SATURDAY SIX: 6 Reasons We Love GRINCHMAS In Seuss Landing

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at GRINCHMAS in Seuss Landing! A few weeks ago in this fine blog series we took the floo network into Universal’s Wizarding World to see how the witches and wizards celebrate the muggle holiday of Christmas. Today we are going into a theme park land where they take holiday theming “up to 11“…Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure!

Welcome to Grinchmas. (photo by Brian Hyde)

# 6 – Snacks

Seuss Landing is filled with incredible snack options the whole year round, but for the holiday season their snack spotlight turns and focuses on The Grinch. Several annual treat options return for Grinchmas including  a How The Grinch Stole Christmas “book” cupcake.

Grinch cupcake. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Grinch sugar cookies.

Grinch sugar cookies. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Grinch Heart on a Pillow. As you can see in the picture of the Grinch Sugar Cookie picture above, like the book/movie, the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes. The heart itself is a red velvet cake, while the pillow has a mascarpone filling.

Grinch’s Heart on a Pillow. (photo by Michael Carelli)

The Holiday Punch looks fantastic but unfortunately the praise ends there. It’s like drinking straight lime juice and you wouldn’t want to touch this with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole.

Grinch Holiday Punch. (photo by Michael Carelli)

The Grinch Hot Chocolate Bomb has two options available. You can buy the Heart shaped bomb separately to make at home, or buy with a cup of Hot Chocolate complete with Grinch themed cup sleeve.

Grinch Hot Chocolate Bomb. (photo by Hedgehogs Corner)

Drop your Grinch Heart Bomb into the hot chocolate…

Grinch Hot Chocolate Bomb. (photo by Hedgehogs Corner)

…and eventually it will melt away, revealing the marshmallows inside.

Grinch Hot Chocolate Bomb. (photo by Hedgehogs Corner)

At the end you get a great tasting cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows!

Grinch Hot Chocolate Bomb. (photo by Hedgehogs Corner)

# 5 – Merchandise

If you are a fan of the Grinch character, Seuss Landing is where you want to be during the holiday season as the merchandise selection is… truly amazing, it’s really stupendous, fantastic, bombastic, and downright tremendous!

Grinch merchandise. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch merchandise. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The SATURDAY 6’s own Megan Stump modeling a reversible Grinch hat.
Grinch shirt. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch plush. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch plush. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch spirit jersey. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch smart phone cases. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch Popcorn Bucket. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch ornaments. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch ornaments. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch candles. (photo by Michael Carelli)

 

# 4 – The Whos of Who-ville

During the Grinchmas celebration, the Who’s of Who-ville come out to walk the streets of Seuss Landing and they are a complete blast. They are part of the Who-ville Decorating Committee and will often be working in teams to help further decorate the park…and even guests!

The Who’s of Who-ville. (photo by Michael Carelli)

They are always ready to have silly photo-ops for you.

The Whos of Who-ville. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The Whos of Who-ville. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Like the fan favorite Citizens of Hollywood from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guest interaction with the Whos is off the charts fun.

The Whos of Who-ville. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The Whos of Who-ville. (photo by Michael Carelli)
A Who reading a printed out copy of Len Testa’s recent New York Times guest editorial on Bob Chapek. (photo by Michael Carelli)
A resident of Who-ville doing her best impersonation of Tron Lightcycle Power Run construction workers. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 3 – Décor

Seuss Landing is already the most colorful and whimsically designed land in any theme park, but the over-the-top holiday decorations take everything to the next level. Everything that you think can be decorated is completely decked out, and then they kept going. It’s AMAZING!

Seuss Landing. (photo by Michael Carelli)
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish logo framed with red garland. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Seuss Landing Popcorn. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The Lorax. (photo by Michael Carelli)
South-going-Zax having an eye roll about the Grinchmas bow tie. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Seuss High-In-The-Sky Trolley framed by decorations. (photo by Michael Carelli)
One thing many guests miss in Seuss Landing is McElligot’s Pool. Located near the front of the land, across from If I Ran A Zoo, McElligot’s Pool is a cute designed area featuring a unique opportunity. Like any place that has a water feature, you’ll see a whole bunch of coins thrown into McElligot’s Pool. All the money in this area is donated to Give Kids the World Village. Because there is rarely anyone in this area, it is a great place to take a breather, relax, and toss a couple coins in. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Keep an eye on the garland for Seuss related details, like this ball featuring Thing 1…(photo by Michael Carelli)
…and this one featuring Thing 2. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Garland is all over the place. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Christmas tree in the Cat-in-the-Hat gift shop. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Christmas tree outside the Cat-in-the-Hat gift shop. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Taking any photo inside Seuss Landing is going to show holiday decorations somewhere in the frame! (photo by Michael Carelli)

# 2 – Grinchmas Who-Liday Spectacular

For years, no theme park could touch The Mouse when it came to in-park shows. Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Big Blue…and Beyond, and even Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage are crowd pleasers of the highest order.  When the calendar hits December, Universal brings out some big guns that deliver in a major way.  We discussed Celestina Warbeck’s Nothing Like a Holiday Spell show in our Potter Christmas article, and the New York area of Universal Studios Florida also has the Blues Brothers doing an incredible holiday performance on the streets of New York. Meanwhile over in Seuss Landing, the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is a must-see stage show presentation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and it combines elements of both the beloved animated version along with the Jim Carrey live-action film.

Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular. (photo by Scott Sanders)
Cindy Loo Who. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Martha May. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Who-liday Spectacular. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular. (photo by Michael Carelli)

The Grinch!

The Grinch. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The Grinch. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The Grinch and Max. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The Grinch and Cindy Loo Who. (photo by Michael Carelli)
This is exactly how I feel when guests inside theme parks invade my personal space. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Speaking of Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, check out this themed signage in Seuss Landing. The entire land eschews straight lines as much as possible, so even this sign pointing guests to nearby bathrooms (because of the barricades installed to direct traffic for the Who-liday Spectacular show) doesn’t use a traditional arrow and instead has a more cartoonish arrow.

This themed signage for “#2” is definitely #1 in our books. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 1 – Breakfast with The Grinch (& Friends)

With many longtime “Disney Only” guests trying out Universal thanks to the current complexity and cost of Walt Disney World vacation planning, one thing they will discover is that Universal has nowhere near the amount of character dining experiences that Disney has. In fact, outside of the Marvel Superhero Dinner in Islands of Adventure, there’s no other options inside the Universal parks. That is, until Christmas season when Breakfast with The Grinch and Friends returns to Seuss Landing.

The breakfast buffet takes place in Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous. Once checked in, residents of Who-Ville will greet you. After being seated, the characters rotate among the tables and you’ll be sure to get quality time with each of them, including The Grinch. Other characters we interacted with during our meal this year included various residents of Who-ville, and Sam-I-Am but in years past we have also seen the Cat in the Hat and Things 1 & 2. Tons of food options, lots of character interactions, and digital photos from an official photographer that are included with the meal? Can’t beat that. Here’s the bad news, word travels fast when something is good in the theme park world, so every single day this breakfast is already sold out. The good news is that we have seen a limited amount of walk-ups accepted, so if you haven’t booked an experience it’s worth at least trying (just temper your expectations that it might be full that day.)

The Grinch perfectly in character taking photos with guests. (photo by Michael Carelli)
The Grinch. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Sam-I-Am. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Resident Who. (photo by Michael Carelli)

The buffet is loaded with items themed to The Grinch and residents of Who-ville.

The Grinch Green Pancakes. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Mayor Augustus’s Green Eggs & Ham Pizza. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Calamella’s Chicken & Waffles. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Oatmeal with fruit. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Christmas Spice Cake. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Grinch sugar cookie. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Green Eggs Brownie pop. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Max’s “dog bone” cookie. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Lou Lou Who’s Green Eggs. (photo by Michael Carelli)
Martha May’s Baked French Toast. (photo by Michael Carelli)

HONORABLE MENTION –  Holiday Tribute Store

In this season’s Holiday Tribute Store in Universal Studios Florida they have a section of the store dedicated to The Grinch and Who-ville.

2022 Universal Holiday Tribute Store. (photo by Michael Carelli)
2022 Universal Holiday Tribute Store. (photo by Michael Carelli)
2022 Universal Holiday Tribute Store. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Definitely a place to go for any Grinch related products you need for the Who on your shopping list.

2022 Universal Holiday Tribute Store. (photo by Michael Carelli)

But also home to the newest addition to Universal’s growing line of Mold-A-Matic plastic molds!

2022 Universal Holiday Tribute Store.  (photo by Hedgehogs Corner)
We all know that The Grinch is touchy. Careful, he’s also very frail. Have a box to take him home in. Interior measuring at least 5-1/4 x 2-3/4 x 2 inches. Wrap in tissues. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Seee you next year! (photo by Michael Carelli)

So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX Looks at GRINCHMAS in Seuss Landing! 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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Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, Digital Maestro Scott Walker, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, artist @SonderQuest, the mighty maven of merchandise Hedgehog’s Corner, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and “the Dadalorian” Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, charter member of the Universal Four @Nitro230, the permit princess Alicia Stella, master cartographer Tommy Hawkins, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Absolutely no help was added by SeaWorld Influencer @SuperWeenieHtJr. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.

One of the most vile, despicable creatures that you can meet in a theme park. Also pictured: The Grinch. (just kidding, we love ya Seth!)

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