Christmas, Minions, The Grinch, Theme Parks, Universal Orlando Resort

Islands of Christmas 

There’s a Christmas centric store in almost every theme park nowadays. And the Universal parks are no exception. There’s one in Universal Studios, but here we are going to look at the Port of Entry Christmas store. 

Open all year long, you can find just about any sort of Christmas item that’s Universal branded here. Ornaments, stockings, tree toppers, you name it!

If you’re ever missing the “most wonderful time of the year” (which to me happens to be Halloween), you can stop in here to browse around and get that special seasonal feeling. This store at IOA is much bigger than the one at USF and offers a wider selection of merchandise. 

What Universal Orlando Resort related holiday items would you get to help celebrate the season? Tell me down in the comments! Look for a post soon about the Christmas store over at the Studios. 

Happy holidays, Magic City Maniacs! And be good for goodness sake!

^Mikey

Mardi Gras, Theme Parks, Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Mardi Gras parade 2017

The biggest bash this side of the bayou kicked off last Saturday with food, a parade, and Trace Adkins in concert! This year, Universal Orlando is treating us to their Mardi Gras parade every night from February 4th through March 25th! The French Quarter Courtyard will also be opened every night through the run of the event. 


February 7th was the only time this season to experience the parade at 5pm. Until we move the clocks ahead on March 12th, this seemed like a prime opportunity to see the parade with some sunlight! And it was awesome!


Everything that makes the Universal Mardi Gras parade amazing is back and it feels like there’s more of it all! More beads, more performers, and new floats! Six new floats to be exact! Each accompanied by dancers, stilt walkers, and other colorful performers that match the theme of the float. All the new floats are based on “mythical creatures” so keep your eyes peeled for some phoenix, dragons, and garden sprites! 


Visit Universal Orlando’s official website for details on what time the parade starts each day. We are working on a video of the parade and should be up soon. Until then, check out the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast! We can’t wait to get back to enjoy more of the party! FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! 💛💜💚