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New Year’s Eve 2020 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 2020. Normally, this would encompass CityWalk, Universal’s theme parks, and the hotels, but, this year, it’s a much lighter list – the coronavirus pandemic has, unfortunately, necessitated a lot of restrictions and cancellations.

But that doesn’t mean that Universal isn’t recognizing the holiday at all. In fact, the company has unleashed brand-new menu offerings across most of the full-service restaurants at its shopping/dinning/entertainment district, and there are still plenty of options at the resorts. Let’s sink our teeth into these one at a time, shall we?

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New Year’s 2020 – CityWalk

What is traditionally the epicenter of Universal Orlando’s New Year’s Eve festivities still holds that title for 2020, even if there’s very little in the way of live entertainment or gatherings and much more of a focus on the culinary side.

The restaurants

To celebrate the holiday, Universal has unfurled a special gastronomical lineup across all but two of CityWalk’s full-service restaurants. This actually comes in one of two forms: either a prix fixe menu (allowing you to create your own three-course meal for a set price) or a new menu item that will only be available for that one day.

Here’s what you can expect, directly from Universal:

  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food – menu items include Tamale Fritters with Pork Belly, Achiote Marinated Top Sirloin, and Seasonal Flan
  • Bigfire – three-course, prix fixe dinner featuring traditional American fare and entrees such as Dry Aged Porterhouse, Bison Filet, Cedar Plank Lobster Tail, and more
  • Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom – Caribbean-inspired cuisine including Ackee & Saltfish Wontons, Rum Braised Lamb Shank, and Rum & Raisin Bread Pudding
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar – three-course, prix fixe dinner that features Asian-inspired entrees such as Shoyu Miso Salmon, Wagyu, duck, tofu, and more
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Orlando – tropical-inspired menu featuring items like Tequila-Spiked Shrimp Ceviche, Crab-Crusted Florida Snapper, and Passion Fruit Mousse
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew – fun dishes for every sports fan to enjoy, including Lobster Corn Dogs, Surf & Turf Wagyu Burger, and Praline Chocolate Crunch Cake
  • Pat O’Brien’s – this Bourbon Street-themed eatery will include options such as a Pork Belly Wedge Salad, Blackened Beef Filet “Oscar,” and Butterscotch Pudding
  • The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen – three-course, prix fixe dinner featuring entrees such as New York Strip Steak au Poivre, Pan Roasted Salmon, Wild Mushroom & Truffle Risotto, and more
  • VIVO Italian Kitchen – three-course, prix fixe dinner that’s perfect for any lover of Italian cuisine, with entrees such as Lobster Risotto, Piedmontese Beef Tenderloin, Pistachio Grouper, and more

Hard Rock Live

Classic Albums Live: The Beatles/Abbey Road
Classic Albums Live: The Beatles/Abbey Road

Hard Rock Live Orlando, the performance venue attached to Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, holds the distinction this year of throwing the only New Year’s event at CityWalk with live entertainment: Classic Albums Live, a 17-year-old concert series that recreates, well, classic albums live on stage – this time, the seminal Abbey Road by The Beatles.

The performance lasts from 10:00 pm to 12:15 am, with pricing that starts at $45. (There’s also the $75 Lennon Room VIP pre-show upgrade, which throws a special reception into the equation that lasts from 7:30 to 9:00 pm and that includes two alcoholic beverages and a selection of hors d’oeuvres.) Every guest will be seated for the duration of the show, and both social distancing and masks will be required.

You can get tickets to Classic Albums Live: The Beatles/Abbey Road here.

New Year’s 2020 – Universal’s hotels

All four of Universal Orlando’s hotels that are currently open – Hard Rock Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites – have their own special New Year’s Eve celebrations for 2020, even if they’re a bit on the streamlined side.

Portofino Bay Hotel

New Year’s Eve buffet in Trattoria del Porto

Ring in the new year with leek-stuffed chicken breast, pasta (of course), a carving station, and more at Portofino Bay Hotel’s Trattoria del Porto.

  • Time: 5:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Price: $62 for adults; $18 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Reservations: call 407-503-3463 or book online
  • See the menu here

Hard Rock Hotel

New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner in The Kitchen

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with attitude at Hard Rock Hotel with a new-for-this-year prix fixe dinner, whose options include Grilled Hoisin Glazed Pork Chop, Grilled Porcini Dusted Beef Tenderloin, and Pan-seared Florida Red Snapper. (An a la carte menu is also available.)

  • Time: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • Price: $59 for adults (children’s price not available)
  • Reservations: call 407-503-3463 or book online
  • See the menu here

New Year’s Day family-style breakfast in The Kitchen

Replacing the rockin’ feast that was customarily held on New Year’s Eve, The Kitchen’s new meal will be served family style on New Year’s Day now. (Once again, an a la carte menu is also available.)

  • Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Price: $29 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Reservations: call 407-503-3463 or book online

The Kitchen will have a three-course, prix fixe dinner featuring entrees such as a Grilled Hoisin Glazed Pork Chop, Grilled Porcini Dusted Beef Tenderloin, Pan Seared Florida Red Snapper and more. Click here for the full menu.

Royal Pacific Resort

New Year’s Eve dinner in Islands Dining Room

Islands Dining Room’s traditional “Around the World Celebration” feast is also getting the prix fixe treatment (along with a featured seasonal cocktail).

  • Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Price: $69 for adults, $30 for children (ages 3-9)
  • Add-on all-you-can-drink Mimosas and Bloody Marys: $15.00
  • Reservations: call 407-503-3463 or book online
  • See the menu here

New Year’s Eve in Orchid Court Lounge

Although no special meal will be offered at the recently renovated Orchid Court Lounge, Universal would still like you to know that the venue will be “open for regular evening offerings.”

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

New Year’s Eve in Bayliner Diner

Have a swell time at Bayliner Diner! The festivities include a strolling balloon artist, New Year’s Eve-themed movies, live viewing of the ball drop in New York on Bayliner’s big screens, and plenty of party favors to go around.

Two packages are available for the evening: Tier One includes a reserved table and a food voucher for an entree and dessert; Tier Two, meanwhile, throws in an extra in the form of a bottle of prosecco.

Plus, for those who want to purchase a dining upgrade, there is the New Year’s Eve Carving Special, which runs from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm and which consists of beef striploin with bernaise sauce, truffle-roasted potatoes, and broccoli florets.

  • Time: 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • Price: Tier One – $24.99; Tier Two – $29.99
  • Add on the New Year’s Eve Carving Special for $18.99 for adults and $9.99 for children
  • Reservations: call 407-503-4410 or email
  • See the menu for the Carving Special here

Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

New Year’s Eve Meal Special at Beach Break Cafe

Celebrate New Year’s Eve for only the second time at Surfside Inn and Suites. Expect a meal featuring slow-roasted beef striploin, herb-roasted fingerling potatoes, asparagus, a biscuit, and red wine peppercorn sauce ( and – oh, yeah – a carving station).

  • Time: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Price: $16.99 for adults, $9.99 for children (ages 3-9)
  • See the menu here

Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

New Year’s Eve Meal Special at Pier 8 Market

For its inaugural New Year’s Eve celebration, Dockside Inn and Suites is throwing a New Year’s meal that is essentially identical to its sister hotel’s.

  • Time: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Price: $16.99 for adults, $9.99 for children (ages 3-9)
  • See the menu here

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 eateries, the venues at CityWalk, and the options at the hotels by visiting our dining reservations page.