A+E: Universal Studios Hollywood Is Now Offering A Taste Of What You Have Been Missing Out On!
by: Diego Santizo, Sports Editor
Universal’s current “Taste of Universal” offers admission to shops and restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, which most notably includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Simpsons-themed Springfield, USA.
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.
On the shopping side, you’ll be able to return to all of your Wizarding World favorites, hit up the Animation Store and preview the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop, which sits next to the upcoming attractions. Look out for some physically distanced photo ops along the way, too. 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.
Guests could make their way into Springfield and find Homer Simpson at his traditional spot at the Kwik-E-Mart. Donkey from Shrek could also be found next to the Kung Fu Panda theater talking to Guests and taking numerous photos. Minions can also be found by the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride either wandering around Super Silly Fun Land or standing right in front of Minion Mayhem ride itself.
In addition to this exciting “Taste of Universal” event, guests can extend their day with more shopping and dining at the adjacent Universal CityWalk. The 4 main locations available in the Upper Lot for guests during “Taste of Universal” were The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Springfield, USA, Minion Cafe, and Hollywood & Dine.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Hogsmeade village is finally open and guests are able to 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! The dining locations available to feast on food favorites are Three Broomsticks™ in which you can get a taste of Fish & Chips, Sticky Toffee Pudding and the famous Butterbeer.
The home of The Simpsons features Krusty Burger, Suds McDuff’s Hot Dog House, the Lard Lad Donut Cart as dining options! Guests are able to shop for the best Simpson merch at Kwik-E-Mart where Homer Simpson is available for a photo opportunity throughout the day.
Minion Cafe made its debut during opening day of “taste of universal” and it brought a whole new delicious dining experience to the park. Minion Cafe is located next to the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, and it offers items like Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Meatballs, Chicken & Bacon Mac and Cheese, and Nutella Banana pudding.
Hollywood & Dine
The Hollywood and Dine section of the park consisted of 3 restaurants. The first was the actual Hollywood and Dine restaurant which featured 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.
The second restaurant was City Snack Shop which offered 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.
The third was Cocina Mexicana which had delicious plates such 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.
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. Each ticket includes five menu items for adults and three for kids. Additional food can be purchased. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com to purchase tickets and for more information.