Yesterday we were invited out to Universal Studios Hollywood to check out their always great Lunar New Year Event and once again it didn't disappoint at all.
Back are all of the amazing character interactions, great food and beautiful backdrop. As you'll see below it was an absolutely beautiful day at the park.
We'll also take a look at some of the many projects going on around the park.
Written by Gregg Condon
Happy Lunar New Year!!
It's the year of the Rooster
New characters this year are Tigress and Po from Kung Fun Panda.
Tigress is ready to fight, Po is just Po.
For fans of the films there are a few Easter Eggs
Once again you can leave a message in one of the trees, a great touch that we did. Sadly not in Mandarin. We're a bit rusty. ;)
Mandarin Megatron is back and awesome as ever.
Sorry your store got torn down Woody (more on that below) but it's always great seeing you out in the park.
Moving on. There are no major new attractions coming to the park this year, but that doesn't mean that there aren't a plethora of smaller projects going on at the park right now.
Cartooniversal has been completely removed as we showed you in our last update, but we figured we'd take a closer look this time since crowds were light.
Taking advantage of these views that we won't get to see forever.
In addition, Waterworld is closed for refurbishment.
Some cement work going on outside of Shrek
It was an absolutely beautiful day to take in the Studio Tour
From the tour you can see all the work being done to add in the 4th Starway escalator
If you haven't seen Kubo yet you really need to. It's so amazing.
Boo, no HHN maze. :(
We saw this a LOT during our Tour. This was the busiest I'd seen the lot in years. So much so that our tour really only lasted about 35-40 minutes.
Not much change in the former location of Stage 28
Sorry for the weird shot here, wasn't expecting Jaws to be closed, but here it is. If you look at the details you can see the shark fins and more. Looks to be a pretty extensive refurb which is odd because it just had one maybe 1 1/2 years ago?
Moving back to the park, work continues for the new Starway
Which means an update for the Mummy Lockers to make room
One last note, they are doing some work on the stage in Hogsmeade.
As always, we absolutely love seeing the characters at the park.
"There's nothing better than a cigar lit with a hundred dollar bill!"
It was a beautiful chilly day in the park which of course meant Hot Butterbeer!!
This was also our first chance to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey with the 2D 120 Frames Per Second and we LOVED it. Absolutely no nausea for any of us, the sets and screens blended perfectly and it was a great experience. I love that they are making little tweaks to improve an already amazing ride experience.
Out in CityWalk, work continues on Margaritaville.
Do have to say, the sign is in a weird place, you really can't see it until you are right in front of it due to the iFly right next to it. But we do hope the restaurant does well.
Finally some work being done on Voodoo Donuts!!
We can't wait for this to open!!
Now that the Christmas Tree is gone we can see the full outside of the new Universal Cinema. It looks amazing!!
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update, we hope you enjoyed it.
Be sure to plan some time to check out Lunar New Year. It runs now through February 5th. You can find out more information about the event here.
In a world of RunDisney races (even one held last weekend in Orlando) sometimes you just want to do something a bit different, and less crowded.
So with that in mind Renée took on the Universal Orlando Fun Run last weekend which from the looks of it gave the runners a pretty empty course through the two Universal Orlando parks. Check out all the fun times.
Written by Renée Girard
Why are we at Universal before the sun is up?
I love Disney races but this weekend we're skipping those for something different instead, the UO Fun Run!
The UO Fun Run took us through both theme parks, starting with Universal Studios.
On to Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando where we took a lap around the entire park.
And the finish line was at CityWalk near Hard Rock Cafe.
More from the finish line at the UO Fun Run at Universal Orlando . Great race!
We were greeted by some minions after crossing the finish line.
Really enjoyed starting my day with the UO Fun Run. Thanks Universal Orlando for a great morning!
Last month Matt and his lovely wife Rose headed out to Orlando to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary which meant spending a few days at Universal Orlando Resort and Halloween Horror Nights.
So since there's not really much "construction" wise going along, and because Matt takes amazing pictures, we figured we'd just post some photo tours of the park. So here is the first one from Universal Studios Florida and some from CityWalk. We'll post IOA on Friday.
All pictures by Matthew Nelson
Welcome to Universal Studios Florida
And there's our look at Universal Studios Florida. We hoped you enjoyed seeing some great detailed pictures of this amazing park instead of just the normal "what's being built" type updates.
Stay tuned the rest of this week as we kind of found ourselves with a plethora of Universal updates. Tomorrow we'll have an update from the UOR Fun Run, Thursday a trip report from HHN Hollywood, but this ones a bit different as we had to do it with a wheelchair (so that was different) and then Friday we'll have our photo update of Islands of Adventure.