Not too far from Walt Disney World, there is a huge Mardi Gras event at Universal Orlando, but that’s not the only way to celebrate. Although they put on a fantastic event, you can add other things to your list to celebrate Mardi Gras while you are on vacation during this celebration. Make sure to pack your Mardi Gras beads; it’s time to celebrate!
Let’s start with the obvious and talk about Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. This resort embodies the spirit of Mardi Gras; they even have a little band made of alligators outside the pool that are celebrating. Recently, live music has returned to the resort at Scats Cat’s Club. Listening to live music after a long park day is one of my favorite things to do because it feels relaxing. Of course, the live music you’ll be hearing is Jazz. This is also a great place to pick up some beignets to enjoy while listening to the music. The live entertainment will be taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. The food court, Sassagoula Floatworks, is not too far from here. At the Floatworks, you’ll find some great food options like jambalaya, gumbo, the Impossible Barbecued Market Burger, and pot roast. From 5pm to 10pm at Scat Cat’s Club they have a lounge menu that features Loaded Potato Puffs, Mardi Gras Fritters, Bayou Wings, Oyster Beignet Po’Boy, Mickey-shaped beignets, and Baton Rouge Beignets, which contain alcohol. This is a great spot to relax, eat and listen to great music.
Port Orleans French Quarter is a charming resort and offers many activities. If the lounge isn’t for you, but you enjoy walking trails, the resort offers that as well. They have maps throughout the property that showcase the walking/running trails. I have walked from Riverside to French Quarter before, and it was a great walk. If you like taking in the scenery but don’t want to do all the walking, you can hop on the boat transportation or even reserve a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Another way you can celebrate Mardi Gras at Walt Disney World is to head over to the Magic Kingdom, go to Princess Fairytale Hall, and say hi to Princess Tiana. Make sure to ask her what her go-to Mardi Gras meal is, or about her restaurant. Another great question that you could ask Princess Tiana is what her favorite part of Mardi Gras is. This is an interactive way to celebrate Mardi Gras or introduce the event to the little ones.
Orlando and the surrounding areas have so many fun events going on for Mardi Gras, and I think everyone should go and experience them all. Universal puts on a fantastic event, and the parade is out of this world. Disney offers a more relaxing way to celebrate Mardi Gras. One day your travel party can live it up at Universal Orlando, and the next day you can spend a relaxing evening at Port Orleans French Quarter. And this is your friendly reminder that if you’d like to plan a trip to celebrate Mardi Gras in Orlando in the future, to reach out to Dreams Unlimited Travel, and they can help you plan your next Orlando vacation!
What are your favorite Mardi Gras events in Orlando? Let us know in the comments!
Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.