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2008 Mardi Gras
Universal Studios


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It's Mardi Gras Time at Universal Studios!

Let the Music Move You

Universal Orlando Resort will kick off its Annual Mardi Gras Party February 2, 2008. The streets will be filled with street performers, an amazing concert series of world class bands and the famous Mardi Gras parade. Now in its 13th year, Universal's Mardi Gras continues every Saturday evening through April 19. As a special bonus, celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras with special shows in the French Quarter (located in the New York area of Universal Studios) by musicians straight from New Orleans. Enjoy some of the food that "The Big Easy" is famous for such as jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, catfish, andouille sausage, beignets and more.

Jester at Mardi GrasOne of the highlights of Universal Studios Mardi Gras is a high-spirited parade that winds its way through the streets. Enjoy 13 vibrant floats directly from New Orleans. The floats are designed by "Mr. Mardi Gras," Blaine Kern, whose company, Blaine Kern Artists, Inc., has built Mardi Gras floats since 1932. The float procession will include the traditional Jester, King and Queen, Riverboat Float, Boeuf Gras Float, Universal Float, Title Float and the King Gator float. This year's parade theme is "Discovering Utopia". The new floats are titled Babylon, Atlantis, Eden, Camelot, Shangri-La and El Dorado.

Wildly costumed float riders will toss millions of strands of beads and doubloons to the crowds cheering. Thousands of flags, decorations and tons of confetti transform Universal Studios into a Mega-Mardi Gras Party.

After the parade, guests will be entertained by some of the hottest internationally known musicians of today during the Mardi Gras Concert Series. Performers include Bret Michaels of Poison, The Go-Go's, Sara Evans, Third Eye Blind, Gretchen Wilson, Smokey Robinson, KC and The Sunshine Band, Kool & The Gang, Heart, Huey Lewis and The News, LL Cool J and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras combines the party atmosphere of the New Orleans festival with the opportunity to experience incredible theme park attractions. What's the best part of this Mardi Gras Celebration? It's all included with your Universal Studios Park Ticket. Well, except the food.


Live In Concert at The BoneYard

February 2
Bret Michaels of Poison

February 9
The Go-Go's

February 16
Sara Evans

February 23
Third Eye Blind

March 1
Gretchen Wilson

March 8
Smokey Robinson

March 15
KC and The Sunshine Band

March 22
Kool & The Gang

March 29

April 5
Huey Lewis and The News

April 12
LL Cool J

April 19
Earth, Wind and Fire

NOTE: Entertainment subject to change with notice.

Saturday Nights February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, April 5, 12, 19 - Show time for The BoneYard Concerts 8:30 p.m.

Saturday Nights March 15, 22 and 29 - Show time for The BoneYard Concerts 9:30 p.m.

The Party Continues All Night Long at CityWalk!

Just in case a day at Universal and an evening of Mardi Gras celebrations hasn't worn you out, head over to CityWalk and party the night away. Your Mardi Gras ticket allows you FREE admission to CityWalk clubs* including Pat O'Brien's -- the official CityWalk Mardi Gras Headquarters.

Pat O'Brien's at CityWalk is an exact replica of the famed New Orleans watering hole where it's Mardi Gras 365 days a year! Enjoy Hurricanes on the Patio Bar with the famous flaming fountains, eat Cajun favorites in the Main Bar, or join the gang in a sing-along in the Piano Lounge.

Throughout the streets and in the clubs of CityWalk, you'll also enjoy:

FREE admission to select CityWalk clubs* with your Mardi Gras ticket

Live entertainment including New Orleans musicians

Food and drink specials

More Beads if you didn't get enough!

CityWalk is open every night until 2 a.m.

*Not valid at Bob Marley- A Tribute to Freedom, movies at Universal Cineplex 20, an AMC Theatre or the Blue Man Group show. Not valid for admission to separately ticketed concerts or special events.

Theme Park Ticket Prices

$46.95 plus tax for entry after 5 p.m. to Universal Studios. Florida and Georgia residents can save $10 off a Mardi Gras valid after 5 p.m. ticket with a specially marked Coca-Cola product.

$15 plus tax for Mardi Gras Express Pass - Skip the regular lines on the selected attractions. Express Pass must be purchased at the same time you purchase your Universal Studios after 5 p.m. Mardi Gras ticket. NOTE: Mardi Gras Express Passes will cost $20 plus for the March 22nd and 29th events.

$67.00 plus tax for One Day admission to Universal Studios but there are other deals available on 1 day/2 parks and 2 day/2park which can be found at Universal Orlando's official website.

$129. 95 plus tax for a 2-Park Annual Power Pass. Black Out Dates Apply. Florida and Georgia Residents can receive $30 off with any Coke-Cola product.

$189.95 plus tax for a Preferred Annual Pass which is valid 365 days a year and includes Free Parking, plus discounts on food, merchandise, resort hotels and more. Flexible payment options are available.

$279.95 plus tax for the new Premier Annual Pass which has all the benefits of the Preferred Pass and includes Universal Express Plus after 4:00 pm, free valet parking, access to select CityWalk Clubs and much, much more.

Mardi Gras Exclusive
Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders

Mardi Gras Passholder Pre-Party - February 2nd & February 23rd • 6pm – 8:30pm

Get your Mardi Gras fun off to a lively start at the exclusive Annual Passholders' Pre-Party in Battery Park. It’s FREE for all Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders!

On these nights, you can enjoy:

  • Exclusive Meet & Greet with WWE Superstars!
    Get autographs** from some of the biggest names in wrestling:
    • February 2nd • 6:30pm-7:30pm - WWE Diva, Ashley
    • February 23rd • 6:30pm-7:30pm - TBD
  • Special Annual Pass Mardi Gras souvenir^
  • Exclusive bar with drink specials^^
  • Parade viewing right outside of Battery

Call 1-866-PASS-4-FUN or email us at to RSVP now!

**Autographs are first come, first serve. Talent and entertainment subject to change. ^Limit one (1) souvenir per Passholder. While supplies last. ^^Must be age 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Valid photo ID required.

Special Passholder Parade Viewing Area

Grab some beads and get a great view of the spectacular Mardi Gras parade from the exclusive passholder viewing area in Battery Park, across from Mel’s Drive-In every night of Mardi Gras.

Win a Ride on a Mardi Gras Float!

You and one guest can win a chance to be part of the festivities and ride through the streets of Universal Studios on one of the colorful Mardi Gras floats, tossing beads and doubloons to thousands of cheering spectators.

Float Rider Restrictions: Must be 18 year of age or older (if not, must be accompanied by an adult), Must be 48" in height, no bags or strollers. Accommodates can be made for standard wheelchairs with advance notice.

Just e-mail your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, date of birth, PIN number to: or mail to Mardi Gras Float Contest, Universal Orlando Resort, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza B-1, Annual Pass Dept., Orlando, FL 32819. One entry per household. One float ride per household. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subject to availability. All entries must be received by 12 noon on Friday the week prior to the event date. For example, entries for Feb. 10th must be received by noon on Friday, Feb. 2nd.

After Mardi Gras the Fun Continues at CityWalk®

Once again Universal CityWalk® is THE Official Mardi Gras After Party. Your Annual Pass or Universal Studios theme park ticket grants you free admission to select CityWalk clubs†† on Mardi Gras event nights. Enjoy the best in live music and excitement at Orlando’s hottest spot for entertainment.

††Not valid at Bob Marley- A Tribute to Freedom, movies at Universal Cineplex 20, an AMC Theatre or the Blue Man Group show. Not valid for admission to separately ticketed concerts or special events.

NOW PERFORMING - Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando

Experience the new face of entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort with Blue Man Group.

Premier and Preferred Passholders receive a 10% discount on their Blue Man Group tickets. To purchase your tickets now and receive your discount, call 1-866-PASS-4-FUN.


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