Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2024 – An Insider’s Guide

universal orlando mardi gras 2024

Step into the vibrant world of Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort, where the spirit of the Big Easy takes over Universal Studios Florida, turning it into a family-friendly version of the renowned New Orleans street party. Get ready for an insider’s guide to the grandest celebration in Orlando – Mardi Gras 2024.

Unveiling Mardi Gras Magic

Running on select nights from February 3 to April 7, 2024, Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida promises a spectacular extravaganza for theme park enthusiasts. Included with your theme park ticket or annual pass (with passholder blockout dates), this annual event showcases the best of New Orleans traditions, blending vibrant performances, lively parades, and electrifying concerts.

@perfectingthemagic you gotta see this parade! #universalorlando #universalstudios #mardigras #universalstudioshollywood ♬ original sound – Juliet Nuzzo

Concert Extravaganza

The beats of Mardi Gras come alive at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida, featuring headlining concerts on select nights at 8:30 PM. From the country tunes of Walker Hayes to the iconic sound of KC and the Sunshine Band, the lineup caters to diverse musical tastes. With performances spanning from February to March, the concerts add a rhythmical flair to the Mardi Gras experience.

A Parade Like No Other

The heart of Mardi Gras lies in its iconic parade, featuring twelve authentic floats designed and created in New Orleans. The 2024 theme, “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras,” promises a visually stunning spectacle that incorporates fantastical creatures with Bourbon Street flair. The parade takes place on select dates, starting as early as 5:15 PM and continuing into the evening, offering a mesmerizing display of lights, music, and, of course, beads.

For an exclusive experience, annual passholders have the opportunity to be float riders, throwing beads and interacting with parade spectators from the best seats in the house. Additionally, a new addition to this year’s festivities is the Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience, offering a three-course meal at select restaurants while enjoying a reserved spot on a parade float, starting at $84.99.

Culinary Carnival

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2024 wouldn’t be complete without a culinary journey, and Universal Orlando Resort delivers with over 50 dishes and drinks inspired by carnavals from around the world. Cajun cuisine takes center stage, expanding beyond Universal Studios Florida to include Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. From Ube Ice Cream in a Matcha Bubble Waffle to a savory Crawfish Boil, the Mardi Gras food scene is a treat for the taste buds.

To enhance your gastronomic adventure, consider the Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card, offering convenient access to the diverse range of carnival-inspired delicacies.


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Tribute Store Extravaganza

Step into the Mardi Gras Tribute Store, a love letter to the city of New Orleans. With themed rooms resembling a ballroom, the streets of The Big Easy, and a nod to NOLA history, the store is not just a shopping destination but an immersive experience. Indulge in themed treats like Chocolate Cookie Dough Balls and King Cake Macarons while exploring the rich history and culture of Mardi Gras.

Merchandise Galore

Deck yourself out in Mardi Gras flair with a range of merchandise available near Universal Music Plaza. From Gator Tees to Spirit Jerseys and themed accessories, there’s something for every reveler. Embrace the festive spirit with Mardi Gras-themed gear that extends beyond traditional beads.

Krewe Crawl Adventure

Embark on a scavenger hunt adventure with the Krewe Crawl, visiting 12 stations across Universal Studios to collect stamps for a Mardi Gras mask. For a nominal fee of $10, the Krewe Crawl adds an interactive element to your Mardi Gras experience, culminating in the redemption of a Mardi Gras mask at the Hello Kitty Store.


@kelly_ever_after We had so much fun on the last day for Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Celebration. There were some amazing floats, performers and of course all the beads you can catch! Can’t wait until next year! #universal #universalstudios #universalorlando #universalstudiosorlando #universalmardigras #universalmardigras2023 #mardigras #universalparade ♬ Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Olympia Brass Band


Frequently Asked Questions

For those with burning questions, the Mardi Gras FAQ section covers everything from the family-friendliness of the event to collecting beads and benefits for annual passholders. It’s your go-to guide for ensuring a seamless and enjoyable Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Studios Florida.

Let the good times roll as Universal Orlando Resort transforms into a Mardi Gras haven, offering a blend of music, parades, culinary delights, and immersive experiences. Join the revelry and make Mardi Gras 2024 an unforgettable celebration!

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