Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2024 Opening Day

It’s that time of year again – time to let the good times roll and celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando! The park is decked out in festive decorations, delicious food booths, and lively music to kick off the opening weekend of Mardi Gras 2024. Whether you’re a seasoned Mardi Gras regular or a first-timer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s celebration.

As you enter Universal Studios, you’ll be greeted by The Medallion, a symbol of the official start of Mardi Gras at the park. This year’s event runs from February 3rd to April 7th, giving you two months to experience the energy and excitement of New Orleans right here in Florida. And the best part? Mardi Gras is included with your regular park admission, making it a must-visit for all Universal guests.

The first thing you’ll notice as you make your way into the park is the lively atmosphere. The sounds of Marti Gras music fill the air, setting the perfect tone for what’s to come. From traditional jazz to upbeat brass bands, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to Bourbon Street. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing along with the music – it’s all part of the fun!

But let’s not forget about the food – after all, Mardi Gras is known for its delicious Cajun cuisine. This year, Universal has added new food booths featuring dishes from Puerto Rico, New Orleans, and Brazil. From savory gouda and onion waffles to sweet cookie butter waffles, there’s something for every tastebud. And for those looking for a more hearty meal, try the Colombian burger or the Spanish eats booth for some unique options. Plus, if you’re a passholder, don’t forget to take advantage of the $150 gift card for only $120 – that’s $30 worth of free food purchases!

As you make your way through the park, take some time to admire the festive decorations and set pieces that Universal has put together. From colorful bird feeders to jester hats on light posts, the attention to detail is impressive. And make sure to check out the themed booths themselves. Universal has gone above and beyond to make each one representative of its respective country or region.

But the highlight of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios has to be the nightly parade. Starting at 7:45 p.m., this iconic parade is a must-see for all park guests. Colorful floats, vibrant costumes, and energetic dancers will make their way down the parade route, spreading joy and excitement to all in attendance. And don’t be shy – join in on the dancing and bead-throwing fun!

Aside from the food and entertainment, there’s also plenty of shopping to be done at Mardi Gras. From unique masks and beads to authentic New Orleans souvenirs, you’ll find something to take home as a reminder of your Mardi Gras experience. And don’t miss out on the chance to try on some traditional Mardi Gras masks and take a memorable photo in front of one of Universal’s festive backdrops.

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 taking place outside of peak season, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience your favorite rides without long lines.

As the evening comes to a close, make sure to catch the last concert of the night at Universal’s Music Plaza stage. From All-American Rejects to DJ Khaled, there’s a concert for everyone to enjoy during Mardi Gras. And don’t forget – Zed will be closing out the event in March, so make sure to plan your visit accordingly.

Overall, the opening day of Mardi Gras 2024 at Universal Orlando is not one to be missed. From the vibrant energy to the delicious food and entertaining parade, it’s a celebration that will leave you feeling like you’ve experienced a taste of New Orleans. So grab your beads, your dancing shoes, and head over to Universal Studios for an unforgettable Mardi Gras experience!

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