Universal Orlando Resort Bans Mardi Gras Bead Tree ‘Tradition’ After Reported Incident

A fan-made Mardi Gras Bead Tree tradition has been banned at Universal Orlando Resort following a reported incident.

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Fans, and particularly Annual Passholders who visit multiple times during the season and receive a large amount of beads, have been adorning a tree outside the parking garages for years. A specific tree, as pictured above, to the right of the moving walkways when exiting the park has been home to hundreds of bead necklaces thrown by passing guests.

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Tonight, the first night of the 2023 event, the walkway closest to the tree was blocked off and guarded by security.

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We were told this area will be closed during Mardi Gras. Reportedly, an incident involving beads and a vehicle below caused Universal to take precautions to prevent guests from throwing the necklaces.

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Pictured above is the aforementioned tree that usually houses the beads.

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