UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios Hollywood celebrated the start of the "Grinchmas" holiday "who-bilation" by honoring veteran stage and screen actor, Florence Henderson with the "Who-Manitarian of the Year" Award in support of her charitable work for the City of Hope research and treatment hospital for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
The Grinch and his faithful dog Max bestowed the honor in front of an energetic audience from L.A. Family Housing, a non-profit group dedicated to assisting residents transition out of homelessness and poverty through supportive services and a beneficiary organization of Universal Studios Hollywood's Discover a Star Foundation.
"Grinchmas" begins Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 and continues on weekends through December 15, then daily from December 20 through December 31. "Grinchmas" is included in the price of theme park admission.
Ms. Henderson, best known as matriarch "Carol Brady" from the television classic, "The Brady Bunch," is a long-time supporter and advocate for City of Hope, a recognized world leader in compassionate patient care, innovative medical science and groundbreaking research. Located near Los Angeles, City of Hope is ranked as of America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report.
This year, the Universal Plaza, an elaborate grand piazza at the heart of the theme park, will serve as the new venue for the towering "Grinchmas" tree – a whimsical centerpiece twisting and spiraling 60 feet above visitors below. It will provide the ideal location for warm, holiday memory-making while the Grinch and his adorable dog Max entertain guests nearby with fun-filled photo opportunities.
Aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, fans of the blockbuster film, "Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," will have the chance to enjoy a close-up view of the original Who-ville film sets with a one-of-a-kind performance by a Who's Who of Who-ville re-enacting memorable scenes and songs from the family favorite.
As families prepare for holiday gift giving, Universal Studios Hollywood's popular "Buy A Day, Get 2014 Free" annual pass returns, offering tremendous value and visits throughout 2014 for the price of a single day's admission. Guests who purchase the "Buy A Day, Get 2014 Free" pass can return to experience Universal Studios Hollywood's award-winning thrill rides, including "Transformers™: The Ride-3D" and the new "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" attraction opening in spring 2014. The pass will also invite guests to receive savings on tickets purchased for visiting friends and family.
For more information and to purchase tickets, guests can visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.
Universal Studios Hollywood SM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, "King Kong 360 3-D" on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, "Transformers™: The Ride-3D," "The Simpsons Ride™," "Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride," "Jurassic Park® —The Ride," and the much anticipated 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator adventure, "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" opening in spring 2014.
ABOUT DR. SEUSS ENTERPRISES, L.P. The primary focus of the Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and protect the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would "round out the edges." That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as CEO.
SOURCE Universal Studios Hollywood