Universal Orlando News — Week of December 14, 2019

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Get to better know a Universal Orlando attraction this week as we cover the mean, green one himself: The Grinch! Grinchmas and more are inside this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup.

Better Know a Universal Orlando Attraction

If there is a better character to fit Universal Orlando during the holidays than the Grinch I have not found it. Parts ornery, chaotic, and sweet the Grinch and How the Grinch Stole Christmas stand for the magic of holiday season in the face of insurmountable circumstances. At Universal Orlando the classic tale (and some influences from the 2000 Jim Carrey film) comes to life with a high-caliber cast and lavish set design.

Whos out in Seuss Landing. Photo from Brandon Glover.

Christmas starts inside Seuss Landing with cheerful Who walk-around characters decorating for Christmas. Characters pose for photos, interact with guests, and bring the land to life throughout the day.

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is a live, theatrical show combining characters, music, special effects, The Grinch, and one very cute dog to retell How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Famous songs from the 1966 animated classic are featured along with some light plot elements from the 2000 Jim Carrey adaptation. The Grinch himself finds a tonal middle ground between Carrey’s version, the 1957 original, and the 2018 Illumination Entertainment movie The Grinch. Less angry and more dramatic, this interpretation of The Grinch is easily won over by the Whos. Also did we mention there’s a live dog actor playing Max?

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular performs several times a day at Islands of Adventure. Since the show takes place in the Universal Studio Florida soundstages, the entrance is located on the far border of Seuss Landing, between Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendus and the One Fish, Two Fish attraction. Universal recommends arriving 15 minutes prior to show time, but we suggest 15 minutes on slow days and up to 45 minutes prior to show time on busy days. Accessible seating is available.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.


Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could experience a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.

Operating Hours & Early Park Admission

CityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.


Two-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax).

Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).

Showtimes and Refurbishments

Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration Showtimes

  • December 14 – 15: No Shows
  • December 16 – 20: 8:00 p.m.

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

  • December 14 – 20: 5:30 p.m.

Manheim Steamroller

  • December 14 – 15: 7:00 p.m.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

  • December 7 – 13: Ongoing from dusk till park close


  • December 14 – 20: 10:45 a.m; 11:45 a.m.; 12:45 p.m.; 1:45 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.

Refurbishments & Closures

  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges: September 3 – December 22
  • Me Ship, The Olive: September 3 – December 22

Events & Festivals

Deck the halls at Universal Orlando Resort November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020 with their annual holiday festivities. Join The Grinch in Seuss Landing and see a live performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, celebrate in Universal Studios Florida with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, or visit the Wizarding World decked out in Christmas decorations.

See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!

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