Food And Drinks

Universal Orlando is extending the Mardi Gras celebration until May 2nd


by: Scott Gustin, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Apr 6, 2021 / 7:38 am CDT
Updated: April 6, 2021 / 7:38 am CDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (NEXSTAR) – Universal Orlando announced Monday that its Mardi Gras celebration will last until May 2nd.

The event, which includes entertainment and dining options inspired by Carnival celebrations from around the world, began on February 6th.

The global Food Fest features over 100 foods and drinks, including Belgian waffles, New Orleans jambalaya, and Canadian beef short ribs.

Photo credit: NEXSTAR / Scott Gustin

Some of the entertainment options available throughout the park include street entertainment, music, and even pearls. And if you have a 2 year old like me pearls will be the highlight of the trip.

At Universal Orlando Resort, both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure have been overcrowded for the past few weeks. Unlike Walt Disney World, the Universal theme parks do not require a prior park reservation and it is recommended that you arrive at the resort early.

Universal Orlando also offers an Express Pass that allows guests to skip the standby line. The bonus is offered to selected hotel guests by Universal and can be purchased as a ticket add-on. Universal offers a number of Express Pass options with tiered prices for all three theme parks.

As families look to the summer, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis enacted an ordinance last week banning companies from requiring customers to prove they had been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to receive service.

The Republican governor had previously announced his intention to issue an order to ban so-called “vaccination cards”. His action also prevented any Florida government agency from issuing such vaccination records.

In its Executive Order, DeSantis claims that “vaccination records restrict individual freedom and compromise patient privacy”.

Effective immediately, companies in Florida are prohibited from requiring customers to submit documents that certify the COVID-19 vaccination in order to join a company or to be served. However, the order does not preclude businesses such as restaurants and retail stores from following inspection protocols and other actions recommended by state and federal health authorities.

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