Everything we know about Universals Mardi Gras!

Hey Thrill Seekers!

Starting on Saturday 9th February this years Mardi Gras event looks awesome! For those of you who don’t know, Mardi Gras is a New Orleans style party held at Universal Studios where you can catch countless beads from vibrant parade floats, eat delicious and authentic food and listen to some of the biggest names in music.

Buckle in cos’ i’m going to tell you everything you need to know about this years Mardi Gras including the FOOD you can get during the event! YUM.

Parade

The 20 minute parade is one of my favourite parts of Mardi Gras! This years theme is Party Animals so is right up my street! There will be originan fan favourites as well as new floats themed to lively animals from around the world like the below:

Be prepared to catch tonnes of beads from the floats!!

The parade starts at 5:15 pm on Feb. 21, Mar. 4
It starts at 6:15 pm on Feb. 10-15, 18-20, 22, 24-28, Mar. 1, 5-8
It starts at 7:15 pm on Mar. 3
It starts at 7:30 pm on Mar. 11-15, 18-22, 25-29, Apr. 1-4
It starts at 7:45 pm on Feb. 9, 16, 17, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

Food

Another one of my favourite things!!
During Mardi Gras you’ll be able to test out loads of dishes in the French Quarter Courtyard as all dishes can be bought in tasting sizes!

There is also a variety of speciality cocktails!
Mimosa Bar – a new bar dedicated to – you guessed it!- Mimosas! you can try unique flavours such as caramel apple, raspberry rosemary and mojito mint.
Signature Drink – (non alcoholic) ‘Bayou Bog Water’ don’t be put off by the name though it comes complete with gummy worms, fish and blueberry boba beads!
You can also get Carnival Cocktails and Ragin’ Rumbalayas  and then if you’re feeling brave you could go for the Viscous Voodoo which is a combo of the previous two!!

what one would you start your night with?

Live Entertainment and Performances

On select nights, you can watch some of the biggest names in music take to the Music Plaza stage. Here’s the line up:

  • February 9 – BUSH
  • February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
  • February 17 – Dan + Shay
  • February 23 – Macklemore
  • March 2 – Sabrina Carpenter
  • March 9 – Becky G
  • March 10 – Sean Paul
  • March 16 – Steve Miller Band
  • March 17 – Ziggy Marley
  • March 23 – NF
  • March 24 – Pitbull
  • March 30 – Bazzi
  • March 31 – To be announced

If you want to hang around the French Quarter you will be able to see the signature sounds of these authentic Big Easy bands.

  • February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show
  • February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
  • March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band

So there we have it. Are you visiting Universal Studios between the 9th Feb and 4th April? If not, you should cos’ it’s great time to visit Universal!!

Smiles included,

Abby

The Secret Life Of Pets Comes To Universal’s Superstar Parade!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Every single day for around 30 minutes the streets of Universal Studios Orlando are transformed into ‘one of the largest interactive experiences ever.’

Universals Superstar parade is just like a massive street party with amazing floats, enthusiastic street performers, high energy music, aerial stunt performers, LED lighting and huge sound systems.

This December Universal have invited the stars of The Secret Life Of Pets. With two brand new floats and the chance to meet and talk to some of the hilarious characters from the film such as Norman the Guinea Pig. The two floats will be surrounded by amusing and upbeat musical performances that you definitely don’t want to miss!

The Secret Life Of Pets extravaganza gets underway with a friendly welcome from Max and Duke in a fall themed Central Park.

The-Secret-Life-of-Pets-Joins-Universals-Superstar-Parade-900x563The Main float then rolls in and its theme is based on the apartments in the Big Apple itself. You will get the chance to be a fly on the wall as to what these cheeky pets do when their owners aren’t around. These brand new, never seen before performances and floats will generate a whole new energy for the parade. The parkour performers and dancers will be somersaulting, flipping, spinning and shimmying through the streets and my bet is that you will find it impossible to stand still! It will almost be like a flash mob in the middle of New York with the perfect addition of pets! What more could you ask for?!

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Throughout the day the parade makes regular stops at Mel’s Drive In and Battery Park. This is where some of the stars of the film will come out to play! You will be able to meet characters such as Norman, Max, Duke, Leonard, Gidget, Chloe and many more. Don’t forget to take a photo as it is sure to be one of the images you will want to put in your holiday scrapbook!

So if you’re visiting Universal Studios this December, make sure you allow half an hour to experience the amazing Superstar Parade where you’ll be the first to come face to face and get involved in the spectacle that is The Secret Life Of Pets!

Smiles Included…

Jess

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