Today we visit
to check out the
Universal's Home for the Holiday's takes place at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure from December 1 to January 1. At Islands of Adventure they have
which includes the Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular - Experience a live retelling of Dr. Seuss's classic holiday tale starring The Grinch. There are several shows per day so check the day's map for show times and they recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to show time.
You can also meet the Grinch and have your photo taken with him or get his autograph. This is located at Dr. Seuss' All The Books You Can Read Store inside Seuss Landing. They have a photographer there or you can use your camera but please not that the background is a green screen so you must buy their picture in order to have a background. We didn't get our picture taken so I didn't note the prices but may return later in the month to get more information on Grinchmas.
Our focus yesterday was the Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios. The parade starts every afternoon at 5:00pm. It starts next to the Horror Make-up Show building travels down Hollywood, makes a right turn through production central towards New York then travel right in front of Mummy's Revenge and end by Bettlejuice's Graveyard Revue
We arrived about 15 minutes prior to parade time and much of the parade route was already pretty crowded. We went to the end of the parade route and found a curb side spot that was pretty vacant right by Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue. So if you don't want to find a spot early, this is a great choice. There is one drawback which I will share at the end. There is a viewing area for Annual Passholders which is by the Christmas tree and directly in front of Mummy but the area was pretty full by the time we walked by so I don't know what the procedure is for that area.
So without further delay ... I present the Macy's Holiday Parade
|Orlando Police start things off|
|Coffee High School Marching Band|
|Shrek and Fiona|
|Marge and Maggie|
There you have it! It's a cute parade that is worth checking out. Now, I mentioned a drawback to being at the end of the parade route. Towards the end of the parade, we could hear that Santa was coming and then there seemed to be a lighting ceremony at the Christmas tree. We could not see that from our location. Once that finished, the music stopped so the remainder of the parade was quiet. So I would assume that it would be best to find a viewing spot in the New York area to witness the lighting of the tree.
They also have Mannheim Steamroller performing live on the Music Plaza stage. Concert is select nights at 6:00pm so check their schedule for specifics. We didn't stay to experience the concert so I can't comment on that.