Where to Find the Grinch at Universal Orlando Resort

by Mommy Frog on December 6, 2023 1 Orlando

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Whether you consider the Grinch more of a Who or a What, it's undeniable that Dr. Seuss' infamous green grouch has become a viral sensation. Eating onions, doing yoga and just being a general menace to society, the Grinch makes all of our hearts grow three sizes every who-liday season. Thankfully, there are plenty of places frogs can find the fraudulent Santa — and even his trusty steed, Max — from November to December! Keep reading to check out all the places you can see or meet the Grinch at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Grinch at Universal - Santa Grinch and Max

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular

The Grinch at Universal - Wholiday Spectacular

No trip to Seuss Landing during the holidays is complete without a stop in Whoville! A treasured Christmas tradition, The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is a live retelling of the classic tale featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. The festive Whos are counting down the days until Christmas — wrapping up their presents and trimming up their trees. However, one Who-hating Grinch with a heart two sizes too small plans to do everything he can to stop Christmas from coming. The best part? Max is played by an adorable doggo!!!

The musical is approximately 30 minutes long and plays eight different times throughout the day, from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. The entrance is right in between Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-Pendous and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Be sure to get in line at least half an hour prior to showtime as the theater fills up quickly!

The Grinch Meet & Greet at Honk Honkers

The Grinch at Universal - Honk Honkers

Luckily, you don't have to climb all the way to the top of Mount Crumpit to get some face-time with the Grinch. Step inside Honk Honkers (right next to Snookers & Snookers Sweet Candy Cookers) and meet the social media star himself! This year, Universal has shifted from a virtual queue to standby, so be prepared to wait in line to meet him. While we've seen wait times as high as three hours, we only waited an hour to meet him on opening day at 3:45 p.m. (The posted wait at that time was 100 minutes but, from the naked eye, it looked significantly shorter.)

We recommend waiting until the line is only in front of Honk Honkers. If you see the line continuing near Moose Juice, Goose Juice, wait until later in the day when that section has disappeared. We promise, the interaction is worth every moment! While you're toadally allowed to grab photos and video on your own camera, professional Universal photos of your time with the Grinch are available to purchase upon exiting Honk Honkers. (Be sure to turn off your flash! It's dark in his lair and the Grinch has sensitive eyes.)

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast

The Grinch at Universal - Character Breakfast

You didn't think Honk Honkers was the only place you could meet The Grinch, did you? Start your day with Martha May's Chicken and Waffles or The Grinches Green Eggs and Ham at The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast. This delicious sit-down meal — now at Confisco Grille — is a great way to meet the meanest, greenest villain in town without having to brave the lengthy standby queue!

Your breakfast — accompanied by the festive carols of Whoville's finest — includes tasty pastries for the table, such as Grinch Cookies and Max Treats, one plated entrée, such as Cindy-Lou Who's Belgian Waffles or Lou Lou Who's Breakfast Sandwich and one nonalcoholic beverage, such as juice or coffee. Reservations are required and must be made up to 24 hours before arrival. The price does not include admission to Universal Islands of Adventure. Your daytime admission ticket and your Character Breakfast ticket must be valid for the same calendar day.

Universal's Holiday Tour

Lastly, if you really want to splurge on your grinchy meet-and-greet for a VIP experience, you can book Universal's Holiday Tour. This 2-park, 1-day tour includes reserved seating for the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a private meet-and-greet with Santa, priority access to one pre-selected attraction, an after-hours showing of The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, light bites, desserts and more and, best of all, exclusive meet-and-greets with the Grinch and his faithful dog, Max!

Theme park admission isn't included in the listed price, but reservations and separate park admission are required. Additionally, your park-to-park admission and Universal's Holiday Tour ticket must be valid for the same calendar day. The tour is subject to availability and elements are subject to change without notice.

BONUS: Oh! The Stories You'll Hear!

The Grinch at Universal - Oh The Stories You'll Hear

Want to know a secret? You can actually see the Grinch any time of the year in Seuss Landing! Stop and listen to Oh! The Stories You'll Hear!, a daily show featuring your favorite Dr. Seuss characters dancing to musical "tellings" of his best-loved stories. Here, you'll find iconic characters such as the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Two, Sam-I-Am, the Lorax and, of course, the Grinch! Be sure to stick around after the performance for a picture-perfect photo-op. This show hoppens several times a day in between Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous and All The Books You Can Read.

Are you frogcited to meet the Grinch at Universal Orlando Resort this year? Do you have any favorite memories with the mean, green one? Let us know in the comments below!

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

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Dec 7, 2023 at 2:53 a.m. Sierra Romas Says...

I’m so excited I wanna see it.

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