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NOTE: 2021’s info has yet to be released. Until it is, please enjoy 2020’s to whet your appetite.
Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s didn’t happen for the 2020 Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando Resort, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing social-distancing guidelines. In its place, however, were two new mini-events derived explicitly from the parade: Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons and Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration. We’re going to tackle each individually.
Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons
A number of the floats from Universal’s Holiday Parade, along with their corresponding Macy’s-provided balloons, were arrayed along a brand-new, “picturesque” walk-through experience inside one of Universal Studios Florida‘s giant soundstages. The idea was to allow guests the ability to get closer than they ever have before and to snap some rather festive selfies.
The icing on the yuletide cake here was the small handful of parade performers – namely, Gru from Despicable Me, Puss in Boots from Shrek, one of Santa’s helpers, and ol’ Saint Nick himself – that were present, interacting with visitors and posing for those all-important photos. This is especially true for Santa Claus; seeing as how his meet-‘n-greets at the various Universal hotels had been cancelled, this was the only way for families to see Kris Kringle anywhere at Universal Orlando Resort.
Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration
All the remaining characters who used to populate the Holiday Parade were in a different spot at Universal Studios Florida – by the Horror Make-Up Show over in the Hollywood backlot, where a few small stages had been set up for socially distanced meet-‘n-greet interactions. The cast actually came out in different clutches and at different times throughout the day, which may or may not have overlapped with at least a few of the others.
The performers arrived on floats and put on “special holiday show moments” for spectators – basically, a song and dance at and around the stages. Families were able to clap, sing, and dance along and, of course, got even more of those holiday selfies.