Food And Drinks

Universal Orlando’s new summer meal REVEALED


This year’s Carnival, which has just ended this week thanks to an unprecedented five-week extension, turned out to be in many ways the perfect annual event Universal could have asked for at a time still affected by COVID. 19: It grew into an international food festival, with food tents and trucks scattered across Universal Studios in Florida, and parade floats (and bead throwers!) Stationed nearby for entertainment offer while guests did all the outdoor hiking and eating and sipping. And now that the Big Easy party is finally over, the resort lacks the added reason to keep visiting visitors – especially the locals – (aside from the small attraction called Jurassic World VelociCoaster and its companion tribute store, of course).

Join a new grocery initiative to fill that experience void sweeping all three Universal Orlando parks for the summer. Unsurprisingly, all of these new menus are heavily derived from Carnival’s recent international flavors (the very first subtitle for Carnival), including some of the event’s most popular offerings – notably the Cuban sandwich, arepas, and empanadas – and some of its food trucks and keep tents. In fact, here are all of these additional venues at Universal Studios:

A new food location at Universal Studios Florida for the summer of 2021A new food location at Universal Studios Florida for the summer of 2021A new food location at Universal Studios Florida for the summer of 2021

Carnival, however, is just the starting point for this summer program – while the former was more about sample sizes, the latter will focus on wholesome dishes. And the gastronomic authenticity touched on earlier this year is doubling for this summer, with a number of seasoned chefs (some of whom have been at the resort for two or three decades) even bringing in their own family recipes for all new content.

What food and drinks can we expect this summer? Universal gave fans a quick rundown of what to expect, and then some of the full menus were released at Universal Studios. We know the following so far:

  • Arepas
  • Beef empanadas – $ 12.99 – Picadillo beef filled pastries, cucumber and tomato salad
  • Bud Light – $ 8.50
  • Jai Alai cigar town – $ 8.50 – an IPA beer
  • cream of tomato soup – $ 5.99 – side dish
  • Corona Extra – $ 9.00
  • Drumstick
  • Dogfish Head Seaquench – $ 10.00 – Sour Ale
  • roasted corn – for the first time from Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food to the parks
  • Fruit cups – watermelon and pineapple
  • Shanghai dumplings
  • Mango White Claw – $ 9.00
  • Mangonada
  • Macaroni with cheese – $ 5.99- $ 11.99 – You have a choice of White Cheddar, Carnitas, or (as a side dish) White Cheddar
  • Melts – $ 9.99- $ 11.99 – Your flavors are melted together on one French load: 3-Cheese Classic, Smoky Brisket, Vegan
  • Pork adobo
  • Pressed Cuban sandwich – $ 14.99 – Roast pork, serrano ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles on Cuban bread
  • Triplet
  • Fried yucca

Meanwhile, Volcano Bay will focus more on Filipino territory to play up the water park’s tropical theme as much as possible.

A new food location at Universal Studios Florida for the summer of 2021A new food location at Universal Studios Florida for the summer of 2021

Given that almost all of Universal’s various annual events were geared towards this more food-centric state long before Mardi Gras arrived in February – Halloween Horror Nights highlighted exclusive drinks and dishes with enhanced intellectual property, and the Holidays made it premium -Dessert Parties Added – It’s not that hard to see this summer push turn into a new tradition, if not an actual, formal event. If it did, it would go a long way towards closing a hole that opened almost a decade ago when the resort’s summer concert series stopped (although it came back for a one-off anniversary celebration in 2015).

Universal Orlando’s new summer menus should be available soon.

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Janet Smith