PHOTO REPORT: Universal Studios Hollywood (11/26/21): Vacation is ready for the camera, roll it up

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Quiet on the plateau; we are ready to roll! We made it to Universal Studios Hollywood on Black Friday to witness the start of the holiday celebrations in LA’s entertainment capital, and we want you to join us.

The holiday celebration is presented in the street, as the entrance marquee tells passers-by what is on offer this season.

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And CityWalk is decorated as well, with The Grinch taking over the Universal Studio Store for the season.

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We have explored the decorations all over the park, and you can see them all in our article about it here.

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Even the statue of the filmmakers got into the spirit of the season.

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New York Street made snow fall under sunny Los Angeles with the magic of decorating the sets.

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Face covers are required in all indoor and outdoor locations, and vaccine cards or negative COVID tests are required to enter the park.

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There are plenty of Grinch merchandise for the season. Much of it goes back to stock from years past, but there are a few new items.

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This Loungefly backpack is super cute, but it was locked behind glass.

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This Christmas Minion popcorn bucket has eyes that move side to side and comes with a free all-day popcorn filling.

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And these Minion Christmas decorations are simply adorable.

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Some more general merchandise from Universal Studios for the season as well.

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We found some cool t-shirts that weren’t on the holiday theme, just some cool shirts in general for a day at the park.

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And these Hogwarts House jackets feature each of the four houses, with a zipper that can unfold into wide lapels. Very cool and so sweet style.

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Of course, the big draw this time of year is Grinchmas. This annual celebration is a lot of fun and packed with special snacks, photo ops, meetups, stage shows and more.

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Even the Whos must respect the mandate of the mask when welcoming guests.

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The Grinch may be muzzled right now, but this mask won’t stop his sharp tongue from shaving guests a bit with a good heart.

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Pets Place is celebrating its first holiday season since opening last April, and the pets are all ready for photos with enthusiastic guests.

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The Minion Café is also new this holiday season, and the Minions are all dressed in their ugliest sweaters on the front of the restaurant.

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There is a beautiful Minion tree in front with strung Minion balls as decoration.

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Hogsmeade still looks a bit like Christmas with its glistening snow-capped rooftops, but the garland really brings Christmas cheer.

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As we make our way to the Lower Lot, we get a great vantage point to assess the work in progress on the upcoming Super Nintendo World.

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Most of the steel for the upper levels has been placed, and now the cladding is being prepared for installation.

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The entrance tunnel will be located here, right next to Transformers the Ride, and the iconic green tunnel is taking shape behind this wall.

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The Jurassic World Christmas tree is beautifully decorated with jungle flowers and tiny pterodactyls scattered around the tree.

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Inside the Lower Lot Studio Store, a selection of props from “Dr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Seuss” (2000) are on display. Accessory elements include the electric razor, Who ice skates, and more.

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This Countdown to Christmas wristwatch is simply stunning.

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Also on display is the invitation Cindy Lou Who brings to the Grinch when nominated Holiday Cheermeister.

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It was a very busy day at the park with all the friends and families in town for the holidays. We had a great time, but it was difficult to get around easily and the lines were out of control.

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The Starway was packed with guests as we made our way back to the Upper Lot, and we were happy to stray out of their way.

Thank you for riding with us on our Universal Studios Hollywood photo essay. It’s a wrap!


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