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Breakfast with the Grinch and a visit to Universal Studios Orlando

The Sitzman kids and the Grinch

By Mike Sitman

Guest Diarist for Taking the Kids


ORLANDO, Fl.  — Day 1:  We had decided that this was the year that we would spend our Christmas Holiday break in Orlando and let someone else decorate and put up the Christmas tree back in Golden, Co.


On our plane flight to Orlando, in between watching movies on mom and dads iPad, our five-year-old Hannah and her eight year-old brother Ethan continually practiced the three words they had for the Grinch—Stink, Stank, Stunk!  They were so anticipating our first full day in Orlando and the first event on our calendar; Breakfast with the Grinch™! 


We arrived at Universal Studios Orlando for our big day and decided to pay for preferred parking which allowed us to park much closer for just $5 more.  We made our way to the Confisco Grille® and our breakfast date with the Grinch.  We sat down and before we all had a chance to go through the buffet line, we had a nice encounter with The Cat in the Hat.


The Cat put Hannah and Ethan at ease and got them excited to see the Grinch.  Pretty soon, the big, green not-so-handsome guy made his way over to the table and immediately began working the Cat over and making everyone laugh.  The kids were laughing, yet still not convinced that they wanted to get too close to the Grinch, or tell him those three words they had practiced.  The food was typical buffet style breakfast and featured Green Eggs and Ham, which was better than expected. 


After we were finishing up, the Grinch made a return trip and Hannah gained enough courage to tell him that she had three words for him.  She proudly said Stink, Stank, Stunk and the Grinch smiled and said that he gets that often which made the kids laugh.  They warmed up to him and it really set the tone for a wonderful start to our Holiday vacation.   


We went through the Islands of Adventure hitting most of the rides and using the Express Plus lane (highly suggested) which is very convenient and cuts down on waiting time.  The kids love being here and each ride was a celebration of our time together as a family.  As they say in Suessville, “Old, young, big, small, this will be the best Christmas of all!”

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Darryl

    I dunno — I’m worried my kids might be a little afraid of the Grinch. They were fine with Goofy and his friends… Maybe if we prep them with lots of viewings of the cartoons first. :-}

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  2. My tip: I think character breakfasts are a great idea, early in the trip – especially for really little ones who may need to warm up to the idea! Skip the greeting lines. 🙂

  3. Darlene

    I think Breakfast with the Grinch would be awesome and the kids would definitely love it.

  4. Gladina

    Bring a small notebook or sketchpad for the kids (and you) to doodle in while you wait in lines.

  5. evans s

    With younger children we save the Seuss area for the last rides of the day. If we started there the kids would never want to leave. To avoid the crying we head left once getting inside to the kids can marvel at the Hulk and be distracted from what is on the other side.

  6. kathryn

    Read the story book with your kids before you go so they know he goes from bad to good – they’re more apt to like him in person when you get there

  7. Minta

    My best theme park survival tip is bring a bottle with a fan because walking around can be really hot and exhausting a burst of water feels great and can get you motivated.

    Thanks for the chance to win.


  8. Teresa

    Character breakfasts can be a great way to meet the characters without the hassle of the long lines!

  9. Danielle

    If you have done the autograph book signings already at the parks or other character dining events – a fun idea is to bring a plain white Tshirt (or character shirt with blank back) & a few sharpie markers. Have the characters autograph the shirt! May want to bring a sewing/needlepoint ring to use to keep material tight to make signign easier.

  10. Haven’t ventured to Universal with the kids yet…but DEFINITELY on our list for next year. Was always so scared the rides were too big for them!

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