Full Guide to Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval 2023

Let the good times roll! Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval is in full swing around the Universal Orlando Resort now through April 16, 2023. We’ve partied hard and have done it all to be able to bring you a full and complete guide to everything during Mardi Gras. Below, you’ll find everything from this year’s new merchandise, links to food and beverage reviews for more than 60 new items, and much more. Feet don’t fail us now!


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The theme of this year’s festival is “mythical realms,” and merchandise reflects that with unicorns, dragons, and other creatures. Here is some of the merchandise available throughout Universal Orlando Resort:

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A souvenir light-up “blinky” cup is available with specialty drinks at the various food booths. These cups can also be used to get discounted refills on alcoholic drinks at all the Mardi Gras booths. Guests can also grab the Coca-Cola Freestyle for cheap refills during their trip.

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In CityWalk, Cursed Coconut Club has its own T-shirt available.

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Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can pick up some exclusive Mardi Gras merchandise, including a tee and bottle.

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Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can also pick up a complimentary Mardi Gras magnet.


Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras Parade

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About half of the Mardi Gras parade floats return every year, such as the classic Riverboat and King Gator. The others get new designs each year based on the event’s theme.

Guests can ride a parade float and toss beads by signing up the day of in the Universal Orlando Resort app or with the Float Ride and Dine Experience. Passholder-exclusive reservations are sold out.

Mardi Gras Tribute Store


This year’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store is the first to be in a new location in the Hollywood section of the park. The entrance is at Studio Styles, which used to be the UOAP Lounge. The store is themed to an international jazz celebration that leads to the traditional alleyways of New Orleans and ultimately into a speakeasy where the Mardi Gras festivities continue.

Pat O’Brien’s Mardi Gras After Party

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Let the good times keep rolling into the night with Pat O’Brien’s Mardi Gras After Party at Universal CityWalk Orlando on select nights from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Concert Lineup


This year’s concert series includes Goo Goo Dolls, WILLOW, 3 Doors Down, and more.

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage Card

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If you plan on making frequent trips to Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval, then you may want to get the food and beverage card to save some money.

Universal Studios Florida

Central City (Battery Park)

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  • Crawfish & Shrimp Boil
  • Crawfish Boil
  • Shrimp Boil
  • Beignets
  • Category 5 Punch
  • Oh Baby

French Quarter Twisted Taters

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  • Twisted Frank with Cheddar Sauce
  • Twisted Frank
  • Twisted Tater
  • Add Spicy White Cheddar Sauce
  • Category 5 Punch
  • Goombay Smash
  • Oh Baby
  • Abita Purple Haze

French Quarter King Cake & Beignets

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  • King Cake
  • Beignets
  • Oh Baby
  • Abita Purple Haze

French Quarter Jambalaya & Gumbo

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  • Jambalaya
  • Shrimp Gumbo
  • Category 5 Punch

French Quarter Fried Green Tomato Po Boy

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  • Fried Green Tomato Po Boy
  • Crown Cookie
  • Category 5 Punch

French Quarter Bar

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  • Oh Baby
  • Category 5 Punch
  • Abita Purple Haze
  • Goombay Smash

Bloody Mary Bar

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  • Bloody Mary Wild
  • Bloody Mary Mild


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  • Liége Waffle Berries and Cream
  • Liége Waffle S’mores
  • Brussels Frites
  • Orval Trappist
  • Rochefort Trappist


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  • Picanha Skewers
  • Linguiça Skewers
  • Chicken Coxinha
  • Brigadeiros Trio
  • Mango Caipirinha
  • Guava Caipirinha


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  • Canadian Snowshoe Maple
  • Poutine with Short Rib Gravy
  • Candied Maple Bacon
  • Canadian Snowshoe Nutella
  • Slocum Maple Smash
  • Collective Arts
  • Maple Lemonade


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  • Colombian Empanadas
  • Arepas de Queso
  • Refajo
  • Coco Loco
  • Limonada de Coco
  • Cholados


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  • Rød Pølse
  • Frikadeller Meatballs with Danish Gravy
  • Mead Flight (Viking Blod, Odin’s Skull, and GI. Dansk Mjod)
  • Odin’s Skull
  • Gl. Dansk Mjod
  • Viking Blod
  • Carlsberg

France (Central Park Crêpes)

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  • Muffaletta Crêpe


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  • Chicken Schnitzel with Käsespätzle
  • Potato Pancakes
  • Reissdorf
  • Warsteiner Pilsener
  • Weihenstephaner Helles
  • Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen
  • Gaffel Kolsch
  • Ayinger Celebrator


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  • Pav Bhaji
  • Onion Bhaji
  • Gulab Jamun with Rose Water Syrup
  • Nimbu Pani
  • Aam Panna


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  • Indonesian Style Chili Crab with Fried Mantou
  • Nasi Goreng
  • Bubur Ketan Hitam
  • Bali Punch
  • Java Cooler


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  • Tour of Italy Arancini Flight
  • Gelato Stuffed Pressed Brioche
  • Bollini Pinot Grigio
  • Bertani Valpolicella
  • Fantinel Extra Dry Prosecco
  • Tondo Soave Monte


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  • Ube Ice Cream Sesame Bubble Waffle Cone
  • Nikuman Bun Sampler
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Japanese Highball
  • Hakutsuru Chika
  • Hakutsuru Draft
  • Joto One Cup
  • Choya Sparkling Umeshu
  • Kirin Ichiban
  • Sapporo Silver
  • Calpico Mini Bottles


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  • Tacos Al Pastor
  • Baja Shrimp Ceviche Tostada
  • Vegan Churros
  • Elotes
  • Grapefruit Paloma
  • Modelo Especial
  • Modelo Chelada Lime
  • Modelo Chelada Pineapple
  • Modelo Chelada

Puerto Rico

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  • Mofongo Trio
  • Alcapurrias
  • Vegan Alcapurrias
  • Classic Piña Colada
  • Piragua de Crema
  • Piragua de Coco
  • Piragua de Frambuesa
  • Piragua de Tamarindo
  • Ponche


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  • Paella Mixto
  • Spanish Bocadillo
  • Sangria Flight
  • Sangria Tinto
  • Sangria Rosado
  • Sangria Blanco

Trinidad & Tobago

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  • Crab & Dumplings
  • Chickpea Doubles
  • Pholourie
  • Carib
  • Shandy Ginger
  • Shandy Lime
  • Shandy Sorrell

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Mardi Gras Hits

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  • Jambalaya
  • Shrimp Gumbo
  • Category 5 Punch

Mardi Gras Desserts

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  • King Cake
  • Beignets
  • Abita Purple Haze
  • Category 5 Punch


Taste of the Mediterranean

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  • Crepe Suzette
  • Grilled Octopus with Rice
  • Francois Montand Brut Sparkling
  • Bertrand Corbieres Heresie
  • Mas La Chevaliere Cabernet Sauvignon
  • French Wine Flight
  • Monograph Agiorgitiko
  • Monograph Assyrtiko

Cauliflower Dirty Rice & Crawfish Etouffee

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  • Cauliflower Dirty Rice
  • Crawfish Etouffee
  • Category 5 Punch
  • Abita Purple Haze

Shrimp & Grits, Yakamein

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  • Shrimp and Smoked Cheddar Cheese Rice Grits
  • Yakamein
  • Category 5 Punch

Specialty Cocktails at the Cursed Coconut Club

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The Red Coconut Club in CityWalk has gotten a creepy new overlay and become the Cursed Coconut Club. This bar has a variety of themed cocktails and mocktails.

  • Sazerac
  • Voodoo Bijou
  • Bayou Thunder
  • Café Brulot Diabolique
  • Scarlet Veve


Mardi Gras Decorations

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There are decorations throughout Universal Studios Florida, including lamp hats.

UOAP Perks

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In addition to the complimentary magnet, Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can also enjoy special menu items, discounts, exclusive parade viewing areas, and more.

Mardi Gras Token Experience

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The Universal Orlando Resort is testing a new “token experience” with a small group of randomly selected Annual Passholder.

Are you visiting the Universal Orlando Resort for Mardi Gras this year? Let us know in the comments what you’re looking forward to the most this Mardi Gras season.

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