5 Insider Tips for Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Celebration

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. From the vibrant parade to the delicious food options, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this celebration. However, with so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming for first-time attendees. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five insider tips to help you make the most out of your Mardi Gras experience at Universal Orlando. Here are our 5 insider tips for Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration.

Tip #1: Get There Early for Prime Parade Viewing

If you want the best views of the Mardi Gras parade, be sure to snag your spot early. The parade route fills up quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on those coveted bead throws. Plus, by getting there early, you can scout out the perfect spot to watch the parade. Our favorite spot is at the intersections, as you can see the parade twice – once when it leaves and again when it returns through the gate. Just remember that you’ll have to be on the curb and not on the road, as team members will remind you.

Tip #2: Save Money with a Food and Beverage Card

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One of the main highlights of Mardi Gras is the food. With so many food booths offering a variety of dishes, it can be tempting to try everything. However, that can get costly. That’s why we recommend purchasing a food and beverage card from participating restaurants or select food booths within the park. These cards offer a $10 discount for every $75 you spend, and they never expire. Annual passholders can also get a $30 discount for every $150 spent. So go ahead and indulge in all the delicious food without breaking the bank.

Tip #3: Know the Concert Schedule and Restrictions

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Mardi Gras brings in some big names for its concerts, and you don’t want to miss out on your favorite artist’s performance. Make sure to check the schedule ahead of time so you know which concert is happening when. Also, note that if you’re a passholder, blackout dates may apply during concert days. So if you’re planning to visit the park on those days, you might want to consider upgrading your pass or choosing an alternate day to visit.

Tip #4: Ride on the Floats for an Unforgettable Experience

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One of the most exciting parts of Mardi Gras is getting on the floats and throwing beads. You can secure your spot by purchasing a Ride and Dine ticket, which includes a three-course meal and a guaranteed spot on a float. If tickets are sold out, you can try your luck by using the virtual line reservation system through the Universal Orlando app. Alternatively, annual passholders may also receive information about reserving spots for select nights.

Tip #5: Don’t Miss Out on Exclusive Merch at the Tribute Store

Finally, no trip to Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is complete without a visit to the tribute store. Located in Hollywood at Universal Studios, this store offers exclusive merchandise that you won’t find anywhere else. From themed items to delicious treats, it’s worth stopping by multiple times throughout the night.

Bonus Tip: Enjoy the Shorter Wait Times on the Rides

While you’re enjoying all that Mardi Gras has to offer, make sure to take some time to ride your favorite Universal attractions. With shorter wait times due to the event (parade) taking place outside of peak season, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience your favorite rides without long lines.

In conclusion, Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando is an incredible event that everyone should experience at least once. By following these five insider tips, you can ensure that you have the best time possible without any hiccups along the way. So grab your food and beverage card, secure your spot on a float, and get ready to party like never before at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras!

Do you have any tips for Universal Orlando Mardi Gras? Let’s hear them in the comments below!

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