Universal Orlando Resort has popular rides and thrilling attractions that seem at first glance like they’re tailored for kids. With the recent opening of its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you could be forgiven for thinking it caters to children… until you remember that the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001, and that would make a 10-year-old fan at the time someone in their 30s.
The truth is, there’s a lot to do at Universal Orlando for adults. And there might not be any better time to plan an adult vacation to the park than New Year’s Eve.
You can ring in the new year with magic and wonder this year. Use this guide to plan an NYE vacation to Universal Orlando and experience a celebration like no other. Join many other like-minded revelers celebrating the new year in the Sunshine state.
Universal Orlando’s New Years’ bash can be heard throughout the park with live music echoing all over. This is your chance to spend New Year’s with your favorite characters. Before you start worrying about additional cost, keep in mind that the New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with your theme park admission. You’ll want to visit the rocking party zones at the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas, where the party will be going strong!
Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration will leave you seeing stars all night as astonishing pyrotechnical displays and confetti fill the air. Enjoy songs from your favorite films, and try not to sing along while dancing fountains move to the rhythm. Be prepared for roaring dinosaurs from Jurassic World or see the mischievous antics of a few Minions from Despicable Me.
EVE at Universal CityWalk
If formal is more your kind of event, head over to Eve at Universal CityWalk for gourmet cuisine, signature drinks, and dance the night away at five awesome clubs, each with their own live bands and DJs. You must be at least 21 years of age with a valid photo ID.
This year will bring about one new change: a new kind of VIP access. The EVE Pavilion Party ticket will give guests access to the center of the dance floor with additional benefits.
Spend the Night
You’ll want to book a relaxing room at one of the hotels near Universal Studios Orlando for rest and recovery the next morning!
Hyatt Place across from Universal Orlando Resort offers everything you need to start your New Year off right. With blackout curtains for a restful sleep, breakfast made with natural ingredients, and a cool pool to relax in, you can spend your night partying and your day relaxing into a stress-free new year. Best of all, Hyatt Place is partnered with Universal and offers free, scheduled transportation on the Universal Partner Hotel Shuttle.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
If you want the added perk of Early Park Admission (an hour before the park opens), you will want to grab a room at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. This is a great hotel for those on a budget or wanting to save funds for drinks and partying! With retro-style rooms and bright colors, you’ll find yourself enjoying the bang for your buck.
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North
The party doesn’t have to stop at midnight, especially not if you get a room at the Hilton Garden Inn. With an onsite bar and grill, you will find another place to carry on the party, so whether you want to grab a bite at the Garden Grille or grab a drink at the poolside tiki bar, you can continue to bring on the New Year with fun and laughter.
So why spend New Year’s doing the same old tradition? Grab a ticket and head on down to Universal Orlando and bring in the New Year’s with lights, cameras, and excitement!