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

November 19, 2019

New Year's Eve Celebrations in Orlando showcase a full spectacle of fireworks, music, and flowing champagne.

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 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.

Fireworks explode over Epcot in Walt Disney World during 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 the 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 the "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show at 6: 30 pm and 11:50 pm. And, don't miss the Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties starting at 7:00 pm each night.

Plus, at Epcot, you can say "bon voyage" to last year with exciting celebrations around the World Showcase. Discover how each country rings in the new year. Be sure to get a good seat for The Countdown Fireworks show at 6: 30 pm and 11:40 pm as well! During The Countdown Fireworks show, a countdown to the new year is projected onto Spaceship Earth as fireworks light up the sky. In addition, this year presents Epcot Forever — the new nighttime spectacular — at 6:30 pm and 11:40 pm after the New Year's Eve display.

Even better, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs also host fireworks displays! At Hollywood Studios, guests can expect a midnight countdown and fantastic fireworks display. Moreover, Animal Kingdom will be open until midnight and feature New Year's Eve-themed food and drinks. Also, DJs will keep the party atmosphere going in Asia, Discovery Island, and DinoLand U.S.A. Later, everyone can gather around the Tree of Life for a 2020 countdown with energetic music and lighting effects.

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 2020 at Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Partygoers will enjoy the music mixing talents of several DJs, dine on gourmet cuisine, 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 at least five of CityWalk’s hottest clubs. Guests can also raise their glass to 2020 with a midnight champagne toast and pyrotechnic display. Tickets start at $149.99 plus tax per person before December 15th. 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!

And now there’s a new level of ultra-VIP this year. Introducing the EVE Pavilion Party ticket that puts you center stage on the edge of the dance floor with access to some seriously cool benefits.


SeaWorld hosts a New Year’s Eve party included with park admission. Holiday entertainment from SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration will be featured throughout the park. End the night with a special fireworks finale at midnight. Plus, guests are treated to interactive entertainment and music.

Busch Gardens

Purchase Busch Gardens tickets to countdown to 2020 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 2020 a thrilling one!


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! Tickets for the show, which starts at 9:00 pm, are on sale for $90.00 per person.

Are You Ready to Celebrate the New Year?

Which New Year's Eve celebrations in Orlando do you plan on attending this year? Let us know in the comments.

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