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Review of the Most Stoo-Pendous Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast

by Vern Woodruff on November 1, 2019 17 Orlando

Leap's Note: Today's post comes from Undercover Tourist customer and super theme park fan Vern Woodruff. Vern has written about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Universal's Photo Connect and the Jedi Training Academy. Today, he shares his review of The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast from his visit to the Universal Orlando Resort in 2017.

Lasting about one month a year,

Islands of Adventure brings holiday cheer,

As Seuss Landing becomes a wintry wonderland without peer,

So come from afar and come from near,

For it is time to kick your Christmas spirit into high gear,

Hip hip hooray for Grinchmas is finally here!

The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast at Universal's Islands of Adventure

The holidays bring the opportunity to enjoy the special seasonal transformation of Seuss Landing into Grinchmas central at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando. And what better way to get into the Grinchmas spirit than by meeting the jolly green embodiment of all that is Grinchmas, the Grinch himself. The Grinch has meeting times during the day at the Gertrude McFuzz Fine Feathered Finery store in Seuss Landing, but if you want to start your day off with a touch of the Grinch, then the Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast is for you.

The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast at Universal's Islands of Adventure Mommy Frog's note: The 2019 dates are Nov. 16-17, 23-24, 27-30 and Dec. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-25.

The breakfast is held on select mornings during Grinchmas with seatings between 8-10 a.m. at Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-pendous. The breakfast has menus shown, but they were just a guide because you could select what you wanted as you went through the serving line. A wide selection of food is available, ranging from green eggs and ham (of course) to sausage links, pancakes, tater tots, fresh fruit and breakfast pastries. An assortment of drinks is available too with free refills.

The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-pendous was decked out in festive Grinchmas trimmings. After checking in and being seated, the first of several of the Grinch’s friends visited our table. A Who stopped by to welcome us and even took our drink order before our server made it to the table. After we had gone through the serving line, another Who bedecked with lights stopped for a visit. He was followed by a Who quartet that treated us to a carol. Later, the Cat in the Hat came by for a photo and autographs. Eventually the Grinch, dressed in his Santa attire, made it to our booth. My wife and I had moved out to take pictures, so the Grinch took the opportunity to grab a seat by my oldest son. The Grinch is one of his favorite characters, so he really enjoyed this interaction. After visiting briefly with the kids, the Grinch posed for a photo with all of us. He then moved on to bring Grinchmas cheer to others, but we were visited by another Who. The restaurant really put us in the Grinchmas spirit, and we really enjoyed our visit.

The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast at Universal's Islands of Adventure - Who Quartet

Mommy Frog's note: If you are interested in this holiday dining opportunity, the cost for 2019 is $34.99 plus tax for adults and $20.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9. You can learn more and book your reservation here. Reserve early because dates sell out quickly!

The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Ifyou're thinking about The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast, I would suggest selecting a seating time earlier than 10 a.m. (the last seating). We selected 10 a.m. because we could enter the park an hour early at 8 a.m. since we stayed at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel. Also, I wanted a later breakfast so that we could fill up and not need to stop for lunch. While we had no problems filling up with enough food, our time for visiting with the non-Who characters was rushed. We did see the Cat in the Hat, but Thing 1 and Thing 2 left before reaching us. The late start also caused us some headaches with getting our souvenir photo. One of the perks of the breakfast was to be a digital copy of a picture with the Grinch through Universal’s Photo Connect. However, the photographer accompanying the Grinch left shortly after we arrived and had not returned when the Grinch visited us. We ended up staying in the restaurant a bit longer, finishing our breakfast when the photographer finally returned. We were able to pose for a quick shot with the Grinch, but I know other families missed this.

Another issue was that the Grinch was supposed to start seeing guests at the shop next door at 11 a.m. Due to this, the Universal character host that accompanied the Grinch continually tried to hurry him along and keep him moving from guest to guest as fast as possible. Fortunately for us, the Grinch did not move as fast as she wanted, so the kids had time for some fun interaction with him. I believe that he did eventually see everyone at the breakfast, but it was rushed. With an earlier seating time, we would have avoided that. For those who did not see the Grinch at breakfast, the line for meeting him at the bookstore was about 45 minutes when we left.

All in all, it was a great way to have breakfast and start our Grinchmas activities. My three kids really enjoyed it and we have some memorable video and pictures of the Grinch interacting with the kids. Please feel free to share any thoughts or questions below. Merry Grinchmas!

Vern and his wife are the parents of two boys and a girl that all love Disney’s animated movies and shorts. He lives in Ohio and is employed as a mechanical engineer, which helps to explain his excessive attention to detail, organization and planning. His oldest son enjoys watching the animated shorts from the Disney Treasures series, his youngest son has the middle name “Donald” and he likes telling people that he was named after Donald Duck, and his daughter loves the Disney Princesses, especially Rapunzel and recently Elsa.

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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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