New Year's Eve, Orlando style

You don’t have to go to Times Square to attend an incredible New Year’s Eve blowout! Why stand there freezing when you’re invited to amazing celebrations in sunny Florida?

Ring in 2012 with a stunning musical celebration and fireworks extravaganza at SeaWorld Orlando! All your favourite aquatic pals will be there too! Admission: Included in regular park admission. Adults $81.99, Kids 3-9 $73.99, Kids 2 and under get in free. For more information, visit www.SeaWorld.com or call 407-363-2259.

Maybe rock n’ roll is more your style. In that case, Universal CityWalk is right up your alley. Live performances from Smashmouth and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headline Universal’s “Rock the New Year” in one of Orlando’s hottest parties! There’s also a champagne toast, a huge gourmet buffet, and live entertainment at various nightclubs including Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville; CityJazz, a hip jazz venue; the groove, an electrifying dance club; and many others! Admission: $139.99 plus tax. Check out www.universalorlando.com or call 407-363-8000 for more details.

Or you could help ring in the New Year in the inimitable Disney style all across the Walt Disney World Resort! Wave goodbye to 2011 and look ahead to 2012 in the Magic Kingdom with “Wishes” nighttime spectacular with holiday overlay at 8:30pm and “Fantasy In The Sky” at 11:51pm. Epcot offers the multi-national “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at 7pm and 11:42pm. “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios goes all out with music, fire, lasers, water, lights and fireworks at 6:30pm and 8pm, with a special “Lights, Camera, Happy New Year” fireworks display at midnight. Admission: Included in regular park admission. Adults $85, Kids 3-9 $79, Kids 2 and under get in free. Get all the details at www.disneyworld.com or call 407-824-4321.

Looking for a celebration especially for the kids? How about Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND Florida? Geared specifically toward the younger set, kids can rock out and be amazed by LEGO fireworks precisely at midnight KST (Kids Standard Time), otherwise known as 7pm EST. Admission: Adults $75, Kids 3-9 $65. For more information, head on over to www.legoland.com or call 863-318-5345.

No matter what you’re looking for, Orlando is a great place to celebrate the changing of the calendar. Happy New Year!

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