The Orlando area offers lots of choices when it comes to ringing in the new year. Read about the events happening on New Years Eve at Disney and Universal Studios Orlando.
New Years Eve at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; three options that fit your family and budget.
Countdown to Midnight Party 8pm-12:15am)
For a sophisticated and fancy soiree to ring in New Years Eve try the Disney Countdown to Midnight evening party held in the Fantasia Ballroom. Dress up for a night of dining and dancing with Mickey and Minnie and enjoy chef stations with signature foods and adult beverages. There are plenty of opportunities for photo ops.
Finish the night by having a champagne toast at the Port Cochére to see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. This 21+ event is a must do! $275pp
Ink & Paint Club Experience (7pm to 12:15AM)
Offered only as a VIP enhancement to the Disney Countdown to Midnight party this more ramped-up celebration is located in the adjacent Disney Ink & Paint Club Lounge. Enjoy all the festivities of the countdown of the Midnight Party plus enjoy live piano music, special photo ops with Mickey and Minnie and extra chef station with gourmet foods.. Additionally, get early access and reserved seating at the Disney Countdown to Midnight Party,
This is only available as a part of an enhanced ticket that includes access to both the Disney Countdown to Midnight and the Ink & Paint Club, Tickets must be purchased concurrently with the Disney Countdown to Midnight ticket and cannot be added on at a later date.
Pixar Play Zone: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)
Be welcomed to the 2nd floor of the hotel by Sarge (from Toy Story), Once inside, you will find spaces from popular Pixar movies like Up, inside Out, Finding Nemo, and more. Enjoy meets and greets with your favorite characters,
Enjoy music is by a DJ who spins from his DJ Rig- complete with tires and road signs right out of Radiator Springs.
A delicious buffet dinner is included. Menu items such as Woody’s Favorite Lemon Thyme Chicken Breast, Wall-E’s Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi, Rex’s Manhattan Filet, and Sulley’s Beast White Cheddar Baked Mac & Cheese are on the menu.attendees are invited at the end of the night out to the Port Cochere to see the fireworks at the MK.
Want something more low key then head over to Disney Springs and watch the live musicians and dance parties. there are plenty of places to get food and drink, but get your reservations early!
Enjoy New Year’s Eve Dinner at the World Show Place Pavilion in EPCOT. This full buffet dinner runs from 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM (this is a dinner buffet only and not an all-night event) and serves many Disney classics from soups and salads to main dishes to signature desserts.
Advance reservations are required for this event. Prices are $72.90 per adult $44.38 per child. Park admission is required.
Afterwards gather around the World Showcase Lagoon to see Illuminations Reflections of the Earth which starts at 11:40 pm.
Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom
The Magic Kingdom has 2 shows on both Dec 30 & 31 at 6:30 pm and Midnight. A park ticket is required. New Years Eve is noted for its crowds – in fact, the crowd levels usually reach capacity by mid-day. Be sure to utilize fast passes for rides and expect long lines, and get dinner reservations early in the evening. After dinner secure your spot for the watching of the fireworks. The best traveler tip: don’t over-plan and be flexible.
Universal Studios Orlando also has an awesome New Years eve celebration.
EVE at Universal City Walk
Ring in 2019 with Universal Studios Orlando EVE held at CityWalk. This 21+ event provides unlimited gourmet cuisine, signature drinks, and Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor. Additionally, get access to six awesome CityWalk clubs throughout the evening. At midnight celebrate the new year with a champagne toast. Separate ticked event.
EVE VIP tickets allows EVE party goers with more benefits with private VIP areas, private bars, balcony access, exclusive cuisine and more. This is an upgrade to the EVE tickets.
$140-$195 pp advance tickets
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