The Year of the Dog is being celebrated now through February 25th at Universal Studios Hollywood. Guest can join Po and Tigress from the Kung Fu Panda franchise in a recreation of Po’s Village in Universal Plaza. Kung Fu Panda characters aren’t the only ones celebrating the Lunar Near Year. Minions in traditional Chinese attire as well as a Mandarin-speaking Megatron from Transformers will also be present for meet and greets.
A ton of new additions have also been added to festivities! A popular attraction is the Dragon Warriors Kung Fu training show, where kids can learn actual Kung-Fu moves and perform them in front of a crowd at the Jade Palace. Next, guest can learn to draw one of their favorite characters from Kung Fu Panda with an expert artist, and then take home their masterpiece. My personal favorite: visiting Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop. There was a lengthy line to interact with Mr. Ping, however when you get the front you’ll know that it was worth the wait. Mr. Ping is so personable and is willing to take as many selfies with you as you want. Plus, THE NOODLES WERE AMAZING. The menu entails chicken, beef, or tofu stir-fry, spring rolls, and wontons.
We spoke to Sabrina Chin, a rep for Universal Studios, about guest favorites and the planning of the festivities. The Cherry Blossom Wishing Trees that are scattered across the plaza seem to be the most popular this year.
“We scaled up this year. We’ve had the Lunar New Year celebration for several years, and we always bring back the guest favorite activities such as the wishing trees; they are popular amongst tourists from all over of the world. You can see the wishing cards written in different languages,” said Sabrina.
For more information on the Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood, please visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com