Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Tribute Store Now Open

Exterior view of the Mardi Gras Tribute Store.

February is known as the month for Mardi Gras celebrations, and Universal Orlando is just one of many eager participants in the theme park industry. Thanks to the popularity of their themed “tribute” stores they have begun to open seasonally, Mardi Gras season included. Here's what to know about the Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Tribute Store before you go!

Mardi Gras Tribute Store Details

Inside Mardi Gras Tribute Store.
Image Credit: Universal Orlando Resort.

The Mardi Gras Tribute Store opens  February 2 in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida. Guests will venture through the store on a “haunted river cruise through the Mississippi, complete with beads treats, and a gator or two” according to a press release. The themed shopping experience will include Mardi-Gras-themed treats and merchandise collections. Guests can preview items available on the Universal Orlando shopping site. Can’t make it in person? The store will also feature select items available on the website.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras merchandise.
Image Credit: Universal Orlando Resort.

The store will feature items ranging in price from $10 to $75. There is a “Music Fest” collection featuring a Button set for $10, a Green Dyed Tee for $40, and a Crewneck Fleece for $60. Additionally, a “Baron” collection features a Bucket Hat for $30, a Tye Dye Shirt for $37, and a Spirit Jersey for $75. Rounding out the Mardi Gras merchandise selections are a Gator Popcorn bucket for $29.99, a plush animal for $25, and a King Gator flannel shirt for $75. 

Mardi Gras popcorn bucket.
Image Credit: Universal Orlando Resort.

Merchandise discounts are available for annual passholders in the store, and some products will be available to purchase online if you can't get to the store this year.

What To Know About Universal Mardi Gras

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Universal Orlando Resort encourages visitors to join them and “Let the Good Times Roll” during Universal Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval. The festival is offered from February 3 through April 7, 2024. It will feature a specialty Mardi Gras menu influenced by New Orleans favorites and a parade featuring six floats themed around elements of life. Select weekend nights from February to March include live music from some big-name acts. Here is the line-up of headliners for the festival:

  • February 3- Walker Hayes
  • February 10- The All-American Rejects
  • February 17- Nessa Barrett
  • February 18- KC and the Sunshine Band
  • February 24- Barenaked Ladies
  • March 2- DJ Khaled
  • March 9- Ava Max
  • March 10- Queen Latifah
  • March 16- Luis Fonsi
  • March 17- Zedd

Are Mardi Gras Events Included With a Theme Park Ticket?

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The Mardi Gras events are included with regular theme park admission to Universal Studios Florida. Extra experiences, such as VIP tours or the Mardi Gras Float and Dine float ride experience, are an additional fee. Currently, Universal Orlando is offering several discounted vacation packages. Residents of Florida and Georgia get two days free with the purchase of a 2-park, 1-day ticket, and U.S, Canada, and Latin America residents can enjoy two free days of admission with the purchase of a 2-park, 2-day pass. Details can be found on the Universal Orlando Resort website. 

Author: Kelley Dukat


Kelley Dukat is a freelance writer, event planner and photographer based in the United States. She’s been traveling the United States as a nomad house and pet sitter for the last two years. For Wealth of Geeks, she writes about travel, news and side hustles. She has a Journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She’s also working on a memoir and a series of personal essays.