A full front view of the King Gator popcorn bucket

Mardi Gras Parade Light-up King Gator Popcorn Bucket Floats into Universal Studios Florida

Annie Wilson

A new light-up King Gator popcorn bucket has rolled into Universal Studios Florida to celebrate the 2024 Mardi Gras season. King Gator is a fan-favorite float that closes out the nightly parade.

King Gator Popcorn Bucket – $29.99

The popcorn bucket comes with the first fill of popcorn for free and discounted refills after.

The sign for the King Gator popcorn bucket

We first found the King Gator popcorn bucket in the Universal Studios Store at CityWalk, but it’s available across the resort.

A full front view of the King Gator popcorn bucket

The popcorn bucket is not modeled after the float but rather the cartoony character version used on much of this year’s merchandise. He’s a green gator adorned with gold and purple beads and a matching crown. He stands on his hind legs with his front legs akimbo.

A wide side view of the King Gator popcorn bucket

The detachable lanyard features King Gator, the Mardi Gras logo, and beads.

The back of the King Gator popcorn bucket

A panel on the back of his head opens for access to the hollow interior.

The open access panel of the King Gator popcorn bucket

It opens his back so you can reach inside for your popcorn (or anything you choose to store).

The battery compartment and on-off button of the King Gator popcorn bucket

The battery compartment and on-off button can be found on the underside of King Gator’s tail.

The King Gator popcorn bucket with lighting feature activated

The crown and beads illuminate when activated.

A closeup of the light-up beads on the King Gator popcorn bucket
A closeup of the light-up crown on  the King Gator popcorn bucket

Catch King Gator in action nightly at the parade, or watch our full video below.

Mardi Gras runs through April 7, 2024, at Universal Studios. Looking for more information? Check out our full guide to the 2024 Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval.

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