A Rockin’ Orlando New Years Eve for the Whole Family
A Rockin’ Orlando New Years Eve for the Whole Family
Kate K.

You’re in the final countdown to midnight and if you’re in Orlando.  You’re spoiled for choices on how to spend your time. But let’s face it, if you’re in Orlando with your family, then you’ll want to spend New Year’s Eve with the whole clan if you can. And even if Mom and Dad want to get away for the evening (and we have plenty of options for that in this other post over here), then you’ll still want to know where the kids can go for a fun evening (With a responsible grown-up of course!). So here are our picks for a Rockin’ Orlando New Years Eve for the whole family!

New Years Eve at Walt Disney World

Now when we’re talking New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World, we’re talking Fireworks in the park. (There are other venues open, but we’ll get to those in a little bit). Disney has always been known for its firework spectaculars, and they get especially extravagant around the holidays.

Surprisingly, Epcot usually takes the top spot for the park most guests recommended during the holiday. The park boasts a once a year themed Illuminations fireworks display with New Years greetings from around the world.  And a cleverly timed light display from the countries in the order that they rang in the new year. There are also dance parties set up around the countries so you can dance in the New Year in the country of your choice.  Or you can even try them all! And at Midnight the countdown is projected on Spaceship earth.   With extra special extra fireworks display to help you bring in the New Year right.

Next up you have the Magic Kingdom with two possible fireworks displays, on two possible nights. On December 30th and 31st, Magic Kingdom puts on the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display and the much beloved Holiday Wishes, which you usually can only see during Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party. Now there are two reasons we don’t have the Magic Kingdom at the top of the list. First, you can enjoy the fireworks on December 30th and then head to Epcot on the 31st, doubling your fun. The second reason is that the Magic Kingdom is the most crowded park during any holiday, and this can mean early gate closures and tricky navigation even if you do get it. You can read more about navigating peak days in one of our other posts.

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Photo by Jamie Mccoglan via Unsplash

Hollywood Studios is the third option if you want to make it all the way to midnight (the Animal Kingdom does not stay open until Midnight and never has Fireworks because they can stress the animals). Now as of Christmas week, Disney still hasn’t announced any details of its New Years show, but we do know that it won’t be the same as other years. So without knowing what it is, you would be going into this celebration armed with only the knowledge that Disney tends to do holidays right. But if you want a safe bet then you should probably pick one of the other tried and true park options.

Universal Orlando New Years Eve

If you’re headed to Universal Orlando for the holiday season, then you’ll have plenty to do while you wait for Midnight! With happenings at both the Music Plaza stage and the Central Park area, you’ll be dancing with beloved characters, and you’ll even have to choose which ‘Midnight Moment’ you want to experience. Both include fireworks, so no worries on missing out! The park is open until 1:00 Am, so you may even be able to catch one of the other Universal events before calling it a year.

The Rock ‘Til the Drop New Year’s Eve Party

The Hard Rock Café in Orlando is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party and its open to all ages. The cost of admission gets you to access to a dinner buffet, unlimited soda (and water) and even a midnight champagne toast for anyone over 21! But the main draw of the night is the music. Guests over 21 can also pre-book a spot in the Lennon Room, so if the grown-ups need a little bit of kid-free time, the whole family can still head to the party together and meet up at Midnight to ring in the New Year together!


New Year’s Eve Party on the Plaza

This is another Universal event and its one that is available for the whole family! With kids crafts, there are discounts for kids under 9 and free admission for anyone 3 and under.  It’s a perfect alternative to both the Rock ‘Til you Drop party and the 21+ party at CityWalk.  In fact, you could even split your family between the events if you choose.  Give the older kids a chance to celebrate at the concert while the little ones enjoy something a little more kid paced.

Other Options and Venues

Ok, so the chances are you won’t be straying far from the parks on New Year’s Eve. But if you do want to get away from the crowds we have more family-friendly options to choose from.

The first is the Icon Orlando 360 (also, still, affectionately known as Orlando’s eye). This family-friendly event includes face painting in the afternoon.  There are plenty of dining options.  You can rent a private capsule for a midnight viewing of every one of Orlando’s fireworks displays all at once. However, with a price tag of $999 the last option may be a bit steep for most folks pocketbooks.

Another option off the beaten path is Topgolf’s big NYE Bash.  You can dine, hit golf balls and ring in the new years with your friends and family. This may not sound like everyone’s ideal holiday bash.  But Orlando is a golfer’s paradise so we thought this option needed to make the list.

And the final party on our list is one a little closer to most of our homes. The Reunion Resort, which is the location of some of our most luxurious homes, has its very own fireworks display. This is a nice option for those guests who want to spend the holiday in Orlando.  But don’t want to spend Midnight too far from their home away from home. With this option, you can spend the early part of the day at one of the parks.  Catch one of the early fireworks shows and then head back to your house for a nap.    Then bundle everyone up to the center of the Resort for the fireworks show. It’s the best of both worlds really.  And a good choice for families with little ones who don’t usually make it to midnight!

New Years Eve 2019

These are only some of the options open to you and your family on New Years. We tried to gather the most family friendly in one place for you to pick from. My favorites are a day at Disney or a day at the Reunion Resort.   Which can still include a day at Disney, but that’s just me! Tell us your favorites in the comment section below.  Or share any other family-friendly New Years experiences you may have had in the Orlando Area! Thanks for reading along with the Homes4uu Blog, and we hope you have a very happy New Year!

Kate K.

Kate K. is a freelance writer, artist, designer, and programmer. She has been working with Homes4uu as our primary blogger, graphic designer, webmaster, and social media manager since 2014. You can also find Kate on her homesite www.k8ilyeverafter.com and her blog k8ilyeverafterpresents.com.

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