New Year's Celebrations in Orlando with Family

Orlando is the city of world-famous theme parks, ultra-luxurious hotels, gourmet restaurants, exclusive shopping destinations, well-maintained golf courses, unique museums and round the clock events and parties. If a city is offering so many things to do on an average day, imagine how it will gear up to welcome the new year. Nothing can beat the New Year’s celebrations in Orlando with family. The city of fun and joy pulls all the stops to make New Year’s Eve an unforgettable experience. Here is the list of places you can go to, parties you can dance at and theme parks where kids can have fun. Eat, drink and be merry as exhilarating time is awaiting in Orlando.

The Best Places for New Year Celebration in Orlando? - Theme Parks

Theme Parks for new year celebration in Orlando

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Kickstart 2018 in the city which is known as the theme park capital of the world. Home to Cinderella's castle and Jurassic Park, this city also lets you enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter. All these places are always captivating, but everything becomes even more exciting when it’s year-end. 

  • Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

It is the ultimate place when it comes to celebrations. Kids will love being here on the New Year’s Eve as several shows like ‘Mickey's Merriest Celebration’ and ‘A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas’ will continue for a whole day. You can end the night with the ‘Fantasy in the Sky’ firework displays. You can even go here on 30th December to witness this spectacular display as going here once is never enough.

  • Legoland Florida

This can be the best place to be with kids to ring in 2018 and that too well-before bedtime. Children can build a huge New Year-themed Lego mosaic, watch the magnificent fireworks which will start at 7 PM and can join the crowd at 8 PM to drop the giant Lego brick while counting down to 2018. If you are wondering where to spend New Year’s Eve in Florida, then head to this place straight away.

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It has many surprises in store to make your evening memorable. Witnessing stunning fireworks around midnight and then visiting a faraway galaxy for celebrating this night is something you shouldn’t miss. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is a special show which will light up your sky along with fireworks. A great family-friendly places to spend the new year's eve.

  • Epcot

At the Disney World Resort is the theme park which will take you to some unexplored corners of the world and will leave your kids awestruck. It is one of those ultimate places which combines food and fireworks. With your favourite Disney music playing in the background, you can pamper your taste buds with the cuisine from all over the world. There are two shows of the fireworks, one at 6 PM and another as the clock strikes midnight to make it all the more thrilling.

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Fun Places to Stay For New Year Parties in Orlando

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There are many options if you want to stay in Orlando. But, staying at these resorts has its own advantages. You will be celebrating New year with delicious food along with fun things to do and that too in cozy, comfortable atmosphere.

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

It is for families who want a little unconventional New Year. Everyone loves Mickey and Minnie. But, it is even more wonderful when you get a chance to join them for a barbeque. Enjoy mouth-watering food, shake a leg or two with your favourite Disney characters and stay at the ground till midnight because there is a special viewing area here for watching the spectacular fireworks away from the crowd. 

  • The Universal Orlando Resort

This is a great place to stay while welcoming New Year. There are 5 resorts on the premises and each one offers different events and menus to enhance the celebratory atmosphere. Their own Universal CityWalk Event is popular for customised party zones, creative cuisine and drinks along with one of the biggest dance floors. But, remember that entry is only for those who are above 21. But, you can always enjoy with kids at the other five resorts here including Hard Rock Cafe, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, and VIVO Italian Kitchen. Spending New Year's Eve at universal studios Orlando will gear you up for 2018. 

  • Caribe Royale

This is a lovely resort to ring in the New Year. They have specially prepared dishes, marvellously decorated lobbies, live music and of course, complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dining options are vast and are suitable for kids as well. Take a pleasure in an intimate dinner with your family and have a great time. The best thing about this resort is its location. Numerous shopping options are in proximity and give you an opportunity to splurge a little. 

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New Years Eve at Downtown Orlando

New Years celebrations at Downtown Orlando

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This area in the city has some of the finest hotels, bars, and shopping malls. This is the place to spend a whole day wandering around. You may not meet any Disney character here, but you will love how lively this area is.

  • Wall Street Plaza

The places has held some of the unique parties in the past. Though the programs and events are not exactly like Disney, you can come here to soak in the local flavour. Street-wide light party and outdoor dancing fill the atmosphere with liveliness. This square is usually packed with people around midnight. So, make sure you are keeping a close eye on your kids. 

  • Church Street Station

It is known for its biggest street party. The street is packed with laid-back restaurants, lovely cafes, and bistros where you can enjoy a brunch with your family.  It is a paradise for shoppers as there are numerous small boutiques as well as huge shopping complexes here. Enjoying New Year’s Eve with Kids wandering on the streets of Orlando will give you a chance to spend some quality time with your loved ones. 

It’s already time to book tickets and reserve hotels, folks! Get lost in the magical world of Orlando this time to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.


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