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New Year’s Eve 2019 at Universal Orlando

Are you ready for some of the most exciting New Year’s Eve activities outside of the Big Apple?

On this page, we’ll discuss everything that is happening across Universal Orlando for New Year’s Eve 2019, including CityWalk, Universal’s theme parks, and the hotels.

Let’s get started!

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New Year’s 2019 – EVE 12.31.19 at Universal CityWalk

In 2013, Universal rebranded its big New Year’s Eve CityWalk bash as EVE – A Universal CityWalk Event. Gone was the headlining band from previous years; in is Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor, “dazzling” pyrotechnics, and more.

Here’s everything we know for Eve 12.31.19:

  • Event runs from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am
  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine featuring prime rib, tenderloin, jumbo shrimp, custom desserts, and more
  • Signature drinks from at least five CityWalk clubs
  • Biggest outdoor dance floor in Orlando, featuring a live performance by DJ M-Squared
  • Midnight champagne toast and pyrotechnics display

Eve tickets come in three different tiers, with each new one including every benefit that came before it:

  • General admission – $119.99 – includes unlimited “delicious food,” a pyrotechnic display, a champagne toast at midnight, and admission to five CityWalk clubs, each with their own live entertainment, customized party zones, and signature drinks.
  • VIP – $194.99 – adds access to an additional club, special food stations, and private VIP areas and bars throughout CityWalk.
  • Eve Pavilion Party – starting at $300 – new for 2019, this option adds “center of the party” seating within the “coveted” CityWalk Pavilion area, right on the edge of the dance floor.

Important: all of the pricing above is for advance purchases, which end on December 15; afterwards, the prices increase by a fair portion (to $149.99, $234.99, and $350, respectively). And also note that annual passholders are given a 10% discount, no matter when they buy their admission.

Finally, there is one upgrade that you can also pick up alongside your ticket: a My Universal Photos Eve Photo Ticket, which includes one 8″x10″ photograph in an Eve-themed portfolio and which costs $34.95.

You can buy your passes and extras here.

No one under 21 is permitted entry.

DJ M-Squared returns

After sending out the previous six years in style, award-winning DJ M-Squared will be making his seventh appearance at Eve.

DJ M-Squared at Universal CityWalk’s EVE 2013
DJ M-Squared at Universal CityWalk’s EVE 2013 – via Facebook

Popular with A-list celebrities, top fashion designers, and prominent corporate brands, he’ll be sharing his genre-shattering, one-of-a-kind music-mixing talent to make Eve the unforgettable night you’ve been waiting for all year long.

Sample entertainment lineup

Here is what Eve’s schedule looked like from 2013. Although Universal hasn’t yet published details for this year, you can expect it to be very similar to this:

What you need to know about Eve at Universal CityWalk

The biggest misconception about New Year’s Eve at CityWalk is that the entertainment will be complimentary. Many guests rightly have this misconception because, for the other 364 days of the year, any band or DJ performance at CityWalk is open to the public, like you see here:

But this is absolutely not the case on New Year’s Eve.

Basically, the entire side of CityWalk where the concert stage is, and the second level of nightclubs and restaurants, is closed to the general public. Here’s what you’ll be looking at:

Portions of CityWalk blocked off for Eve

The only full-service venues expected to be open to the general public are The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, VIVO Italian Kitchen, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, and Hard Rock Cafe. So please do not make the mistake of thinking you can play around CityWalk on New Year’s without paying for Eve (unless, of course, you’re perfectly happy to celebrate at one of the five restaurants we just listed).

Also, please note that food is included in the price of Eve as described above, but drinks are not – except for the champagne toast at midnight. (You can expect to pay between $4 and $9 for drinks.) And, finally, remember that the CityWalk New Year’s Eve party is 21+ only.

Hard Rock Live and Blue Man Group

Rock 'til the Drop 2020 New Year's Eve Party at Hard Rock Live
Rock ’til the Drop 2020 New Year’s Eve Party at Hard Rock Live

Just in case you’ll be at CityWalk on New Year’s Eve but aren’t interested in the big Eve celebration, there may be two other options. First, Hard Rock Live does have an event scheduled: Rock ’til the Drop 2020 New Year’s Eve Party. Second, the Blue Man Group will be hosting three shows on December 31 – learn more.


New Year’s 2019 – Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure

The actual theme parks at Universal Orlando do not host their own New Year’s Eve parties, per se, but there are some celebrations to be had at Universal Studios Florida, such as “party zones” that include some family-friendly music, character dance parties, and, of course, pyrotechnics, confetti, and party favors for the “midnight moment.” The first of these is located at the Music Plaza (its hours are 6:15 pm to 1:00 am), and the second is at Central Park (8:30 pm to 1:00 am).

Universal Studios also stays open late on this momentous night, allowing you to enjoy your favorite attractions into the wee hours of the morning. This year, it’s scheduled to close at 12:00 am (while Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay pack up shop at 10:00 pm and 6:00 pm, respectively).


New Year’s 2019 – Universal’s hotels

All seven of Universal Orlando’s hotels – Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock HotelRoyal Pacific Resort, Sapphire Falls ResortCabana Bay Beach ResortAventura Hotel, and Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites – have their own special New Year’s Eve celebrations for 2019.

Portofino Bay Hotel

New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza

*recommended for couples
Enjoy a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party under the twinkling lights of the Harbor Piazza! The countdown to the new year features all-you-can-eat gourmet food samples from Mama Della’s Ristorante, Trattoria del Porto, Sal’s Market Deli, Splendido’s Bar & Grill, and Gelateria. Plus, enjoy a selection of more than a dozen wines and sparkling wines. Entertainment includes a live DJ, dancing, a balloonist, kids’-crafts-and-activities table, and face painting. Live opera will crescendo from the balconies, culminating in a toast and celebration to welcome in 2020!

  • Time: 8:30 pm – midnight
  • Price: $165 for adults, $110 for children (ages 10-20), $35 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Reservations: 407-503-1200
  • See the menu here
  • Get tickets here

Hard Rock Hotel

Rock-in 2020!

*recommended for families
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with attitude at Hard Rock Hotel. Enjoy family-friendly festivities, including specially-prepared desserts, a face painter, balloonist, Universal Orlando characters, a Magic Man, a live DJ, a balloon drop, confetti cannons, movies in the ballroom, and a DJ rockin’ in the lobby. Then, at midnight, watch the countdown in Times Square via satellite with a champagne toast.

  • Time: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am
  • Price: $75 for adults, $40 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Reservations: 407-503-2200
  • Get tickets here

New Year’s Eve Buffet in The Kitchen

Enjoy a rockin’ feast in The Kitchen that includes the Rock-in 2020! New Year’s Eve lobby party.

  • Time: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm (buffet); 8:00 pm – 1:00 am (lobby party)
  • Price: $150 for adults, $55 for children (ages 3-9)
  • See the menu here
  • Reservations: 407-503-DINE (3463)

Royal Pacific Resort

Tahitian Room New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet

All evening long, enjoy the island vibe of Royal Pacific Resort’s Tahitian Room (formerly Emeril’s Tchoup Chop) with complimentary dessert selections, New Year’s Eve festivities, a DJ’d dance party, and a midnight champagne toast complete with party favors and a balloon drop.

  • Time: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • Price: $55 for adults, $35 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Reservations: 407-503-DINE (3463)

New Year’s Eve Buffet in Islands Dining Room

Join Royal Pacific for an “Around the World Celebration” feast along with Universal Orlando characters, a face painter, balloonist, musician, and hula dancer. The Orchid Court reception (seen above) is included!

  • Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (buffet); 7:00 pm – 12:00 am (dessert buffet)
  • Price: $95 for adults, $45 for children (ages 3-9)
  • See the menu here
  • Reservations: 407-503-DINE (3463)
  • Note: this is the same menu as at Sapphire Falls, but the tickets are more expensive as they include the Orchid reception

Jake’s “Best of 2019” Beer Dinner

Come to Jake’s American Bar for a special New Year’s Eve dinner that features favorite pairings from each of the Jake’s Beer Dinners in 2019.

Your evening begins with a reception by the waterfall just outside of Jake’s American Bar. From there, you’ll move indoors to the private Clipper Room to experience a delectable “best of 2019” five-course dinner with beer pairings. After your meal, you will head over to the Tahitian Room to enjoy a special dessert buffet, DJ’d music and dancing, party favors, and a midnight balloon drop with a champagne toast.

  • Time: 7:00 pm (reception); 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm (dinner); 10:00 pm – 12:00 am (dessert buffet in Tahitian Room)
  • Price: $85 for adults
  • Reservations: 407-503-3200
  • Get tickets here

Wantilan New Year’s Eve Luau

For only the second time, Universal is throwing a special New Year’s version of its weekly Wantilan Luau. Located in the Wantilan Pavilion, guests will enjoy Polynesian specialties along with live music and hula and fire dancers.

  • Time: 5:30 pm (registration); 6:00 pm (seating)
  • Price: $81-$101 for adults, $46-$61 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Tickets: 407-503-3200
  • Or get tickets online here

Islands Dining Room New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet

Also only for the second, Universal is holding a New Year’s breakfast buffet.

  • Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Price: $23.99 for adults, $12.99 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Add on all-you-can-drink mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails for $15
  • Reservations: 407-503-DINE (3463)

Sapphire Falls Resort

New Year’s Eve Celebration in Strong Water Tavern

Ring in the New Year with a celebration of the Caribbean. Enjoy live music, dancing, and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

  • Time: 10:00 pm – 2:00 am
  • Price: $85 for adults
  • Reservations: 407-503-5200
  • Get tickets here

New Year’s Eve Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse

Join Sapphire Falls for an “Around the World Celebration” feast. Featured family-friendly entertainment includes appearances by Universal Orlando characters and a face painter and balloonist.

  • Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Price:$59 for adults, $27 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Add on all-you-can-drink mimosas and Cubanita cocktails for $15
  • See the menu here
  • Reservations: 407-503-DINE (3463)
  • Note: this is the same menu as at Royal Pacific, but the tickets are less expensive as they do not include the Orchid reception

New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse

For just the second time, Sapphire Falls will host a breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day.

  • Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Price:$22.99 for adults, $12.99 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Add on all-you-can-drink mimosas and Cubanita cocktails for $15
  • Reservations: 407-503-DINE (3463)

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

New Year’s Eve Party Spectacular

Have a swell time at the Bayliner Diner Party Spectacular! It includes a balloon artist, face painters, a balloon drop to ring in the new year, and plenty of party favors to go around.

Plus, for those who want to purchase a dining upgrade, there is the New Year’s Eve Meal Special, which starts at 5:00 pm and which consists of New York strip loin with bernaise sauce, truffle-roasted potatoes, and seasonal vegetables.

  • Time: 8:00 pm – 12:30 am
  • Price: free for Cabana Bay Beach Resort guests only (food and drinks aren’t included)
  • Add on the New Year’s Eve Meal Special for $18.99 for adults and $9.99 for children


Aventura Hotel

New Year’s Eve at Bar 17 Bistro

Come to Aventura Hotel’s rooftop bar to ring in the new year! Although there will be no special food or drink offerings, there will be a live DJ to help you rock out during the final hours of 2019.

  • Time: TBD
  • Price: free

Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

New Year’s Eve Meal at Beach Break Cafe

Help celebrate New Year’s Eve for the very first time at the brand-new Surfside Inn and Suites. Expect a meal featuring slow-roasted beef striploin, herb-roasted red skin potatoes, asparagus, and dinner rolls and green peppercorn sauce.

  • Time: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Price:$14.99 for adults, $8.99 for children (ages 3-9)


More New Year’s Eve information

Looking for something a little simpler? If you’d just like to plan on having dinner at one of Universal Orlando’s many restaurants, you can find details for making reservations at the in-park, full-service restaurants, the venues at CityWalk, and the options at the on-site hotels by visiting our dining reservations page.