Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved pop icon Hello Kitty, and Universal Parks & Resorts have opened the Hello Kitty Shop Featuring Hello Kitty and Friends at Universal Orlando Resort.
The Hello Kitty Shop at Universal Studios Florida marks Sanrio’s official retail debut and Hello Kitty’s first appearance at a theme park in North America. The supercute retail experience, located along Hollywood Boulevard in the theme park, offers specialty merchandise including stationery, home goods, apparel, accessories, collectibles and confectionery treats. The majority of product will be exclusive to the park. Additional Sanrio characters including Chococat®, My Melody®, Badtz-Maru®, PompompurinTM and Keroppi® will also be featured.
“As Sanrio’s first official retail debut at a theme park in North America, the Hello Kitty Shop offers a new retail experience for fans of all ages,” said Jill Koch, Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing at Sanrio, Inc. “Our partnership with Universal delivers a new touch point for the brand through special products, unique merchandising and a fully branded store experience that incorporates many of our beloved characters.”
The Hello Kitty Shop at Universal Studios Florida offers a supercute, immersive environment that fans of all ages will love. Customers can shop for exclusive merchandise, enjoy photo opportunities, create souvenir versions of Hello Kitty’s signature bow, mail letters and receive small gifts. With four specially themed areas within the Hello Kitty Shop, fans can find treats at the “Hello Kitty Sweet Yummy Shop,” loungewear and home goods in the “Hello Kitty Lounge” area, multi-character accessories, stationery and gifts in the “Hello Kitty and Friends Town” area, and collectibles featuring Sanrio characters reimagined with classic Universal properties in the “Hello Kitty at the Movies” area. New products and designs will be released regularly so fans will always find something new.
Beginning March 31st, guests can also say hello to Hello Kitty herself. Hello Kitty will make regular appearances, greet fans and take photos.