Today we were invited out to Universal Studios Hollywood to check out the ever-expanding Lunar New Year Celebrations including new shows, food and a lot of fun.
We also took a couple of minutes out to check out the plethora of projects going on around the park. Let's check it out!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Lunar New Year!!
Fun Minion Costumes!!
Some highlights of the event
All of the great things to check out
As well as some fun facts!!
Some great treats at Mr. Ping's Noodles
Year of the Pig cookies
Potstickers were very yummy
As were the Bao. 10/10 would eat again.
A Lunar New Year Tradition
More fun facts ... it's bad luck to clean today!!
You can also learn to draw!!
The stage looks great, lots of fun shows
Including this one that we totally loved which tells the story of the Lunar New Year. The host was great, and her "evil laugh" was so great.
Let's take a look at the projects going on around the park.
Unannounced Project #1 is looking great!! Look for it to open in 2020.
It's quite large now
Down on he lower lot, it looks like Unannounced Project #2 is going vertical
Let's look at the one project going on at the park that we do know what it is, and it's looking great!!
Brown turns to Grey
The entire area is getting a very nice facelift
The park is gone. The world is coming soon.
Something is missing here ...
This will look different soon
Be sure to check out Lunar New Year, you can find out all of the info about this years event here.
Universal Studios Hollywood's Lunar New Year kicked off this past weekend and they've really plussed the event for 2018.
Check out some amazing shots sent to us from the park.
You can find all of the info for Lunar New Year here.
Lunar New Year Highlights
The Year of the Minion?
Poe is ready to welcome you
Amazing artists are on hand
Mandarin Megatron is back!
This is seriously the coolest thing
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.