What’s coming to Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018
There are some big changes coming to Universal Studios Hollywood next year. After tearing down Grinchmas, packing away the festive decor in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, shooing away the Merry Minions and hosting its first-ever in-park New Year’s Eve celebration, Universal will be fully focused on the opening of its all-new DreamWorks Theatre attraction.
The venue will take over where Shrek 4-D was located on the upper level of the park and play host to a slew of DreamWorks Animation-themed attractions, kicking off with the blockbuster franchise, “Kung Fu Panda.” These will be multi-sensory attractions that couple the storytelling of the films with state-of-the-art projection mapping and LED lighting effects for a fully immersive and engaging experience.
DreamWorks characters – including Branch and Poppy from “Trolls,” Po the Panda and Tigress the Tiger from “Kung Fu Panda” and Alex the Lion and King Julien from “Madagascar” – have already been spotted meeting and greeting with park guests this year in preparation for the DreamWorks Theatre grand opening that should take place in early spring.
Another huge addition will be the collaboration between Universal Studios Hollywood and Japanese pop culture icon Hello Kitty. On top of a Hello Kitty character roaming the park to take photos with guests, Sanrio is also teaming up with Universal to create park-exclusive merchandise featuring Hello Kitty and her pals My Melody, Keroppi, Chococat and more. The merch will be sold in an all-new store, which was formerly Cartooniversal located on the upper lot near the park entrance. The latest swag will include everything from accessories and apparel to collectibles and confectionery that will incorporate Hello Kitty & Co. into classic Universal titles such as “Jaws,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Back to the Future.”