How to Celebrate the New Year at Disney World’s Theme Parks

Ring the in the New Year with a bang!  Especially because Orlando, FL is the home to seven of the top theme parks in the world!  If you’re heading to the parks to welcome 2012 or any New Year in the future, here is an example of an essential list of New Year’s Eve celebrations for this year!

Walt Disney World Resort

Although fireworks are an ordinary event at the Walt Disney World Resort, for New Year’s Eve they kick-it-up a notch with an assortment of fireworks displays and events, including:

  • Magic Kingdom presents:  “Wishes” nighttime spectacular with a holiday cover at 8:30 p.m. and “Fantasy in the Sky” at 11:51 p.m.
  • Epcot‘s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” greets the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Fantasmic!” unites water, fire, lights, lasers, fireworks  and music will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks demonstration at midnight.
  • At Cirque du Soleil, all guests present at the Dec. 31 performances will be given a limited-edition Walt Disney World/Cirque trading pin. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort provides a special-ticket New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with video DJ Tony Zapulla.

Universal CityWalk

With Smash Mouth and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy set to perform live, Universal CityWalk’s “Rock the New Year!” is one of Orlando’s hottest New Year’s Eve parties. In addition to live music, enjoy an extensive gourmet buffet, a champagne toast and live entertainment at numerous nightclubs, including the groove (an electrifying dance club) and CityJazz (a hip jazz venue) as well as Jimmy Buffett’s Magaritaville and others!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando’s New Year’s Eve has an extravagant musical celebration and a fireworks show that will light up the night greeting 2012.

LEGOLAND – Florida

The original theme park’s first New Year’s Eve celebration is ideal for families. LEGOLAND’s “Kids’ New Year’s Eve” let’s kids rock out and watch LEGO fireworks at just the right time for them, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST.


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