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Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood
January 23 – February 9, 2020
Do you know the Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) animal for 2020? It’s the rat. According to the China Institute, the rat is a symbol of fertility and abundance. People born during this year (or previous Years of the Rat, such as 1984, 1996, or 2008) are believed to be intelligent, creative, and resourceful, and have the ability to form strong social bonds.
Join Universal Studios Hollywood as they ring in the Year of the Rat now through February 9. Universal Plaza is beautifully transformed to usher in the lunar new year. Hang out with favorite characters, enjoy delicious Asian cuisine and experience special events.
The plaza is the hub of the celebration, and here are a list of fun events that take place throughout the day.
Character meet & greets: Throughout the day visitors have a chance to meet with characters from Kung Fu Panda. It’s a great time to take photos with Tigress, Po and Mr. Ping. Ask for a selfie, boomerang or have a lively conversation at Me Pings Noodle Shop. Other meet & greets happened for us right outside of the plazaq – Hello Kitty and a Minion who are dressed in beautiful, New Year outfits.
Food: Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop serves up delicious soups as well as light bites. My favorites are the dumplings and sesame balls. Our order was served hot, and the soup hit the spot on a chilly day. I also recommend visiting the Palace Theatre Cafe for yummy Lunar New Year-inspired desserts, like the purple yam buttercream cupcake to year of the rat cookies.
Drawing Lesson: Throughout the day stop by drawing instructions. Instructors guide students through a lesson on how to draw Po. My husband and I participated, and it was super fun. It was cool to see how different everyone’s drawings turned out. The instructor was extremely supportive and interactive.
Entertainment: Grab a spot front and center for in the plaza to view Dragon Danes, a traditional dance in Chinese culture.
Megatron: Outside of the arch of the plaza Megatron is towering over guests, interacting in Mandarin – definitely a fun photo opp!
Make a wish: Share your wishes for the New Year on a red card and display them on one of the cherry blossom trees. I read a few of the inspiring wishes, and I hope they all come true!
The celebration is included an admission ticket (excluding food). Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood January 23 – February 9, 2020. Visit https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/ for more information.