“You’re a mean one, 2020.” It’s been a year to say the least and even as the holidays approach, some may be feeling more grouchy than usual. If taking those traditional cheerful holiday photos with the family is exactly what you don’t feel like doing, there’s now an alternative! Take a trip to “The Grinch’s Grotto,” an imaginative take on holiday photo shoots that will give guests a fun way to show off a bit of their grumpiness during what is still the most wonderful time of the year.
“If there was ever a year where The Grinch really would take over the holiday season, it’s 2020,” said Kilburn CEO Mark Manuel. “It’s been said even the meanest soul is moved by Christmas and at its core this Dr. Seuss story is about finding your own way to redemption which is what inspired us here. It is great to be once again collaborating with our partners at Dr. Seuss Enterprises on this project. Through these challenging times, we still wanted to find a way to give families some joy this holiday season in a lighthearted and fun way. After all, 2020 has been a tough year, but it can’t take away our ability to smile and laugh which are oftentimes the first steps of continued hope”.
Complete with a burlap sack full of presents, a Grinch stylized holiday tree and a backlit fireplace with hanging stockings just as depicted in the book, this true-to-form experience will place guests inside the classic tale in one of the most authentic ways possible. Guests will also be given the opportunity to pick a sign with their choice of a favorite 2020 slogan to be placed in their photo with the Grinch. Sample slogans include, “You’re a mean one, 2020” “2020: “Stink, Stank, Stunk,” “2020 – How The Grinch Stole, Well, The Whole Year” and some positive ones including “The Grinch still can’t steal Christmas!”
“Dr. Seuss famously wrote ‘Christmas Day will always be, just as long as we have we,’” said Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. “This unique experience was created with that mindset and will give fans the opportunity to wallow a little bit in their grumpiness, but also remember how the holiday spirit can bring out the best in anyone—even a Grinch. The Kilburn team is excellent at capturing these types of moments and bringing them to life and we’re sure that this will be something special this holiday season.”
My family and I loved visiting the Grinch. It brought big smiles to my kids faces to enter into his Grotto. Everything was nice and spaced out. Masks were worn by all, and social distancing was in place. The Grinch was a ton of fun to interact with. He came and gave the gift of a smelly sock, my kids all belly laughed! Each party gets to pick their slogan. There are more than 10 to pick from. We got to take multiple pictures, and a variety of silly poses. After you take your pictures and chat with the Grinch, you can visit the Dr.Seuss gift shop. There is lots of neat Grinch and other characters merchandise. Overall this was a really special, one of a kind experience. I would definitely recommend to families looking to un-celebrate 2020!
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