Updated March 2022: It was announced that the world famous Mardi Gras Festival will be returning to Universal Studios Orlando in 2022! Although we have only received limited details to this point we will be sure to keep this page updated as additional information is released. Be sure to book mark this page for easy access in the future.
This article is your ultimate guide to the 2022 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras celebration! Because we all know that Universal Orlando is known for throwing one of the biggest, best Mardi Gras festivals in the Orlando. In an ordinary year, park guests can enjoy spectacular parades, mouth-watering food and concerts from hot new musical artists every night from February to April.
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So if you’re ready to experience one of the best evens Universal has to offer keep reading our 2022 Universal Mardi Gras celebration guide!
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Guests will get to experience an international food fest with cuisine and entertainment inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. Enjoy amazing food from different regions including New Orleans, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, and Spain!
Plus guests will be able to enjoy street entertainment, floats on display, music, beads and so much more.
Planning the best time to go to Universal Orlando for Mardi Gras can not only save you a ton of time in the theme park but it can also save you money! How you might ask? Well just like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando theme park tickets now fluctuate based on the time of year you visit.
So one of the easiest ways to pick the best time to visit Universal is to compare the cheapest Universal Orlando ticket prices. The cheaper the tickets the more likely it is that the parks won’t be as crowded during that time of year. Plus all of the Universal Orlando tickets sold on our website come with Early Park Admission!
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Universal Orlando’s health guidelines have been changing over time, but this is what we expect for the 2022 Mardi Gras celebration. Universal has announced the following safety guidelines:
Please note that parades and concerts are returning this year, so make sure you plan your 2022 Mardi Gras vacation with these guidelines in mind!
Universal Mardi Gras will be held during normal park hours. For the latest Universal Studios theme park hours be sure to check out our Universal Crowd calendar where we break down crowd levels, park hours, and even ticket pricing.
Universal Mardi Gras ticket prices are always surprisingly affordable—namely because they’re free. Yup, you read that right. Entry to the Mardi Gras Orlando celebration is included in your Universal park admission! So long as you have a valid entry to the park, you’ll have access to everything Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2022 has to offer.
With all of Universal Orlando’s hotels and resorts being so close and connected to the theme parks, if might be smart to book at stay during the 2022 Mardi Gras festival! Universal Orlando has 8 different hotels that are either within walking distance or a short bus or boat ride away. After partaking in the festivals food and drink offerings, having a short travel distance back to your hotel room is a must!
All hotels have bus access to the theme parks that drops guests off at the entrance of security at Universal CityWalk. We recommend taking the bus for the farthest resorts from the theme parks such as:
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Craving some “N’awlins-style food and spirits”? Universal has you covered. You can sample authentic Louisianan cuisine at French Quarter Courtyard all Mardi Gras long. We hope you’re hungry for it.
In previous years, we saw all the traditional New Orleans goodies in the French Corner food tents, including beignets, crab étouffée, jambalaya and po’boys. Specialty cocktails and alcoholic drinks were scattered all throughout the courtyard, and guests over 21 could order even order them in souvenir cups! Universal’s CityWalk wasn’t left out of the fun either! Exclusive Mardi Gras snacks, treats and drinks were scattered all over Universal’s nightlife district in 2020.
Once we have the latest information on the 2022 Universal Studios Mardi Gras menus, we will update you right here!
Last year’s festival let you experience an international fest cuisine all around Universal Studios Florida; inspired by international Carnaval celebrations. Sabor Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Spain and other regions including, of course, New Orleans in Mardi Gras 2022! Check out the complete menus from 2021:
Jerked marinated chicken, rice & peas, scotch bonnet salsa
Jerked marinated jack fruit, rice & peas, scotch bonnet salsa
Bahamian rum punch
Sweet liege waffles with strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate
Crispy seasoned fries with choice of dipping sauce: garlic mayonnaise, andalouse, or joppieaus
Belgian wheat beer
Belgian quadruple, Abbey ale
Fruited sweet and sour ale
Shrimp coconut cream stew, white rice, sweet potato curls
Brazilian classic with condensed milk, cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, toasted peanuts
Crispy pulled chicken tear drop fritters
Cachaça and pineapple flavors
Cachaça and strawberry flavors
A blend of pineapple and strawberry caipirinhas
Crispy fries with short rib, cheese curds, demi glaze
Fried sweetened dough, Nutella, sugar, chopped hazelnuts
Fried sweetened dough, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup
A complex Canadian whiskey punch with a base of pear juice
Corn meal cake pocket filled with avocado, carnitas, mayonnaise, ketchup, culantro
Limeade sweetened with coconut cream
Limonada de Coco spiked with rum and tequila
Roasted pork, Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles on Cuban bread served with plantain chips
Baked vanilla custard, dark caramel
Choice of Bacardí Light, Bacardí 4 Year or Bacardí 8 Year
Red wine poached pear, vanilla pastry cream, toasted almonds, caramel, crispy sugar topping
Slightly sweet rosé wine
Fried pork cutlet, spicy mustard, red braised cabbage, gruyere cheese
Vegan bratwurst, beer braised onions, spicy mustard, French quarter baguette
Warm pretzel, spicy mustard cheese sauce
Colorful layers of almond cake sandwiched with raspberry jam and coated in chocolate
Italian pastry shell, chocolate chip cannoli cream, chocolate shavings
Fried risotto, wild mushrooms, truffle, parmesan cheese
Vanilla gelato served with a double shot of espresso
Slightly sparkling sweet white wine
Mix bag of crawfish, shrimp, andouille, red bliss, corn on the cobb
Mixed rice with andouille, shrimp, chicken, peppers, tomatoes
Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella cheese, olive relish on a toasted bun
Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar
Stuffed Cajun twisted tater, sausage
Add andouille queso for $
Flavored with Cajun spices
Raspberry fruited lager
A traditional Mardi Gras cocktail incorporating rum, orange and passionfruit flavors
A bourbon milk punch using our house-made King Cake syrup
Roasted pork, smashed plantains, onion mojo
Picadillo beef filled fried pastry dough
Guava and cream cheese filled fried pastry
A twist on the classic piña colada incorporating green chartreuse
Saffron yellow rice, chorizo, squid, mussels, shrimp
A traditional platter of Spanish meats and cheese, olives, grapes, lavosh
Crispy fried with condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon
Tempranillo-based rosé wine
Deep fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a side of tamarind chutney or powdered sugar
Grilled pineapple skewers, spices, micro cilantro
National cocktail of Trinidad and Tobago; minted dark-rum grog with a light float of Angostura bitters
Please note items and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Explore the Mardi Gras tribute store and let the good times roll with exclusive 2022 Mardi Gras merchandise. Guests can experience special merch and photo opportunities in themed rooms. The Mardi Gras photo opportunities include:
Huge announcement! Universal Orlando has announced that Mardi Gras parades WILL be returning in 2022. Although we did not see Mardi Gras parades in 2021, we will get to see the beautiful, bright performances up and down the streets of Universal Orlando Resort.
We are excited to see what 2022 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras parades and what they come up with! Either way, we are so excited that live entertainment is making it back into the parks.
Universal Studios has also announced that Mardi Gras Concerts will be back for 2022! As stated, “the loudest, wildest blowout this side of the Bayou” has seen is expected. That means Universal Orlando is bringing all the bells and whistles back, including the 2022 Mardi Gras Concerts.
The 2022 Mardi Gras Concerts lineup has been announced and we are so excited to see who is coming to Universal Orlando this year!
The performances will take place select nights at the Music Plaza stage at Universal Studios Florida.
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