Mardi Gras is back at Universal Orlando. With some all-new entertainment and food options as well as returning fan favorites. If fun, festival, and food, are your thing you’re going to want to check it out!
Mardi Gras International Flavors of Carnaval
Let’s get started with my favorite part of carnaval, the food!
Taste the mouthwatering flavors of global Carnaval celebrations from New Orleans to Brazil to Belgium and beyond with an expansive menu featuring more than 50 tasting-sized items.
This Indian street food is a vegetable stew with veggies like carrots, potatoes, and cauliflower, with spices like garlic and ginger. It comes with a toasted sweet roll perfect for dipping.
Dirty Cauliflower Rice
This vegan-friendly play on a New Orleans classic has meatless sausage, black-eyed peas, and cauliflower. Onions, green bell peppers, and cajun spices really bring you back to the bayou.
Mofongo Trio Flight
This Puerto Rican-inspired dish is a mix of green plantains, bacon, and chicharrones. Each bite has a different topping. This tasty trio consists of Shrimp Criolla, Traditional, and Chicken Chicharron with mayo ketchup topping.
This thick brioche battered waffle is dusted with pearl sugar and is topped off with strawberries and whipped cream. Is it a dessert or a meal? We will let you decide!
Indonesian Purple Sticky Rice Pudding
This Indonesian dish is actually a dessert and is made with purple long-grain rice. Coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut, and mango make for a deliciously sweet tropical dish.
Baja Shrimp Ceviche Tostada
Citrus shrimp top off this Mexican-inspired dish along with avocado crema, cotija cheese, non-spicy jalapenos, red onion, and cilantro on a blue tortilla.
This delicious dish hails from Denmark. This red-skinned hotdog is topped off with pickled cucumber, crunchy onions, curry remoulade, and then topped off with a few sprigs of fresh dill. It’s served on a toasted bun.
These might look like doughnuts but they are actually a trio of Brazilian Chocolate Fudge Bombs. This delectable dessert is made with sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. Each one is rolled in a different topping of Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, or hazelnuts.
These vegan-friendly churros are dusted with lots of cinnamon sugar and come with two dipping sauces chocolate and coconut agave nectar.
It Doesn’t End There
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Universal CityWalk is in on the party too. Themed kiosks will also feature “The International Flavors of Carnaval” including countries like France, Greece, Belgium, and more!
Universal’s Volcano Bay is even offering up Muffuletta Long Board Pizza and the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will have a Masquerade Milkshake during the festivities.
Plus, guests can enjoy more for less with the purchase of the Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card by paying $65 for a $75 card, and Universal Orlando Passholders have exclusive access to a $150 card for only $120.
Plus, guests can take the celebration to the next level and be part of the festivities by tossing beads to fellow partygoers by purchasing the new Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience, which includes a 3-course meal at one of four participating restaurants and one Mardi Gras parade float rider reservation.
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Universal Orlando offers up all sorts of entertainment during the Mardi Gras Carnaval. Guests can catch beads by the handful during this year’s dazzling “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras” parade – featuring six new floats inspired by fantastical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, unicorns, and more that will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats – such as the iconic, two-story Riverboat and nearly 50-foot-long King Gator.
After Hours Party
Guests can attend a Mardi Gras After Party at Pat O’Brien’s on select nights and enjoy special entertainment and theming at the Red Coconut Club – which will transform into the Cursed Coconut Club for the Mardi Gras season.
Enjoy eight live performances by top names in music like Sean Paul, Maren Morris, and Goo Goo Dolls at the Music Plaza Stage on select nights. To see a complete list of acts check out Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras website here.
Access to Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual or Seasonal Pass (blackout dates apply). Florida Residents can take advantage of a new offer to partake in the festivities that gives them two days of free admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the purchase of a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket (valid for use through June 29, 2023; blackout dates apply) – and for just $25 more, they can add one day of admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Mardi Gras in Orlando than with fabulous food and entertainment at Universal Studios Orlando. I love having the chance to try a new food I might not normally get to experience. The entertainment is fun and festive and really gets you in the spirit.
Have you ever been to Universal Orlando during Mardi Gras? What was your favorite part about the carnival? Let us know in the comments below!
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