Earlier this month the daily question was, “have you finished your Christmas shopping?” I’ve always found this question to be quite annoying but it seems to be the standard early-December conversation starter or “small talk” standby. As Christmas passes and we approach year-end, another equally (if not more) annoying question seems to come up – “what are you guys doing for new years?”
Personally, New Year’s Eve has never been a huge deal to me. I’ve happily spent many a low-key New Year’s Eve at home with my husband, a bottle of champagne and Dick Clark (or is it Ryan Seacrest now?!). Despite my non-excitement over New Year’s Eve, I do have a lot of friends who are HUGE New Year’s people. These people live for this momentous occasion. They start researching potential plans months in advance and approach December 31 with high hopes of an unforgettable, over-the-top night of celebration. And so, after a quick survey of these friends – these full-on New Year’s Eve buffs – I can recommend four New Year’s Eve experiences that sound like a guaranteed good time.
Orlando, Florida – Universal Studio’s City Walk
I last visited Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida at the young age of 8… and boy, have things changed since then. Now “Universal Resort”, this shrine of amusement and action movies has exploded into much more than a theme park. Universal City Walk is a Mecca of dining and entertainment. City walk spans 30-acres full of live music, dancing, shopping, movies and excellent dining options that will appeal to all ages and budgets. For New Year’s Eve, they’re “takin the party to the streets” – with live performances by the Doobie Brothers, entertainment in all of their clubs including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville (for all your Parrotheads), Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, Latin Quarter and the Red Coconut Club (to name just a few). Included in the ticket price of $119.99 is all-you-can-eat gourmet food, a champagne toast, party hats and noisemakers. This event will be fun for all ages and a great way to take in a lot of action in one location. With varying entertainers and dining options at your fingertips there will be something to keep everyone entertained.Read