday in the Sky Fireworks show.

It features laser lights and a special New Year’s Eve performance.

Cuba Libre Buffet Dinner & Party in ‘Havana’

You’ll be shouting, “Fantastico!” when you begin your night with the buffet at Cuba Libre. Keep your table throughout the night at the after-dinner party, complete with a DJ, dancing, and party favors.

If you’re not looking for a full dinner, opt for the Bottles & Tapas package. Make sure your outfit is on point! Casual attire is not allowed.

Aventura’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Raise the roof at Universal hotel Aventura this New Year’s Eve… or, just stand on it! This rooftop party includes delicious food and drinks with a view. Take in Orlando’s skyline and fireworks from one of the best seats in the city!

Where to See Fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Orlando

Fireworks are a classic way to usher in a shiny new year.

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To begin your year with a crackle and  a bang, here’s where you can catch some of the best fireworks shows in and around Orlando on New Year’s Eve:

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Attractions Open on New Year’s Eve in Orlando

It’s a given that Orlando is filled with great theme parks as mentioned above, but if you’re looking for other things to do, there are plenty of options. Book your tickets with us for the best rates!

If you’re searching for a little mystery or a chance to get into nature, check out these options:

The Best Eats on New Year’s Eve in Orlando 

A fun-filled day of activities and parties wouldn’t be complete without some tasty noms! When you’re looking to chow down on New Year’s Eve in Orlando, keep these choices in mind. 

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Don’t forget to call ahead to check for schedule changes and see if you need reservations. These top spots are bound to be hopping on a holiday night!

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Here’s where to go if you’re craving… 

Fantastic Florida Seafood

A special New Year’s Eve meal is waiting for you at deep blu Seafood Grille.

Modern Coastal Cuisine

Find a seven-course chef’s tasting dinner at The Osprey.

A Mediterranean Steakhouse

Make a reservation at The H Orlando.

Classic American Cuisine

Luke’s Kitchen & Bar has you covered.

Delicious Spanish Food

Tapa Toro offers four-course and five-course dining options during two different seatings on New Year’s Eve.

How Will You Spend New Year’s Eve in Orlando?

This popular destination is a crowded hot spot on New Year’s Eve that you won’t want to miss out on! Join other revelers for a night of parties, events, and attractions you’ll be talking about for years to come.

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When you’re done living it up for the day, you’ll need a place to crash. Book your hotel with Tripster so you can combine it with attraction tickets for the best deals!

How are you going to kick off the new year in Orlando? Let us know in the comments!

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