Universal Orlando Resort is known for its thrilling rides and comic-book character driven adventures that have become synonymous with Orlando family fun. During the Orlando holiday season, Universal Orlando celebrates by honoring Christmas traditions, creating new ones and bringing cartoon characters to life for over-the-top events for those of all ages. The fun begins December 6 and continues through January 1, 2009.
The New York Streets of Universal Studios welcome Macy’s Holiday Parade for some authentic festive fun featuring floats & balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Street performers, marching bands and Santa make special appearances during the parade as well. After the parade, a tree lighting ceremony dazzles the night with glowing light and holiday music.
Universal Studios is also presenting KidZone Holiday Show, Barney’s Christmas Show, & the Blues Brothers Christmas Show. Plus, for the week of December 26 – December 31 Universal Studios will feature Universal 360 – A Cinesphere Spectacular at the end of every night. Through unique technology, Universal is able to recreate the sights & sounds of some of the best Hollywood films, which are then projected onto huge spheres in the Universal Studios lagoon. It is a wonderful production that enables pyrotechnics and lasers for a cinematic adventure unlike any other. Mannheim Steamroller will be Live in Concert at Universal Studios for one night only – December 6 – to kick off the holiday season at Universal Orlando Resort. Their world-renowned holiday music will be performed at 6pm & 8pm.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing is transformed into a wintry wonderland of Grinchmas, featuring the live musical show “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Full of humor and heart-warming moments, the Grinch and his group of dancing & singing Who’s perform to music created by Mannheim Steamroller, while the town of Whoville comes to life. After the show, take a holiday stroll through the Whoville Wonky Tree Lot and Meet the Grinch for an autograph or photo. A special breakfast with the Grinch & Friends is available as well at Confisco Grille, and is $19.95 for adults and $13.95 for children.