New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida

New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida 2018

New Year’s Eve in the Theme Parks of Central Florida

If you are ready to countdown to 2019 in the theme parks of Central Florida, here is all the fun that you can have!

Walt Disney World

New Year's Eve Theme Parks
Photo: Walt Disney World

MAGIC KINGDOM

Boogie down at a pair of DJ dance parties and catch the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display.

  • Frontierland and Tomorrowland New Year’s Celebration Dance Parties : Grab your partner and spin around the dance floor to toe-tappin’ tunes. Or blast into the new year at an upbeat gathering featuring futuristic beats. Both parties will take place on December 31, 2018 from 7:00 PM until midnight.
  • Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks: Head to your favorite viewing spot to watch this beloved, fan-favorite light up the night sky— December 31, 2018, beginning at 11:50 PM. Additional shows will take place both nights at 6:30 PM.

EPCOT

Illuminations New Year's Eve
Photo: Walt Disney World

Anticipate an evening chock-full of activities—from revelries across the nations to live music to fireworks shows.

  • Celebrations Around the World Showcase: Who says you can’t ring in the new year more than once? As the clock strikes midnight in each country’s respective pavilion, listen for a festive announcement and gaze skyward for a colorful burst of fireworks to appear.
  • If you’re looking for lively dance parties, be sure to take a stroll around the World Showcase to encounter a variety of themed events in several country pavilions.
  • Live Music at the America Gardens Theatre: Delight in live music at this al fresco venue, located near the lagoon.
  • Fireworks Shows: Gather around the World Showcase Lagoon to see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at 11:40 PM, followed by a countdown to 2019 and a special New Year’s Eve display one last time.

DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Flurry of Fun Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World New Year's Eve
Photo: Walt Disney World

Revel in a midnight countdown to stunning fireworks spectacular.

DISNEY SPRINGS

Raglan Road Disney Springs Mighty St Patricks Day Festival New Year's Eve

  • Epic New Year’s Eve at Raglan Road: Two rousing New Year’s Eve countdowns.  Two blockbuster 10-minute medleys of Irish, holiday and New Year’s tunes.  Thirty musicians and dancers, audio and light technicians.  And don’t forget the complimentary Champagne for all legal imbibers during both countdowns.
    • An Epic New Year’s Eve at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs will be an unforgettable kickoff to 2019 when the clock strikes midnight in Ireland at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) and again at midnight (ET) says the pub’s production manager, David Hayes, a Dublin native and multi-instrumentalist who’s directed Irish television and musical productions for decades.
    • No Cover Charge

Universal Orlando Resort

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

Mardi Gras Universal Orlando Concert Universal Studios Florida Music Concert Plaza Stage New Year's Eve

  • Universal Studios Florida will host its biggest New Year’s Eve celebration yet – complete with rockin’ party zones at the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas of the park, live upbeat music, appearances by some of guests’ favorite characters, party favors, confetti and – of course – pyrotechnics. It’s fun for the entire family and it’s included with theme park admission, or with a Preferred or Premier Annual Pass.
  • New Year’s Eve at the Music Plaza Stage December 31 from 6:15 p.m. to 1 a.m.
    • Holiday Parade Character Dance Party
    • Live Band and DJ
    • Ring in 2019 at Midnight with Pyrotechnics and Confetti
  • New Year’s Eve in Central Park December 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
    • All-New Cinematic Celebration
    • Character Dance Party
    • Live DJ
  • Ring in 2019 with Pyrotechnics and a Fountain and Light display

EVE AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK

CityWalk New Year's Eve Celebration

  • Ring in 2019 at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests 21 and up will enjoy signature drinks, feast on unlimited gourmet cuisine, revel in six CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs – including DJ M-Squared – and rock out on Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor.
  • EVE takes place from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • For tickets and event details, visit www.CityWalk.com/EVE.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S HOTELS

Loews Portofino Bay 2017 Harbor Nights Dates New Year's Eve

The party continues at Universal Orlando’s hotels.  All six will feature special New Year’s Eve festivities for hotel guests to ring in 2019.  See below for details:

LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY ON THE PIAZZA: New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza will kick off at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and run through a midnight toast on the hotel’s Harbor Piazza. The party includes a DJ, face painter and balloonist, in addition to family fun with dancing and children’s crafts. For tickets and details, call 407-503-1200 or visit HarborNights.tix.com.

HARD ROCK HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Hard Rock Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Buffet is from 5 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 31 at The Kitchen restaurant. Buffet includes access to ROCK-in 2019! New Year’s Eve Lobby Party. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • ROCK-IN 2019! NEW YEAR’S EVE LOBBY PARTY: Rock the night away at Hard Rock’s ROCK-in 2019! New Year’s Eve Lobby Party on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event’s entertainment will include a DJ, Magic Man, face painter, balloonist and appearances by Universal Orlando characters. Around midnight, enjoy a countdown live from Times Square along with a balloon drop and champagne toast. For tickets and details, call 407-503-2200 or visit bit.ly/ROCK-in2019.

LOEWS ROYAL PACIFIC RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s New Year’s Eve Buffet will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Islands Dining Room. Guests will enjoy face painters, balloonists, musicians and hula dancers. Buffet includes access to the New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet in the Tahitian Room. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • JAKE’S “BEST OF 2018” BEER DINNER: The highly anticipated Jake’s “Best of 2018” Beer Dinner will return from 7 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the Clipper Room. Dinner tickets include access to the New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet in the Tahitian Room. For tickets and details, call 407-503-3200 or visit JakesBeerDinner.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE DESSERT BUFFET: The hotel’s New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet will be on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Tahitian Room. Enjoy a DJ, dancing, party favors, champagne toast and balloon drop. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • WANTILAN NEW YEAR’S EVE LUAU: A special New Year’s Eve presentation of the Wantilan Luau will take place on Dec. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. under the hotel’s outdoor Wantilan Pavilion. The evening’s entertainment will include live music, as well as hula and fire dancers. For tickets and details, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or visit WantilanLuau.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S DAY BREAKFAST BUFFET: Royal Pacific’s New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 1 in Islands Dining Room. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).

LOEWS SAPPHIRE FALLS RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort’s New Year’s Eve Buffet will be from 5 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Amatista Cookhouse. Guests will enjoy appearances by beloved Universal Orlando characters, a face painter and a balloonist. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: This New Year’s Eve Celebration at the hotel’s Strong Water Tavern begins at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 and goes until 2 a.m. This 21 and up event includes live music, dancing, a champagne toast and balloon drop. For tickets and details, call 407-503-5200 or visit StrongWaterTavern.tix.com.
  • NEW YEAR’S DAY BREAKFAST BUFFET IN AMATISTA COOKHOUSE: The New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 1. For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463).

UNIVERSAL’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY SPECTACULAR: This Cabana Bay guest-only New Year’s Eve Party Spectacular begins at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 and goes until 12:30 a.m. at the Bayliner Diner. The event will feature a carving dining special, face painters, balloon artists and a midnight balloon drop.

UNIVERSAL’S AVENTURA HOTEL

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE IN URBAN PANTRY: Universal Orlando’s newest hotel is featuring a special New Year’s Eve menu at its Urban Pantry from 5 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. There will also be special appearances by Universal Orlando characters in Urban Pantry and the hotel lobby from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information on the menu, call 407-503-DINE (3463).
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE AT BAR 17 BISTRO: On Dec. 31, Bar 17 Bistro will feature a DJ during the evening, as guests enjoy spectacular views from this rooftop location. Times for entertainment will soon be shared on the Universal Orlando website.

LEGOLAND Florida

New Year's Eve CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR Legoland Florida Resort
PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland)

From December now until December 31st, enjoy the holiday décor and more! LEGOLAND Florida’s ‘Kids’ New Year’s Party’ features an amazing nightly fireworks show, dance parties, special building activities, and a brick drop at a kid-friendly hour!

  • Countdown to the New Year Scavenger Hunt: Celebrate jumping into a new year by finding all the LEGO clocks in MINILAND USA and filling in the times on each clock. Here’s a hint: Think about the time zone each city is in!
  • Celebration Mosaic Build: Up for some building? Help build a giant LEGO mosaic to celebrate the New Year!
  • New Year’s Goals: Set some goals for 2019! Draw or write a goal you want to accomplish in 2019 and then display it in the park.
  • Club Brixx Presented by Perfetti Van Melle: Ready to get groovy and dance the night away? Join the brick-tastic dance party with DJ Brixx!
  • New Beginnings Celebration – a Firework Spectacular: End your evening with a brick-tastic bang as LEGO bricks fill the sky during a can’t-miss firework show! On December 31st count down to 2019 with LEGOLAND Florida with some help from our giant LEGO ball! This celebration includes special effects, lights and fireworks viewing glasses and is sure to be a memory you won’t forget!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Fourth of July Summer Nights 2015 New Year's Eve

Celebrate SeaWorld’s connection to the sea, sea life, and the world they share as you ring in the New Year, SeaWorld style.

A spectacular musical celebration and bold fireworks display will fill the night sky and festive entertainment will take place throughout the park.

Want to stay home?

New Year's Eve live stream magic kingdom 2018

The #DisneyParksLIVE will share the New Year’s Eve fireworks live from Magic Kingdom Park on Monday, December 31 at 11:45 p.m. ET on the Disney Parks Blog.

The celebration at Magic Kingdom Park will feature a special performance of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks that includes songs from some of the most beloved Disney films, including “Peter Pan,” “Pinocchio” and “Aladdin,” plus tunes from “it’s a small world” and the Haunted Mansion. Be sure to be on the lookout for a special New Year’s Eve finale.

Want to be a part of the broadcast? Share your family’s Disney Parks “vacation pic of the year” with us on Twitter using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE, and you just may be included in the live stream!

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When she isn't chasing her chihuahuas, daughter, or cheering for her Hokies you can find Shelley On the Go in the Central Florida Area and on-air at icFlorida!

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