Lunar New Year has quickly become a popular offering amongst locals and international tourists visiting Southern California theme parks. Universal has been at the forefront of this movement and we’ll be seeing fun new additions for this year’s offering.
Returning of coarse are the always popular Character meet and greets such as Po and Tigress, as well as Mandarin speaking Megatron which always manages to draw a big crowd.
You’ll also find the iconic red lanterns adoring the entirety of Universal Plaza as well as the plum blossom wishing trees.
However in 2018, we’ll see the most new offerings since the Lunar New Year celebration started a few years. ago. The all-new Jade Palace Performance Stage will be home to two engaging guest activities:
o The exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise will engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial arts demonstration performed by Master Po and friends.
o Veteran DreamWorks animators will demonstrate the practical techniques of drawing their favorite Kung Fu Panda characters as keepsake mementos.
The completely reimagined event will also serve up a replica of DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda‘s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, including Mr. Ping himself who will invite guests to enjoy his authentic Asian fare and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages. Despicable Me Minions will join the festivities in traditional Lunar New Year attire to meet guests and take memorable photos.
As a complement to this year’s Lunar New Year celebration, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome Hello Kitty, the beloved global pop icon created by the renowned Japanese company Sanrio to the entertainment destination. Hello Kitty and her signature red bow will make special appearances to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the new Animation Studio Store opening Spring 2018.