If you hop into Universal Studios Hollywood during late January to early February, you’ll be greeted with red lanterns and beautiful plum blossoms to celebrate Lunar New Year! The Universal Studios Hollywood Upper Lot and Central Plaza is festively decorated for the holiday, with special activities, character meet and greets and delicious food. Lunar New Year is the celebration of the start of the new year with the first new moon of the lunar calendar (usually falling in late January and ending on the first full moon). China, Vietnam, Korea and several other Asian countries celebrate this holiday (and Americans, of course), but anyone can come appreciate and learn about this special celebration during Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood. We are squeaking with excitement because the year 2020 is the Year of the Rat!
Celebrating Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood
From outside the park gates all the way to Central Plaza, you’ll see special Lunar New Year decorations. Once you enter the Central Plaza, look for the signage to find all of the activities! Be sure to read all of the fun fact signs to gain a better understanding of traditions, especially if this holiday is new for you. The menus are in English and several Asian languages. Celebrating Lunar New Year at Universal Studios makes for hoppy family memories! We saw many families traveling from both far and near during our visit!
Meet Characters During Lunar New Year at Universal Studios
Celebrate Lunar New Year with favorite characters dressed in the Lunar New Year holiday best. You can meet Hello Kitty and Minions in front of a Lunar New Year display. From "Kung Fu Panda," strike a pose with Po, Tigress and Mr. Ping. Choose a kung fu pose to try when you get your picture taken with Po. Mr. Ping is Po’s father, and he can be found in Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop. He’s quite hilarious. After you meet Mr. Ping, you’re going to want to hop around the corner to try some of his dishes. You can also meet a Mandarin-speaking Megatron Transformer!
Taste Delicious Food at Lunar New Year at Universal Studios
Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop sells delicious noodle dishes and Asian foods. We tried Pork Ramen, Po's Dumplings, Oogway Egg Roll and Sesame Balls. It was all so flavorful! Other choices include Secret Ingredient Noodle Soup, Beef Pho, Glass Noodle Salad, Asian Sausage on a Stick and Cherry Cheesecake. Yum!
Make a Lunar New Year Wish on the Wishing Trees
The colorful pink plum blossoms beckon you in. Pick up a red piece of paper to write a wish for the new year and clip it to the trees!
Learn to Draw Po
Take an art class at Feng the Palace Artist's Stand and learn to draw Po.
Catch Cultural Performances on the Weekend
Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood takes place every day. But during the weekend, you’ll see cultural displays of martial arts and a lion dance!
You can purchase souvenirs to remember your trip. You can also play a game of skill with a guaranteed prize of a plush Hello Kittty or a Minion next to the merchandise cart. Lily says she likes those odds! Guaranteed Hello Kitty? Oh yeah! Hop into the stores to find a Lunar New Year cookie to take home and enjoy.
We frogs wish our readers great hoppiness and prosperity this year!
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