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Universal’s Superstar Parade returns as first major theme park parade in Florida

by Tharin White

Since the theme park closures of 2020, we have yet to see the return of a regularly scheduled full-scale parade in the Florida theme parks. Universal previously offered opportunities for guests to get up-close to their stationary Christmas and Mardi Gras floats. But starting today, Universal’s Superstar Parade is scheduled for a 7 p.m. premier at the Universal Studios Florida park.

Favorite characters from the Minion franchise wave hello in Universal's Superstar Parade.

While last year there was a way to see miniature parades, otherwise known as cavalcades, at Walt Disney World, Universal’s Superstar Parade will be more than a single float. And, unlike the Disney cavalcades, this parade has a defined schedule so guests know when to line up to see their favorite characters in action. SeaWorld Orlando did a small temporary parade for their Mardi Gras celebrations this spring. But Universal’s Superstar Parade is Orlando’s first major parade to be brought back.

Full Universal's Superstar Parade starring Despicable Me, SpongeBob, Dora and Hop

Guests can expect to see characters from Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” as well as Dora and Diego. Gru, Agnes, Margo, Edith and the Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” will also be there. Guests will also see characters from “The Secret Life of Pets” as the streets of Universal Studios come alive with themed floats, energetic street performers and fun music. While the parade is scheduled for tonight, and we assume it will return to its regular daily performances (weather permitting), there is no posted schedule for future dates.

Spongebob in Universal's Superstar Parade.

But a returning parade isn’t the only character entertainment guests can find at Universal Orlando. They also recently debuted a brand new character spot, DreamWorks Destination, as a place for everyone to see and dance along with characters. This “first-of-its-kind” character experience includes characters from “Trolls,” “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and more, all in one location. Music from the animated films will fill the air as guests enter a party-themed atmosphere set against a nighttime sky inspired by the animation studio’s iconic opening sequence from its films.


Are you ready for more character experiences and entertainment to return to the parks? Did you get to experience Universal’s modified parade and entertainment offerings last year? Let us know in the comments below.

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