There are plenty of fantastic parties in the area theme parks where you can ring in the New Year, but if you’re looking for something that doesn’t require hours of sitting in traffic, listening to Brazilian soccer chants, and witnessing children have full-on meltdowns, there are plenty of other options in the tourist district. Nearly every major hotel and retail center on International Drive will have its own NYE party this year.
ICON Park will celebrate not only the countdown in Orlando but around the world, with special light shows on the Wheel every hour. At midnight, an extra-tall celebration with fireworks will ring in the new year. The event is free, but upcharge VIP tables include access to the Tattinger Bubble Room Experience and unlimited rides on the Wheel from 7 until 11 p.m.