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From concerts at Universal Orlando to a Star Wars celebration at Hollywood Studios, this spring is full of exciting new ways to enjoy Orlando theme parks.

Mardi Gras – Select nights at Universal Orlando come alive with the flavor of New Orleans! Catch beads from the Mardi Gras parade as you view classic Mardi Gras floats and costumes in an incredible parade. This year kids can enjoy the parade even better with their own viewing area designed for them, Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area by the T2 attraction. Plus you can beat the Cajun food. The French Quarter Courtyard is sizzling with juicy flavors you won’t want to miss. Then there are the music concerts! There are still many Mardi Gras Concerts left until the end on May 31st.

Don’t miss out on these artists:

• Prince Royce - March 8     

• Cody Simpson - March 14

• Foreigner - March 15

• A Great Big World - March 21

• Gavin DeGraw - March 22

• Kelly Rowland - March 28

• Weezer - March 29

• Skillet - April 5

• Lynyrd Skynyrd - April 12

• Kool & the Gang - April 19

• Nelly - May 3

• The Wanted - May 10

• The Roots - May 17

• Cher Lloyd - May 24

• Huey Lewis and The News - May 31

Star Wars Weekends – Whether you join the Rebellion or side with the Galactic Empire, Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is guaranteed to bring you some out-of-this-world fun. You’ll get to meet stars from the landmark films and popular animated TV shows. There’s also a chance to not only get an autograph with your favorite characters, but take on the biggest baddie of them all, Darth Vader, in the Jedi Training Academy. And don’t forget about taking an interstellar journey in Star Tours - The Adventure Continues, where you can embark on over 50 different story combinations. So how strong is the Force in you?

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – OK, imagine being able to travel the entire world in one day. Now picture yourself walking through over 100 stunning topiaries of your favorite Disney characters and garden displays that’ll take your breath away. Got that in your head? Good, because it’s reality at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. Aside from the great floral designs there are outdoor kitchens, presentations from HGTV designers and foot-tapping music played by iconic musical artists. This event is going on now through May 18, so don’t miss out!

Just for Kids – SeaWorld Orlando gets even better for kids from March 22 – April 12 with the All-New Rockin’ Rockhopper Party at Antarctica, where kids can sing and dance along with a DJ and enjoy storytelling, snacks, games and live penguin appearances! Also, Elmo and his friends will be back and putting on a show at the Seaport Theater, where kids will be able to see Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and more. Then, go on the hunt and explore SeaWorld Orlando and collect stamps at four stations around the park to get a Free Junior animal Ambassador Medallion.

Viva La Musica – While the Latin music artists haven’t been revealed yet, you can expect to catch all the latest hot sounds from the Latin music world when award-winning Latin hit the stage at SeaWorld’s Annual Event. While you take in the music, also, feast on the new Latin flavors by Executive Chef Hector Colon and have fun with other family friendly activities.