Universal Studios Hollywood to Host Taste of Universal Event

Safety measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have kept Universal Studios Hollywood closed for nearly a year, but a new event beginning Friday, March 12, will welcome guests back to the theme park for some special outdoor dining and shopping.

Called Taste of Universal, the event will allow guests to access certain areas of the theme park – including Hogsmeade Village at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Friday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 7:00 p.m. At present, only CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood is open to guests, including offerings such as butterbeer that are normally found inside the theme park. Taste of Universal, however, will offer guests “a wide selection of nearly 70 choice culinary options, of which 30 are new to the event.” Vegetarian and vegan options will be offered.

Adults can choose five options, and kids can choose three, with additional food offerings available for purchase. Tickets start at $44 plus tax for adults and $25 plus tax for kids ages 3[–]9 years. Discounted admission tickets will be available for Universal Annual and Season Pass members.

Universal Studios Hollywood will be introducing new health and safety measures for Taste of Universal, and these will include limits on the park’s capacity. Rides, shows, and attractions will not be available during the event, but access to the park is sure to be a bright spot for Universal fans. (In other positive news out of Universal Parks & Resorts, construction on Universal’s Epic Universe has resumed in Orlando, Florida.)

Tickets to Taste of Universal are available now.

For more on Taste of Universal, you can view the press release below.

Press Release
Universal Studios Hollywood Serves Up “Taste of Universal”
Welcoming Guests Back to the Theme Park with the
Dynamic Weekend Outdoor Dining and Shopping Experience,
Beginning on Friday, March 12
 
The Special Event Will Offer First Looks at the All-New
“The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” Attraction Shop, [t]he Pets Store, and
“Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’s” Minion Cafe, as well as Access to Such
Popular Lands as Hogsmeade Village within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,”
and “The Simpsons’ Springfield, U.S.A.”Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Universal City, California, March 4, 2021 – Universal Studios Hollywood takes its first step in re-opening with the introduction of “Taste of Universal,” a lively outdoor dining and shopping experience taking place within select themed lands on weekends—Friday to Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m.—beginning on Friday, March 12.

Universal Studios Hollywood is working closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing and required face coverings.

This eagerly-awaited [sic] experience will invite guests to once again feel the thrill of strolling along the park’s signature red carpet as they pass through its iconic gates to enjoy some of the theme park’s best culinary offerings and premium shopping options along with physically distanced photo opportunities with some of their favorite characters.

Admission tickets to “Taste of Universal” include access to select themed areas of the park along with a wide selection of nearly 70 choice culinary options, of which 30 are new to the event. Adults can choose five options, and kids can choose three, with additional food offerings available for purchase. Tickets start at $44 plus tax for adults and $25 plus tax for kids ages 3[–]9 years. Discounted admission tickets will be available for Universal Annual and Season Pass members. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

While rides, shows and attractions will not be operational during this experience, guests will be able to take in the incredible environments that surround them as they enjoy the scrumptious food, including vegan and vegetarian options, served within these areas. This includes:

  • “Springfield, U.S.A.” — Home of The Simpsons featuring Krusty Burger, Suds McDuff’s Hot Dog House, the Lard Lad Donut Cart and Kwik-E-Mart.
  • “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” — Stroll through Hogsmeade [V]illage and enjoy shops such as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods, and feast on food favorites, including Three Broomsticks™ Fish & Chips, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Butterbeer.
  • The debut of Minion Cafe, a delicious new dining experience, located adjacent to the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, offering such tasty fare as Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Meatballs, Chicken & Bacon Mac and Cheese, and Nutella Banana pudding.
  • The Hollywood & Dine section will feature:
    • Authentic Mexican fare at Cocina Mexicana with such favorites as Queso Street Tacos, Loaded Nachos all topped with choice of Tinga or Carnita & Birria, Tortilla Cut Chips with Guacamole, Chili Relleno and Elote Corn on the cobb with Lime Crema.
    • Hollywood & Dine, the establishment located just inside the theme park’s main entry, serving a selection of comfort foods, including Hot Chicken Sandwich, Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bowl, Personal Pizza with choice of pepperoni or cheese, Brisket Sliders with Caramelized Onions, Korean Hot Dog, and mini funnel cake.
    • City Snack Shop offering grab[-]and[-]go treats such as the quintessential NYC Giant Pretzel, Spicy Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Leg, and the debut of the Crepewich, which features sweet (Banana and Nutella, or Strawberry Chocolate) and savory (club or Spinach and Berry vegetarian) temptations. Yum!

A highlight of the experience will invite guests to preview the very exciting “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” attraction shop, [t]he Pets Store, where guests can purchase favorite The Secret Life of Pets themed goodies. Minion Way and Pets Place perpendicular streets located adjacent to Illumination’s “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” rides will take guests on a stroll through the film’s scenic New York City streets as they explore the themed environment.

The Animation Store, home to Hello Kitty® and her friends from Sanrio®, including My Melody™, Keroppi™ and Chococat™, as well as Minions merchandise from Illumination’s blockbuster Despicable Me film franchise and DreamWorks Animation franchises including Trolls and Kung Fu Panda, will be among the park’s exciting shopping options.

Physically distanced photo opportunities with select favorite characters will offer guests the chance to reconnect with Universal Studios Hollywood and share their experiences with friends and family via social media.

In addition to this exciting “Taste of Universal” event, guests can extend their day with more shopping and dining at the adjacent Universal CityWalk.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s new health and safety protocols are outlined below, highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.

  • Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.
  • Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
  • Controlled capacity within the theme park, and limited occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.
  • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations, restrooms, and all other high[-]touch points.
  • Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout the park.
  • Eating and drinking permitted only in designated outdoor dining areas.
  • Contactless payment options wherever possible.

More information about Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Health and Safety Guidelines

All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival. Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit. People who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected. Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.

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