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Frog Family Foodie Review: The Most Stoo-Pendous Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast

by Mommy Frog on December 12, 2023 21 Orlando

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Let your heart (and tummy) grow three sizes in a day — just like the Grinch! During the holiday season at Universal Orlando Resort, you can enjoy a sit-down meal with the green meanie himself, as well as Whoville citizens and other characters from the Dr. Seuss universe. You can try themed food and drinks such as Green Eggs and Ham and Grinch Punch, as well as traditional breakfast foods, during the Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast, a specially ticketed dining experience — this year, in a brand new location!

Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast - Grinch Hug

Overview of the Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast is taking place on select dates from Nov. 17 through Dec. 29, 2023. Breakfast reservations tend to disappear quickly, so keep this in mind when planning your holiday trip. This year, reservation times include seatings at  7 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Allow between 60 to 90 minutes for the entire experience. It takes time to get seated, order and receive your food and meet all of the characters.

Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast - Whos Patio

To complete your reservation, you must purchase your tickets in advance. Prices start at $58.99 per adult and $32.99 per child (ages 3 to 9), plus tax. You will need to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance, and walk-ins are not accepted. Separate theme park admission is required for the same date as the breakfast. If you need to add or remove someone in your party, our best advice is to call Guest Services. Last year, we attempted to add someone to our party last minute but were unable to because there wasn’t any availability left at that point. Also, be sure to print out your tickets or pick them up at one of the Will Call kiosks outside the main entrance of the park. (There is a team member who can print them out stationed between Confisco Grille and Croissant Moon Bakery if you hoppen to forget.)

Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast Experience

Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast - First Floor Whos

The breakfast takes place at Confisco Grille in Port of Entry — a change this year after previously being housed in Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous in Seuss Landing. When you hit the central lagoon upon entering Universal Islands of Adventure, it's the building on your right. You should arrive about 15 minutes prior to your reservation time to check in with the host outside. Once you check in outside, you'll be asked to wait just inside the front of the restaurant for your table to be called.

Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast - Grinch MeetWhile we all know the Grinch is the main star of the breakfast, the Whoville citizens are an absolute whoot too. One Who gave us great advice for when we meet the Grinch (plug your nose!) and another Who was in awe of the people inside our mobile devices with three tiny eyeballs on the back. Later in our meal, we saw her unwrap the tinsel from one of the trees and ask a guest at another table to wrap it on a different tree. They also sang Christmas carols and "Happy Birthday" to a frog who was celebating! As we were sat on the balcony upstairs, we also got to see them wishing a Merry Grinchmas to the people down below!

When you're finished with your meal, you'll receive a postcard from the Grinch. That's your ticket to meet the "mean one" himself! (A team member will hole punch it upon redemption.) There's meet and greets both upstairs and downstairs depending on where you're sitting. (Shhh! Just don't tell the tadpoles!) You may have to wait in a line to meet him but once you get to the front, the Grinch is more than hoppy to chat for a bit and take some fun photos! The big green guy gave us some unfiltered beauty advice, asked us to compliment him, gave his candid thoughts about our meal choices and informed us that those delicious Grinch cookies are nothing more than dog food. ("We're all just dog food in the end. One day Max will devour me." ~the Grinch)

Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast Menu

Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast - Breakfast Sandwich

Here’s what the Whos are serving up at this festive feast:

The Feast

  • The Grinch's Green Eggs and Ham
  • Mayor Augusts' Biscuits and Gravy
  • Martha May's Chicken and Waffles
  • Max's Smoked Brisket Skillet Hash
  • Betty Lou Who's Power Bowl
  • Lou Lou Who's Breakfast Sandwich

For our Little Whos

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Green Eggs
  • Belgian Waffle
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Biscuit with Gravy
  • Fried Chicken
  • Sliced Roast Ham


  • Juice
  • Coffee
  • Soda

Every meal comes with an appetizer consisting of croissants, muffins and fresh fruit and dessert consisting of Grinch cookies, Max's dog treats and red velvet hearts.

Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast - Pastries Fruit and Drink

The pastries and fruit are a perfect way to settle your rumbling stomach upon being seated. When your waiter comes around, we highly recommend ordering the Grinch Punch for a nice sour beverage to wash your meal down. This verdant concoction is made with green apple, lime and pineapple juices.

For our entrées, I chose Lou Lou Who's Breakfast Sandwich which consisted of a butter croissant, eggs, ham, cheddar cheese, arugula and roasted potatoes. Leap opted for Max's Smoked Brisket Skillet Hash which consisted of house smoked brisket, poached eggs, crispy potatoes, poblano peppers and sriracha Hollandaise. Both were delicious, hearty options! We recommend choosing something savory so you can enjoy the sweet treats at the end of the meal.

Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast - Desserts

As for the desserts, the Grinch cookies are always a soft and sweet froggy favorite. The red velvet hearts were also deliciously rich!

Our Final Thoughts on the Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast

The Grinch is one of our all-time favorite characters to meet, so we enjoy any time we’re able to be in the presence of the green sourpuss himself. While it is an extra expense, we think it’s worth the consideration because you’re guaranteed to meet the Grinch and get a photo with him. The only other way to interact with him (aside from Universal's Holiday Tour) is at his meet-and-greet location at Honk Honkers in Seuss Landing and we've seen that wait time go up to a whopping seven hours (and even reach capacity on sporadic days)!

Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast - Postcard

The meal lives up to the amazing food you expect from Confisco Grille. It's incredibly filling with great options to fuel you up for a morning of Who-liday celebrating! It’s also a great option particularly for picky eaters, as they can expect standard breakfast fare. It does take up a significant portion of time (60 to 90 minutes), so you'll just need to adjust your plans accordingly. However, if you make a 7 a.m. reservation, you'll most likely be finishing just as the park opens!

Overall, it's a delicious meal that guarantees you face-time with some festive Whos and the famous Grinch without waiting hours in line! Truly a win-win!

Meeting the Grinch is a must-do experience during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, and what better way to do so than the Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast? Plus you get the opportunity to try Green Eggs and Ham. Have you had any funny interactions with the Grinch? Share in the comments below! 

Related: A Froggy Festive Guide to the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

Hoppy holidays!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 1, 2024 at 7:42 p.m. Ashley Says...

When does the reservations release date normally come out? and what's the best way to follow.... i feel like disney does a much better job on keeping you in the loop for things like this. I have never done this before and feel very lost on how to navigate.

Apr 2, 2024 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

Information about the Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast is usually released around early to mid-October. We will update this blog post once Universal announces more details about reservations, so bookmark this post and hop back then!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 5, 2022 at 2:35 p.m. Tina Says...

We will be there November 14 2022 .. how do I schedule a reservation for the Grinch Breakfast

Oct 5, 2022 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

You can check dates and availability directly on Universal's website. Scroll down to The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast section on this page. However, it looks like it won't be offered on Nov. 14, but there is availability on Nov. 12 and 13.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 14, 2021 at 11:41 p.m. Mary Hirose Says...

When do tickets normally go on sale? We are hoping to do this one of our mornings in December!

Aug 16, 2021 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

We are still unsure if the Grinchmas breakfast will return at all this year. But if it is hoppening, Universal will announce it on its blog and/or social media channels, so keep an eye out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 9, 2020 at 8:17 p.m. Kerry Says...

When do tickets get released for Christmas 2020

Mar 10, 2020 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry,

The 2020 dates for the breakfast have not been released yet, but keep checking back. We'll update this post once we know more about specific dates and ticket information.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 21, 2019 at 3:04 a.m. Gerry Says...

My sister and I are planning a trip there in December, but all of the dates are taken already. Is there a waiting list in case someone cancels? We really want to go but found out they are all booked.

Nov 25, 2019 at 10:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gerry!

We recommend calling the reservation line at (407) 224-FOOD (3663). When folks cancel and spots open up, they will have the best visibility on where they can fit you in if things open up :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 14, 2019 at 8:03 p.m. Mel Says...

I'm looking at a 8:00 am reservation; however, the park is not slated to open until 9:00 am that day. We have early entry if offered, but if not, how do we go about getting early access?

Oct 16, 2019 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel!

If you have an 8 a.m. reservation, all you have to do is show up at the turnstiles and show your dining reservation details & confirmation. Someone will then walk you over to the breakfast area.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 31, 2019 at 12:16 a.m. Mike Says...

Hi, Based on the photos on their website, it looks like the Grinch is from the new movie and not the old costume? Is this correct.? We like the cartoon-looking Grinch so this may change our minds about going to this breakfast. Thanks..

Sep 3, 2019 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

That's correct; the Grinch is modeled after the newer live action film.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 25, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. AshleyB Says...

when do the 2019 dates come available?

Jun 25, 2019 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

No word on 2019's dates just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 19, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. Pamela Says...

Can you go through the buffet line more than once?

Jun 19, 2019 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pamela,

Yes, this character breakfast is all-you-care-to-eat, and you may return to the buffet line as many times as you'd like.

Keep hopping!


May 27, 2018 at 7:08 a.m. Kevin Says...

Is this something that is targeted strictly for kids? My wife and I are 29 and 28 and I was wondering if its something some kids at heart adults would enjoy too?

Nov 4, 2018 at 5:03 a.m. Summer Says...

Absolutely do it! My husband and I just turned 30 and this is our yearly Christmas tradition for the past 5 years. I highly reccomend it if you are young at heart! I have been to every disney and universal theme park in the world and this is always our fav character dining experience.

Jul 25, 2018 at 12:35 a.m. Eddie Says...

This is my favorite character meal at either Disney or Universal. We take our son but I wouldn't hesitate to go without kids. Grinch always makes me laugh.

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