Lunar New Year foods, electric streetcars, a look at Studio Valley and more: Universal Studios Hollywood Photo Story 02/01/22

Calm on set; we are ready to roll! We visited Universal Studios Hollywood today to celebrate the Lunar New Year and found many great updates to share with you. Come with us as we tour Universal Studios Hollywood!

Outside of Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles is gearing up for our home team, the Rams, to compete in the Super Bowl at their stadium a few miles away. It might not be as big a deal as Disneyland currently makes it out to be, but LA is very excited about the Rams dominating the game (we hope).

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen are just beginning construction. From the ground floor it’s hard to see what’s going on so we had to get a bird’s eye view from the balcony.

We can see the sidewalk being ripped out and much of the interior being ripped out and thrown into this trash can. Work continues and we will have further developments as they become available.

Top lot

We had a great day to go to the park, and it also made for great photos.

We found new Hogwarts House sweatshirts, above, and a Death Eater sweatshirt, below, on the Upper Lot today. You can see more photos and read all about them here.

This is the real reason we are here today. February 1 is the actual Lunar New Year’s Day, so it was the perfect time for this newly opened seasonal overlay at Hollywood & Dine.

The interior is decorated with cherry blossoms, lucky red lanterns and other traditional Chinese decorations, many of which involve a tiger to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Tiger.

With so many great options, it was hard to decide what to order, but we opted for the Fortune Cookie Frappe, as seen above, and the Year of the Tiger cookie, as seen below. You can read our full review of these two desserts here.

Even Hello Kitty donned her Lunar New Year best to greet guests outside her shop.

Universal Plaza, which is usually the site of the much larger Lunar New Year celebration, is empty this year.

We stopped in to take a tour of the backlot during the World Famous Studio Tour today and were greeted with a lovely surprise.

The tram we were riding on is one of four electric trams in the vehicle fleet, and after a long period of smooth testing, the trams were finally officially launched for continued use. You can see more photos of these green trams and read all about it here.

Speaking of trams, we’ve found a fancy new scarf featuring the classic USH logo and Studio Tour trams. You can see more and read it all here.

Lower lot

Construction of Super Nintendo World is progressing, with the bright blue cladding of the building’s exterior now covered in black cladding.

The DinoPlay for Kids area, which we saw was closed last week, has reopened after its renovation.

As we take one last look back at the spectacular views of Universal Studios Hollywood, we can gaze upon some of the greatest movie studios in the world. In the foreground, these many tight buildings make up the Universal backlot. In the center of the frame, the cluster of white buildings a little further away is the Warner Bros. lot, and the WB shield logo can just be made out atop their larger stage. Just above this shield logo in the frame is a group of white buildings and a large white and green building to their right. This is the land of Walt Disney Studios and the tall building is the ABC Television Building, with the Disney Animation Building right behind it. In a single shot, we can see where many of the greatest films in history were made.

Thanks for riding with us on our photo op from Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s a wrap!

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