New Year’s Eve Events in Orlando
Are you ready to ring in the New Year? This is a great time to plan your New Year in Orlando. We've got the details on all the best New Year's Eve Events in Orlando. Whether you're celebrating with the little ones, partying with friends or family, or bringing in the new year with that special someone, we've got you covered. Balloon drops, fireworks, champagne toasts, character events, or dancing 'til you drop, Orlando has it all. Here are our picks.
New Year's Eve in Orlando with Family
There are plenty of ways to spend your New Year’s Eve in Orlando with family, whether the kids are toddlers or teens. Can you think of a better way to bring in 2020 than with a bang? If fireworks are in your plan, check out these special events.
- SeaWorld Orlando is always a great way for the family to connect with the sea and the world that lives within it. This year SeaWorld will be celebrating 2021 with a spectacular musical celebration and fabulous fireworks display. The event is included with your SeaWorld Orlando admission.
- LEGOLAND, Florida is offering a special Kids' New Year's Fireworks display. The kids will be amazed and transfixed as they watch the fireworks transform into LEGO bricks before their eyes. The show is included with your admission and starts at a kid-friendly 8 pm.
Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts
Nobody does New Year’s Eve Events in Orlando like Disney. New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World will look a little different this year. However, there are still many reasons that Disney is the place to be through the holidays. The resorts and parks will all feature amazing festive decor, themed merchandise, seasonal food and beverages, and great entertainment.
There will be plenty of family-friendly holiday magic to go around at all theme parks and resorts.
Disney Animal Kingdom Park will feature a festive flotilla, and the kids will enjoy holiday promenades at EPCOT, holiday motorcades at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and of course, the characters in their holiday finest.Some of the larger events, such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, will be on hiatus for this year, but there will be plenty of holiday fun for all.
New Year's Eve at the Disney Resort Hotels will feature a line up of fun and festive offerings on December 31, 2020. Here are some of the featured options. These holiday events are subject to change so check back with your hotel.
- Guests can create their own in-room celebration with food, beverages, party favors, and all you need to celebrate offered for purchase.
- Ready to make that toast at midnight? Disney Floral and Gifts holiday backs are available with and include champagne and room decor, hats, and noisemakers.
- Some Resort merchandise locations will stay open late and offer champagne for mom and dad's toast at midnight and board games and other items for the kids.
- Previously recorded fireworks will be streaming in from and on the app.
- Scavenger hunts and New Year's Eve crafts will be offered at select resorts.
- Quick service restaurants, pool bars, and lounges will stay open until after midnight.
Universal Studios Orlando New Year's Eve
Universal Orlando always delivers an action-packed adventure. Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk are all open. There are various celebrations and holiday shows throughout the parks, and a special prix-fixe dinner at Hard Rock Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort, Cabana Bay, and Endless Summer Resort on December 31, 2020.
The signature Universal Studios Florida New Year’s Eve event is happening at Universal Citywalk. Pop over to EVE, a Universal CityWalk New Year's Eve event at 9:00 pm for a mind-blowing celebration with gourmet cuisine, signature drinks, and five CityWalk bars with live bands and DJs. Center stage will be Orlando's biggest outdoor dance floor with a performance by DJ M-Squared.
New Year's Eve “Kids Night Out”
Kids love to ring in the New Year too! They will love The Ritz Kids Kids Night Out Party with arts and crafts, and movies while the parents enjoy their night at the resort. Dinner for the kids is available at an extra cost.
New Year's Eve Celebrations for Adults
If champagne toasts, dancing, and balloon drops are more your style, you're in luck. There are plenty of New Year’s Eve Events in Orlando for adults. Pop over to International Drive and help Howl at the Moon club celebrate their reopening. Check out their packages that include guaranteed reserved seating on the main floor, a premium open bar, a complimentary buffet, Champagne toast at midnight, and party favors, or opt for the”Just Dance” party, general admission, or other options.
The ultimate party takes place downtown Orlando at EVE Orlando Downtown. Join the masquerade Ball themed party in sophisticated style. Admission includes a complimentary champagne ice sculptured station, Live DJ entertainment, special live performances, Red Carpet style photo opportunity, and cigar and hookah station. Check for other ticket packages.
International Drive will be booming and is within walking from many fine hotels. Check out Taverna Opa, or enjoy Floorplay Swing Vacation 2020-21, A New Year's Celebration at Rosen Plaza for a real dance vacation including three nights of dancing.
For our music fans, book New Year's Eve Dinner at Margaritaville Resort Orlando and dance away the night until 2 am at Euphoria lounge for a fun night and sumptuous dinner. Or check out Classic Albums Live: The Beatles "Abbey Road" party at Hard Rock Live Orlando.
ICON Park Orlando
For a one-of-a-kind experience, soar high above the city of Orlando. Ride The Wheel at ICON Park, an iconic observation wheel that will give you a bird's eye view of all that Orlando has to offer. The ride in your private capsule is approximately 20 minutes. With an optional VIP package, you can enjoy digital photos of your experience and discounts on food and beverage at The Wheelhouse Market. ICON Park offers free parking and is also home to Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando, Arcade City, Pearl Express Train ride for the little ones. and the world's tallest swing ride, the Orlando Star Flyer. With its 40+ shops, restaurants, and attractions, the Park makes for an easily accessible day or evening with plenty to do.
Regardless of who you are traveling with, or what your tastes, you can be sure to find plenty of New Year’s Eve Events in Orlando that are perfect for you.
Where to Stay for Your New Years Eve in Orlando
Orlando offers accommodations of every style and budget, ranging from economy properties to the most luxurious and everything in between. Savvy travelers are learning about a new way to stay. For your best New Year’s Eve in Orlando with family ever, read on!
You’re guaranteed a truly memorable stay when you check out a private luxury villa rental in Orlando and ring in 2021 in style! Solara Resort offers epic private homes with up to 10 bedrooms and the amenities of a five-star resort. All of this space and luxury is surprisingly affordable. Grab the family and a few friends and celebrate like the stars you are. You and your family can enjoy all the comforts of home and more away from the hustle and bustle of the parks and the city. The kids will be thrilled with the themed bedrooms that bring their favorite superheroes alive in The Incredibles themed room with floor to ceiling artwork. Your Princess will thrill to her own "Frozen" themed room featuring glacial, snow-capped bedframe and adjoining life-sized princesses.
Have dinner sent in or prepare it family-style in the fully appointed kitchen. Sit back in the 10-recliner private theater for movie night, or retire to the game room for an arcade or Karaoke challenge. Play a couple of games of ping pong or just watch your smart TV. Enjoy the spacious living room, dining in your elegant 14-seat dining room, or dine "al fresco" at the 12-seat patio table overlooking your private pool.
Just steps outside is your private screened pool and spillover spa with comfy loungers and lots of space to enjoy the Florida sun. Plenty of space and privacy, and luxury abound.
And now for the community! These luxury villa rentals are located at Solara Resort, an exclusive vacation community that offers the best in luxury and entertainment. The amenities include a state-of-the-art central clubhouse, FlowRider Surfing Simulator, splash park with water slides, a heated Grand Pool, volleyball, basketball, walking trails, and a full-service fitness center. The kids will enjoy the teen center and have hours of fun in the pool.
Soltara is located just minutes from Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Walt Disney World, and tons of attractions, restaurants, and shops. A luxury rental villa in Orlando will give you the epic and private vacation experience you've been dreaming of. And with space for up to 20 guests, your best getaway ever awaits.
Exploring Gay Orlando!
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Orlando Festivals That You Should Not Miss
Regardless of when you visit Orlando, you’ll find tons of great Orlando festivals and events. Amazing food and beverage fests, art shows, film, theater and music. And of course, the theme parks are world renown for their top events too.