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The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the holiday celebration at the Universal Orlando Resort! With the coronavirus playing havoc with the theme park calendar this year, a couple months ago it was uncertain whether the Florida parks would even have much of an effort at bringing Christmas to the theme parks to close out the year. We’ve all seen the quarterly earnings report with both Disney and Universal losing hundreds of millions of dollars. Thousands of theme park Cast Members and Team Members are still currently out of work (to find out how you can help, CLICK HERE). Projects were stalled if not outright cancelled. It seemed like we were doomed to a “death by a thousand paper cuts.”

Then something amazing happened. Universal went forward with a modified version of Halloween Horror Nights. While Disney was letting entertainment go left and right, Universal was bringing more entertainment in. For the first time in a while, things for a theme park fan were looking up.

For many guests, the Christmas season at the theme parks is the most special time of the entire year. Decorations are up, Christmas music is playing over the speakers, and both Disney and Universal do an incredible job with their annual events like Mickey’s Very Merry and Grinchmas. For these “unprecedented times,” a lot of what we loved in the past can’t be done right now. The good news is that – with a little creativity – Universal Orlando was able to put a gift under our Christmas tree after all…

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
The iconic entrance arch to Universal Studios Florida. (photo by @Nitro230)

Today we’re going to take a look at the holiday celebration, and we’ll kick it off with…

# 6 – Voodoo Doughnut

We’re running out of superlatives to describe our favorite bakery at Universal, as Voodoo Doughnut once again has come through with some wonderful Christmas themed offerings. In previous years, Voodoo has had donuts themed to Santa Claus and the Grinch, and for 2020 they have two Snowman donuts along with an ornament donut.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Voodoo Donut holiday donuts. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

Let’s get a close-up of these beauties…

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Snowman donut. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

The filling inside the head of the snowman is white chocolate mocha cream.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Cross section of snowman “head” donut. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

While the body is filled with chocolate peppermint cream.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Cross section of snowman “body” donut. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

The ornament is filled with gingerbread cream cheese and tastes as good as it sounds. One of Voodoo’s best ever tasting seasonal offerings.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
String lights on the ornament donut. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Cross section featuring the yummy gingerbread cream cheese filling! (photo by Hedgehogs Corner)

Hard to get better than themed donuts, but this year Universal introduced The Holiday Treat Trail! We’ve seen similar gimmicks like this over at Disney, including at EPCOT and Disney Springs. If guests purchase five qualifying treats at various locations around Universal, they are rewarded with another snack. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Treat Trail guide map. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Treat Trail guide. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

The map features a look at Universal CityWalk and the two theme parks, and has a place on the side for guests to get a stamp after their purchase.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Treat Trail stamps. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

A bottle of Cinnamon Coke can be purchased at several locations throughout the parks and CityWalk.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Cinnamon Coke. (photo by @Nitro230)

Red Holiday Popcorn can be purchased at the popcorn cart near The Incredible Hulk Coaster in Marvel Superhero Island.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Popcorn. (photo by @Nitro230)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Popcorn. (photo by @Nitro230)

This Pumpkin Spice Churro is available at the Production Central cart in Universal Studios Florida.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Pumpkin Spice Churro. (photo by @Nitro230)

The Holiday Wreath Cake is available at the TODAY Cafe in Universal Studios Florida.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Wreath Cake. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Slice of Holiday Wreath Cake. (photo by @Nitro230)

When you have all the stamps collected, you can head on over to the Silver Screen Coke kiosk in USF or The Watering Hole in Jurassic Park at IOA and get your redemption prize: a Christmas tree sugar cookie.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Christmas tree sugar cookie. (photo by @Nitro230)

# 5 – Earl the Squirrel

One of the best “secrets” at Universal Orlando comes every holiday season, and can be found in the gigantic Christmas tree that is installed at Universal Studios Florida.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Christmas tree. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Christmas tree. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

Many guests now know the “pro tip” of taking your own picture through a reflection in one of the Christmas bulbs, but not as many know that Earl the Squirrel makes appearances by popping himself out of the tree.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Earl the squirrel. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

Even better? This year EARL IS WEARING A FACE COVERING!

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Earl the squirrel protecting us. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

# 4 – Holiday Tree Hunt

During the “taste” of HHN this fall, guests got to participate in the Scarecrow Stalk and that theme continues with the Holiday Tree Hunt. Here’s how it works: similar to the scavenger hunts at EPCOT like Figment’s Brush with the Masters during Festival of the Arts or Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration during Flower & Garden, guests purchase a Holiday Tree Hunt map ($9.95). The map includes the locations of all the themed trees at locations inside the parks and at Universal CityWalk. Like the treat trail mentioned earlier, at each location your map get can a stamp. There are a lot of trees throughout the resort, and the good news is that Universal will give you the ornament redemption prize even if you haven’t received every stamp. This way you can collect the stamps at your leisure and not have to stress about “getting them all” before the park closes or your vacation ends.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Tree Hunt signage. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Tree Hunt guide map. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Tree Hunt guide map. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

At the Universal Studios store in CityWalk, the tree is loaded with some fun nods to Universal attractions.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Tree Hunt. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
How great is that ET ornament?!! (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Shrek’s Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Sahara Traders, gift shop for Revenge of the Mummy. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
The details on these trees are worth spending some time checking out. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Love the scarab beetle ornament. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
MIB Gear. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Incredible. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

One thing I love about the Holiday Tree Hunt is that it gives guests a chance to check out some of Universal’s incredibly themed stores. Whether you buy merchandise or not, the attention to detail in many of these stores will blow your mind. Tons of fun gags and props to check out.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Spongebob Storepants. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Spongebob Storepants. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Anything cuter than a Hello Kitty tree? (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Island’s of Adventure Trading Company. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Fantastic “Old World” theming to the IOA Trading Co. store tree. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

It’s Christmas, you have to have a Grinch tree!

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Mulberry Street Store. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
The Grinch stealing items from the tree…(photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Harry Potter themed tree. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Harry Potter themed elements. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Marvel Superheroes tree. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Sorry Disney, only one theme park in Florida is going to have a Christmas tree themed to Marvel superheroes. Have to enjoy this little nod to that moment in Avengers Endgame when Thor’s hammer went to Cap(photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Jurassic Park tree. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Couldn’t love “When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth” banner any more. Incredible!!!(photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Betty Boop next to the tree in Toon Extra. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium tree. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium details. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

The ornament redemption prize is double sided, and features the Holiday Tree Hunt logo on one side.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Tree Hunt ornament. (photo by @Nitro230)

With a holiday themed Universal Orlando Resort logo on the other side.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Tree Hunt ornament. (photo by @Nitro230)

# 3 – This year, the Grinch takes YOUR photo!

Possibly the greatest character at any theme park to interact with is The Grinch during Christmas season at Universal. For most of the year, The Grinch walk around character in the Universal parks is based on the cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but during the holiday season the character is based around the Jim Carrey version in the live action remake. This allows The Grinch to be able to use his razor sharp wit while having fun with guests. In previous years, guests would queue up to have their picture taken with The Grinch in Seuss Landing. For social distancing, this year The Grinch takes YOUR photo, and here is how it works…

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Grinch photo experience QR code. (photo by @Nitro230)

Instead of standing in a traditional line, guests scan a QR code to make an appointment for their experience. When it’s time, you and your family get to interact with The Grinch.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
(photo by Seth Kubersky of The Unofficial Guides)

After a bit of frivolity (along with any requested selfies,) The Grinch will then get behind the store’s camera to “take your picture.”

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
One of the most evil, vile, and disgusting characters ever created. Also pictured: The Grinch. (photo by Seth Kubersky)

The Universal Photo Connect app will then have some fun Grinchmas-themed options for you to enjoy.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
The Grinch meets Seth. (photo by Seth Kubersky)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
A Grinch “selfie.” (photo by Seth Kubersky)

# 2 – Tribute Store

The Tribute Store for HHN has been a true highlight of recent horror seasons. Filled with rooms packed to the brim with details and merchandise, the Tribute Store is an HHN fan’s dream come true. Out of nowhere, this year’s HHN-themed Tribute Store was almost immediately converted over to a Christmas themed Tribute Store!

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Tribute Store facade for Christmas actually slightly more scary than the one for Halloween… (photo by @Nitro230)

Word on the street is that the Visual Merchandising team at Universal spent several months designing this fantastic store for another location in Universal Studios Florida. Over the course of just one week, the entire location was disassembled and moved over to be put back together again to replace the HHN Tribute Store. There is a ton of great merchandise to browse though along with rooms themed to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Harry Potter, and even Earl the Squirrel!

 

 

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Room at Christmas Tribute Store. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Reference to the iconic entrance archway of USF. (photo by Shelby Denham)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Christmas Tribute Store. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

After the return of Wax-A-Matic in the HHN Tribute Store, what a delightful surprise it was two see two more machines in the Christmas Tribute Store. One machine offers molds of Santa Clause.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Santa Clause mold machine. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

While the other machine has a snowman mold.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Snowman mold machine. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

The molds also feature the Universal Studios branding.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Santa Claus and Snowman molds. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Love this ornament done in the style of a cross stitching pattern. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Rubber duckies are all the rage right now. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Transition from Weihnachtsmarkt to Grinch room. (photo by Megan Stump)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
A look inside The Grinch themed room. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Great details everywhere. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Grinch themed merchandise. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Grinch themed merchandise.(photo by Nitro230)

One area in the Tribute Store is decked out with posters elements from the tribute store along with a ton of photos from Universal Christmas events from years past.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Love that Earl the Squirrel poster. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
My kingdom for a year round Wax-O-Matic machine at the parks! (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Christmas photos. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Christmas photos. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Harry Potter themed room.
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Harry Potter standing on Hogwarts Castle. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

Who needs a Christmas village display at their house when they can have a Harry Potter village?

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Harry Potter village. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

Earl the Squirrel’s Tree Farm room is where you can get all the holiday themed snacks!

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Earl the Squirrel’s Tree Farm. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
THEMING~! (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Early’s Sweet Treatz. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Sweet Treatz pricing. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
This ornament shaped snack has a delicious peppermint glaze over a chocolate mousse base. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Gingerbread whoopie pie. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Christmas Tree Cone. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Bring your appetite! (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Sugar Cooke Tree Stacks. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Red Velvet Candy Can Pops. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Vegan Reindeer Brownies. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)

The HHN Tribute Store had gummy “beating hearts,” and the Christmas Tribute Store has it’s interactive treat too…

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Earls’ Gummy Lightz. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Earl’s Gummy Lightz. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Gummy LIGHTZ. (photo by @Nitro230)

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Gummy Light. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Gummy Light. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Sticky Bunz. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Sticky Bunz. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Pecans! (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Sticky Bun. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Hot Chocolate Bombz sign. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Hot Chocolate Bombz pricing. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Hot Chocolate Bomb. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
The ornament melts into the hot chocolate. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Exit leads to an Earl the Squirrel photo op. (photo by @Nitro230)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Earl!!! (photo by @Nitro230)

 

# 1 – Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons

One of the highlights at Universal every Christmas season is the great parade they have at USF featuring Macy’s balloons. Think of it as a theme park version of the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. With a bit of ingenuity, Universal was able to give guests a version of the “parade” with an experience held inside a soundstage. Guests are able to check out some of the elaborately themed larger-than-life balloons, along with getting social distant pictures of some Universal characters.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal’s Holiday Experience. (photo by @Nitro230))
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal’s Holiday Experience. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal’s Holiday Experience. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Gru welcomes you to the minion themed float. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
One of the penguins from Madagascar was out front of this float. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Universal’s Holiday Experience. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Puss in Boots welcomes guests to the float and balloon featuring characters from the Shrek films. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Gingy’s house float and Santa Donkey/Dragon balloon. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Gingy balloon! (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Despicable Me themed balloon. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Nutcracker balloon. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
“Santa!! I know him! ” – Buddy the Elf (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Santa’s sleigh float. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Everyone’s in the Christmas spirit! (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
The big man himself! (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

Santa is available for photos and socially distant selfies.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Santa. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Santa. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

HONORABLE MENTION – Food Truck Funnel Cakes

A food truck at Universal Studios Florida has changed its menu over to our beloved funnel cakes, and the results couldn’t be more spectacular.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Funnel Cake menu. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

Fried chicken and funnel cake? We’re IN.

The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Fried chicken funnel cake. (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)
The SATURDAY SIX Checks Out CHRISTMAS at the Universal Orlando Resort
Oh baby! (photo by Hedgehog’s Corner)

So there you have it: Six Reasons we love Christmas at the Universal Orlando Resort! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles covering the latest from the Disney Outlet Stores. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).

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Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and “the Dadalorian” Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, charter member of the Universal Four @Nitro230, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.

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More low crowds at all four parks! Walt Disney World wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020

 

Yet another day of low wait times at Walt Disney World. Some of those lower waits have come through expanded ride capacity at attractions such as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Haunted Mansion, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, and Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid.  We received 143 actual wait times in line today.  And it’s the return of the attraction infographics. Let’s do the numbers!

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

Crowds at the park were below average for the last month, with today’s average posted wait times ranking #18 out of the last 30 days. Actual wait times we got at Big Thunder and Buzz Lightyear were less than half of the posted waits.  Actual waits at Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train were closer to the posted waits.

More low crowds at all four parks! Walt Disney World wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
Magic Kingdom wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
Astro Orbiter
Average Posted Wait
35
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#10
365-Day Rank
#78
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Average Posted Wait
42
Actual Waits Were
41%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#15
365-Day Rank
#145
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Average Posted Wait
33
Actual Waits Were
43%
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#118
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Average Posted Wait
13
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#9
365-Day Rank
#134
“it’s a small world”
Average Posted Wait
38
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#11
365-Day Rank
#95
Jungle Cruise
Average Posted Wait
36
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#22
365-Day Rank
#174
Mad Tea Party
Average Posted Wait
13
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#13
365-Day Rank
#131
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Average Posted Wait
24
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#1
Peter Pan’s Flight
Average Posted Wait
30
Actual Waits Were
80%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#18
365-Day Rank
#165
Pirates of the Caribbean
Average Posted Wait
38
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#159
Space Mountain
Average Posted Wait
27
Actual Waits Were
85%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#173
Splash Mountain
Average Posted Wait
54
Actual Waits Were
62%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#10
365-Day Rank
#83
The Barnstormer
Average Posted Wait
21
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#120
The Haunted Mansion
Average Posted Wait
18
Actual Waits Were
93%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#27
365-Day Rank
#208
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Average Posted Wait
12
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#13
365-Day Rank
#162
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Average Posted Wait
23
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#15
365-Day Rank
#159
Tomorrowland Speedway
Average Posted Wait
19
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#133
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Average Posted Wait
59
Actual Waits Were
68%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#12
365-Day Rank
#146
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Average Posted Wait
17
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#22
365-Day Rank
#165

Hollywood Studios Wait Times

With Runaway Railway’s expanded capacity, Slinky Dog Dash continues to post the highest average wait times in the park.  Actual wait times at Toy Story Mania are still running at about half the posted wait.  And Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster should be re-themed with ABBA.

More low crowds at all four parks! Walt Disney World wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
Hollywood Studios wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
Muppet*Vision 3D
Average Posted Wait
20
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#1
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Average Posted Wait
47
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#21
365-Day Rank
#165
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Average Posted Wait
25
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#18
365-Day Rank
#132
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Average Posted Wait
40
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#26
365-Day Rank
#187
Toy Story Mania!
Average Posted Wait
27
Actual Waits Were
51%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#163
Slinky Dog Dash
Average Posted Wait
66
Actual Waits Were
94%
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#12
365-Day Rank
#147
Alien Swirling Saucers
Average Posted Wait
25
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#18
365-Day Rank
#161
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Average Posted Wait
47
Actual Waits Were
71%
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#29
365-Day Rank
#126
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Average Posted Wait
47
Actual Waits Were
108%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#25
365-Day Rank
#182
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
Average Posted Wait
16
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#1

Rise of the Resistance only had one pause in calling boarding groups today, for about an hour from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More low crowds at all four parks! Walt Disney World wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
Rise of the Resistance boarding group progress for Friday, November 20, 2020

Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Actual wait times we got at Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest were about half of the posted wait, which is interesting.  Actual waits we measured at Flight of Passage and DINOSAUR were closer to the posted wait.

More low crowds at all four parks! Walt Disney World wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
Animal Kingdom wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
DINOSAUR
Average Posted Wait
17
Actual Waits Were
87%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#22
365-Day Rank
#178
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Average Posted Wait
25
Actual Waits Were
51%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#167
Kali River Rapids
Average Posted Wait
16
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#14
365-Day Rank
#86
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Average Posted Wait
13
Actual Waits Were
49%
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#26
365-Day Rank
#203
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Average Posted Wait
13
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#11
365-Day Rank
#77
TriceraTop Spin
Average Posted Wait
5
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#118
Na’vi River Journey
Average Posted Wait
42
Actual Waits Were
71%
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#157
Avatar Flight of Passage
Average Posted Wait
39
Actual Waits Were
86%
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#24
365-Day Rank
#174

EPCOT Wait Times

More low crowds at all four parks! Walt Disney World wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
EPCOT wait times for Friday, November 20, 2020
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Average Posted Wait
6
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#181
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Average Posted Wait
8
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#25
365-Day Rank
#176
Living with the Land
Average Posted Wait
10
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#23
365-Day Rank
#186
Mission: SPACE Orange
Average Posted Wait
17
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#18
365-Day Rank
#167
Soarin’
Average Posted Wait
26
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#24
365-Day Rank
#170
Spaceship Earth
Average Posted Wait
14
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#18
365-Day Rank
#157
Test Track
Average Posted Wait
47
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#121
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Average Posted Wait
6
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#29
365-Day Rank
#240
Frozen Ever After
Average Posted Wait
57
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#144

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PHOTOS – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Holiday Decorations Have Arrived

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a destination all its own. It is such an immersive resort that you could make a vacation of just enjoying this resort. Our team ventured over to both Jambo House and Kidani Village to view the holiday decorations that arrived this week.

PHOTOS – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Holiday Decorations Have Arrived
PHOTOS – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Holiday Decorations Have Arrived
PHOTOS – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Holiday Decorations Have Arrived

PHOTOS – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Holiday Decorations Have Arrived
PHOTOS – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Holiday Decorations Have Arrived
PHOTOS – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Holiday Decorations Have Arrived

From the colossal towering Christmas tree in the center of Jambo House’s lobby, to the garlands adorned with handcrafted decorations inspired by African art, there is a lot to see and admire. The lights and color palate are warm and rich. Gold, bronze, and Earth tones mirror the motif of the resort itself.

Have you ever stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge during the holiday season? Which resort is your favorite this time of year?

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Five Things You Should Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

If you’re a Star Wars fan, then Walt Disney World truly is the place where dreams come true. I’m referring to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While this attraction isn’t on the same level as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (which to be fair – what is?), it offers guests the experience of piloting the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

The attraction itself is an interactive simulator where guests are assigned unique roles and tasks to perform throughout the ride. Think of it as an upgraded version of EPCOT’s Mission: Space set in the Star Wars Universe and minus the claustrophobia and motion sickness courtesy of detached screens.

1. The Situation with the Cockpit

Five Things You Should Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
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The cockpit is designed to replicate the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon down to the most minute details. You will truly feel like you’re stepping into a Star Wars movie when those whooshing doors slide open and you see inside.

However, this Millennium Falcon has three rows of seats with six seats in total; and every row has a different job to perform.

Five Things You Should Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run The two pilots are seated at the front and at the controls. The gunners sit behind them followed by the engineers. These latter two positions have buttons to push and functions to perform on the wall panel beside them.

So here’s the thing. The pilot positions are simply the best. They’re closest to the screen and have the most to do. What’s a little unusual is the shared piloting. For instance, the left pilot controls the ship moving left and right while the right pilot controls up and down.

Five Things You Should Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Tip: The right pilot is way better than the left simply because they get to pull the lever for lightspeed! (By the way, if you don’t yell punch it; you’re doing it wrong. Just sayin’.)

When the ride first opened with Galaxy’s Edge in late August of 2019, some guests found that the pilot positions came with a lot of pressure since the actions of the pilots impact the ride the most. This was especially awkward when the pilots didn’t know the other guests riding with them.

Well, due to our current global situation, that’s no longer a concern. In order to allow for social distancing, each party now receives their own cockpit when riding Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Now there’s no concern about riding with strangers or feeling their ride experience is entirely in your hands! It also increases your odds of receiving the pilot position since it’s now up to you and your group what your role is as opposed to being assigned it by a Cast Member.

2. Your Performance (Sort Of) Makes a Difference

Five Things You Should Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
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Back in the day when we were first hearing about Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and the rest of Galaxy’s Edge, eager guests were told their actions and performance would influence their other interactions in the land. For instance, a Cast Member at Oga’s Cantina would know if you crashed the Falcon or did a great job and say something to you about it.

That never quite happened. While the pilots do impact the overall ride, it’s more along the lines of damage. The ride film doesn’t allow for much deviation; and in some cases, guests who have intentionally tried to do a terrible job have received a similar, if not better, score than when they actually tried! And if you attempt to crash the Falcon, you still go through the motions of the ride film and reach the same endpoint.

So even though there’s an element of control on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, it still too much like Mission: SPACE. Great for kids; not so much for teens and adults.

3. The Queue May Be Better Than the Ride

Five Things You Should Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
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It’s true. Apart from sitting in the cockpit of the Falcon and going to lightspeed, the queue for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run may wow fans more than the ride experience itself.

The first half of the queue is through a detailed space garage for Ohnaka’s Transport Solutions offering incredible views of the life-size Millennium Falcon parked just outside. But it gets really awesome when guests encounter audio-animatronic Hondo Ohnaka, a jolly but shady pirate from the Star Wars Universe, who needs you to join the Falcon’s crew for a job.

The next phase of the queue allows guests to enter the hold of the Millennium Falcon which, again, looks exactly as it does in the film complete with the iconic holographic chess table, porg nests, the hallway where Han and Leia first kissed, familiar trinkets from the films, and more.

4. There’s a “Chewbacca Mode” Hack

Five Things You Should Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
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“Chewbacca Mode” is a special modification or cheat code you can activate while aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This mode basically replaces Hondo Ohnaka’s narration with Chewie for the length of the ride experience.

According to the FreshBaked! YouTube channel, there’s a process to activate this mode. First of all, you should not choose manual or automatic flight mode right away. Instead, have the left and right pilots push their controls to the extreme left, right, up, or down. With the controls pushed, the pilots should then press the flight mode activation button followed by the engineers and gunners pressing any of the white buttons before pressing the orange flight mode button.

All of these steps need to be completed before the Cast Member finishes checking seatbelts and starts the attraction.

5. The Characters and Locations Are Not Mainstream Star Wars

Five Things You Should Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Casual Star Wars fans may be confused by the ride’s story. Who is Hondo Ohnaka? Why is Chewbacca working with him? And after leaving Batuu, where did you go and why?

So Hondo Ohnaka is a legit Star Wars character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated series. Imagine a blend between an enthusiastic salesman and a Captain Jack Sparrow – that’s Hondo. He’s been known to help out the Rebels and now the Resistance, as long as he profits in the end. That’s why Chewbacca is letting him use the Falcon and that’s why Hondo needs you.

Now after you leave Batuu on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, you go to Corellia. That’s Han Solo’s home planet featured in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Your mission is to obtain containers of coaxium, a material needed for hyperspace travel, from a First Order train on Corellia.

Hopefully, this will prevent any confusion for when you ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run on your to-do list? Let us know in the comments!

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#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic — Celebrate National Gingerbread Day With Our Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe!

National
Gingerbread Day is tomorrow, and we have a delicious recipe to celebrate the
day and gear us up for the holiday season – Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffins!

Let’s face it, the scent and taste of freshly baked gingerbread screams HOLIDAY and this spiced gingerbread muffin with cream cheese filling is the perfect bundle of holiday goodness! Want to enjoy this gingerbread treat in our parks? Head on over to Isle of Java and Harambe Fruit Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park starting Dec. 1 through Jan. 2.

Interested
in more tasty holiday treats at Disney? Check out our food and beverage Holiday
Highlights

and the Foodie Guide
to the Taste of EPCOT International Festival for the Holidays

#DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic — Celebrate National Gingerbread Day With Our Gingerbread-Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe! #DisneyMagicMoments: Cooking Up the Magic at Home — Celebrate National Gingerbread Day With Our Gingerbread Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe

GINGERBREAD-CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS

Isle of Java and Harambe Fruit Market, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Makes 12

CREAM CHEESE FILLING

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

GINGERBREAD MUFFINS

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (1/4 cup butter, softened, may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Reserved cream cheese filling

FOR CREAM CHEESE FILLING:

  1. Combine sugar and butter in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle
    attachment and beat on low speed until there are no lumps. Add cream cheese and
    mix on medium speed for 3 minutes, until smooth.
  2. Reduce speed to low. Add egg and lemon juice and mix until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, up to 3 days, until ready to use.

FOR GINGERBREAD-CREAM CHEESE
MUFFINS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a muffin pan with 12 liners and set
    aside.
  2. Sift flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking
    soda, and salt into medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine oil or butter, brown sugar, molasses, honey, and egg in bowl of
    electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Mix on medium speed until
    combined. Reduce speed to low and add buttermilk until incorporated.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Scrape sides of
    mixer and mix an additional 30 seconds. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
  5. Scoop batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cup 3/4 full.
  6. Place reserved cream cheese filling in piping bag fitted with large
    round tip. Insert piping tip into the center of each muffin, piping about 1
    tablespoon into the center, then pipe a swirl around the top of the muffin.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top of muffin is firm when touched.
  8. Cool before serving.

Note: Always
use caution when handling sharp objects and hot contents. Please supervise
children who are helping or nearby. This recipe has been converted from a
larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from
the restaurant’s version.

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