Is Mardi Gras becoming a version of HHN?

Disney runs seasonal events all year long at Epcot. The success of their International Food and Wine Festival over the last 20 years has seen their event not only be extended into neighboring months but also with all new festivals being added in the spring and Christmas periods which are almost like diet versions of their huge popular fall festival.

So it was only a matter of time that Universal would take it’s popular event and extend it into the neighboring months of September and October. With HHN30 running from Sept 10 through Saturday, October 31. What was a three night event in 1990 is now a 39 night by 2020!

Whereas Epcot has just repackaged their Food and Wine Festival and held it at different times throughout the year, it would be quite different to do that with HHN and near impossible.

That’s why it was not so surprising that Mardi Gras this year at Universal Orlando has gone a little bit HHNish…

Running from Feb 1 to Apr 2, the event is now in its 25th edition at the park.

And not only are there parades, live music, speciality foods and beverages, VIP experiences but also a Tribute Store which is, to be fair, a little bit spooky!

The Tribute Store became a regular fixture at HHN in 2015 and it will now debut at Mardi Gras selling a range of themed merch for party goers. See below!

All these experiences and add-ons are very similar to HHN but without a haunted house thrown in we can categorically say that this event is NOT like HHN and it should be experienced!

The event changes each week with different experiences, live acts and foods appearing each week.

Be sure to check Universal’s official site to get your tickets to this exclusive party. So throw me some beads and I’ll see you in the Mardi Gras fog!

Will you be going to Mardi Gras this year? Let us know in the comments!