Universal Orlando’s Dazzling New Year’s Eve 2024 Celebrations

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Ring in the New Year at Universal Orlando Resort!

As 2023 draws to a close, Universal Orlando Resort is gearing up to welcome 2024 with a bang! This New Year’s Eve, the resort is hosting an array of festivities that promise fun and excitement for guests of all ages.

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Universal Orlando is going all out with celebrations across both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure. Visitors can look forward to a night filled with thrilling rides, festive decorations, live music, and special appearances by beloved characters.

As midnight nears, join the countdown to welcome the new year with a spectacular confetti blast and other celebratory surprises. To top it all off, access to these festivities is included in your theme park admission! Both parks are staying open until 1 a.m., with celebrations centered around Universal Studios Florida’s Music Plaza and Universal Islands of Adventure’s Port of Entry.


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In addition to New Year’s Eve activities, guests can enjoy Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration. This includes Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas, and Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

The excitement and celebrations extend to Universal CityWalk, where a lively countdown to midnight will be accompanied by a shower of confetti. Wander around this electrifying entertainment complex and enjoy music from a live band and DJ. Don’t forget to check out Bigfire, one of CityWalk’s original concept restaurants, which will offer a special menu from midnight to 1:30 a.m. (Reservations recommended).

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For those looking to elevate their New Year’s celebration, Universal Orlando’s hotels offer a range of festive experiences:

  • Universal’s Aventura Hotel: A New Year’s Eve rooftop party featuring a DJ, food, drinks, and a countdown to midnight.
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel: Party on the Piazza with great food, drinks, a DJ, and more.
  • Hard Rock Hotel: ROCK-in 2024 with balloon artists, magicians, a DJ, a midnight balloon drop, and champagne toast.
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort: Celebrate in the Orchid Court Lounge and Sushi Bar with live jazz, a balloon artist, a stilt walker, and a photo booth.
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort: A festive New Year’s Eve party with live entertainment, food, and drinks in Strong Water Tavern.

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Chris is a Pennsylvania native who escaped the cold and relocated to the Orlando area. Our resident Universal expert, Chris has been visiting the Universal Orlando Resort since the 1990s. Chris is a Universal and Walt Disney World Passholder, and can often be found exploring the parks taking in the sites (and finding new things to write about!).
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