Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Last Saturday I has the pleasure to attend the Universal Studios Mardi Gras celebration in Orlando, along with my sister Rachael and husband David. We’ve all been to Universal Studios before, but never during the Mardi Gras celebration which happens to be the most spectacular celebration of the Big Easy spirit outside of New Orleans itself. We were in store for a real treat!

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

During the media event we had an opportunity to ride some of Universal Studios best family-friendly rides including: Woody Woodpeckers Nuthouse Roller Coaster and the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. The Woody Woodpeckers Nuthouse Roller Coaster is a kid-sized roller coaster that has enough twists and turns to be fun for the entire family. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a 3D ride with the adventure starting in Gru’s home, where you’re recruited for his latest scheme – one where you’ll become an actual minion. The 3D and special effects on this ride were so amazing and some of the most fun we’ve ever had.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

My sister Rachael and I were like little kids when it came to meeting park characters.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

I just thought this was a really cool pic!

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Universal Studios went all out for Mardi Gras, with an authentic French Quarter. There was live music and traditional Cajun foods such as Jambalaya and Gumbo. Everything we ate was so delicious, and we really enjoyed seeing all the people dressed in beautiful Mardi Gras costumes.

I think my husband David was enjoying this a little too much. hehe

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Within minutes of arriving, Rachael was already getting beaded up.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

There were face painting artists who were nice enough to give David this cool dragon on his face.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

I couldn’t resist getting a smurf painted on my arm. I love smurfs!

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

The highlight of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios was definitely the parade which happened just after the sun set. It was truly spectacular! The floats were made by the same people who make the Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans, and they were like nothing I have ever seen. The attention to detail was incredible.  All of the street performers were amazing, and everywhere we looked people were grabbing beads by the handful. If you’re worried about having your kids in the middle of all the action, there is the Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area that is designated just for them.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

There was even more excitement after the parade. We happened to be there on a night when the band Matchbox Twenty was doing a concert. Does it get any better than that? The band was really great. My sister is a huge Matchbox Twenty fan and was so excited. The music never stops  - 14 of music’s biggest names will be live in concert on the Universal Music Plaza Stage during the Mardi Gras celebration.

As you can see from the pics below, Mardi Gras at Universal Studios was quite a party.

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Universal Studios Mardi Gras

Universal Studios Mardi Gras runs on Saturdays and select nights through April 20, 2013. If you’re in the Orlando area or planning your next trip to Florida, it’s a celebration you don’t want to miss. We had a blast!

We attended Mardi Gras as part of a media event.

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Comments

  1. That is definitely a side of Universal I never knew about! looks like a great time! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks like such an amazing time! Much more fun than actual Mardi Gras! I’d love to be able to go sometime!

  3. That looks like a fun way to get a little Mardi Gras experience without some of the craziness you’d find IN New Orleans.

  4. Wow looks like a blast. SO cool you got to take your sis and hubs.

  5. How fun! Looks like you had a great time! I’ve always wanted to check out Mardi Gras.

  6. How fun! We went a few years back and had a ton of fun. The kids loved all of the beads!

  7. I’ve never been to Universal but have always wanted to go. It looks like it’d be even more fun to go during a celebration like Mardi Gras!

  8. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I neve3r iknew they celebrated Mardi gras at Universal. It truly looks spectacular. I’m glad you all had a good time.

  9. That looks like so much fun. We were just in Florida, but didn’t make it to Universal. Maybe next trip.

  10. What a neat twist on Mardi Gras! If we ever make it to Orlando at the right time we will definitely have to check it out!

  11. Awesome! I love Mardi Gras at Universal! So fun!

  12. Andrew L. says:

    It looks like you had a great time!! We live closer to Orlando now and ever since the move I’ve wanted to go to this event.

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