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Universal Orlando debuts Earl the Squirrel walk-around character

by Brittani Tuttle

Universal Orlando has given guests a unique gift this holiday season with the debut of an Earl the Squirrel walk-around character!

earl the squirrel

The original character, inspired by the actual story of a mischievous squirrel who made the park’s holiday décor home years ago, will make his debut in Universal Studios Florida this Saturday, Dec. 11. He’ll stand six feet tall and sport a festive “I Love Acorns” holiday sweater.

earl the squirrel

Earl’s origins go back to more than a decade ago, when Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team discovered a squirrel had nested in the branches of its Christmas tree. The squirrel had an affinity for blue Christmas lights, and would often steal strands and bring them back to his nest.

Over the years, Universal has paid homage to this event by placing a decorative squirrel inside the Christmas tree for guests to discover, and eventually made merchandise inspired by the little guy.

Guests will now be able to encounter Earl the Squirrel for the holiday season, as he will be available for meet-and-greets on select days from Dec. 11 – Jan. 2, 2022 at Universal Studios Florida.

To learn more about the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, visit UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays.

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