Universal Studios in Orlando is getting into the spirit of the Christmas season, even though the season is still weeks away.
Seasons carry a lot of meaning at each of Central Florida’s theme park resorts, including the Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Studios Orlando Resort. And those seasons are even more significant when they’re part of a larger celebration, like that of a major holiday, including New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, among others.
Theme park resorts like Disney World and Universal Studios host yearly holiday events, many of which have become staples in guests’ holiday celebrations. Many diehard Universal fans who love Halloween never miss Halloween Horror Nights at the resort. And many Disney fans who love the Christmas season admit they never miss the Candlelight Processional, held every year during the month of December at EPCOT.
But regardless of the season, the holiday, or the theme park resort, one thing is true across the board–seasonal and holiday decorations throughout the parks make for an even more exciting and memorable experience for guests of all ages.
And while guests usually enjoy the festive decorations at the parks, one Central Florida theme park sure seems to be getting in a jolly mood several weeks early (but we won’t complain).
On Monday, The Orlando Informer shared photos of Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure theme park, and one thing was glaringly obvious: the park is ready for Christmas to hurry up and get here!
Seasons greetings from Islands of Adventure! 🎄Holiday trimmings have gone up in Port of Entry. pic.twitter.com/s6TFcSRjbz
— Orlando Informer (@OrlandoInformer) October 23, 2023
Images of holiday decorations at Islands of Adventure’s Port of Entry seem to tell a tale of a longing for the festive December holiday–long before Halloween has even come and gone. It’s important to note that these Christmas decorations are in place during the last days of October, while Universal Studios Orlando Resort is still hosting its annual Halloween Horror Nights in another area of the resort.
The decorations are tastefully done, and there’s clearly no overkill here. (And if we’re totally honest, it’s no problem for us if Universal wants to kick off the Christmas celebration a few weeks early!) Holly, decorative garland, and wreaths can be seen adorning several of the structures at the Port of Entry at Islands of Adventure, even as temperatures are still warm and–at times–even balmy in Central Florida.
At the entrance, Universal has been decking the halls with boughs of holly adorned with colorful shiny ornaments, which can be seen draped over the rafters high above an area where guests come in and go out of the park. And really, who cares if it’s early for Christmas decorations? Soon enough (think the first week of November), Disney World will follow suit, as parks like Magic Kingdom transform overnight from a Halloween theme on October 31 to a winter wonderland fit for any Disney and Christmas enthusiast on November 1.