Celebrate the holidays with a Merry Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood, where thrill seekers and movie buffs will enjoy action-packed rides and behind-the-scenes looks into the world of movie making. Join the Grinch and the Who’s as they come together to sing holiday songs around the Whoville Christmas tree.
As part of the fab-Who-lous event, Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage by the “Grinchmas” tree, performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style. The Who-liday Singers – a hip boy-band ensemble – will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.
The spirited “Grinchmas” event will also capture guests’ imagination with a variety of inspiring activities designed to create long lasting memories. These include:
Who-ville Post Office – Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.
- Trim up the Tree Lot – Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a memorable keepsake.
- Story Time with Cindy-Lou Who – Cindy-Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small – for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The spirit of “Grinchmas” also will come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour with engaging performances by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite at the original film sets from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are included in the price of theme park admission. More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood
This year you won’t want to miss “Christmas in the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.™” The castle becomes the backdrop for an animated light show set to music that includes a Christmas tree, characters flying on broomsticks, snowmen, and ballroom dancers.
Don’t forget about the hot Butterbeer™ available at Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub. Like its traditional and frozen counterparts, hot Butterbeer is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread that’s been perfectly fine-tuned as a Hogsmeade holiday treat. Now, adults can even spice up their hot butter beer with a shot of their favorite liquor.
Ring in 2018 at the EVE Party
For the first time ever, Universal Studios will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party. It will include specialty desserts plus champagne, beer and wine available for purchase and three dance zones featuring EDM, Rock/Pop and Latin music.
Fast & Furious – Supercharged at Universal Studios Hollywood
Another new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood is the Fast & Furious – Supercharged. It takes guests into the world of the Fast & Furious movie franchise with a thrilling simulated high-speed chase alongside the movie cast using cutting-edge, hyper-realistic special effects, including 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s most expansive 360-degree screens. This action-packed thrill is part of the backlot Studio Tour.
The Minion Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood
Don’t miss the Minion experience at Universal Studios Hollywood, where the Minions will be spreading holiday cheer. The Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3-D ride allows the audience to join Gru and become minions on an adventure that starts at Gru’s home, goes through the super villain lab and ends with a dance party. The theme park does an amazing job at recreating the street that Gru and his adopted daughter live on and the film’s memorable seaside carnival, Super Silly Fun Land. Visitors will be thrilled to climb, jump and slide in a dry zone, ride on the Silly Swirly Fun Ride, or get soaked in the more than 80 different water-play features. Guests can also have the chance to meet and get their photo taken with a life-sized minion. Guests can also vie to win a replica of Agnes’ lovable stuffed unicorn.
Guest Services at Universal Studios Hollywood
To avoid the frustration of waiting in long lines, the best way to experience Universal Studios Hollywood with the Front of the Line pass (ages 3 and older). Guests might actually have a good chance at seeing the entire park in one day. However, be aware that the park does not move at a fast pace. The service at restaurants, shops, and rides can take longer than anticipated. Another feature parents will appreciate is the Child Switch feature that will cut down on wait time for those without the Front of the Line pass. For a more bespoke experience, splurge on the VIP Experience pass that includes exclusive backlot access, valet parking, breakfast and lunch, front of the line access, and more.
Thrill Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood
Some of the rides at Universal Studios Hollywood are not best suited for young children, but are thrilling for adults. Here are some of the thrill rides that the park features:
- House of Horrors
- Revenge of the Mummy (this ride requires guests to put their belongings in nearby free lockers, however, the lines for the lockers can be long)
- Jurassic Park (you will get wet!)
- The Simpson’s Ride
- Transformer’s: The Ride-3D
- King Kong 360 3-D
Live Shows at Universal Studios Hollywood
See Hollywood in action at the live shows the park has to offer. Feel Donkey sneeze at the Shrek 4-D, watch a ramshackle city catch on fire at the WaterWorld show, see how movie magic is made at the Special Effects Stage, or witness highly intelligent animal actors strut their stuff. For a true taste of Hollywood, take the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour with action-packed fun that features King Kong, Jaws, a flash flood, and an earthquake. May not be age-appropriate for younger children.
While visiting the park, keep your eyes open for familiar movie characters, such as the following:
- The Grinch and Max
- Shrek and Princess Fiona
- Sponge Bob
- Curious George
- The Simpsons
- Gru and Minions
- Scooby Doo
Some of the new attractions also include Nighttime Studio Tour, and Jurassic Park’s Raptor Encounter. Whether you’re a movie buff, a thrill ride seeker, or just want to have a family fun adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood is bound to be a good time for all.