Mardi Gras Concerts, EPCOT Festivals, and Minions Takeover: Your Weekly Theme Park Recap (January 10)

Here’s the Orlando theme park news you need to know from January 10-16.

1. Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras 2022 Concert Lineup Announcement

This week, Universal Orlando Resort announced several big news regarding Mardi Gras 2022. Among those big announcements? Concert lineup, parade program and seasonal Mardi Gras offers at hotels. Some of our favorite takeaways from the ads? Big names like Diana Ross, Seal and Khalid headline concerts, and you know we have to try the Let the Good Times Roll 32oz Hurricane at Cabana Bay Beach Resort!

Check out our Mardi Gras guide here.

2. EPCOT International Arts Festival kicks off

On Friday, January 14, the EPCOT International Arts Festival kicked off. Guests waited in huge lines for the bucket of Figment popcorn and other specialty food items the event is known for. The beautiful weather created the perfect backdrop for our day, covering some of the most unique and delicious snacks and treats available at the festival. The festival is in full swing and will continue until February 21, 2022.

Check out our EPCOT International Festival of the Arts guide page here.

3. Garden Rocks 2022 concert series unveiled

During the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, this concert series adds an extra element of entertainment to the springtime festivities. Every day during the festival, guests can sing and dance to live performances at the America Gardens Theater in the American Adventure Pavilion. The shows usually last half an hour and occur several times each evening.

Read our article to see the official program and more details about the festival.

4. Minions build walls around 4-D Shrek

If you’ve been on the internet this week, you’ll know that Shrek 4-D had its final screening January 9. Unsurprisingly, on the morning of January 10, just hours after Shrek 4-D was last screened, construction walls were placed around the old attraction. What was surprising was that the walls depict cartoon versions of some very familiar and decidedly popular anime characters – the Minions. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is right across from this location, so it makes sense in some ways that another Minions-themed attraction would establish some sort of Minion Alley near the entrance to Universal Studios Florida.

While it’s obvious the Minions are next, there’s no official word yet on the details of the attraction. We’ll keep you posted on what’s to come.


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