Looking to enjoy an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Orlando? You’re in the right place. From fun-packed festivities at the theme parks to late-night clubbing and dining, we’ve got the lowdown on the best end of year celebrations.
With its warm weather and endless attractions, there is no better place to ring in the New Year than Orlando. And don’t just expect the usual theme park scene because the City Beautiful offers so much more. Stunning banquets, one-off theater experiences and quirky pop-up events are all on the itinerary for New Year’s Eve 2019. No matter your style, here’s a list of places that are perfect for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Orlando.
Theme Parks & Attractions
If you’re spending this New Year’s Eve at Disney’s Epcot, you’ll find parties galore. Take a stroll around World Showcase and you’ll encounter a variety of colorful themed events at the various international pavilions. When it hits midnight in each country’s respective pavilion, listen for a festive announcement and watch for a burst of colorful fireworks. Look out for music performances held throughout the night at America Gardens Theater. Then gather around the World Showcase Lagoon to see the Epcot Forever fireworks show, followed by a countdown to midnight and a special New Year’s Eve display.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Ring in 2020 with an array of dazzling celebrations at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. There are special DJ dance parties taking place at Tomorrowland and Frontierland on December 30 and 31, 2019. At the countdown to midnight on both nights, head to Cinderella Castle for the incredible Fantasy in the Sky fireworks show featuring songs from some of the most beloved Disney movies.
Expect to find music, parties and specially-themed food and beverages at Animal Kingdom this New Year’s Eve. The park will stay open until midnight and DJs will keep the night going in Discovery Island, Dinoland USA and Asia. The evening will also include a special countdown to midnight around the Tree of Life with a lights and music show.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Ring in the New Year with a stunning fireworks spectacular and a fun midnight countdown at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All New Year’s Eve festivities at Disney World are included with park admission – you can get great value Disney tickets here.
See in New Year 2020 at Universal Studios where the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas will transform into lively party zones with music, entertainment and character appearances. Universal’s Cinematic Celebration, will cap off the festivities with a fireworks and pyrotechnics display around the lagoon at at midnight. Also running through the New Year are Universal’s various holiday offerings including Macy’s holiday Parade, Grinchmas, and Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
All festivities are included with park admission – you get great-value tickets here.
An annual tradition at Citywalk, the incredible EVE party is for serious revelers. Open to guests age 21 and up, it includes unlimited gourmet cuisine, access to five Citywalk clubs (all with live music), a drinks ticket and a champagne toast at midnight. At the heart of the party is an epic outdoor dance floor where you can get down to pumping DJ music and watch an amazing pyrotechnics show. VIP tickets give access to an additional club, VIP food stations, extra drinks tickets and entry to all VIP areas. EVE tickets start at $119.99 and party hours are 8pm – 2am.
Geared perfectly for younger children, Legoland in Winter Haven will host an epic New Year’s Eve party finishing at a kid friendly hour. Running from December 26-31, 2019, it starts and finishes early, allowing families with little ones to celebrate without having to stay out past bedtime. There’ll be dance parties, special building activities and dazzling fireworks. There’s even a giant Lego brick drop at 8pm on December 31. This event is free with park admission.
On December 31, Seaworld Orlando will hold its annual New Year’s Eve celebrations. At no extra cost, park guests can attend the spectacular music and fireworks show to welcome the year ahead.
For New Year’s Eve 2019, Icon Park is hosting its amazing Around the Wheel party. Free for park guests, the party starts at 10am and includes a whole day and night of festivities with numerous countdowns for different timezones around the world. Enjoy spectacular fireworks and lights shows on the The Wheel. Buy a ticket to ride and you can get a bird’s eye view of the celebrations from 400-foot up. After you ride, enjoy dinner, shopping and exploring the park’s 40+ restaurants and boutiques. Around the World party hours are 10am December 31, 2019 – 2am January 1, 2020.
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Restaurants & Shows
Looking for somewhere glam to see in the New Year? Then head to The Edison at Disney Springs. The venue is hosting a dazzling gala complete with delicious food, tasty cocktails and world-class entertainment. Enjoy live music, amazing acrobatic performances, burlesque shows and more. Tickets include tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, live-action food stations, premium drinks, desserts and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets cost $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Say adios to 2019 with a fun-packed evening at International Drive’s Tapa Toro restaurant. Enjoy a scrumptious Spanish feast and live Flamenco dancing all included in Tapa Toro’s NYE celebration. Dine early (between 5-7pm) and enjoy a smaller 4-course meal with a dinner show and champagne toast, or opt for the later seating (9pm – close) which features a 5-course meal, flamenco dinner show. and champagne toast at midnight. For 10% off, book your table before December 2, 2019.
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Stunning dance shows, amazing light displays, a delicious NYE menu and non-stop fun can all be expected at this New Year’s Eve party. One of the largest party venues in Orlando, Mango’s is offering an array of different packages that include a gourmet meal, drinks and non-stop entertainment. When the show is over, guests (age 21+) can stay and party in the club until the early hours.
This New Year’s Eve in Orlando you can eat, drink and belly dance until the early hours at Taverna Opa restaurant. Enjoy delicious family appetisers like hummus, horiatiki (Greek salad), keftedes and calamari, followed by plated entrees of lamb chops and lobster tail, topped off with a dessert station. After dinner, dance the night away to DJ music, watch belly dancing (you can even join in!) and ring in the New Year with a champagne toast. Tickets before cost $75 per person (plus tax & gratuity).
Fancy ringing in the New Year the Irish way? Then head to Raglan Road in Disney Springs. The epic New Year’s Eve celebration lets guests ring in the New Year not just once but twice! First for the Irish New Year at 7pm, then for the countdown to midnight in Central Florida. The lively restaurant and entertainment venue will host Irish-inspired dance and music shows, along with a complimentary glass of champagne during both countdowns. Reservations at Raglan Road are recommended for New Year’s Eve.
Resorts and Hotels
Why not treat yourself to a memorable vacation to see in the New Year? Reunion Resort is set to host an array of fun New Year’s Eve celebrations for guests, including a special Roaring 20’s Gala featuring live entertainment, a buffet and a champagne toast as the clock strikes twelve. There will also be a family friendly Stars Above Reunion party packed with kids’ activities, as well as a midnight fireworks celebration.
Loews Portofino Bay
Enjoy New Year’s Eve under the twinkling lights of the Italian-inspired Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Starting at 8pm, the celebrations include gourmet food samples, live music, beer, wine, dance shows and special kids’ entertainment. The countdown to midnight includes a live performance by Portofino’s opera singers, as well as a champagne toast. Events start at 8.30pm and prices are $165 adults/ $35 for children aged 3-9.
Hard Rock Hotel
Calling all music lovers! For a rocking New Year’s Eve in Orlando where better to head than Hard Rock Hotel? A top choice for families, its ‘Rock-in 2020’ party includes a dinner buffet, live music, dancing, appearances from Universal characters, and a magic show. As midnight nears, enjoy a glass of champagne and get ready to countdown to 2020.
Four Seasons Resort
The Four Seasons’ swanky Capa restaurant is serving special celebratory dinners on New Year’s Eve. Seatings for the five-course feast are between 5 and 7pm and again between 8 and 11pm. Located on the 17th floor, it features an elegant dining room and two outdoor terraces where you can catch great views of Disney’s fireworks. Dinner includes access to the hotel’s New Year’s Eve After Party featuring a DJ, dance floor and balloon drop.
At Orlando’s Waldorf Astoria you can celebrate New Year’s Eve with a seven-course prix-fixe menu, bottomless Louis Roederer champagne, family friendly entertainment, dancing and an incredible fireworks show.
Bars & Clubs
Dust off your dancing shoes for the Gatsby 2020 Party at Downtown’s trendy Eve club. The glitzy bash will feature quirky highlights like burlesque dancers, silk acrobats, glow performers, a live DJ, and an ice sculptured champagne station. Gold drapes will make up part of the set design, along with plenty of other elegant, opulent and over-indulgent decor. All tickets include a complimentary champagne toast and entry to the club until 2am.
New Year’s Eve will heat up a venue that’s literally below freezing at Icebar Orlando. Enjoy the longest happy hour on International Drive (5pm-9pm) then turn up the heat in the Fire Lounge where DJs will mix the hottest tracks for dancing and partying. The full service bar with New Year’s Eve specials, signature cocktails and VIP bottle service will make for a night you’ll never forget. If you get chilly don’t worry! The venue’s staff will lend you coats and hats to at no additional charge.
Ring in 2020 at Point Orlando’s trendy Blue Martini where the extravagant party features live entertainment all night long. There’ll be cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, party favors, champagne, dancing and a special countdown to midnight. Doors open at 8pm on December 31 and the party runs through 2am January 1.
180 Skytop Lounge
This sleek rooftop hotspot is throwing an amazing new Year’s Eve party for 2019. DJs Ray Love and Jimmy Joslin lead the party, while the Bella Bella Showgirls strut their stuff in the Ultimate of Light show. Enjoy complimentary favors, a fireworks show and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $59 per person/VIP packages are available.
Wall Street Plaza
Head to Wall Street Plaza for one of the biggest New Year’s Eve block parties in Orlando. Tickets include access to 8 exciting venues as well as a huge outdoor dance party led by DJ Colt live on stage. There will be light shows, confetti cannons and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP tickets are also available and include NYE party favors, access to the VIP lounge, private entry, an open bar and great stage-side views. At 2am, VIPs also get a complimentary breakfast to mark the start of 2020. Tickets start at $25 in advance.
Orlando Museum of Art
Celebrate the New Year in style at a luxurious evening hosted by the Orlando Museum of Art. Hosted by WFTV’s Jorge Estevez, the Nouveau party will feature drinks, canapés, live music and a photo booth, topped off with a spectacular fireworks display and champagne toast at midnight. Various tickets are available including VIP options with access to a private lounge and exclusive VIP bar.
Fancy swinging in the New Year with a little friendly competition? Topgolf is celebrating the start of 2020 with live entertainment, a delicious chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. A number of New Year’s Eve packages are available, all including unlimited game play for up to six guests, front row seats to the fireworks show ,and party favors to match the glow-in-the-dark theme. Upgrade to the VIP package for exclusive access to a luxury dinner buffet and a bottle of bubbly to share with friends. Pricing starts at $240 per bay (not per person).
A change from its regular airboat rides, Black Hammock is hosting a three-course dinner for two followed by the Lazy Gator party with a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast. The party starts at 7pm at Black Hammock Fish Camp. Tickets are $50 per couple which includes dinner and entry to the bar party.
SAK Comedy Lab
Giggle your way into 2020 with the help of SAK’s comedy all-stars at the New Year’s Eve Improv Show. Watch some of Florida’s best comedians in action and be sure to save room for the tasty hor d’oeuvres. When the show ends, guests are invited to party and enjoy a complementary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $25 (this party contains adult humor).
Orlando Brewing Company
Ring in the New Year (or the ‘Brew’ Year!) with a fun party full of music, beer tasting and a complimentary toast at midnight. Beer specials start at 1pm and live music starts at 9pm. Guests can take free tours of the brewery and sample beer in the taproom which sports 30+ taps all serving freshly brewed organic craft beer.
Where to stay for NYE in Orlando
If you’re staying in Orlando for New Year’s Eve check out the wide range of vacation rentals offered by Top Villas. Located in top resorts, these homes are packed with amenities such as private pools, movie theaters, game rooms and themed kids’ bedrooms. What’s more, they’re currently on offer with up to 25% off.
Reunion Resort 10,000
Perfect for large groups, this 9-bedroom villa offers an array of incredible amenities. It has a private movie theater, a fully-equipped gym and a fun-packed game room with its own 2-lane bowling and arcade games. The 22-person property also offers a large infinity pool, hot tub, sports courts and a private spa with a sauna. Stay at Reunion Resort and you can celebrate NYE at the resort’s Roaring 20s Gala or Stars Above Reunion party.
Reunion Resort 1900
Also at Reunion Resort, this 9-villa is perfect for family vacations. Not only does it have its own private pool and spillover tub, it also features several game rooms, a home theater and amazing themed bedrooms. Out and about in Reunion Resort you will find a water park, communal pools, golf courses, a spa and sports courts, as well as a good selection of restaurants and bars.
Reunion Resort 9000
This sprawling 12-bedroom villa boasts a state-of-the-art movie theater, quirky game rooms, a fully-equipped gym and fun themed bedrooms for the little ones. Outside, there’s a huge sun terrace with a large pool, hot tub, poolside gazebo, luxury loungers, outdoor kitchen and an alfresco dining area.
Reunion Resort 15,000
With enough space for up to 30 guests, this huge home is more like a hotel than a self-contained villa. It comes with a whole host of incredible facilities including a boardroom, home theater, sports lounge, piano salon and fun arcade room. Guests also benefit from a huge private pool, a fully-equipped gym, indoor sports courts and an in-villa spa and wellness center.
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