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Islands of Adventure – Seuss Landing: All the Rest

 

There are nooks and crannies of Seuss Landing that are easy to miss. These are not major attractions, to be sure, but if you take a fancy to this whimsical land, or if you have a young Dr. Seuss fan in tow, they might be worth seeking out.

Just through the woozy archway that marks the entrance to Seuss Landing from Port of Entry you will find, on your right, McElligott’s Pool, a pretty little pond with a waterfall, some charming statuary, and some interloping ducks who have made it home. Just past this area, next to the Cat in the Hat shop, in a private courtyard with its own kid-sized entrance arch, lies Horton’s Egg. Climb atop the spotted egg (a sign invites volunteers to do so) for a great photo op.

The Street of the Lifted Lorax is a small walk-through area next to the Caro-Seuss-El. It retells the story from Dr. Seuss's book, The Lorax, the moral of which is "Protect the environment!" Oh! The Stories You'll Hear combines a little song and dance, a brief bit of storytelling, and a meet and greet with a few Seuss characters. You'll find it several times daily (see the 2-Park Map for details) either outside in the courtyard between Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, or inside Circus McGurkus Cafe in inclement weather.

From time to time, a Seuss Character Meet and Greet is also held; times and locations will be listed in the 2-Park Map. A How the Grinch Stole Christmas musical show, featuring a soundtrack recorded by Mannheim Steamroller, is staged in the soundstage behind One Fish, Two Fish during the "Grinchmas" holiday season. The set and lighting are terrific, and the actors are all talented, but the tone is closer to the vulgar Jim Carrey film than the sweet storybook and sixties cartoon.

Finally, if you are hurrying through Seuss Landing, you can save a few seconds by turning left at Green Eggs and Ham and following the path that circles behind the shops. This takes you through a broad open area next to the Inland Sea and beneath the tracks of the Trolley Train Ride and lets you out a few paces from the bridge that leads to The Lost Continent, thereby avoiding the crowds that throng Seuss Landing's colorful main drag. Stop and see the beach-going Sneeches and stubborn Zax along the way. .

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