I've just gotten back from Universal Studios Hollywood for the media event for the opening of Grinchmas! This is the first time the event has come to the California park and it looks great!
Kids will absolutely LOVE playing in the real snow and hanging out with the Grinch characters!
There are a couple of areas of snow to play in, and if you're a So Cal local that doesn't get up to the mountains, snow can be quite a rare commodity around these parts!
There's also some fun to be had at the tree lighting ceremony and on the tram tour as we are told "Whoville comes to life" (I'm assuming they mean they will do a little song and dance at the Whoville set or maybe have characters walking around. This part wasn't open today.)
Anyway, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking, but if you're looking for something fun and unique to bring the kids to during the holidays then check out Grinchmas!
Yay! A new seasonal event at Universal. It's cool to see some events from Florida invade the Hollywood park!
Sorry, Beetlejuice, today's event isn't about you...
Keep following the signs...
Aha! Looks like I'm in the right place!
Yup, it's a huge tree!
Little does this snowman know it's about to meet it's maker!
These kids have a plan in store for poor Mr. Snowman...
And this kid is developing a weapon of mass snowman destruction!
Wow, Cindy-Lou Who is all grown up and OMG, she's HOT!!!
"Hey now! This event is about ME!!!"
The Whoville characters do some singing and dancing because that's what they do!
"I wonder what happens if I press this button?"
In Whoville, snowballs = weapons...you'll see what I mean in just a few moments!
The Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who and the Mayor of Whoville invite someone up to the stage...
It's Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa! (I think he kind of trumps the Whoville Mayor)
Together they count down the final moments of Mr. Snowman's life!
There is snow flying EVERYWHERE! Kids going insane! OMG! Someone help Mr. Snowman!!!
His hat is gone, nose is gone and it's looking pretty beat up!
Snowballs are flying through the air everywhere!
This kid goes in for the kill and rips Mr. Snowman's eye out!!!
Poor Mr. Snowman! What have these kids done to you???
The Grinch seems to approve of this malicious behavior! =)
Of course you'll find a shop themed to Grinchmas...
...with plenty of fun little Grinch toys...
...and a shirt for Jahan.
There are a couple of different snow play areas...
And more fun in there!
The Cast Members even have new costumes for the event!
...unless you are there on Media day!
And yes, Max the Dog is here too!
Yes that is one BIG tree!
Grinchmas has some big balls!
Yay! Distorted Giant Christmas Tree Ball MySpace Photo!!!
And when you come in the park, you'll notice all the Christmas decorations and don't forget your "glutton pass!"
So that wraps up our Grinchmas 2008 Report!
The Grinch and the inhabitants of Whoville welcome you to come hang out! Bring your kids! They will love the snow!
I got a kick out of the Snowball attack photos and captions, Robb.
Anyways, thanks for the update! I hadn't heard about Grinchmas at Universal Hollywood until just a day ago or so, so I was interested to see how this would turn out. Looks like a definate good thing for families and the Snow Play Areas would even amuse me. (Stupid Florida with no snow!!!)
Having just watched the movie the other night, I can't help but be in awe of the fact that it is the same complete theatrical mask/makeup as Jim Carrey wears in the film. God I wish we were closer to you LA or Florida so that I could take Sammi to see that.
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