Meet Universal Orlando's New Christmas Character

December 10, 2021, 3:48 PM · Wishing that theme parks would develop more original IP? If so, Universal Orlando is delivering for you this holiday season.

The resort announced that it will debut a new Earl the Squirrel walk-around character in Universal Studios Florida tomorrow. Earl began his journey toward becoming the park's Christmas icon as a real-life squirrel that took up residence in the park's Christmas tree more than a decade ago. Universal team members honored the original Earl with a toy squirrel that they hid in the tree in later years.

More recently, Universal ran with the Earl the Squirrel character in its annual Holiday Tribute Store, leading up to Earl getting his own room in the store this year with Earl the Squirrel's Christmas Curios Museum & Emporium. The next step up the IP ladder was to become an actual meet and greet character in the park, which Earl has now achieved.

Earl will meet guests in Universal Studios Florida on select dates between December 11 through January 2.

Earl the Squirrel
Photo courtesy Universal Orlando

So what's next for Earl? A place in the Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's? His own holiday show? A ride? A November 1 webcast "celebrity death match" battle with Jack for Universal Orlando holiday supremacy? Only the length of the queue to meet Earl this month coupled with his merchandise sales will tell.

Because if you love Earl, Universal will find a way to deliver you more of him.

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Replies (7)

December 10, 2021 at 8:35 PM

Clark Griswold could not be reached for comment.

December 11, 2021 at 12:20 PM

Coming soon: Trish the Fish.

December 11, 2021 at 9:19 PM

Is that the Disney Springs Theme Park mascot?

December 12, 2021 at 1:51 AM

That thing looks straight out of Robot Chicken.

December 12, 2021 at 9:13 AM

The DSTP mascot is Impulse Buy the Holiday Fly

December 12, 2021 at 3:22 PM

Original IP. Love it. I like Earl the Squirrel. Now hopefully they make something happen for Lil' Boo.

December 13, 2021 at 2:32 AM

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