Orlando’s theme parks are constantly expanding and offering fresh new experiences, and the two parks at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, are no exceptions. For Spring 2017, Universal is welcoming new bands to their annual Mardi Gras festival, and opening a brand-new attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Let’s take a look at the newest offerings from Central Florida’s most quickly-growing theme parks!

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida! Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida! Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi Gras Fun

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras arrives February 4, 2017 and lasts until March 25 — and during that time, there’s a party every night at Universal Studios Florida! We’re talking Mardi Gras floats and extravagantly costumed performers parading every night, with plenty of beads for good luck all year long.

Plus, every night, the French Quarter Courtyard welcomes you to the Big Easy with live zydeco bands and authentic Cajun dining. Hear bands like the Young Pinstripe Brass Band and the Dirty Bourbon River Show while you chow down on French Quarter favorites like jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, and of course, hot sugary beignets.

Plus on select weekend nights, Universal Studios Orlando offers a live concert performance from major recording artists, including:

  • Trace Adkins (Feb. 4)
  • Ne-Yo (Feb. 11)
  • Collective Soul (Feb. 18)
  • X Ambassadors (Feb. 19)
  • Fifth Harmony (Feb. 25)
  • Kool & The Gang (March 4)
  • Olivia Newton-John (March 5)
  • UB40 (March 11)
  • Toby Keith (March 12)
  • Jason Derulo (March 18)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire (March 19)
  • The All-American Rejects (March 25)

Get details on the Mardi Gras parade, with times and viewing information, at Universal Orlando’s website.

All-New Attractions at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Have you been to Universal Orlando Resort lately? There are new attractions popping up in both parks, including 2016’s addition to Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. This thrilling ride takes you into the heart of King Kong’s island kingdom, where you’ll meet up with some pretty fearsome creatures alongside the big gorilla himself.

Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon debuts April 2017. Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon debuts April 2017. Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

And coming in April 2017, Universal Studios Florida is welcoming Jimmy Fallon… well, an attraction-version of Jimmy Fallon. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will give you a hilarious Tonight Show experience before you race through New York’s one-of-a-kind sights, sounds, and smells (they say it’s pizza, so let’s hope they’re selling slices outside to deal with sudden cravings!). Universal Orlando’s calling it “the wackiest race on earth,” and we’ll all find out just what that means when the attraction opens April 6, 2017.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon does have one surprise twist Universal has shared with us–there’s no line to stand in! This attraction will feature Virtual Line, which gives you a wait time when you access the feature via the Official Universal Orlando Resort App or the kiosk outside the attraction entrance. So there’s no waiting for your new favorite race–you’ll head to the attraction when it’s time to ride!

Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon is changing the skyline of Universal Studios Florida! Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is changing the skyline of Universal Studios Florida! Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Is Orlando on your must-do list this year? Get there this spring and you’ll also be enjoying seasonal events like SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, and the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Pair it with a stay at Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts, with amazing amenities and room to stretch in vacation condos and villas, or access all the fun of Summer Bay Orlando from your resort hotel at Crown Club Inn Orlando.

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