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Universal’s Superstar Parade at Universal Studios Florida

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Universal’s Superstar Parade at Universal Studios Florida
Universal’s Superstar Parade at Universal Studios Florida

What was the Superstar Parade?

Universal’s first-ever daily parade brought guests face-to-face with their favorite characters, larger-than-life floats, and dozens of street performers, all set to a high-energy soundtrack. Guests could expect to see Gru and his minions, SpongeBob and friends, Dora the Explorer, the gang from The Secret Life of Pets, and many more fantastic creations.

Where did the Superstar Parade take place?

Universal’s Superstar Parade: Map of the parade route
Map of the Superstar Parade route

In Universal Studios Florida. More specifically, the parade route started next to Louie’s Italian Restaurant in New York, wrapped down through Production Central, moved through Hollywood, and then exited next to the Horror Make-Up Show theater.

What were the showtimes for the Superstar Parade?

The Superstar Parade was typically scheduled daily (save for during special events, like the Holidays celebration) and was about 20 minutes long.

Additionally, throughout the (normal) day at Universal Studios Florida, the floats and characters in the parade came out to Hollywood Boulevard (near Mel’s Drive-In) to perform and frolic with park guests.

What was the Superstar Parade’s premiere date?

May 8, 2012

Superstar Parade – what you wish you knew before you experienced it

While it was difficult not to be entertained by the Superstar Parade – especially for young kids who know the characters by heart – more thrill-conscious guests will want to use this time to jump on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit or Revenge of the Mummy one more time.

Where was the best place to see the Superstar Parade?

The best place to watch Universal’s Superstar Parade was in the Hollywood section of the park. You had two options – since there are two sides to the street – with the first one being right in front of Schwab’s Pharmacy:

Universal's Superstar Parade at Universal Studios Florida
The best spot to watch the Superstar Parade: Schwab’s Pharmacy

There are a few reasons why this was the prime location to view the parade. First, there are benches right along the curb, so if you get here early enough, you can grab a front-row spot that actually allows you to sit! Second, you could usually pick up some ice cream at Schwab’s to pass the time while you were waiting for the parade.

The second option was directly across the street from Schwab’s Pharmacy:

Universal's Superstar Parade at Universal Studios Florida
Jump just across the street for the our second recommended viewing spot

This location also has its advantages. For one thing, there is a concession stand that sells soda, beer, etc., and, additionally, there are gift shops inside the building facades you see in the photo, so members of your party can duck in for a blast of cool air, if needed.

However, the most important reason why this overall area on Hollywood Blvd was the best is because the Superstar Parade stopped here and did an extended street performance:

Universal's Superstar Parade at Universal Studios Florida
The Superstar Parade jammin’ away

If you look on the right side of this image, you’ll see the vertical Schwab’s “drugs” sign – that’s where we recommended sitting. Looks like a good spot, right?

It is worth noting that the parade also stopped – and also did a little dance party – earlier in the route, near Revenge of the Mummy in New York, but we’d still heavily recommended going with Hollywood.

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Universal's Superstar Parade
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 8 reviews
 by anita
great
Date Of Last Visit: 7-5-16

great parade i loved it and i love this site it wass so helpfull i got the perfect spot.

 by Mary Powers
SuperStar Parade
Date Of Last Visit: May 2-7, 2014

We love, love, love this parade! All 6 of our grandchildren were with us during this last visit ... from our oldest, a very "grown up" 10 year old to our youngest, a very TV savvy 14 month old. Every one of them was enthralled with the many characters they know & love, the beautiful floats, the music & the energy! As much as we enjoyed it last year it was far better with our grandchildren! Can't wait till we visit again next spring!!

 by Doug Poirot
Superstar parade ( a true hiden gem)
Date Of Last Visit: 5/18/2014

The Superstar parade is a true hidden gem hidden in the middle of Universal Studios Florida. The best area to watch is the Hollywood area between Terminator and Mel's. The reasons are two fold. First, prior to the parade, Lucy, Marilyn, Scooby and Shaggy and others appear for photo ops. Second, the parade comes to a stop and there is a show that involves all the floats with different music for each character. The parade allows you to take a break and be entertained all at the same time. It is by far my favorite part of any day at the park.

 by Universal Bob
I love a parade
Date Of Last Visit: 14 June 2013

I thought this was a fun parade for all ages. It had all the grandkids favorite characters dancing down the street. I especially like seeing Sponge Bob and Patrick (my favorites). But is was great to see the Despicable Me folks in it too. Not too log of a parade so take a little time and enjoy.

 by Barry Dever
Good for kids, Adults may be bored
Date Of Last Visit: September 7th, 2013

This parade is very high energy, and as a performer myself, I admire Universal's Team Members for giving kids some great entertainment. The actors are really committed, especially the Monkey on the trampoline. If he didn't have a human face, you'd think he was a monkey! The human minions were also like this. Kids will love this, and have a great time, but adults may not like it because it is juvenile--- which Universal is trying to do with their parks, to draw more children in. This is a great attraction for young kids, but I give it three stars. As an almost 16-year-old, I thought it was cute, but not overly appealing.

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