It’s great to be back at Universal Studios Japan! My previous visit was during the Spring of 2015, and this year’s jaunt was amid Autumn, concurrent with the outset of the theme park’s holiday celebrations.
I could still remember how elated I was when I first toured Universal Studios Japan, and the same feeling of excitement surged through me when I finally had a gaze on the Universal Studios globe. It’s a common sight to witness multitude of delighted people taking photos with the icon, while enthusiastic children play around the emblem; and the thrill is just contagious!
What’s New at Universal Studios Japan
For the thrill-seekers, the newest addition to the Universal Studios Japan Ride attraction –Flying Dinosaur- will not disappoint. It’s an out of this world ride! Imagine yourself being seized from behind by a Pteranodon and pull you up high into the sky, experiencing 360 degrees swings through the world of Jurassic Park. Exhilarating!
And to celebrate Universal Studios Japan’s 15th anniversary, the theme park introduced REBORN – an over the top and blood pumping parade that aims to revitalize the guests and nostalgically brings back that magical feeling of being a kid again. Be sure to let loose, sing and move to the groove with the Reborn dancers and singers!
Also, at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, guests may now practice their magic wand skills! A Potterhead myself, I had a wonderful time acing two of the spells, and was happy to at least pass the second one. Head down to Hogsmeade and rehearse your wand spell casting.
What’s up this Holiday Season at Universal Studios Japan
1. Cutie Patootie Seasonal Merchandise. Your favorite characters is in it for the holidays. Look at this adorable Christmas Dave popcorn hoppers filled with Banana Caramel popcorn. Yum! Check out other seasonal merchandise at stores across Universal Studios Japan.
2. Holiday Snacks and Dinner Specials. From food stalls to restaurants, Universal Studios Japan has prepared a seasonal dining option to add a notch of Christmas warmth into the holidays. Santa Minion and Christmas Elmo Pork Buns anyone? 😉
For a group of 4-6 people fancying a big Christmas Roast Chicken feast, then head to the famous Hogsmeade tavern, Three Broomsticks at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The set is awesome paired with the sweet, non-alcoholic Butterbeer drink. And exclusive this season, you may enjoy the hot Butterbeer variety!
Or craving for some roast beef? Then Finnegan’s Christmas Roast Beef Set is for you. The set comes with soup, main dish, dessert and soda bread. Finnegan’s Bar and Grill is situated in New York Area of the theme park.
3. Santa’s Magical Surprise
One of Universal Studios Japan’s Christmas treat to its guests is Santa’s Magical Surprise – a show where your favorite characters like Hello Kitty and Elmo become extra festive for the holidays. Santa Claus and his elves will be there too of course A great show to watch with the entire family. Look out for the special surprise characters who’ll be joining the fun. 😉
4. Universal Studios Japan Christmas Tree
This tree holds a Guinness World Record for having the most LED light installed on a Christmas Tree. You should see the tree lit up at night and beautifully changes colors! <3
5. Voice of an Angel
The dazzling show will warm your heart as the story revolves around family values. Accompanied with singing, acrobats, special projection and light effects and fireworks, it is truly spectacular.
Universal Studios Japan is worthwhile destination and should be on anyone’s itinerary when visiting Osaka, Japan. And this Christmas season is one of the best times to visit, as the theme park offers lots of yuletide cheer for the entire family.
Can’t wait to be back next year! How about you, what’re you looking forward to see at Universal Studios Japan? Drop it as a comment below! 😉