December 19-31 Will Ring in the “Who-liday” Season with Now, Stars and a Whoville Who-Bilation
Grinchmas-time is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood beginning Saturday, December 19 as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. rings in the holidays with a traditional white Christmas and a not-so-traditional green Grinch, tons of fresh snow, celebrity readings of Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” encounters with Cindy-Lou Who and Max the Dog, and a Whoville Who-bilation at the original movie set where the classic “Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was filmed.
A whimsical, curving Grinchmas tree will tower over 60 feet above the center of a snow-covered Grinchmas winter wonderland, and will be lit in a nightly ceremony that will feature a colorfully costumed Whoville choir caroling and spreading holiday cheer. The Grinch and his faithful dog Max will be on hand to meet fans and take memorable holiday photos. Families will also be able to enjoy traditional winter fun, romping together in a playground of snow and building their own snowmen.
Celebrity storybook readers will add their personal accents to the timeless Dr. Seuss classic. Readers will include the voice of Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright), cast members from USA Network’s “Psych” including Dulé Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Timothy Omundson and Kirsten Nelson, “Heroes” star James Kyson Lee, “The Hills” star Jayde Nicole, Shanar Grimes from “90210,” “Mean Girls” star, Daniel Franzese, and “Dancing with the Stars” Cheryl Burke. Readings will occur on most “13 Days of Grinchmas” dates at 4:45pm and will take place near the whimsical curving Grinchmas tree.
“Grinchmas” will also provide fans of the blockbuster movie with a close-up view of the original Whoville film sets, featured in the classic “Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour. As the tram rolls to a stop amid the fanciful Whoville buildings, guests will experience a one-of-a-kind performance by Whoville’s residents re-enacting favorite scenes from the film.
For visiting friends and family or out of town guests this holiday season, “The Universal Hollywood Getaway” program offers visitors significant savings of up to 42% on vacation packages at five area hotels, located within a five mile radius of Universal Studios Hollywood. Partnering hotels include the Sheraton Universal and Hilton Universal City (both within walking distance), The Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel, The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn and The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa. Packages include hotel stay and 7-day unlimited admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood, as well as free breakfast for two each day, free hotel parking and free round trip shuttle service from the hotels to Universal Studios Hollywood. Transportation from the Renaissance Hotel is not provided but the hotel is located just one subway stop away on the Red Line. “The Universal Hollywood Getaway” vacation packages start at $84 per person, with a two-night minimum. Travel must be booked by December 31, 2009 for travel through January 31, 2010.
Universal Studios Hollywood is open 365 days of the year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Southern California residents can attend the “Grinchmas” event with the purchase of a 2010 “Buy A Day, Get a Year Free” pass and return to enjoy a full year of admission for the price of a single day’s ticket.
More information is available online at our Web site: www.universalstudioshollywood.com/grinchmas.