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Here are some Party and dining places to help celebrate the start of 2018

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 11:20 am

By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
Get ready to bring in 2018 with New Year’s Eve celebrations in Central Florida.
Orlando, and Central Florida, are actually one of the hottest places to welcome 2018. According to Wallethub, the personal finance website, the Orlando area is the second best place nationwide to spend New Year’s Eve. New York City ranks first.
Some New Year’s Eve facts by the numbers from Wallethub:
$1.2 Billion – Estimated cost of New Year’s air travel, with at least six million people expected to pay an average of $204 for a round-trip ticket.
8 in 10 Americans – Spend less than $200 on New Year’s Eve.
$680 – Difference in the cost for a couple to enjoy dinner and a show on New Year’s Eve in the most expensive (New York) and least expensive (Washington) cities.
360 plus Million – Glasses of sparkling wine are drunk each New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Always one of the more entertaining ways of celebrating the arrival of the new year is the James Bond party at the Enzian. The retro event lets you dress to impress, whether you want to dress like James Bond or one of the Bond girls. The event features an open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, and confetti cannon/ball drop at midnight and a live DJ.
General admission is $99, but you can get an upgrade to reserved tables in the private section with a VIP bar, party favors, a bottle of champagne
and more. A table for two is $325, a table for four
is $650.
Go to for tickets and more information.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel presents New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza
The family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration features gourmet foods, kid-friendly buffet, live entertainment and activities, countdown to midnight with sparkling wine toast and more.
Time: 8:30 p.m. – midnight.
Location: Harbor Piazza
Reservations: Call 407-503-1200.
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
This is a New Year’s Eve buffet and rock-in in the lobby.
Enjoy a feast in The Kitchen restaurant that includes the ROCK-in 2018. New Year’s Eve Lobby Party.
Time: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: The Kitchen
Reservations: Call 407-503-DINE
Rock in the New Year at the lobby party featuring specially prepared desserts and family-friendly entertainment. Watch the countdown live from Times Square via satellite and welcome in 2018 with a champagne toast.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
New Year’s Eve Buffet and Orchid Court Dessert Buffet
This is an “Around the World Celebration” feast and family-friendly entertainment in Islands Dining Room. The Orchid Court New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet is included.
Time: 5 p.m .- midnight
Location: Islands Dining Room & Orchid Court Lounge
Reservations: Call 407-503-DINE
Orchid Court Dessert Buffet
Ring in the New Year with us in Orchid Court Lounge, where you’ll enjoy a special dessert buffet and more before welcoming in 2018 with a champagne toast.
Time: 7 p.m. – midnight
Location: Orchid Court Lounge.
Reservations: Call 407-503-DINE
Jake’s “Best of 2017” Beer Dinner
Jake’s American Bar on New Year’s Eve will host a special five-course dinner featuring favorite beer pairings from each Jake’s Beer Dinner in 2017. The Orchid Court New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet is included.
Time: 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Location: Jake’s American Bar
Reservations: Call 407-503-DINE. |
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort New Year’s Eve Buffet
The Amatista Cookhouse hosts an “Around the World Celebration” feast. Featured family-friendly entertainment includes appearances by Universal Orlando characters, face painter and balloonist.
Time: 5 p.m. – midnight
Location: Amatista Cookhouse
Reservations: Call 407-503-1200.
Strong Water Tavern
Strong Water Tavern will host a celebration of the Caribbean and ring in the New Year with live music, dancing, champagne toast and balloon drop.
Time: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Location: Strong Water Tavern
Reservations: Call 407-503-DINE
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
New Year’s Eve Buffet
The Bayliner Diner Party Spectacular includes a special holiday feast and a variety of entertainment for the entire family to welcome in the new year.
Time: 8 p.m. – 12:30am
Location: Bayliner Diner