I always affiliate this season with the sense of newness. Something about spring cleaning, spring training, springing forward when daylight saving time begins — it’s all the good stuff of brighter days and fresh beginnings.
I have a feeling that will be even more necessary and even more true this year, especially around Universal Orlando Resort. To kick off the season, I’m bringing you the top four things I’m looking forward to.
Mardi Gras International Flavors of Carnaval
I have been humming, “feet don’t fail me now” pretty much every day since I walked (see also: danced) out of Mardi Gras last year. That is why I was so absolutely thrilled to find out that this spring Universal Orlando is delivering all the delicious things I love about Mardi Gras — and PLENTY of new things I’m excited to explore — in this year’s International Flavors of Carnaval event.
The event will include food, entertainment, BEADS, and even a few other Mardi Gras staples. Chef Jason Glus, one of Universal’s Executive Chefs who played a major role in developing this year’s menu says, “As chefs we wanted the food this year to bring everybody together to celebrate all the wonderful flavors from around the world. No matter what celebration, no matter what culture, no matter what ingredient we will all dine together.”
And with a menu like this, you can sign me up for a little bit of everything!
Volcano Bay is reopening
Photo Credit: Imani Miller
Nothing says spring vacation quite like a trip to Volcano Bay. Universal’s water theme park is reopening to guests on or before March 1 and I personally cannot wait to grab myself some jerk shrimp mac and cheese, a Waturi Fusion ice cream cone, and some volcano-front seating to soak up some rays.
Want to really kick up the tropical vibes this spring? Consider this 3-Day Tropical Itinerary your guide.
The weather can’t be beat
Speaking of rays, spring in Florida is L O V E L Y. We can all stow away those boots and swap them out for some sandals. I truly love nothing more than grabbing a refreshing Shark Attack from Chez Alcatraz, strolling around the streets of Universal Studios Florida, and taking a ride or two on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit on a sunny spring day. Can’t you just smell the sunscreen and hear the roller coaster screams now?
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All the hotel happenings
No Universal Orlando vacation is complete without a stay at one of the incredible Universal hotels — especially during the spring! I know I firmly believe that you should never miss an opportunity to swim, and Universal’s hotel pools give you plenty of opportunities to do exactly that. Plus every pool is unique to its hotel and its theming!
This year in particular I am so excited to try all of the Mardi-Gras-themed dishes and drinks at each one of the currently-operating hotels. Drinking a “Let The Good Times Roll” Hurricane while bowling at Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Galaxy Bowl is certainly an opportunity we should all be taking advantage of!
Spring is the perfect time to hit up all of the pools around Universal Orlando Resort. Catch me poolside in between beignets all season long.
There you have it! And think, these are just my top reasons; I didn’t even get into all the ice cream treats around Universal that somehow taste better on a nice spring day. Pack your swimsuit, prepare yourself for a whole lot of jambalaya, and come see us soon!
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