End-of-the-year splurge: 5 New Year’s Eve parties at Orlando’s theme parks

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Not sure what to do this New Year’s Eve? For those who don’t want to think too hard but still want 2014 to go out with a bang, take advantage of living in a tourist town. Here are five exciting excuses to check out the theme parks to start 2015 with a splurge.

Pyrotechnics around the world at Epcot
Dazzling effects complete with a smoke-billowing dragon in China, Euro-pop and lasers in Italy, and various DJs, fireworks and light shows throughout the park top off Epcot’s celebrations.
Cost for Florida residents: $100.11

Flashy fireworks displays at Magic Kingdom
Get a head start on welcoming 2015 at Magic Kingdom with fireworks on two nights instead of just one. On Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 31, a jaw-dropping presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks will go off at 11:50 p.m.
Cost for Florida residents: $105.44

Glittering Live Rock Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Throughout the night, guests can groove to the beat of an energetic DJ, then classic rock band Mulch, Sweat & Shears takes the stage and plays live during a fireworks spectacular.
Cost for Florida residents: $100.11

A fist-pumping good time at Universal CityWalk
On Dec. 31, Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration promises to be an electrifying event featuring Orlando’s largest dance floor, six unique party zones (each with their own signature drinks), access to six of CityWalk’s high-energy nightclubs with live music, food and more. The evening includes a champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. This is a separately ticketed event.
Cost: $129.99 

Heart pounding Illuminations at SeaWorld Orlando
Ring in the New Year SeaWorld-style with a marine-themed musical celebration and a bold fireworks display at midnight.
Cost: $84.87

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