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How to Meet The Grinch at Universal Orlando

This is your guide on how to meet the Grinch at Universal Studios! Seuss Landing comes to life during Holidays at Universal Orlando as Grinchmas takes over! This is one of the most popular places to be in November and December and that is for one very important reason… The Grinch! The man, the myth, the legend, comes to visit us in Orlando every holiday season. The Grinch meet and greet Universal Studios Orlando is a very popular experience that almost all guests will want to do. 

What you may not have known is that there are a few ways that you can meet The Grinch during your visit to Universal Orlando Christmas. The most popular and FREE way is the standard Grinch meet and greet at Honk Honkers. You can also meet the star of Grinchmas through the Universal Holiday Tour and The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast. In this article, we will outline each way you can come face-to-face with the one and only, Mr. Grinch during Grinchmas 2024!

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How to Meet the Grinch at Universal Studios – The Grinch Meet and Greet Guide


What better way to celebrate Grinchmas than with The Grinch himself? If you are wondering “how to meet the Grinch at Universal Studios?” You are in the right place. The Grinch Universal Studios is a highlight for all parkgoers. When you are visiting Islands of Adventure, you can simply walk up to Honk Honkers and have a fun interactive photo-op with him. Well, it may not be THAT simple. New for 2023, The Grinch meet and greet no longer has a virtual queue. In the opening days of Universal Holidays, we have seen the wait times get up to 180 minutes to meet Mr. Grinch!

This is a free (included in your ticket) way to meet The Grinch at Universal Orlando. The meet and greet is located at Honk Honkers at Islands of Adventure. Now you may be wondering how to meet The Grinch without waiting SO long. Our suggestion is to go right to Honk Honkers during Early Park Admission. The meet and greet starts at 9 AM however waiting during Early Park Admission may be the best way to meet The Grinch without waiting over 2 hours. Arrive as early as you can, we got to Honk Honkers at 8:20 AM, and by 10 AM we were doing Jazzercise with The Grinch.

Another way to meet The Grinch is arriving at the end of the night. This way, the last thing you do in the park could be meeting The Grinch. We tried this out and ended up waiting 75 minutes, which was great compared to 3 hours during the day!

It is a really fun experience chatting it up and taking photos with The Grinch. This Grinch meet and greet is perfect for families who don’t want to pay extra, we are so glad Universal has this free experience!

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The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal Islands of Adventure


Who doesn’t want to eat breakfast with The Grinch? Get ready for a blast at “The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast.” Start your day with a yummy breakfast and hang out with the Grinch and other Whos as they visit Universal for the holidays. 

This awesome breakfast bash happens at Confisco Grille in Universal Islands of Adventure on select dates from November 17 to December 27. In previous years, The Grinch Character Breakfast took place at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous in years past. For 2024, the popular Universal breakfast with The Grinch will take place steps away at Confisco Grille.

Grinch Character Breakfast Prices 

  • $58.99 + tax per adult 
  • $32.99 + tax per kid (ages 3-9). 

Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders can receive a 20% discount on purchases of The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast for select dates by calling 407-224-7554.

What does the Grinch Breakfast include? 

  • Breakfast at Confisco Grille in Universal Islands of Adventure – a plated entrée and one non-alcoholic beverage
  • The Grinch and other Dr. Seuss characters will interact with guests during breakfast.

This is such a memorable and fun experience for families. The Grinch has a BIG personality and he will walk up to your table and have some fun with you. You never know what is going to come out of his mouth, it surely is entertaining. Plus, you get breakfast out of it! Great way to start your Universal Orlando day.

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Universal’s Holiday Tour – Exclusive Grinch Meet and Greet


If you’re looking at how to meet the Grinch at Universal Studios more exclusively, the Universal Holiday Tour might be perfect for you. Upgrade your Universal Holiday experience and truly treat your family to an unforgettable vacation with the Holiday Tour for a truly magical visit. Guests can enjoy a guided tour that gives them special access to all the beloved holiday entertainment experiences taking place across the destination, including:

  • Exclusive Meet and Greets with the Grinch and his faithful dog, Max.
  • Reserved seating for the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.
  • Light bites, desserts, and more.
  • Private Meet and Greet with Santa
  • Priority access to one (1) pre-selected attraction 
  • An after-hours showing of The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

These Holiday tours are not private and may have up to 15 guests per tour. Prices start at $79.99 and theme park admission is NOT included. 

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What is the BEST way to meet The Grinch at Universal? 

So now we know there are three different ways to experience the Grinch meet and greet. It is truly so difficult to choose favorites for me at Universal. I think all options to meet the Grinch are great. To recap: 

  • Standby Line (free!)
  • The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast ($58.99)
  • Universal’s Holiday Tour ($79.99)

Of course, the free version being the standby line would always be my first choice. I do think the other options are great too. If I had to choose between the Character Breakfast and the Holiday Tour, I would do the Holiday Tour. At the base price, it is about $20 more for an adult to get a private meet and greet with the Grinch, Santa and so much more. Of course, prices will vary based on the date of your visit.

Be sure to book these experiences as soon as possible. The Holidays are a popular time to visit the parks so they will sell out quickly. 

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Grinch Meet and Greet FAQ


Where can you meet the Grinch?

You can experience the Grinch meet and greet at Honk Honkers in Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando. You may also meet The Grinch during Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast also located in Islands of Adventure at Confisco Grille.

When is The Grinch at Universal Studios?

The Grinch will make his return to Universal Studios daily from November 17 – December 31, 2024. Make sure you don’t miss out on this unique meet and greet at Islands of Adventure.

When does The Grinch Leave?

After Grinchmas ends at Universal Orlando, The Grinch, and all the Whos will return to Whoville on January 1, 2024. The last day to catch them in Universal is December 31, 2024!

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