Disney’s biggest Theme Park rival, Universal Orlando Resort, is setting up for its annual Mardi Gras celebration. While it and Walt Disney World each celebrate the holidays differently, Universal is the only one of the two to recognize Mardi Gras with a multi-week celebration. No such happenings occur at Disney World, but they should.
Disney Springs is the perfect spot, and it is in need of its own little celebration that is not simply a spin-off of something happening at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It has multiple spots for live music venues, Disney Guests go there to drink and have a good time without having to pay for a Park ticket, and the entire waterfront is long enough to possibly fit a decent size parade or street party.
Imagine the Jazz musicians that could be brought in to play at The House of Blues or the outdoor stage on The Landing. Imagine watching marching bands dance and play their way through the Marketplace or the Town Center. Special food trucks serving cajun and creole foods from gumbo to king cake scattered around the complex, and special merchandise available for the occasion. It could even include Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Disney’s Princess and the Frog!
Disney Springs is already known as the hub of Disney World’s nightlife, and while the clubbing days of Pleasure Island have come to an end, it is still known as the more adult area to eat, drink, and be merry. So why not give it a one-of-a-kind party that runs day and night? It would also make more sense to have there instead of EPCOT because of the specific regional nature of the holiday.
What would make this even more special is the accessibility of it. There can be paid-ticket sections, like House of Blues, and also unpaid experiences that one can find just by walking around Disney’s ticket-free shopping and dining center.
There are still no plans right now for a Mardi Gras celebration at Disney Springs at this time, but this writer will keep wishing on a star that something like it will come to pass.
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