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New Year’s Eve 2017 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 2017, including CityWalk, Universal’s theme parks, and the on-site hotels. Let’s get started!

Eve 12.31.17 at Universal CityWalk

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

Here is everything you need to know for Eve 12.31.17:

  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine featuring prime rib, tenderloin, jumbo shrimp, custom desserts, and more
  • Biggest outdoor dance floor in Orlando
  • Admission to six CityWalk clubs
  • Midnight champagne toast and pyrotechnics display

Eve at CityWalk includes admission to all event venues, each with their own entertainment, customized party zones, and signature drinks. And to send it all into the stratosphere, you can celebrate all night on Orlando’s biggest dance floor, built just for Eve in front of the CityWalk Plaza Stage. You’ll kiss 2017 goodbye in style with a 360-degree DJ platform, dancers, and incredible special effects.

Eve tickets cost $109.99 if purchased before December 15; afterwards, they jump up to $139.99. (Annual passholders are given a 10% discount off of either price.) There are also VIP tickets available, which enable access to a special event entrance, private VIP areas throughout CityWalk (including bars and balconies), an exclusive menu, and two complimentary drinks (up to $15 in value). VIP tickets cost $184.99 before December 15 and $224.99 afterwards (and, yes, APs are given a 10% discount once again). You can purchase any of these admission types online.

No one under 21 is permitted entry.


After sending out the previous four years in style, award-winning DJ M-Squared will be making his fifth 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.


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:


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 2017 New Year's party at Hard Rock Live
Rock ’til the Drop 2017 New Year’s 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 2017 New Years Eve Party. Second, the Blue Man Group will be hosting three shows on December 31 – learn more.

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; however, they are open late, so you can enjoy your favorite attractions into the wee hours of the night. This year, Universal Studios Florida is scheduled to be open until 12:30 am, while Islands of Adventure closes at 10:00 pm. (Volcano Bay is open until 6:00 pm, in case you’re curious.)

Universal’s on-site hotels

All of the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando – Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock HotelRoyal Pacific Resort, Sapphire Falls Resort, and Cabana Bay Beach Resort – each are having their own special New Year’s Eve celebrations for 2018.

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-care-to-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, a balloonist, kids’ crafts-and-activities area, face painting, and party favors. Live opera will crescendo from the balconies, culminating in a toast and celebration to welcome in 2018!

  • View the menu here
  • Time: 8:30 pm – midnight
  • Price: $150 for adults, $35 for children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Purchase online

Hard Rock Hotel

Rock-in 2018!
*recommended for families
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with attitude at Hard Rock Hotel. Enjoy family-friendly festivities, including specially-prepared desserts, face painters, a balloonist, Universal Orlando characters, the Magic Men, a live DJ, a balloon drop, confetti cannons, movies in the ballroom, and DJ rockin’ in the lobby. Then, at midnight, watch the countdown in Times Square via satellite with hats, party favors, and a champagne toast.

  • Time: 8:00 pm – 1:00 am
  • Price: $70 for adults, $40 for children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Purchase online

New Year’s Eve Buffet in The Kitchen
Enjoy a rockin’ feast in The Kitchen that includes the Rock-in 2018! New Year’s Eve lobby party.

  • View the menu here
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm (buffet); 8:00 pm – 1:00 am (lobby party)
  • Price: $125 for adults, $55 for children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Purchase online

Royal Pacific Resort

Orchid Court New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet
All evening long, enjoy the island vibe of Royal Pacific Resort’s Orchid Court Lounge with complimentary dessert selections, New Year’s Eve festivities, face painters, balloon twisters, 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: $40 for adults, $20 for children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Dial 407-503-DINE (3463) for reservations

New Year’s Eve Buffet in Orchid Court
Join Royal Pacific for an “Around the World Celebration” feast. The Orchid Court reception (seen above) is included!

  • View the menu here
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm (buffet); 7:00 pm – 12:00 am (dessert buffet)
  • Price: $85 for adults, $35 for children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Purchase online or call 407-503-DINE (3463)
  • Note: this is the same menu as at Sapphire Falls, but more expensive as it includes the Orchid reception

Jake’s “Best of 2017” Beer Dinner
Come to Jake’s American Bar for a special New Year’s Eve dinner that features favorite pairings from each Jake’s Beer Dinner in 2017.

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 2017” five-course dinner with beer pairings. After dinner, you will head up to Orchid Court lobby lounge 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 – 11:00 pm (dinner); 11:00 pm – 1:00 am (Orchid Court party)
  • Price: $65 for adults
  • Purchase online, call 407-503-3200, or emailroyalpacificconcierge@loewshotels.com

Sapphire Falls Resort

Sapphire Falls New Year’s Eve Celebration
Ring in the New Year in the Amatista Cookhouse. Enjoy a special holiday buffet and family-friendly entertainment, including face painters and balloonists. Champagne toast included.

  • Time: 5pm – 12am
  • Price: $58 for adults, $24 for children 3-9 (2 & under complimentary)
  • See the menu
  • Reserve now or call 407 503 DINE
  • Note: This is the same menu as Royal Pacific, but less expensive as it does not include the Orchid reception.

Sapphire Falls New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet
Kick off the first day of 2017 with a special breakfast buffet in the Amatista Cookhouse.

  • Time: 8am – 12pm
  • Price: $21.99 for adults, $11.99 for children 3-9 (2 & under complimentary)
  • Reserve now or call 407 503 DINE

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

New Year’s Eve at the Bayliner Diner

Have a swell time at the Bayliner Diner Party! It includes a live DJ, balloon artist, face painters, a balloon drop to ring in the new year, and plenty of party favors to go around. Plus, there will be a carving station for only $16.99 (plus tax).

  • Time: 8pm – 12:30am

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.