Orlando New Years

An Orlando New Year’s Eve escape can be a wonderful thing, and this has a lot to do with the area theme parks. Families with younger children should especially find the theme park celebrations to be of particular interest. For those who are interested in an Orlando New Year celebration that caters to adults, on the other hand, there are options there as well. As is true of the Orlando attractions in general, the city’s New Year’s Eve parties can satisfy virtually all ages and interests.

Disney New Years
Disney New Years

The Walt Disney World Resort knows how to celebrate special occasions, and that includes New Year’s Eve. Visitors to the resort can head to the Magic Kingdom to see Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade and then park-hop over to Epcot for the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth laser show. Park-hopping at Walt Disney World on New Year’s Eve is a bit risky, however, and once the various parks reach capacity, they no longer allow further admittance. Generally, it’s best to choose a specific park and to remain there the entire day.

DisneyWorld New Years Eve
DisneyWorld New Years Eve

An assortment of other Orlando area theme parks can also be excellent places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. At Universal Orlando, for example, both of the theme parks combine to offer different party zones that feature such things as character appearances, DJs, and fireworks at midnight. Over at SeaWorld Orlando, a delightful musical celebration and bold fireworks cap off the evening, and LEGOLAND Florida offers an especially kid-friendly celebration that includes a giant LEGO brick drop at 7 PM. For an adults-only theme park experience, head to Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney, where the festivities cater to those of the 21 and over crowd.

Even if you aren’t set on going to a theme park, you won’t want for options when it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Orlando. The entertainment complex that is known as CityWalk is certainly a consideration, with its combination of incredible food and live performances. You can also partake in the New Year’s parties that are thrown by any number of area restaurants, bars, clubs, and hotels. Certainly not to be overlooked is the New Year’s Eve Party on Church Street in downtown Orlando. Four different venues combine to make this an event that you won’t forget, and outside their doors is a giant street party. Highlights of the New Year’s Eve Party on Church Street include a huge video wall, fireworks, and the famous Orange Drop.

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