Universal's Superstar Parade in Universal Studios Florida
Type of Show
The parade route moves through New York, Hollywood, and Production Central in Universal Studios Florida.
Universal's Superstar Parade Description
Universal's Superstar Parade is a daily parade that loops around the streets of Universal Studios Florida. The streets are roped off so that the parade can come through and guests can view the show from the sidewalk areas. Some of the characters you'll see in this parade include Dora and Diego, SpongeBob SquarePants (and his friends) and the characters from Secret Life of Pets and Despicable Me (Minions, Gru, Agnes, Edith, Margo, and Vector). The parade also incorporates street performers, dancers, aerialists, four elaborate floats, six custom-built bubble machines, LED lights, and an impressive sound system.
Universal's Superstar Parade Route
The parade starts at the gate between Café La Bamba and Universal Orlando's Horror Make-Up Show. It turns right onto Hollywood Boulevard and makes a left at Mel's Diner before turning right and heading down South Street into Production Central and New York. The parade turns left on 5th Avenue and goes past Revenge of the Mummy before turning left on 57th Street. The parade passes between Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Shrek 4-D before turning left down Rodeo Drive and heading back through Hollywood to the gate between Café La Bamba and Universal Orlando's Horror Make-Up Show.
The parade makes two regular stops: one at Mel's Drive-in and one at Battery Park. These places are good viewing areas if you want to see the parade up close or interact with the characters or street performers.
Universal's Superstar Parade History
Universal's Superstar Parade debuted in May of 2012. The production was announced as part of Universal's "Year to Be Here," a year that saw a lot of new attractions and experiences in Universal Orlando.
Express Passes cannot be used to skip lines or get a special viewing area for Universal's Superstar Parade.
Guests may remain in wheelchairs or electronic conveyance vehicles (ECVs) for the duration of Universal's Superstar Parade. The best wheelchair viewing area is found in New York in front of the Macy's façade. This space is also the reserved area for guests who purchased a character dining experience.
UO Fan Guide Show Tip
The parade takes place in the late afternoon; show times vary depending on park hours and events, so you should check the park map for times on the days you are there. If you don't want to watch the parade, use this time to experience some of the more popular attractions in the park. The parade draws a lot of people, so the ride queues and wait times tend to be shorter for attractions in Universal Studios Florida.
UO Fan Guide Mini Review of Universal's Superstar Parade
People line up like crazy for this parade and really seem to love it. There are so many people trying to watch that if you don't claim a good viewing spot early on, you might have a hard time seeing around all of the other spectators. And if you get a bad spot, you might not be able to see anything other than SpongeBob's pineapple or a few anonymous dancing street performers when the parade makes its two regular stops.
While the floats in this parade are really neat, and the performers are typically energetic and work hard to excite the crowd, if you don't have kids or aren't a huge fan of the characters in the parade, it is definitely something that can be skipped. You can meet all of the characters at the parade in other settings throughout the day. Even the floats come out (individually) throughout the day in certain areas, so you have other opportunities to see them without sitting through an entire parade.
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