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Celebrate Year of the Pig at Universal Studios Hollywood

Celebrate Year of the Pig at Universal Studios Hollywood

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood

February 2 Thru February 18, 2019

Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood

Year of the Pig will be celebrated under customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees at this years Lunar New Year event taking place within Universal Plaza inside Universal Studios. The festivities come to life as you discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes. Ever been? We have enjoyed this annual celebration for the past three years now and always enjoy all the fun character meet and greets plus it gives my girl a great excuse to wear a beautiful dress.

Share your New Year’s wishes at the Wishing Trees.

Share your New Year’s wishes at the Wishing Trees.

The highlight to this years celebration is once again the DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage that is host to the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. This Kung Fu Panda experience engages guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. TIP: Get there early and sit up front. They choose 5 people at random from the audience and it’s a blast to be a part of as much as it is to watch. Kids that are selected and perform on stage are given an academy headband to wear in honor of their training!

Be sure to catch the Tale of Lunar New Year immediately before the Kung Fu Academy to learn about the origin of the special celebration. Guest participation is welcomed.

Meet and Greet with Po and Tigress

Meet and Greet with Po and Tigress

Adding to the excitement of this year’s Lunar New Year festivities are new traditional dance and martial arts cultural performances. Select dates and performers are as follows:

·   February 9-10 – Hangzhou Performance Groups 

·   February 16-17 – Southern Wind Lion Dance

·   February 18 – Wong Tai Sen Lion Dance

Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood (c) Cleverly Catheryn

Feng The Place Artist’s Stand is where you can sit and learn from veteran Dreamworks artists how to draw the Dragon Warrior or one of and the Furious Five in this fun activity. Take your drawing home with you as a keepsake or clip it to the wall for all to see! This activity last about 15 minutes and characters selected to be drawn are done at random.

Lunar New Year Mr. Pings Noodle Shop at Universal Studios Hollywood (c) Cleverly Catheryn

The replica of DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda’s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop offers authentic Asian fare and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages. The attention to details is amazing and the food is really good! Mr. Ping himself will be on hand to interact with guests and take memorable souvenir photos, a definite must do!

Lunar New Years at Universal Studios Hollywood (c) Cleverly Catheryn

Be sure to brush up on your Mandrin! Returning again this year to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year activities is the Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON. The imposing leader of the DECEPTICONS returns to greet guests at the entry to the festivities ominously standing 12-foot-tall , this robot interact with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real-time conversation characteristic of his persona.

Savor the Tastes of Lunar New Year!

  • Celebrate the Year of the Pig with delectable dishes, desserts and drinks specially created for Lunar New Year! Try the Secret Ingredient Stir Fry Noodles, Po’s Dumplings, Dragon Warrior Baos or Oogway Egg Rolls at Mr Ping’s Noodle Shop at Universal Plaza.

  • Teriyaki Turkey Leg or Asian Sausage on a Stick while sipping on a refreshing Green Tea Lychee ICEE or Passionfruit Orange ICEE at the Lunar New Year Food Carts.

  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with PB&J Dumplings, Green Tea Churro with White Chocolate Dip, Red Bean Cake Ice Cream, Ginger Cheesecake with Fortune Cookie, or Year of the Pig Cookies and many other choices available at various carts & restaurants throughout the Park.

Illumination’s Minions from Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will joined the festivities this year too, stepping out in style dressed in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.

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Universal Studios Hollywood will once again welcome Hello Kitty as a complement to this year’s Lunar New Year celebration. Stepping out in style as she always does, she will be wearing specially-designed Lunar New Year attire. Look for Kittys meet and greet in front of the Hello Kitty Shop located within the Animation Studio Store.

Usher in the “Year of the Pig” starting Saturday, February 2 to Monday, February 18, 2019 weather permitting.  All the Lunar New Year fun is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. This is just one more reason we love being pass holders at Universal!

For more fun at Universal all year long, check out these other posts: 

Grad Bash at Universal Studios Hollywood

Grad Bash at Universal Studios Hollywood

Warner Bros Studio Tour Southern California Residence Discount

Warner Bros Studio Tour Southern California Residence Discount