Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2023: Your Guide to Florida’s Biggest Party (2023)

Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2023: Your Guide to Florida’s Biggest Party

Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2023: Your Guide to Florida’s Biggest Party (1)

Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2023: Your Guide to Florida’s Biggest Party

Universal Studios Orlando

This article is your ultimate guide to the Universal Mardi Gras 2023! Because we all know that Universal Orlando is known for throwing one of the biggest, best parties for Mardi Gras Universal and you’re invited! Park guests can enjoy spectacular parades, mouth-watering food and concerts from hot new musical artists every night from February to April.

We hope you find this post helpful! Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time and money on your next Universal Orlando vacation! If you are planning a trip to Universal Orlando be sure to check out the latest deals onUniversal Orlando vacation packagesand ourdiscounted Universal Orlando tickets.

So if you’re ready to experience one of the best evens Universal has to offer keep reading our 2023 Universal Mardi Gras celebration guide!

SPECIAL NOTE:If you need help picking the best time to visit Universal Orlando for your next vacation be sure to check out our Universal crowd calendar!

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1 What is Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023?

2 What Does Universal do for Mardi Gras?

3 When is the Best Time to Visit the 2023 Mardi Gras Party?

4 What are the Best Universal Orlando Resorts for the 2023 Mardi Gras Festival?

5 Mardi Gras 2023 Universal Food and Drinks

6 What are the Universal Mardi Gras 2023 Concerts?

7 Is There 2023 Universal Mardi Gras Merchandise?

8 Universal Mardi Gras 2023 FAQ

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9 When Is The Best Time To Visit Universal Orlando?

10 Are You Ready to Plan Your Next Universal Orlando Trip?

What is Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023?

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Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2023 will be the biggest celebration in , with Carnaval celebrations from around the world, a parade you’ll never forget and even live music! The Mardi Gras Universal 2023 party begins in February and keeps rolling until April for a few months, so there’s plenty of time to plan your trip to celebrate. The park-wide celebration is held in Universal Studios Florida, transforming the park into a true Carnaval that highlights the regions of New Orleans to Belgium in many exciting ways.

What time does Mardi Gras at Universal start 2023?

Universal Mardi Gras time starts during normal park hours, so make sure to check the Universal app the day of your trip to see. The actual Mardi Gras celebration begins in early February and goes until mid-April for guests looking at what time frame to book.

What are the Universal Mardi Gras Dates 2023?

The Universal Mardi Gras 2023 dates are:

  • February 4, 2023 – April 16, 2023

The Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2023 celebration will be running for 4 months and is the best springtime celebration in Central Florida.

How much are Universal Mardi Gras tickets 2023?

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 2023 has to offer. And guests can even take advantage of additional savings by buying their discount Universal Orlando tickets from The Park Prodigy! Not only will you save money, but you will receive free early park admission to Universal Orlando.

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What Does Universal do for Mardi Gras?

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There are a few different offerings for Mardi Gras 2023 Universal, which are the most vibrant and lively throughout the year.

  • Mardi Gras Parade – Enjoy dancers in the street, dazzling floats from New Orleans and plenty of beads to start the party.
  • International Food Booths – Carnaval creations from around the globe
  • Live Concerts – Live concerts on select nights on the Music Plaza Stage

Universal Mardi Gras Parade 2023

Universal Orlando Spectacular Mardi Gras parade is back in 2023 and will showcase a NEW “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras” theme inspired by fantastical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, unicorns and more – with a Mardi Gras twist.

Past Universal Studios Mardi Gras Parade Floats

  • Miss New Orleans steamboat
  • Pirate Ship
  • Treasure Map
  • Sea Griffin
  • King Gator
  • Court Jesters

We are excited to see what 2023 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras parades are and what they come up with! Either way, we are so excited that live entertainment is making it back into the parks

What’s New to the 2023 Universal Mardi Gras Party?

Guests will 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! New this year: guests can take their Mardi Gras celebration to the next level with the new Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience. This new offering is available from February 4 through April 16, 2023, and guests can enjoy a 3-course meal with selections from the full menu at one of four participating restaurants – The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, NBC Sports Grill and Brew, Finnegan’s Bar and Grill or Lombard’s Seafood Grille followed by a spot on the Mardi Gras Parade Float!The Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience includes one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage for $64.99 plus tax, per person, and one Mardi Gras parade float rider reservation on the same day. And for anyone who is interested in the Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience our travel planners at The Park Prodigy can help book your dining experience for any family who books their discount Universal vacation package through our small business!

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When is the Best Time to Visit the 2023 Mardi Gras Party?

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Planning thebest 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? 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 thecheapest Universal Orlando ticket prices.The cheaper the tickets, the more likely the parks won’t be as crowded during that time of year. And based on the current 2023 Universal Orlando ticket prices, we feel like the best time to visit Universal Mardi Gras is in February or early March right before spring break. And if you do have a trip planned during one of the busier times of the year at Mardi Gras, just remember to take advantage of early park admission in the morning, which is included with all of the Universal Orlando tickets sold at The park Prodigy. This will allow you to get the most popular rides out of the way early in the morning and leave more time to enjoy Mardi Gras later in the day.

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What are the Best Universal Orlando Resorts for the 2023 Mardi Gras Festival?

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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 2023 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!

Hotels within walking distance of the 2023 Universal Mardi Gras Party

  • Hard Rock Hotel
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Hotels accessible by water taxi for the 2023 Universal Mardi Gras Party

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
  • Hard Rock Hotel

Universal hotels with bus access for the 2023 Universal Mardi Gras Party

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:

  • Endless Summer Dockside Inn and Suites
  • Endless Summer Surfside Inn and Suites
  • Universal’s Aventura Hotel
  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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Mardi Gras 2023 Universal Food and Drinks

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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 the previous years.

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Once we have the latest information on the 2023 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 2023! Check out the complete menus from 2020:

Universal Mardi Gras Food Menus (From 2020)


Tasting Menu

  • Jerk Chicken

Jerked marinated chicken, rice & peas, scotch bonnet salsa

  • Jerk Jackfruit

Jerked marinated jack fruit, rice & peas, scotch bonnet salsa

Drink Menu

  • Goombay Smash

Bahamian rum punch

  • Carib Lager

International pilsner


Tasting Menu

  • Belgium Liege Waffles

Sweet liege waffles with strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate

  • Brussels Frites with Roasted Garlic Veganaise

Crispy seasoned fries with choice of dipping sauce: garlic mayonnaise, andalouse, or joppieaus

Drink Menu

  • Hoegaarden Witbier

Belgian wheat beer

  • St. Bernardus Abt. 12

Belgian quadruple, Abbey ale

  • Lindemans Strawberry Lambic

Fruited sweet and sour ale


Tasting Menu

  • Moqueca de Camarao with Rice

Shrimp coconut cream stew, white rice, sweet potato curls

  • Brigadeiros

Brazilian classic with condensed milk, cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, toasted peanuts

  • Stuffed Coxinha

Crispy pulled chicken tear drop fritters

Drink Menu

  • Pineapple Caipirinha Punch

Cachaça and pineapple flavors

  • Strawberry Caipirinha Punch

Cachaça and strawberry flavors

  • Mixed Caipirinha

A blend of pineapple and strawberry caipirinhas


Tasting Menu

  • Beef Short Rib Poutine

Crispy fries with short rib, cheese curds, demi glaze

  • Nutella Donut

Fried sweetened dough, Nutella, sugar, chopped hazelnuts

  • Maple Donut

Fried sweetened dough, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup

Drink Menu

  • Sugar Shack Springtime Punch

A complex Canadian whiskey punch with a base of pear juice

  • Labatt Blue

International pilsner


Tasting Menu

  • Carnitas Arepas

Corn meal cake pocket filled with avocado, carnitas, mayonnaise, ketchup, culantro

Drink Menu

  • Limonada de Coco

Limeade sweetened with coconut cream

  • Coco Loco

Limonada de Coco spiked with rum and tequila


Tasting Menu

  • Cuban Sandwich

Roasted pork, Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles on Cuban bread served with plantain chips

  • Cuban Flan

Baked vanilla custard, dark caramel

Drink Menu

  • Cuba Libre

Choice of Bacardí Light, Bacardí 4 Year or Bacardí 8 Year


Tasting Menu

  • Poached Pear Crème Brulee Crepe

Red wine poached pear, vanilla pastry cream, toasted almonds, caramel, crispy sugar topping

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Drink Menu

  • Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc

White wine

  • Notorious Pink

Slightly sweet rosé wine

  • Vieux Chateau Lamothe Bordeaux Rouge

Red wine

  • Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge

Red wine


Tasting Menu

  • Pork Schnitzel Slider

Fried pork cutlet, spicy mustard, red braised cabbage, gruyere cheese

  • Vegan Bratwurst with Beer Braised Onions

Vegan bratwurst, beer braised onions, spicy mustard, French quarter baguette

  • Bavarian Pretzel

Warm pretzel, spicy mustard cheese sauce

Drink Menu

  • Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier
    Clarified wheat beer
  • Weihenstephaner Vitus
    Strong wheat, bock hybrid lager
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier
    Smoked Märzen Oktoberfest-style lager
  • T Schmitt Riesling Kabinett, Estate
    Sweet white wine


Tasting Menu

  • Italian Rainbow Cookie

Colorful layers of almond cake sandwiched with raspberry jam and coated in chocolate

  • Cannoli

Italian pastry shell, chocolate chip cannoli cream, chocolate shavings

  • Arancini

Fried risotto, wild mushrooms, truffle, parmesan cheese

  • Affogato

Vanilla gelato served with a double shot of espresso

Drink Menu

  • Fantinel


  • Vietti Moscato d’Asti

Slightly sparkling sweet white wine

  • Querceto Chianti

Red wine

  • Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Red wine

New Orleans

Tasting Menu

  • Crawfish Boil

Mix bag of crawfish, shrimp, andouille, red bliss, corn on the cobb

  • Jambalaya

Mixed rice with andouille, shrimp, chicken, peppers, tomatoes

  • Muffaletta Sandwich

Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella cheese, olive relish on a toasted bun

  • Beignets

Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar

  • Andouille Twisted Tater

Stuffed Cajun twisted tater, sausage
Add andouille queso for $

  • Twisted Tater

Flavored with Cajun spices

Drink Menu

  • Abita Purple Haze

Raspberry fruited lager

  • Tropical Storm Punch

A traditional Mardi Gras cocktail incorporating rum, orange and passionfruit flavors

  • King Cake Milk Punch

A bourbon milk punch using our house-made King Cake syrup

Puerto Rico

Tasting Menu

  • Pernil & Mofongo

Roasted pork, smashed plantains, onion mojo

  • Picadillo Empanada

Picadillo beef filled fried pastry dough

  • Quesito

Guava and cream cheese filled fried pastry

Drink Menu

  • Piña Verde

A twist on the classic piña colada incorporating green chartreuse


Tasting Menu

  • Paella Mixta

Saffron yellow rice, chorizo, squid, mussels, shrimp

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  • Charcuterie Plate

A traditional platter of Spanish meats and cheese, olives, grapes, lavosh

  • Leche Frita

Crispy fried with condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon

Drink Menu

  • Pinord “La Dama” Cava

Sparkling wine

  • Don Olegurio Albarino

White wine

  • Hacienda de Arinzano Rosé

Tempranillo-based rosé wine

  • Hazaña “Viñas Viejas” Rioja

Red wine

Trinidad and Tobago

Tasting Menu

  • Pholourie

Deep fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a side of tamarind chutney or powdered sugar

  • Pineapple Trini-Chow

Grilled pineapple skewers, spices, micro cilantro

Drink Menu

  • Queen’s Park Swizzle

National cocktail of Trinidad and Tobago; minted dark-rum grog with a light float of Angostura bitters

  • Carib Lager

International pilsner

Please note items and pricing are subject to change without notice.

What are the Universal Mardi Gras 2023 Concerts?

Universal Studios Mardi Gras 2023: Your Guide to Florida’s Biggest Party (10)

Every year during the Universal Mardi Gras celebration, there are special concerts that play on certain nights during the celebration. There are usually rather large names to appear and they are a huge free perk included with this festival.Universal Studios has also announced that Mardi Gras Concerts will be back for 2023! 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 2023 Mardi Gras Concerts.

Special note: The 2023 Mardi Gras Concerts lineup has been announced! Find the concert lineup below

February 4, 2023 – Patti LaBelle

February 10, 2023 – JVKE

February 11, 2023 – Goo Goo Dolls

February 18, 2023 – Maren Morris

February 19, 2023 – WILLOW

February 25, 2023 – 3 Doors Down

March 4, 2023 – Sean Paul

March 5, 2023 – Lauren Diagle

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Is There 2023 Universal Mardi Gras Merchandise?

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Yes, there is exclusive Mardi Gras Universal merchandise that guests can purchase while visiting. Explore the Mardi Gras tribute store and let the good times roll with exclusive 2023 Mardi Gras merchandise. Guests can experience special merch and photo opportunities in themed rooms. The Mardi Gras photo opportunities include:

  • A hopping jazz parlor straight out of the 1920s with dueling pianos and bellowing brass
  • A flower filled nautical cemetery, where many sea captains were laid to rest
  • A waterfront warehouse, where all manner of smuggled treasures and trinkets are stashed

New for 2023 – the Tribute Store is moving to an all-new space in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida.

Make sure to bookmark and check back for all of the latest Universal Orlando Resort updates!

Universal Mardi Gras 2023 FAQ

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Q: When is Mardi Gras 2023 Universal Studios?

A: Mardi Gras at Universal begins February 4th and goes all the way to April 16th, 2023.

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Q: When does Mardi Gras end at Universal?

A: Universal Mardi Gras ends on April 16th, 2023, but runs for about four months since it starts in February.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Universal Orlando?

OurUniversal Orlando Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down the park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices by day, and average temperature.

Are You Ready to Plan Your Next Universal Orlando Trip?

If you’re ready to plan your trip toUniversal Studios,be sure to check out ourUniversal Orlando Tickets!All Park Prodigy Universal Orlando tickets will get you into the park one hour before regular park guests withUniversal Early Park Admission!And to stay up to date on everything going on inside the theme parks be sure to check out our partners atThemeparktoday.com!


Are Universal Mardi Gras concerts free? ›

Special Comments. There is no additional charge for Mardi Gras Concerts. They are included with park admission.

How long does Universal Mardi Gras last? ›

That means that Guests can use the remaining balance on their previously purchased Mardi Gras Food & Beverage Card at Mardi Gras 2023's food & beverage kiosk locations. Universal's Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval will begin on February 4th and will last until April 16th.

What time are the Universal Mardi Gras concerts? ›

7:30 p.m. | Feb. 17, 20–24; Mar. 3, Mar. 6 – Apr. 16. 7:45 p.m. (concert nights) | Feb. 4, 10-11, 18-19; Mar. 4-5.

Who's playing at Mardi Gras universal? ›

On Tuesday, Universal Orland0 announced the headliners for its Mardi Gras 2023 celebration. This year's concert series will feature live performances by Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls, Grammy-winning Platinum superstar Maren Morris and Grammy-winning artist Sean Paul.

Is universal free at night? ›

This is just what it sounds like: CityWalk offers complimentary admission all day, every day. After 6 p.m., parking is free as well, except during Halloween Horror Nights. And you'll never pay parking fees when you arrive on public transportation or stay at an official Universal Orlando Resort Hotel.

How much does a private event at Universal cost? ›

Given that the starting price of the Private VIP Tour is $3,099 (not including theme park tickets, which start at $170 per person, per day, for park-to-park access) for five people, with additional guests ages 3 and up costing an extra $350 each (up to 12 people), it simply isn't an option for most families.

Can you finish both Universal parks in 1 day? ›

The simple answer is: Yes! it's toadally possible to fit Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure into one day. What makes park hopping easy at Universal Orlando is the fact that the two parks are right next to each other.

What is the longest ride at Universal? ›

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the longest roller coaster in Florida at 5,053 feet (1,540 m) and features a record-breaking seven launches.

Does Universal have a parade every day? ›

Starting in the streets of San Francisco, Universal Studios puts on the Universal's Superstar Parade every single day! This parade is more like a street party where you can watch all of your favorite characters dance and sing with street performers all the way through the entire park.

Does universal do the light show every night? ›

The Nighttime Lights show does not have a set schedule every week. Guests will have to check the Universal Orlando App for nightly showings. Be sure to visit all Harry Potter rides during early park admission to leave more time at night.

How long is parade at Universal? ›

Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's is a delightful seasonal parade that lasts about a half-hour. In it, a number of floats parade through New York and Production Central in Universal Studios Florida, featuring characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar, and Shrek.

Does Universal have a fireworks show? ›

"Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2023 with EVE, Hollywood's biggest New Year's Eve celebration featuring music entertainment, a brilliant fireworks display and access to select rides and attractions, on Saturday, December 31 with extended hours until 2:00 a.m.

What rides are Universal closing? ›

Recently Permanently Closed Attractions and Dining Venues
  • Curious George Goes to Town on January 16, 2023.
  • DreamWorks Destination on January 16, 2023.
  • Fievel's Playland on January 16, 2023.
  • Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster on January 16, 2023.
  • Universal's Superstar Parade on June 5, 2022.
  • Bone Chillin' on November 6, 2022.

What is replacing Shrek at Universal? ›

Known in permits as Project 331, the new Minions attraction is being built inside of the former Shrek 4-D attraction, which is Building 40 (or Building 4D, as the gag on the side says). Shrek 4-D closed permanently back in January, after running for 18 years at Universal Studios Florida.

Can you have colored hair and work at Universal? ›

Standard uniforms provided by the company: pants, shorts, long or short sleeve shirts. Employees must wear black, white, or brown shoes (no exceptions) and your shoelaces must match. Hats are only allowed if they are part of the provided uniform. Hair must be pulled back and extreme colors and hairstyles are not ...

Who gets in free at Universal? ›

Kids under the age of 3 are always free. Check the online calendar for park hours. The park opens at different times, depending on the time of the year and the day of the week.

Can you do Universal in 6 hours? ›

Most people would say 6-7 hours is the average time needed to see the best of Universal Studios, so pretty much one full day. You could certainly spend multiple days there seeing all the theme park has to offer but 6-7 hours should cover the main sights and experiences to get through that you are interested in.

Is it cheaper to buy Universal tickets early? ›

Always buy your tickets in advance

One of the cheapest ways to go to Universal Orlando if you are not purchasing a vacation package is buy your tickets in advance. All guests who purchase their tickets in advance will take advantage of a savings when compared to the price of tickets at the gate.

Is Universal free on your birthday? ›

No, there are no special discounts for your birthday in Universal Orlando.

What is the cheapest way to get Universal Studios tickets? ›

As with most general admission tickets, you will always save money off admission when you purchase your tickets to Universal Studios in advance. You can typically get a reduced admission cost of about $10 per park ticket. You must purchase your admission 24 hours in advance to get the cheaper price.

How much is an average meal at Universal? ›

Generally, a meal at quick-service locations throughout the parks will cost about $15 to 20 per person per meal (if you include an entree and a drink). Sit-down restaurants (also called full-service) are slightly more expensive, anywhere between $25 – $50+ per person.

How many miles do you walk a day at Universal Studios? ›

BEST PRICE GUARANTEE! The best price on the exact same theme park tickets, guaranteed! Free Shipping & Tax Included. According to friends, family, and personal experience, we walk at least 10-12 miles on an average day visiting the parks.

Is 3 days enough for Universal? ›

Three days is ideal, particularly with a park-to-park pass, as it will allow you to fully explore each park and revisit your favorite attractions. A highlights tour of both parks can be done in one long day, but it would be tiring and you would miss many delightful smaller attractions.

What time should I get to Universal? ›

As such we recommend arriving at the entrance to the park itself 30 minutes before the opening time for you're desired date. So, if the park opens at 9am on the day you visit, aim to arrive at the entrance at 8.30am.

What is Universal scariest ride? ›

1. Revenge Of The Mummy: The Ride. The scariest ride at Universal Studios Hollywood has to be The Revenge of the Mummy. This ride is situated in the lower lot of the park, and regularly see's standby wait times of an hour or more, although express passes are permitted.

What rides are no longer at Universal Orlando? ›

The Lost Rides of Universal Studios™
  • Ghostbuster's Spooktacular. This attraction was an original when the park first opened, and while the show was in operation, it saw two different versions. ...
  • Twister. Twister… ...
  • Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue. ...
  • Back to the Future: The Ride. ...
  • Jaws.
May 14, 2018

What day is universal the least busy? ›

We also find Thursday to be one of the least busy days of the week at Universal Studios, with Sunday being a great weekend option.
Universal Studios Least Busy Days in Order:
  • Tuesday (best day to go to Universal Studios)
  • Thursday.
  • Wednesday.
  • Sunday.
  • Friday.
  • Monday.
  • Saturday (busiest day at Universal Studios)

What days are universal not busy? ›

Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2024
  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 9)
  • April 8-30.
  • Weekdays in May (except for Memorial Day)
Nov 4, 2022

What time does universal do their fireworks? ›

"Then, beginning nightly at 9:00 p.m., an elaborate fireworks display will splash across the sky, synchronized to a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites from two locations inside of the theme park.

Are they allowed to touch you at Universal Horror Nights? ›

Can you be touched at Halloween Horror Nights? Universal's scareactors may jump out at you or get up close, but rest assured they can't touch you and vice versa. In fact, intentionally touching a scareactor can get you kicked out of the park.

Do they close universal if it rains? ›

For Both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood, the parks remain open when it rains. If it is a light shower, outdoor rides will remain open but if the rain begins to pick up and/or thunderstorms are on the horizon, outdoor rides will temporarily close.

What time is Hogwarts light show? ›

The Nighttime Lights shows typically start around 7:15 pm (8:15 after the Daylight Savings change), though this can be bumped up to as early as 6:45, and they last for approximately five minutes.

Is there enough to do at Universal for 5 days? ›

With five days of access, you can stretch out your time and really be able to soak up all that the parks have to offer without feeling rushed to do everything at one time. Another big tip we offer for anyone doing a Universal vacation is to stay on property.

Is 2 days enough at Universal? ›

Overall we don't recommend spending more than 2 days at Universal Studios Hollywood as it is a moderate size park with 20 rides and attractions. What is this? We recommended spending two days on a general park entrance ticket within the peak season or one day with an express pass ticket.

How many days do you need to enjoy Universal? ›

One day is enough to see the highlights of the park and ride some of the most popular rides. Yet, if you want to experience everything that Universal Studios has to offer, we recommend spending at least two days in the park.

Can I take food into Universal Studios? ›

A: The park allows visitors to carry water bottles (maximum 2 liters), small snacks, and special food items for dietary and medical requirements. Soft-sided insulated bags are also allowed as long as they are no larger than 8.5" wide x 6" high x 6" deep. Alcohol, marijuana, and glass containers are strictly prohibited.

Why does Universal close so early? ›

The theme parks are very good at keeping tabs on the numbers of guests and when those numbers are high or low. Universal has chosen to close early during off season; if they didn't they would be out of business because their expenses would exceed their income in off peak months.

Are there night time shows at Universal Studios Orlando? ›

Epic Cinema Under the Stars. This epic show lights up select nights with a celebration of music, water and light that takes you into the movies like never before.

What is the newest ride at Universal? ›

Q: What are the Newest Universal Attractions in 2023? A: The newest rides in Universal Orlando are Villain-Con Minion Blast, Velocicoaster and Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Both of which are located in the Islands of Adventure park.

Did someone fall in the Jaws ride? ›

Incident. In July 1990, a 39-year-old man fell into the water while riding after a boat railing allegedly broke. According to his lawyer, guests applauded as he was pulled back into the boat, having assumed the incident was part of the ride.

Why is the Jaws ride closed? ›

It required large amounts of fuel and was incredibly expensive to maintain. After the success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios took the opportunity to close Jaws—permanently this time—to make room for a new Potter-themed land. In 2012, the robotic shark stalked its last group of riders.

What did Harry Potter replace at Universal? ›

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016, Replacing The Adventures of Curious George which closed on September 6, 2013. The flagship attraction is the flight-simulating ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, similar to the Orlando one.

What did universal replace Whoville? ›

In 2020, during the COVID-19 closure of Universal Studios Hollywood, the Whoville Sets were demolished and replaced with picture cars seen in Universal films and in the theme park.

What is Super Nintendo World replacing? ›

A result of a partnership between Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts, the area is based on Nintendo video game franchises, primarily the Mario franchise and its various sub-series.
Super Nintendo World.
StatusUnder construction
ReplacedMadagascar: A Crate Adventure
Universal's Epic Universe
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What can't you bring to Universal? ›

Prohibited Items
  • Any type of explosives or weapons.
  • Alcohol.
  • Marijuana.
  • Illegal drugs.
  • Clothing likely to create a danger or disturbance.
  • Clothing that may create a false impression of employment by Universal or emergency personnel.
  • Segways (unless utilized as an ADA mobility device), hoverboards and drones.

Can you vape at Universal? ›

Universal Studios allows vaping outside of the park, so if you want to vape all day at Universal Studios Orlando, you will need to exit the park to vape!

Can I wear leggings to Universal? ›

What do people wear to Universal Studios? People wear casual, lightweight, comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes to Universal Studios. Items like t-shirts, shorts, leggings, and sneakers are most commonly worn.

Do you have to pay for Universal Studio Tour? ›

The Studio Tour is included with park admission.

New in 2022, now you can see the original Jupiter's Claim set from Jordan Peele's latest horror epic, NOPE, in an exclusive behind-the-scenes look. Plus, Telemundo's Carmen Villalobos takes on a new leading role as the video host of our Spanish-language Studio Tour.

Do you get wristbands at Universal? ›

As you enter the gates of the water park, you'll receive the wristband device. However, it should be noted that, unlike Disney's MagicBand, you will have to surrender your TapuTapu when you leave Volcano Bay for the day.

Do universal workers get free tickets? ›

Universal Studios employees get an allotment of free tickets every year to give out to their friends and families as they please.

How often do Universal employees get free tickets? ›

It starts with two free tickets a year and moves up to eight. Lots of other theme park tickets and movie discounts too. 35% on merchandise goes up to 50% during holidays. Discount on food and free parking and park admission as well.

Is Universal cheaper than Disney? ›

2023 Disney Vs Universal Prices

Another very popular question we receive is, is Disney or Universal Cheaper? And as a general rule of thumb, Universal is cheaper than Disney in almost every category from tickets, to theme park food, and the most noticeably being hotel rooms.

How much should you budget for Universal Studios? ›

Cost of Universal Studios Orlando
Estimated cost
Universal Studios tickets$550
Food and drink$348
Random spending$50
Total$2,101 USD
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How much do Universal tickets cost at the gate? ›


What can you not wear at Universal? ›

Visitors must be fully clothed, including shoes and shirts. Except as required by Universal or for religious or medical reasons, visitors may not wear any covering that fully or partially obscures a person's face.

Can you carry a backpack in Universal? ›

Universal Orlando allows backpacks into the parks, provided you do not pack any prohibited items. However, keep in mind that you will not be permitted to bring a backpack on most of the rides.

Is Universal Orlando free after 6 pm? ›

How Much is the Parking at Universal Studios Orlando in 2023? The standard 2023 Universal Orlando parking price is $27 per car. If you arrive after 6PM (with the exception of Halloween Horror Nights and other select event nights), parking is free.

What perks do Universal employees get? ›

  • Paid Time Off.
  • Annual complimentary Universal Park tickets.
  • Discounts on merchandise and food.
  • Movie screenings/previews of new attractions.
  • Education assistance (with pre-approval from HR)
  • Public transportation discounts and carpool program.
  • Medical, dental, vision plans.
  • Prescription drug program.

What time do they stop letting people in at Universal? ›

Typically, the park will open 9:00am, and stay open until at least 6:00 pm. Park hours vary seasonally, and are longer in the summer and during parts of the winter holidays. However, summer is also the hottest and busiest at the park, and the winter holidays are very popular as well.

Is it cheaper to buy Universal tickets ahead of time? ›

You can save time and money by purchasing tickets in advance online instead of at the front gate. Note: Online savings may not apply to same day purchase of 1-Day General Admission. Please note that there may be times when the Park reaches capacity and tickets will be unavailable for purchase at the ticket booths.


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