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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Full Tour of Mardi Gras 2022 ‘Float Factory’ Tribute Store at Universal Studios Florida

We got a sneak peek of the Mardi Gras Tribute Store at Universal Studios Florida this morning, but the store has now fully opened to the public.

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As the exterior façade implies, the Tribute Store is themed to a float factory — that is, a factory dedicated to designing and constructing parade floats.

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The entryway has a desk with sketches of the Tribute Store.

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There are binders labeled for multiple different Tribute Stores.

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Blueprints, artwork, and photos for the store are on a corkboard (all protected by glass).

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More sketches and models are on display in a glass case.

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A whiteboard calendar in the corner has the first of “E.A.R.L.S. Safety Tips.”

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The tip says, “Safety Last.”

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File folders have schedules and papers tucked into them.

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Next, guests enter the Concepts & Ideas room of the warehouse.

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A wall reads “Tribute Store Float Factory & Prop Warehouse.”

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Banners from previous Mardi Gras events can be seen in the first room.

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More safety tips are stuck throughout the store.

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A Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store sign from last year has been stashed in a barrel.

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The room even has references to Halloween Horror Nights and other old Tribute Stores.

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One wall is covered in giant blueprints and concept images.

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There are more desks covered in concepts and ideas.

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Part of the Jazz Preservation Hall sign from the 2021 Mardi Gras Tribute Store façade is here as well.

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These work tables are covered in items you might find in a real factory.

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You’ll notice references to the “space gator float” as we move through the whole store.

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There’s even a food delivery menu.

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A Tribute Store wouldn’t be complete without a Mold-A-Rama machine. This year, guests can make a wax gator in honor of the King Gator float.

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The little green gator is $6.

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Look up, and you’ll see more props atop the shelves.

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Cardboard boxes are labeled “skeletons,” “dark ride material,” “silica gel beads,” and “skulls.”

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Team Members had fun with this box labeled “crushed dreams.”

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The next room is an extension of the prop warehouse.

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In this room, we’re starting to see models be constructed.

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Here’s our first look at the space gator’s head.

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We love this photo-op with the HHN bear statue and a throne.

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There’s even another Mold-A-Rama machine.

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At this one, guests can get a wax riverboat for $6.

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Larger pieces of floats and decorations adorn this room.

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Another sign from last year’s Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store is tucked away.

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Here’s another E.A.R.L.S (Earl’s Advanced Rules Leading to Safety) safety tip: clean jokes only.

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It looks like we have a rocket ship to look forward to.

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Next, guests enter a hallway that transitions between the rooms.

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This year’s hallway features photographs from previous Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras events.

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Next, we enter the Scenic & Paint room.

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This room instantly hits you with more color. Glitter tests for a wave float are on the wall.

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More Mardi Gras posters hang from the ceiling.

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This alligator head is about ready to be painted.

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Moving further into the room are bright and colorful costumes.

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Don’t forget your mask.

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Here are some wave and gator glitter options.

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And before entering the showroom are several shelves of Mardi Gras-themed paint.

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Finally, it’s time to enter the showroom and see the final floats.

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The main attraction of the Tribute Store is the completed space gator float.

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The gator’s head is enclosed in a custom-made helmet with a see-through visor.

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He sits atop a wave-shaped float covered in streamers and sparkles.

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The King Gator himself is pretty sparkly. He has a golden headdress.

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The ceiling is decorated with garland and beads.

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The merchandise, food, and beverage carts in this room also resemble floats.

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Stay tuned for our reviews of some of these delicious-looking snacks.

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There is a float for fresh-roasted nuts.

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Before leaving, make sure to look up for a friendly face.

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Of course, Earl the Squirrel wouldn’t miss out on Mardi Gras.

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He’s even wearing his own space helmet for a visit to Planet Mardi Gras, which is catching the colorful lights.

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There is one final hallway featuring concept art of more floats.

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And at the exit is a piano, covered in jazz instruments and surrounded by plants.

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A tree covered in beads bends over it.

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The fence outside is decorated with garland and masks.

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Watch our video tour for a closer look at the Tribute Store below.

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