Any time travelers have the opportunity to head to sunny Orlando, Florida in the name of fun, they’re bound to be in for a treat. This tantalizing city is filled with options for visitors to check out amazing attractions, beautiful views, and savory moments to match. While time spent exploring the city tends to top itinerary, Orlando is also loved for its many theme parks that add a whimsical touch to every stay. Among the appealing options, Universal Orlando Resort is one that brings the magic and fun of movies, cinema, and celebration to life right before guests’ very eyes. If you happen to be planning to travel to Orlando this spring and you’re looking for a place to savor the flavors of Mardi Gras right in the heart of Florida, a stop at Universal is a must. This is when Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval comes to town, and it’s an event you simply won’t want to miss in 2023!

An Event Filled with Flavor and Fun

The best of Louisiana comes to Orlando with the arrival of Universal Orlando Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval. In 2023, this highly anticipated event will be held from February 4th through April 16th. Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval fun is included in the cost of a theme park ticket or annual pass. This makes enjoying the event even more convenient and welcoming for guests from near and far. Of course, there are always options to book extra experiences if you’d like to make even more of this colorful and savory moment! Universal is truly going beyond the bayou for this Mardi Gras celebration that’s designed to be one big party inspired by Carnaval celebrations hailing from around the globe. From the food and entertainment to the parades and colorful décor, the celebration is one-of-a-kind for guests who are in Orlando to enjoy the fun.

What to Expect at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Celebration

Beyond the many fun activities and attractions that Universal Orlando offers up to guests year-round, the Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval celebration brings added glitz, flavor, and fun to guests, day and night. On select days of the celebration, guests can enjoy both day and nighttime parades complete with fantastic floats, music, and performers. The same goes for the celebration’s concert series which welcomes live music to the resort stage on select evenings. Those who are looking forward to savoring the flavors of global Mardi Gras celebrations will love just how many opportunities there are during this special event to try foods originating from the Bayou to Brazil and beyond. Food kiosks throughout the park typically open around 11:00 am and serve up delicious bites hailing from Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Cuba, Germany, France, Colombia, Italy, and Trinidad and Tobago just to name a few. Whether it’s a blackened Chicken Po’Boy that you’re craving or shrimp gumbo with rice that hits the spot, the many savory options found here are sure to be a treat for the tastebuds.

Special Experiences to Add to the Itinerary

While enjoying the parades, getting your fill of fantastic food, and dancing to great music are all amazing options during Universal Orlando Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval, those who head to Orlando during this event can always look forward to more! In 2023, visitors will have options to book a Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine experience in advance of their arrival. On select dates between February 4th and April 16th, those who hold tickets for this experience will enjoy a prime place on one of the parade floats where they can toss beads to the excited crowd below! It’s the best view of the parade possible and a fun way to take a hands-on approach to the celebration fun. After the parade, ticketholders will also be invited to enjoy a three-course meal at one of the participating and select Universal Orlando restaurants. Restaurant options include Finnegan’s Bar & Grill as well as Lombard’s Seafood Grill at Universal Studios. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar and NBC Sports Grill & Bar at Universal City Walk are also participating stops. The experience starts at $64.99 per person and gratuity isn’t included upfront. Be sure to book early as this is an experience that’s sure to fill up fast!

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