Christmas Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando 2012
Published: 09/29/2012 04:24:11 PM
The Universal Orlando Resort is redefining the holiday season for families everywhere. Between December 1st and January 1st, the Universal Resort in Orlando, Florida has exciting events planned that are sure to please both children and adults. Two separate theme parks make up the Universal Resort, including Universal Studios Orlando and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Each park has its own Christmas celebrations planned complete with plenty of holiday treats, lights, balloons, an appearance by Santa himself, and a Macy's holiday parade.
Christmas at Universal Studios Florida
Remember as a child watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City every year and wishing you could be there to see those huge balloons float by? Every night around dusk, Universal Studios will host a Macy's Holiday Parade featuring those same larger-than-life balloons used in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, City. The parade will also feature marching bands, clowns, and an appearance by Santa.
After the parade, gather the family to watch the tree lighting ceremony. This is sure to be a dazzling display of lights and music.
Mannheim Steamroller, the most successful Christmas music artist, will also be back to dazzle audiences with live performances. They will perform live on December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd.
Christmas at Universal Islands of Adventure
At the Universal Resort's Island of Adventure Suess Landing, the story of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas will be performed during a live performance called Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular during Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure. See your favorite characters from the movie and Dr. Seuss book come to life to tell the heartfelt story of the Grinch, featuring music by Mannheim Steamroller. After the performance, the Who's will walk through Seuss Landing to greet the spectators.
Nearly every day in December at 8 am, 9 am, and 10 am, Dr. Seuss fans can get up close and personal with the characters of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by having breakfast with them. Tickets and reservations are required for this event and it is recommended to book soon, as seats will fill up fast.
The Grinch will also be available for pictures and autographs periodically throughout the park. Specific times and locations have not been released for this event yet at the time of this writing.
Other Holiday Happenings
In addition to the main events, there will also be events happening at each of the three on-site hotels the Universal Resort has to offer. At Loew's Portofino Bay Hotel, guests will enjoy holiday movies at the pool, visits from Santa, character dining, face painting, and more. This hotel is offering Florida residents a Universal Orlando Resort gift card for a three-night stay or longer. The Hard Rock Hotel will feature champagne brunches and holiday buffets, visits from Santa, a Hanukkah lighting ceremony, and a New Year's Eve party complete with balloon drop and confetti canon. Spectators will also be treated to a New Year's Eve countdown via satellite from Time's Square. The Loew's Royal Pacific Resort will offer a Hanukkah lighting ceremony, visits from Santa, cookie decorating, and a tree lighting ceremony.
Christmas at Universal Studios Florida is sure please the whole family. From Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure to the Macy's Holiday Parade, there is something for every member of the family. From the wide-eye child full of wonderment to the adult who sheds of tear of nostalgia over fond childhood memories, Christmas as Universal Resort Orlando is a must see.
To learn more about the holiday events at the parks, go to: Universal Studios Website.
To read more about Visiting Orlando visit the Orlando.org Website.
By Jeff Collins
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