CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating New Year’s Eve 2014 in Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating New Year's Eve 2014 in Orlando

Looking for a place to celebrate the end of 2014 and the arrival of the new year? Then check out this list of options to ring in 2015 here in Orlando.

From the theme parks to massive parties to low key celebrations to family events, here are our picks for celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Orlando area. Some are even free:

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American Q – New Year’s Eve Dinner
Cost: $60
Enjoy a 4-course dinner from 5pm-midnight, with a champagne toast at midnight. Visit americanq.com for more information.

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Amway Center – Billy Joel
Cost: $49.50 – $150
End 2014 in concert with the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel. This performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance in Orlando since 2007. Visit amwaycenter.com for more information.

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Church Street Bars – New Year’s Eve Party on Church Street
Cost: $25 – $99
Orlando’s biggest street party plus entry to Chillers, Big Belly, and Latitudes. Packages range from entry only to unlimited drinks. 21 and over only. For more information, visit churchstreetbars.com.

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Dave and Busters – NYE Family Fun Celebration
Cost: $27.99 – $34.99
Celebrating with the whole family can be fun with this special event that runs from 5-8pm. There are two packages that include appetizer buffet, unlimited soft drinks, a Power Card for game play and more. For more information, visit daveandbusters.com.

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Enzian Theater – James Bond New Year’s Eve Party
Cost: $30
Wear your best Bond or Bond Girl outfit and you could win a prize. There will be a DJ spinning, and drinks for purchase. Visit enzian.org for more information.

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Hammered Lamb – New Year’s Eve Party
Cost: FREE
This no-frills party will have a $3 Stella special and midnight champagne toast. For more information, visit thehammeredlamb.com.

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House of Blues Orlando – JJ Grey and Mofro
Cost: $35
Listen to the soulful blues rock of this awesome Florida-based band while ringing in the new year. Also on the bill are Thomas Wynn & the Believers, and Daryl Hance. For more information, visit houseofblues.com.

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LEGOLAND Florida – Kid’s New Year’s Eve
Cost: Included with regular park admission
Kids get to rock out in Miniland USA with a live DJ Dance Party that’s sure to get the whole family moving. This grand finale features an impressive LEGO fireworks display and a chance to watch the BRICK Drop at 7pm. Visit legoland.com for more information.

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza
Cost: $135 adults/$35 ages 3-9
Countdown to the New Year with a family party extravaganza under the twinkling lights of the Harbor Piazza from 8:30pm to midnight, featuring a selection of gourmet food from the hotel’s restaurants, a kid-friendly buffet, and midnight sparkling wine toast. Entertainment will include a DJ, children’s craft and activities area, face painting and party favors for the entire family. Tickets are available at loewshotels.tix.com.

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Orlando Brewing – New Year’s Eve and Babes’ Brew Release
Cost: FREE
Toast 2015 with Eve’s Tonic! This new Babes’ Brew is an apple infused, oak aged American Strong Ale. There will also be live music bby Sugar Free Music and Milka. For more information, visit orlandobrewing.com.

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Orlando Museum of Art – Brilliant at 90: New Year’s Eve Party
Cost: $90
Ring in 2015 at OMA’s first ever New Year’s Eve Party. Your ticket gets you a valet with red carpet entry, open galleries, party favors, food and drink, live music by Soul Funktion, a champagne toast at midnight and fireworks. Visit omart.org for more information.

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Pulse Orlando – The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party 2015
Cost: $30-$75
Shows by Angelica Sanchez, Lisa Lane, Kai’Ja Adonis, Adrien Gemini and a special appearance by MobWives’ Big Ang. No cover with all-you-can-drink packages starting at $30. For more information, visit pulseorlandoclub.com.

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SeaWorld Orlando – New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld
Cost: Included with regular park admission
Enjoy special holiday shows, regular attractions, and Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountain Finale at midnight. Visit seaworldorlando.com for more information.

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The Smiling Bison – New Year’s Eve with Chris Charles and Company
Cost: FREE
Full evening of jazz led by Chris Charles, full dinner menu and a midnight buffet. Visit thesmilingbison.com for more information.

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Taverna Opa Orlando – Opa New Year’s Eve
Cost: $125
Live music from Eleftheria Eleftheriou, 4-course meal, champagne toast, and more. Visit opaorlando.com for more information.

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Teak Neighborhood Grill – 2015 NYE Party
Cost: FREE
Special NYE dinner menu with free bottle of champagne with purchase, and free breakfast buffet at 12:30am, plus more. Visit teakorlando.com for more information.

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Thornton Park – 6th Annual NYE 2015 Street Party
Cost: $20
Hosted by Graffiti Junktion, the party features 7 bars, live DJ, and a champagne toast at midnight. Visit graffitijunktion.com for more information.

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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – New Year’s Eve Family Bash at TV Lounge
Cost: $35 Adults ; $18 Children (ages 3 – 9)
This party from 9:30pm – 12:30am will feature music, specially prepared desserts, cash bar and party favors plus a sparkling wine toast at midnight to ring in the new year. Tickets are available at loewshotels.tix.com.

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Universal Orlando – Eve at Universal CityWalk
Cost: $129.99 – $159.99
Featuring DJ M-Squared, pyrotechnics, six unique party zones and Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor. VIP tickets include unlimited gourmet cuisine, private bars, and more. Visit universalorlando.com for more information.

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Wall St Plaza – New Year’s Eve on Wall Street
Cost: $25 advance/$30 day of; VIP $100
Enjoy a block party with a street-wide light show, outdoor dance party with music by DJ Draven, and parties inside 8 venues. VIP also includes breakfast at 2am and open bar from 10pm-2am. Visit wallstplaza.net for more information.

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Walt Disney World – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Cost: Included with regular park admission
Exclusive specialty drinks and food items are available throughout the night, with live entertainment from an energetic DJ and performances by Mulch, Sweat & Shears. As midnight approaches, the band takes the stage to count down to 2015 and plays live during a fireworks spectacular. There will also be three showings of “Fantasmic” at 6:30pm, 8pm and 10pm.

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Walt Disney World – Epcot
Cost: Included with regular park admission
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with unique entertainment throughout the World Showcase, including dancing under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China, a British blast to the past in United Kingdom, Euro-pop and lasers in Italy, and a Latin band and DJ on the America Gardens Stage. There will be two showings of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks, at 6pm or 11:40pm, followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the new year.

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Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom
Cost: Included with regular park admission
You can get a head start on the festivities, with a special New Year’s Eve eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30. The same show will be repeated on December 31.

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Will’s Pub – New Year’s Eve with The Delusionaires
Cost: $10
Live music from three bands: The Delusionaires, The Woolly Bushmen, and Golden Pelicans. Free Champagne Toast at midnight. This event is 21 and over. Visit willspub.org for more information.

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If those aren’t enough options, check out our Orlando Events Calendar for even more ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year.

We hope you have a fun and safe celebration, no matter what you choose. Thanks for being a reader of CitySurfing Orlando!

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.

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