Your guide to New Year’s Eve 2014 celebrations in Florida’s theme parks
New Year’s Eve is coming very soon, and the theme parks are celebrating the coming of 2015 in their own way. Below you can decide how you want to celebrate. Keep in mind that most of the theme park events are included with admission but the others may be an extra cost. Also keep in mind that New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest days of the year for theme parks, so arrive early or the park may close for capacity.
Guests can get a head start on welcoming 2015 at Magic Kingdom with New Year’s Eve fireworks that will be showcased on two nights instead of just one. Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 31, a presentation of the “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks will be presented at 11:50 p.m. For guests with a sweet tooth, Tomorrowland Terrace will feature a New Year’s Eve fireworks dessert party nightly during the shows on Dec. 30-31. For more information and for reservations, guests may call (407) WDW-DINE or visit WaltDisneyWorld.com/FireworksDessertParty.
There are many New Year’s Eve entertainment options at Epcot, allowing guests to party all night long. Dance under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China, revel in a British blast to the past in United Kingdom, jam to Euro-pop and admire lasers in Italy, groove to the beat of a Latin band and DJ on the America Gardens Stage, and enjoy unique entertainment including a DJ and light show at the Future World Fountain Stage. There will be two showings of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks, at 6 p.m. and 11:40 p.m., followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year, topping off the celebration.
A special one-night only, New Year’s Eve dinner buffet featuring classic Disney songs and set pieces will be offered at Epcot World ShowPlace. From mashed potatoes with butter to chicken with lemon-caper sauce. During this special ticket event, called ‘Fantasia 2014,’ World ShowPlace is decorated in set pieces representing scenes and nostalgia from Disney’s classic feature films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. Reservations are required and guests may call (407) WDW-DINE or visit WaltDisneyWorld.com/NewYearsEve for more information.
DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
Throughout the night as New Year’s Eve comes alive, guests can groove to the beat of a DJ and rock out to performances by Mulch, Sweat & Shears on the Event Stage. The band, which covers rock ’n’ roll hits from the past, performs regularly at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but this year, as midnight approaches, Mulch, Sweat & Shears takes the stage to welcome the New Year as it plays live during a fireworks spectacular.
With a variety of performers ranging from a DJ at the Cirque du Soleil stage to live music throughout the evening, there will be no shortage of sights and sounds around Downtown Disney. Special New Year’s Eve celebrations will also take place at Splitsville, Bongo’s Cuban Café, Paradiso 37 and Raglan Road. There will be no special event at DisneyQuest this year, and there will also be no fireworks display. Please note that due to all the Disney Springs construction, traffic will be busier than usual around Downtown Disney.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA
Ring in the New Year at midnight on Dec. 31 with a special New Year’s Eve Cinematic Spectacular.
Guests can experience non-stop entertainment at Eve, Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s celebration. Eve will feature six unique party zones, each featuring their own entertainment and signature drinks, access to six different clubs with live music and unlimited gourmet cuisine. Partygoers can also celebrate all night on Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor. When midnight strikes, guests will kiss 2014 goodbye with a champagne toast, a pyrotechnics display and special effects. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.citywalk.com/Eve.
Enjoy added fun on New Year’s Eve as SeaWorld stays open until 1 a.m. and features additional entertainment. A musical celebration and fireworks display send a wave of welcome to the new year ahead. Kick off the New Year with a bang while watching an extended fireworks extravaganza during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks & Fountains Finale immediately following the last Winter Wonderland on Ice show.
BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA
Celebrate 2015 at Busch Gardens in Tampa with a park-wide countdown to the New Year and a fireworks presentation at midnight. DJs will provide music around the park throughout the night. Admission to the New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with a paid admission to Busch Gardens.
Various generations can experience a family-friendly party together with Kids’ New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31. This grand finale features a Lego fireworks display and a chance to watch the brick drop at just the right time for kids, 7 p.m.