This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Universal CityWalk’s CURSED COCONUT CLUB! We are now fully in Mardi Gras season over at Universal, and this is one party that extends throughout the entire resort. This year the Red Coconut Club on the second level of Universal CityWalk was re-themed into the Cursed Coconut Club. For those who don’t know, the Red Coconut Club was a nightclub which was one of the only venues at Universal and Walt Disney World that never reopened after the Covid shutdown in 2020. However, out of nowhere in late 2022 Universal had a surprise up it’s sleeve…
# 6 – Red Coconut Transformations
For the Christmas season at Universal, the venue was rethemed into the more whimsical GREEN & RED COCONUT CLUB.
For the Mardi Gras season, we have the CURSED COCONUT CLUB.
The transformation of the club begins on the façade itself, as the outdoor theming includes cemetery sets.
HHN fans may recognize these props from the popular Graveyard: Deadly Unrest scarezone at HHN 31. There is a longtime saying by the Disney Dish‘s Jim Hill that goes along the lines of “a good idea at Disney never dies, it just gets reused somewhere.”
With the spooky lightning, the Cursed Coconut Club looks even better at night.
# 5 – Cursed Coconut Market
Located directly next door to the entrance of the Cursed Coconut Club is the Cursed Coconut Market.
Here you can pick up various items including Voodoo dolls and the awesome Cursed Coconut Club t-shirt.
Inside the actual Cursed Coconut Club is a piece of merchandise as well, the latest Mold-A-Matic offering.
In the Mardi Gras Tribute Store back in 2021 there was a Mold-A-Matic machine which offered a purple skull. This year’s version has new artwork for the mold machine and has changed the color of the skull to green.
# 4 – Downstairs
There is a lot of theming going on in the main downstairs area of the Cursed Coconut Club. The overall Voodoo theme is played to the hilt and has complex designs that work well together.
There are a lot of details throughout the club, including several references to New Orleans Voodoo high priestess Marie Laveau.
The Cursed Coconut Club is two levels, and this stairway featuring giant Tarot Cards will guide you up to the second floor.
# 3 – Upstairs
The second floor of the Cursed Coconut Club is themed to The Baron’s Shack.
# 2 – The Bars
The Cursed Coconut Club has three full service bars. While there are no food options at the venue, it does have a large mix of specialty cocktails, mocktails, draft beers, and wine.
# 1 – Easter Eggs
My personal favorite thing at both Universal and Disney are all the references “hidden in plain view” in various attractions. For most guests, these are just details that “feel right” as they experience something, but never actually take the time to look closer. Keeping your head on a swivel at Cursed Coconut Club will reveal some true gems…
In one section of the Cursed Coconut Club you’ll see a wanted poster for Roof Gator Linsberg (playing off the name of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg).
Elsewhere in the club you will actually see this gator on a roof!
For those that don’t know, the term “Easter egg” as it relates to hidden objects in movies originated from the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That movie had an actual Easter egg hunt for Easter on set, but they never found all the eggs before filming. That meant a few of the eggs are directly in camera during the film. Paying homage to that, the Cursed Coconut Club algo has a literal “Easter egg” underneath it’s Voodoo throne….
So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out the CURSED COCONUT CLUB! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out the THEME PARK ENJOYMENT INDEX, giving a monthly recap of all the theme park news you need to know (and a lot more you don’t need to know, but we’re gonna tell you anyway). You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).
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