Best Eats in Orlando – How to Eat Like a Local

Best Eats in Orlando – How to Eat Like a Local

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” Julia Child

Is it time to venture out of the world of typical theme park food of chicken nuggets, hamburgers and fries? Did you know that Orlando offers over 4,500 restaurants to choose from during your vacation? From donuts to BBQ, Orlando has a great variety of local choices.  Here are some of the top rated local restaurants in Orlando.

Fishbones

Fishbones is listed as one of America’s top seafood restaurants! Fresh seafood is flown in every day and they cook their steaks over an 1100° citrus oak wood fire on a custom built pit. They also offer some of the best sushi in the area! Steak, sushi and seafood! Can’t go wrong with that combination!  Fishbones on Sand Lake road is the best location if you are staying at any of the theme park areas. Reservations are recommended.  $$$$

Photo: Fishbones

Photo: Fishbones

Rocco’s Taco & Tequila Bar

If you like tacos and tequila, this is where you need to go! Offering great Mexican cuisine with a choice of over 425 tequilas, Rocco’s is a local favorite! They hand make their corn tortillas and offer the best table side guacamole in Orlando! The Orlando location on International Drive is busy all the time! Reservations are recommended. $$$$

Photo: Rocco's Tacos

Photo: Rocco’s Tacos

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe

Okay this restaurant is not close to the theme park areas, but it is worth the drive or cab ride up I-4 to historic downtown Sanford, Florida! Serving traditional German cuisine along with being located on beautiful Lake Monroe makes this a definite place to visit during your stay! And most nights, you will find live music being played in the outdoor patio area.  If you have someone in your group who needs a gluten free diet, Willow Tree Café offers a great variety of gluten free items.  $$$

Photo: Hollerbach's Willow Tree

Photo: Hollerbach’s Willow Tree

4 Rivers

Ask any local the best BBQ place in Orlando and I bet they’ll tell you 4 Rivers! On any given day in the Orlando area, you will see many cars proudly sporting a 4 Rivers bumper sticker –that’s how much locals love this place! Locally owned by a local family, this establishment just gets it when it comes to BBQ. Plus, having six locations just in the Orlando area, means chances are you are close to a 4 Rivers location.  Not only do they serve great BBQ, they serve homemade desserts that are amazing!!  $$

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Photo: 4 Rivers Smokehouse

 

Café Tu Tu Tango

Okay, this place is just cool! They offer tapas style dining while local artists work and interact amongst the diners! Locally owned, Café Tu Tu Tango offers a unique dining experience. Being located off International Drive makes this an easy place to get to from all theme park areas! And it is reasonably priced so it won’t break your dinner budget.  $$

Photo: Cafe Tu Tango

Photo: Cafe Tu Tango

If your vacation schedule allows you to venture away from the theme park areas, try some of these great local eats in Orlando!

Written by Carla Stotts.  Carla lives in the Orlando area and loves all that Central Florida has to offer for your vacation experience! Living in Central Florida has allowed Carla to specialize in Disney and cruise vacations. Book your next vacation with Carla at 417-848-8369 or at carla@destinationstoexplore.com.

Dine with Sharks and Fish at SeaWorld Sharks Underwater Grill

Dine with Sharks and Fish at SeaWorld

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If you ever wanted to dine with sharks and fish, Sea World Orlando has the ultimate restaurant for you! The restaurant is called Sharks Underwater Grill. You can enjoy a fascinating view in an upscale, signature full-service restaurant that puts world-class entrees on your plate and a window into the world of sharks before your eyes. Let the skilled chefs, courteous staff and mesmerizing sharks make a memory for you.

Sharks Underwater Grill has been recognized amongst the best of the best restaurants in Orlando. Receiving such awards as the 2013 Silver Spoon Award from Orlando Life Magazine and Outstanding Ratings in the Zagat 2014 Orlando Restaurant Survey.

Here is just a sampling of what you will find on the menu:

Appetizers

  • Drunken Mussels
  • Chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
  • Caesar Salad
  • Sharks Signature Salad
  • Lobster Bisque

Entrees

  • Cioppino
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi
  • Filet Mignon
  • Snow Crab
  • Seasonal Catch
  • Seafood Alfredo
  • Seafood Paella

Dessert

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Chef Selected Crème Brûlée
  • Apple Galette
  • Shark Bites

Children’s Menu

  • Jumbo Grilled Hot Dog
  • Shark’s Chicken Tenders
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Mahi Mahi, Fried or Grilled
  • Cheese Stuffed Ravioli with Homemade Red Sauce

Cash Bar

  • Premium and Domestic Beers available
  • Specialty Wines by the bottle or glass
  • Full Cocktail bar
  • Specialty Drinks

Note: Menu subject to change.

Richard Petty Junior Ridealong at Walt Disney World

Richard Petty Junior Ridealong at Walt Disney World

If you have a young thrill seeker in the family, they can ride in a CARS race car around the Walt Disney World Speedway with the Richard Petty Junior Ridealong experience.  Junior Ride-Along Experiences are for children between the ages of 6 and 13 years old and at least 48 inches in height and are offered during the same times as our regular Ride-Alongs. Enjoy the thrills and excitement of riding shotgun in a race car driven around the track by a professional instructor! The two vehicles used for the Richard Petty Junior Ridealong at Walt Disney World are from the “Cars” franchise. Their names are Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin.

Richard Petty Junior RideAlongs

The Walt Disney World Speedway offer Junior Ride-Along experiences for $59 +tax. Junior Ride-Alongs do not require reservations and are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Find more, visit Drivepetty.com or call 800-237-3889. At this track, reserved date/time experiences are also available.

One of our youngest DIF team member (Hunter age 9) wanted to try it out!

Walt Disney World Speedway, located in Orlando, FL, is a 1 mile tri-oval. It was built in 1995 as a venue for the Izod IndyCar Series and is now the exclusive home to Richard Petty Driving Experience year-round. Gates open at 7:30AM.

This experience will only be available until late June as the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closing to allow Disney to use the land it occupies for future transportation projects.

Disney Princess Hair Styling at Grand Floridian Salon

Where to Get Disney Princess Hair Styling

If you are bringing a princess to Disney World and are unable to get a reservation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, we have another option for you! Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has a salon that now offers Princess hair styles. You can choose a hair style alone with a beautiful tiara or even add make up and nails. We walked right into the salon, without an appointment! This is a fantastic option for your princess! Take a look!


Now modern day princesses can be prepped and ready for any regal celebration with a royal makeover – conveniently located at the Ivy Trellis Salon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Beginning January 8, 2015, there’s a new Perfectly Prepared Princess Package featuring shimmery make-up, glittery nails, and hair styling crowned with a fancy tiara. Sounds divine!

Prices start at $50 for princess hairdo, glitter and a tiara; add a little princess glow make-up for $25 more. Option three includes hair, make-up and a fancy manicure for $90. Kids ages 4-12 can get their princess on with The Perfectly Prepared Princess Package that’s also available at the Coronado Springs Casa de Belleza Beauty Salon and at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort Ship Shape Salon. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 407-WDW-SPAS or ask your Destinations in Florida Travel Agent for assistance.

 

 

How to Make Minnie Mouse Disney World Candy Apples

Disney World Candy Apples

Craving Something Sweet?  There’s so many great treats in store for you at Walt Disney World! Look for specially made caramel apples themed to some of your favorite Disney characters, delectable items including chocolate covered strawberries, cupcakes and cookies as well as specially created signature treat items at candy locations throughout the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resort.

Most of the candied and caramel apples sold at Walt Disney World  are actually made right there on Disney property. If you head to the candy shops in the parks and in Downtown Disney, you can often watch your apple being decorated! So, have you ever wondered how Disney makes those yummy Minnie Mouse candy apples?  It is pretty amazing!  Enjoy a video from Magic Kingdom on how Disney makes Minnie Mouse candy apples.

Are you craving Disney World candy apples now?  We are!

 

New Interactive Queue at Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom Park

New Peter Pan Queue at Magic Kingdom

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Walt Disney World Resort has recently been adding interactive queues to attractions like Haunted Mansion and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The latest is at Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom Park. Guests are now able to watch Tinker Bell fly around and interact with Wendy, John and Michael’s toys. They also see their own shadows come alive on the wall in the children’s nursery and get a sprinkle of pixie dust before they head off into Never Land with Peter Pan.

You head into the children’s nursery, passing the beds of Wendy, John and Michael, which are surrounded by their belongings and personal treasures. Tinker Bell has already arrived and is busy exploring – and causing a bit of mischief – all around the room. Tink also pulls some friendly tricks on you when your shadow hits the wall. Don’t be surprised if your arm’s shadow gets “hooked,” among other fun. Take a look at the video below to see what surprises await you are the new Peter Pan queue at Magic Kingdom!

It is hard not to stop and marvel at the charming detail and the fun effects the Imagineers have planned in this one. It’s simply amazing. We hope you check it out.

The queue is wheelchair accessible, too!

 

Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Ft_WildernessAs a guest staying in the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort you will experience a unique family vacation. While having all the comforts of home, you’ll be in the midst of a 750 wooded acre campground complete with wildlife, campfires and cypress trees.
The rustic, yet modern American Frontier themed cabins sleep six. They all have one bedroom with a double bed and a set of bunk beds, one full bath, living area with a pull down Murphy bed, private patio, charcoal grill, picnic table and a fully equipped kitchen. Daily housekeeping service is provided. They will even wash your dishes!
Recreational offerings at the resort are some of the best on Disney property. There are two swimming pools, a quiet one and one with a large waterslide, kiddie pool and whirlpool spa. Kids of all ages will enjoy the video arcades, campfire program with marshmallow roast, movies, hiking, petting zoo, horseback riding, archery, tennis, basketball, volleyball and more! Boats, canoes and water-skis can be rented as well as golf carts and bikes.
Dining opportunities include Crockett’s Tavern and Trails End Restaurant, as well as several snack bars. Two popular dinner shows are held at the resort, the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue. Transportation to the Magic Kingdom by boat is very convenient. Other areas can be accessed by bus.
Your family will enjoy being together at this beautiful moderate resort at Walt Disney World. Check it out!

Written by Sheri Morris, “Main Street Morris” — Sheri is proud grandmother with a keen eye for detail. She specializes in Disney Travel for adults and RV travel.  Book your next vacation with Sheri at 804 405 5005 or at sheri@destinationsinflorida.com.

Walt Disney World News Update, February 25, 2015

Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, Feb 25, 2015

What’s New This Week?

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Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Dates Announced for Magic Kingdom Special Events: The dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are now available. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are specially-ticketed events where the Magic Kingdom comes alive with decorations, special entertainment and tons of fun! Tickets for both events will go on sale in April.

Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are:

  • September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27
  • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are:

  • November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29
  • December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

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New! Adjusted Times for Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!: Due to refurbishment work on Main Street, U.S.A., Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! will be presented at 12:30 and 5:40 p.m. on Feb 24-26.

Reminder! Construction Crane Behind Cinderella Castle: There will be a construction crane behind Cinderella Castle through Mar 12 for the removal of the holiday lights and other planned work.

Reminder! PANDORA Jewelry Comes to Uptown Jewelers: The Disney Parks Collection | PANDORA is now available at a dedicated sales space in Uptown Jewelers at Magic Kingdom Park. PANDORA Jewelry representatives will work side by side with Disney Cast Members providing extensive product knowledge and Guest Service. In addition to other locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, the collection is also available on DisneyStore.com/Pandora. A grand opening for the location will take place in March.

PANDORA on Main Street MK

Epcot

New! Sneak Peek on  Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries: The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will feature topiary displays that include many of your favorite Disney characters. This year, for the first time ever, Anna and Elsa will join the others. Here are some sneak peeks Disney provided this week on Disney Parks Blog.

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Reminder! Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Gets ‘Fresh’ New Feel for 2015: Some of the new experiences at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival include a variety of fresh inspired seasonal dishes served at eleven Outdoor Kitchens and a new concert series, Garden Rocks, featuring music spanning several decades of contemporary and popular artists. Also, new this year, the Festival Center opens on the weekends starting Friday through Sunday. During the Fun Fresh Weekends in the Festival Center, enjoy complimentary gardening demonstrations, and meet a variety of horticulture specialists for tips to create your very own outdoor experience! Whether day or night, experience the beautiful and colorful locally grown gardens and topiaries- all perfectly trimmed to look like your favorite Disney characters. Every weekend at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is an adventure. So Spring into Fresh Epcot! The Festival starts next week, March 4, and runs through May 17, 2015.

New! Cooking Demonstrations Coming to Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: New this year are free cooking demonstrations at 3 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May 17 atPort of Entry at the entrance to World Showcase. If you’re there for the weekend, plan a short stop. The demos are just about 15 minutes, and it’s your chance to meet a Disney chef and watch how to prepare a delicious dish. Just some festival items to be featured at the demos will be the Piggylicious Bacon Cupcake, the ghost pepper-dusted tilapia, and white corn arepas. You can also pick up a copy of the Taste of Epcot festival cookbook with plenty of recipes to try at home.

New! Givenchy Makeovers Available: From Feb. 26-March 1, Guests can meet beauty experts and receive a complimentary makeover. During this event, Guests who purchase $100 or more in Givenchy merchandise will receive a Givenchy container and fragrance miniature. So stop by the Givenchy Boutique and take advantage of this fabulous offer!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! New Cinderella Premium Popcorn Bucket: Just in time for the release of Disney’s live-action film “Cinderella” in March, the new Cinderella premium popcorn bucket is coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. This specialty souvenir will also be available at the Disneyland Resort later this spring.

cinderella popcorn bucket

Reminder! Park Hours Changed March 10, 2015: Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be extending operating hours for Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Park close has been changed from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. An additional Fantasmic! show time has been added at 10:00pm.

Reminder! Sorcerers Hat Now Closed for Removal: With the park’s central hub being reconfigured, the Sorcerer’s Hat will be removed and the pin merchandise location was relocated to Sunset Ranch located on Sunset Boulevard beginning Jan. 7. Each day more and more of the Hat is disappearing. As of this writing, all of the vertical structure of the Hat has been removed.

Photo: Matt Mauney, Orlando Sentinel

Photo: Matt Mauney, Orlando Sentinel

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! Addition Construction Walls to be Added: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is well on it’s way to bring the largest expansion in the history of the park to life. As this work continues, additional construction walls will be placed on Discovery Island to accommodate the expansion efforts. Walls are now up by Creature Comforts to accommodate the relocation of the Disney Vacation Club kiosk currently by Pizzafari. The new location will be next to Creature Comforts and the bridge to Africa. This work will be done in phases, and a pathway to First Aid, Baby Care and the Service Animal relief area will always be maintained.

New! Baby Sable Antelopes and Rhino Baby Born Recently: Five baby sable antelopes that were recently born at the park as well as one white rhino.

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Update! Flame Tree Barbecue Construction Extended: The construction timeline for Flame Tree Barbecue has been extended through April. This will include additional covered seating areas, covered walkways to some nearby pavilion seating areas and roof extensions over the main building to offer additional cover for Guests. As a reminder, most of the unique food offerings from the restaurant are available at food kiosks throughout the park. Please refer to the image below for a detailed list of where specific food offerings are being sold.

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Reminder! Backstage Safari Tour Changes: The Backstage Safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will be retired February 27, and an enhanced version of the tour will debut March 1 as Backstage Tales. Backstage Tales will give Guests the opportunity to experience behind-the-scenes tales and “tails.” During this in-depth program, Guests will get an insider’s look at the innovative ways Disney is meeting challenges in areas such as conservation, animal nutrition and medicine, animal care and behavioral studies. Backstage Tales will be offered to Guests ages 12 years and older daily, 7:30am-11:15am.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! New Bus Route to Typhoon Lagoon from Certain Resorts: A new direct route test will be conducted from select resorts to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Feb. 23-March 28, direct bus service will be offered at the following routes: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge/Disney’s Contemporary Resort to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort/Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Buses will operate approximately every 20 minutes on this route, with service beginning 30 minutes prior to park open and ending 1 hour after park close.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Atlanta Braves Spring Training Kicks Off: The first wave of Braves players begin training this weekend and the first full-squad workout is February 26 with the home opener set for March 4 against the New York Mets at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The Braves’ 18th spring training season at Disney will involve an 18-game home schedule that provides fans with an up-close and personal experience when the Braves take on marquee teams such as the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals. And March 21 will be Military Appreciation Day when the Braves and Disney honors our veterans during the game against the Nationals.  In typical Disney fashion, there will again be loads of Disney entertainment, special fan experiences, unique food & beverage offerings and the opportunity for kids to run the bases after every game.

New! Ticket Prices Increase at Walt Disney World: Effective February 22, ticket prices at Walt Disney World Resort have increased. The new ticket prices are posted at disneyworld.com/tickets.

Update! New Shops Open at Downtown Disney:  As Downtown Disney continues to transform into Disney Springs, new retail locations are now open in the area that will be known as The Landing.

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC specializes in gluten-free and vegan baked goods. Guests can enjoy delicious cupcakes, cakes, muffins and more – all free from common food allergens. This sweet shop is operated by the same owner of the famous Babycakes NYC. The new store is located near Raglan Road, across from Portobello.

Havaianas specializes in a wide array of fun footwear and accessories for all ages. This location features an interactive station where Guests can create and embellish their own flip-flops. The shop is located next to Portobello.

Sound Lion offers the latest technology in headphones, ear buds, speakers, wireless music players and other digital sound and music products. Guests can try on and test different headphones at the interactive “listening bar”
before they purchase them. The store is located across from Paradiso 37.

Sanuk offers creatively inspired footwear crafted for unconventional comfort. Specializing in sandals, sidewalk surfers and shoes, Sanuk offers fun designs created from non-traditional materials like yoga mats and carpet. The store is located across from Paradiso 37.

The Art of Shaving is a premium shaving shop offering men’s grooming essentials. The store carries aromatherapy based products and high-end shaving instruments including razors, brushes and shaving sets. Guests can also relax and indulge at a Barber Spa, featuring shaves, haircuts and trims by expert master barbers. The store is located across from Paradiso 37.

APEX by Sunglass Hut offers the latest in sports and activewear sunglasses. Guests can enjoy immersive displays, including a lens simulator that allows shoppers to test lenses in a variety of environments ranging from the beach,
dawn, open water, snow and roadway. The store is located across from Paradiso 37.

Chapel Hats specializes in fashion hats and headwear for all ages. The store carries a variety of hats including fedoras, floppy hats, fascinators and more. The shop is located between Raglan Road and Portobello.

Operating hours for these locations in the heart of Downtown Disney are the same as Marketplace hours.
l Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
l Friday / Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

New! WonderGround Gallery to Expand in Marketplace Co-Op: Last year, a new store called the Marketplace Co-Op opened at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. It was designed to be a flexible space serving as a testing ground for new retail shop concepts, products and experiences. Shortly after it opened in June 2014, they added a small fixture that featured products from the WonderGround Gallery atDowntown Disney District in California. Now the WonderGround Gallery will be expanding beginning in early March 2015. To celebrate this newest addition, there will be a grand opening event on March 6-7. A few artists will be making appearances both days including Jasmine Beckett Griffith, Robert Jimenez and Jerrod Maruyama. Moving into WonderGround Gallery’s former space is The Sign Shop, which will carry an assortment of Disney Parks-inspired signs similar to ones offered at Disney Centerpiece and at select Art of Disney locations.

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New! Food Trucks at Downtown Disney Get New Menu Items: The fleet of Disney Food Trucks may have settled into their new home, Exposition Park at Downtown Disney West Side, but their menus continue to evolve. Superstar Catering, the food truck inspired by Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is getting a brand-new menu. Look for a pork shank served with Gruyere macaroni and cheese and a sausage and caramelized onion flatbread. Also check out ‘A Taste of Hollywood Studios,’ which features samplings of the BLT Soup from Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant and the Famous Cobb Salad and mini grapefruit cake from The Hollywood Brown Derby. On the Fantasy Fare food truck, look for Game Day Chicken and Waffles — Buffalo-style chicken with Sriracha maple and blue cheese sauce, served with cornbread waffles. Also new to the lineup: sweet potato puffs topped with marshmallow cream and candied pecans; these tasty bites are not to be missed. In addition to these goodies, the classic hand-dipped corndog and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches are now served with waffle fries.

Taste of Hollywood food truck

Merchandise Events

New! New Purses Arriving This Spring: New items from the Disney Parks Collection by Vera Bradley will be arriving this spring at Disney Parks. The new items include black and fuchsia-colored, Microfiber handbags that have a nod to Mickey Mouse. The styles being released include a mini-Hipster, tote, all-in-one Crossbody, and a triple-zip Hipster. Look for these items starting February 27 at Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. These items will also be available online in March.

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Another new style is the Laser-Cut bags with Mickey Mouse icons. The release date for these has not yet been announced.

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Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Universal Mardi Gras Parade 2015 at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Mardi Gras Parade 2015 at Universal Orlando Resort

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Catch Florida’s biggest party At Universal Studios Florida! With 16 concerts lighting up the stage; 1.8 million beads flying through the air; a wild and wonderful parade led by amazing, outrageous performers and great food, Mardi Gras is a Universal Orlando tradition like no other.

The Mardi Gras concerts, parade and French Quarter music are included with your Annual Pass or Universal Studios Admission.

Gather the family and catch beads by the handful as our dazzling parade winds its way through the park with incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers. It’s fun and excitement for all ages.

Family Friendly Parade Viewing

Little ones get their own private parade experience in the Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area located in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop.  This area is available beginning one hour before the parade starts. Be sure to line the streets to catch beads and doubloons by the handful. You’ll see beautifully decorated floats designed by Blaine Kern Studios, who have been creating authentic Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans for over 60 years.

Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

The parade rolls through the streets of Universal Studios on every Mardi Gras event night.

  • Sat, Feb. 7 – 7:15pm

  • Sat, Feb. 14 – 7:15pm

  • Sun, Feb. 15 – 7:15pm

  • Sat, Feb. 21 – 7:15pm

  • Sat, Feb. 28 – 7:15pm

  • Sat, Mar. 7 – 7:15pm

  • Fri, Mar. 13 – 7:45pm

  • Sat, Mar. 14- 7:45pm

  • Sun, Mar. 15 – 7:45pm

  • Fri, Mar. 20 – 7:45pm

  • Sat, Mar. 21 – 7:45pm

  • Sun, Mar. 22 – 7:45pm

  • Sat, Mar. 28 – 7:45pm

  • Sat, Apr. 4 – 7:45pm

  • Sat, Apr. 11 – 7:45pm

  • Sat, Apr. 18- 7:45pm

 

Mickey Ears Monday! Win Mickey Ears Here!

Weekly Mickey Ear Hat Giveaway – Feb 23, 2015

IT’S MICKEY EARS MONDAY! You can win a Mickey Mouse ears hat from Magic Kingdom! To enter to win: Click on the video below, Watch the Winnie the Pooh Ride POV video and just leave a comment below the video on YouTube!

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We will select a random winner next Monday. Good luck! Join us every Monday for another chance to win Mickey Mouse ears!

Congratulations to TheDarknight919! You won the Mickey Mouse ears hat contest last week. Who will win this week?