Celebrate the “Year of the Rat,” the first of the Chinese zodiac animals—and live your best life this 2020—by experiencing a unique and unforgettable Lunar New Year event at Universal Studios Hollywood from now through Sunday, February 9.
That’s right, start the Chinese New Year with good fortune, fun, and a feast within Universal Plaza, the heart of Universal Studios Hollywood where you’ll be surrounded by a curtain of traditional red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees as well as get to meet Po and Tigress from the exciting “Kung Fu Panda Adventure” attraction and enjoy delicious dishes at Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop.
What’s good Gab had the good fortune to be invited to Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood—and what a spectacular celebration we experienced, making for an unforgettably warm and wonderful way to welcome the “Year of the Rat,” whose guests with corresponding birthday years are said to be intelligent, witty and charming!
Here are the highlights to celebrate with fortune and fun…
CULTURAL AMBASSADOR PERFORMANCES
Join in on the celebration and enjoy the Chinese Lion Dance which brings a medley of martial arts, acrobatic artistry, dance and music, all which are sure to captivate you!
MR. PING’S NOODLE SHOP
Chuckle and chow down on some good cultural fare at Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop where you’ll get to interact with Mr. Ping himself and enjoy his Secret Ingredient Noodle Soup which is said to bring you a long life. Just step right up to Mr. Ping who will win your heart over with his wit and wisdom—and don’t forget to say “NOODLES” and smile for that insta-perfect pic! Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop has a variety of delicious dishes from Beef Pho, Pork Ramen, Glass Noodle Salad to appetizers like Po’s Dumplings.
PO AND TIGRESS PHOTO OP
Strike and pose and test your best kung fu skills alongside the dynamic duo, Po and Tigress! You will marvel at their power and prowess and enjoy snapping a selfie with them to share on your social media.
WISHING TREES & 12 ZODIAC ANIMAL SIGNS
The Universal Plaza is adorned with Plum Blossom Wishing Trees that deliver both a whimsical and traditional touch. So head on over to one of the tables throughout the plaza and write down your wish on one of the red cards and hang it on a tree to make your dreams come true!
The Universal Plaza is circled by the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes, so you can walk around and enjoy searching for your year and animal sign. You’ll have fun reading about your sign’s special symbolic attributes which will inspire you!
CHARACTER PHOTO OPS IN COSTUME
Smile big and stand side-by-side your fave characters dressed in specially designed Lunar New Year attire. Giggle with glee alongside llumination Entertainment’s Minions from the theme park’s popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride. And say hello to the most fashionable feline, Hello Kitty who’s wearing her signature red bow along with her Lunar New Year’s best dress. Hello Kitty will be available to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the Animation Studio Store.
And don’t forget to check out the World Famous Studio Tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at television and movie-making magic in select languages, including Mandarin. Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and soar above the castle grounds in the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ attraction, a truly magical and unforgettable ride! Grab a seat with The Simpsons™ on a virtual reality roller coaster ride in Springfield U.S.A. Band together with the TRANSFORMERS in an epic battle and thrill ride in Transformers™: The Ride-3D. Get into a little harmless mischief as a minion in the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction. And go for a big splash and experience WaterWorld – Universal Studios #1 rated show.