Starting on November 18, guests at Universal Orlando can experience an awe-inspiring holiday parade featuring favorites from “Despicable Me,” “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and more.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s brings extraordinarily detailed floats parading through the streets of Universal Studios Florida. Per Universal, guests can look forward to the following:
- 15 intricately-detailed floats themed to popular characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me and Minions and DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar and Shrek, along with iconic holiday elements like snowflakes, toys, and Santa’s sleigh.
- 16 larger-than-life balloons – 13 of them created exclusively for Universal by Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment – including Bob from Illumination’s Minions; the Dronkeys and Gingy from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek; and a special gift that DreamWorks’ King Julien from Madagascar has gifted to…himself!
- More than 100 colorful, choreographed holiday performers and characters – from merry elves and toy soldiers to the world of Shrek with the three blind mice and Big Bad Wolf – that will dance and interact with guests as they make their way through the streets of Universal Studios
- An incredible display of holiday lights, an all-new musical score…and even snow!
As part of the festivities, the Minions will sing their own rendition of “Jingle Bells” as they try to decorate a Christmas tree. Be sure to catch Bob the Minion’s balloon chasing after his favorite teddy bear, Tim. For the first time, Lucy joins the parade along with Gru and his daughters as they spread holiday cheer.
King Julien and the Madagascar crew invite you to a tropical holiday party. The Penguins search for Santa Claus, followed by King Julien on a giant pineapple balloon. Alex, Gloria, Marty, and Melman are also featured as they celebrate the holidays.
Next, Shrek, Fiona, and their baby ogres celebrate the season in their swamp. Gingy leads the festivities from above his gingerbread house float. Donkey follows behind with an assortment of gifts, as Shrek and Fiona share a float with Dragon while two of her Dronkey babies fly above.
Finally, holiday favorites return with a brand new look. Santa’s elves invite you into their workshop just before Santa himself appears on a gorgeous float.
A new musical score is included in this year’s show and Santa will be sure to make it snow all along the parade route.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s starts on November 18 and runs through January 6. For more information, visit the Universal Orlando website.