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Lunar New Year Prep, Universal History Exhibit, Construction Updates & More: Universal Studios Hollywood Photo Report 1/28/22

Quiet on set; we’re ready to roll! We headed out to Universal Studios Hollywood today to take a look what’s new and good in the Entertainment Capitol of LA. Join us on this photo tour.

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In CityWalk, we stopped by to check on the progress at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, but there is nothing to see here.

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Workers were seen carting supplies in, but they must still be preparing for the real work to begin.

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Inside the park, wait times were relatively low, except at Ollivander’s which had an hour wait! What kind of world is this where the wand experience has a longer line than Forbidden Journey?

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Despite reports to the contrary, there will actually be a small Lunar New Year offering at Universal Studios Hollywood. Beginning February 1, guests can dine at the Noodle House, which is taking over Hollywood & Dine for the month.

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The usual Lunar New Year celebration in Universal Plaza won’t be held this year, but a lot of the favorite dishes and annual decorations are coming to the Noodle House. We can’t wait to come back and try it on February 1.

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In Production Central, we came across this super cute set of Loungefly bags and accessories themed to a sweeter version of the classic Universal Monsters. You can read all about it and see each piece close-up right here.

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Time for a Super Nintendo World update. There’s not much that has changed on the outside of the buildings, but there is always a bevy of activity down there so the crews must be making headway inside.

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Lower Lot

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Blue was out grEATing guests today.

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The DinoPlay kids area is closed today for a refurbishment. From a higher vantage point, we could see inside the area to check on the work being done, and you can see it all right here.

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Also from our higher vantage point, we could see into the Jurassic World — The Ride load area. What a view!

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We even got a unique view of the first scene of the ride with the Mosasaurus skeleton.

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Speaking of a Mosasaurus, we found a plush one inside Jurassic Outfitters, as seen above. We also cuddled up with this adorable T-Rex pillow pet, seen below. You can get a better look and read all about them right here.

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And finally, we stopped by the Universal Studios Store on the Lower Lot to take a look at their new archives display. Over the holidays, this display was occupied by several items from Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Now, a standing collection has returned with items from Universal Studios Hollywood history.

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These signs once hung in the queue for Shrek 4D, before it was closed to make way for the Dreamworks Theater featuring Kung-Fu Panda.

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An original costume design for employee uniforms by Academy Award-winning film costume designer, Edith Head, is displayed.

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There is a photo of a group of tour guides alongside the tram on the backlot, and a pair of guide maps from the early days of the Studio Tour.

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A still from aboard the Studio Tour as they pass the Psycho house is also displayed.

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And there is also an original script and operating guidelines for the Studio Tour guides circa 1965.

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You can also see a flux capacitor from the former attraction, Back to the Future — The Ride.

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And from Jurassic Park — The Ride, the infamous Barbasol can from the end of the ride and a Brachiosaurus information placard from the queue are also here.

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Thanks for riding along with us on our photo report from Universal Studios Hollywood. That’s a wrap!

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