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Universal Hollywood Welcomes DreamWork's Po and Tigress to Lunar New Year Event From February 10th - February 25th, 2018

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Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda will be part of the Lunar New Year Celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood this year! The event runs from February 10th through 25th, 2018. Read below for more information for information on this and more for the event.

Universal City, CA, January 11, 2018 — Universal Studios Hollywood welcomes DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda masters Po and Tigress to its all-new Lunar New Year event as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. ushers in the “Year of the Dog” from Saturday, February 10 to Sunday, February 25, 2018. Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.

This spectacularly themed Lunar New Year event will take place within Universal Plaza, a polygon-shaped piazza that sits at the heart of the theme park. Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes.

New to this year’s celebratory event, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut the all-new DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. The all-new Kung Fu Panda experience will engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. The immersive event will also feature veteran DreamWorks animators who will demonstrate 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.

A returning favorite among Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year traditions, Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON marks a highlight of the annual event, as the imposing leader of the DECEPTICONS returns to greet guests at the entry to the festivities. The ominous 12-foot-tall sentient robot will once again interact with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real time conversation characteristic of his persona. A resident of Universal Studios Hollywood, MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”

Illumination’s Minions from Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will join the festivities this year, stepping out in style dressed in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.

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.

Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin. Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world. In-language park maps are also available for guests.

Guest can also celebrate the spirit of Lunar New Year at Universal CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen restaurant featuring upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premiere restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Mandarin-speaking guests can learn more about the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn. Information is also available on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Weibo @好莱坞环球影城.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Announces New Experiences and an Attraction Featuring DreamWorks Characters, More

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There is a lot coming to Universal Studios Hollywood! The destination announced a never before seen DreamWorks Theatre attraction coming in 2018, DreamWorks character interactions this summer (2017), and a Hello Kitty meet and greet next year as well. Plus, information is below from this year including about the recently opened Voodoo Donut and Dongpo Kitchen. Read the press release and check out the video!

Universal Hollywood Celebrates the "Year of the Horse" With Mandarin Speaking MEGATRON and Guest Activities

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Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating the "Year of the Horse" - with activities for guests, special character costumes, and even a MEGATRON that speaks Mandarin! How cool is that? We wish we could be there for it! Update January 27: we should soon have photos of the event to share! Keep reading for more information! And remember that this is a great time to get a Universal Hollywood Annual Pass, with Despicable Me Minion Mayhem arriving this spring.

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Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Makeup Demonstration with Larry Bones and John Murdy

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We were invited again to a press event at Universal Studios Hollywood where Horror make-up artist Larry Bones and his team brought to life characters from The Walking Dead, Evil Dead, Insidious, and Black Sabbath. Jeff and I weren't able to be there in person this time around, but Jason and Benson Ma from the popular So Cal Theme Parks 360 YouTube channel did a great job covering it for us!

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