"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
- Mark Twain
A perfectly whimsical holiday experience for the entire family
Dr. Seuss has become a much bigger part of the happiest time of year - finally, magically, and whimsically. Living in Los Angeles, it has been consistently difficult to find a holiday experience that is both festive and fun for the entire family, young or old. This year, we discovered a new diamond in the rough. Families can now be fully immersed in the merriment of the season during Universal Studios' "Grinchmas" celebration, a perfectly unique holiday event that everyone can enjoy.
Universal Studios Hollywood has succeeded in bringing the beloved film How the Grinch Stole Christmas to life by kicking off the first-annual, interactive experience my whole family enjoyed. The park has outdone itself - every interaction reawakened my love for the holidays and allowed my kids to be fully immersed in their favorite holiday film.
The "Grinchmas" experience was included in our price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, so my kids and I were able to experience the staple Universal rides, like the highly interactive "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" and "Revenge of the Mummy℠ - The Ride," alongside the festive "Wholiday" entertainment. Around every corner was a chance to kick up adrenaline and holiday cheer: we experienced Universal's famous attractions, interacted with members of the Whoville community, took advantage of "Grinchmas" photo ops, wandered through Whoville's snowfall, sung along with the Whos, and witnessed the first lighting of the incredibly majestic, 60-foot "Grinchmas" tree.
Not only did the "Grinchmas" add a magical touch to my family's holiday experience, it was also an event we could feel good about. To counteract the Grinch's disdain for Christmas, Whoville features a charitable "Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes" campaign. For each good deeds postcard sent to the Grinch, Random House Children's Books will gift a book to a child in need.
Story time with Cindy Lou Who, cookie dec-Who-rating, a "Grinchmas" tree lighting - what's not to love? My whole family came away feeling as though we had recaptured the imagination and whimsy the holidays should encompass… by simply entering the front gates of Universal Studios Hollywood.
The park's "Grinchmas" attraction will open to the public December 13th -14th. It will be open daily from December 19th - January 3rd. Visit the Universal Studios Hollywood website for additional information.
By Andy Wexler