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Why Is There An Animated Squirrel In The Universal Studios Florida Christmas Tree?

Every year, thousands of tourists pass by the now iconic Christmas tree at Universal Studios Florida. Yet, they don’t even notice it. It’s there every year. Always in a different location. Yes, I’m talking about a squirrel. 

Located inside the New York area of Universal Studios Florida, this huge Christmas tree has become an iconic place to take pictures every year from tourists around the globe. And since around 2015, he’s been lurking in the shadows. Popping his head out, menacing with the Christmas lights from deep inside that tree. 

This little squirrel rises up every few minutes from inside that Christmas tree. You’ll have to find him as every year he seems to be in a different spot. However, there is more to the story.

According to inside sources, several years ago, the holiday decorations team at Universal Studios Florida was busy assembling this tree to get it ready for the holiday season. As it turns out, after the tree had been sitting in storage for several months, a squirrel had somehow decided to make it his new home. And as one Universal Orlando Audio/Visual tech was working on the tree, a real live squirrel jumped out and attacked him!

He’s fine now. However, as a tribute to that live squirrel (and the Universal Orlando Team Member), the animated version is now hidden somewhere within the tree every year. He’s got a section of Christmas tree lights in his mouth because that’s what the audio/visual team member was working on! It’s a small inside joke for Universal Orlando Team Members and a great story to tell your friends the next time you’re at the park during the holiday season!

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