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    This year, Universal Orlando Resort will debut more adventure, excitement, laughter and awe-inspiring moments than ever before – making 2012 an extraordinary year to be here.

    There will be something for everyone and every family. From a new Blue Man Group show and newly re-created experience inside one of Universal Orlando’s most popular attractions to a stunning parade, spectacular nighttime show and brand-new blockbuster attraction based on an incredibly popular film – Universal Orlando Resort is bringing guests more new entertainment across our entire destination in 2012 than during any other year in our history.

    The new experiences will begin debuting in February. Guests will discover the exhilarating entertainment of a new Blue Man Group show; marvel at breathtaking new animation and effects in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man; dance and celebrate with their favorite animated characters during Universal’s Superstar Parade and relive memorable moments from Universal Pictures most powerful and beloved films during the nighttime show Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories. And coming this summer – families will laugh together as they are transformed into minions for an incredible adventure inside the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction.

    Universal Orlando will also be marking the Universal Pictures Centennial Anniversary Celebration during 2012 with a series of events to be announced throughout the year.

    “We are about to offer our guests a historic range of incredible new entertainment experiences,” said Alice Norsworthy, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Universal Orlando Resort. “This year will be filled with excitement and entertainment for the entire family.”

    Blue Man Group

    Opening February 2012 at Universal CityWalk

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    Universal Orlando’s Blue Man Group show is taking their unique and captivating mash-up of high energy music, comedy, audience participation and collective exhilaration to another level. Featuring a new show environment, new music, new technology and new experiences, the show will allow audiences to join the Blue Men as they discover, engage and explore the world’s obsession with cutting-edge technology. Signature Blue Man Group moments combine with breathtakingly fun new pieces for an explosive evening of entertainment. New show elements include the curious Blue Men interacting with enormous “GiPads,” a funny and insightful look at contemporary communication vehicles, and a pulsating new finale with an original Blue Man Group music score that will have guests jumping to their feet. Look closely – you may even see the Blue Men take a spin on one of Universal Orlando's most popular attractions.

    The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ~ Experience

    March 2012 at Islands of Adventure

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    Universal Orlando is transforming what is already one of the most amazing attraction experiences ever created into what will feel like an all-new adventure. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man will soon feature all-new, 4K digital high-definition animation, new high tech 3-D glasses and upgrades to the set, audio and lighting systems. The re-animation of the ride film will include an entirely new level of detail for guests to discover, including a cameo by legendary comic book icon and Spider-Man co-creator, Stan Lee.

    Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

    Opening Summer 2012 at Universal Studios Florida

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    Universal Orlando’s newest attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, will take guests on an unforgettable 3-D adventure with their favorite characters from the hit film – Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the mischievous minions. The experience begins when guests enter Gru’s home, where they learn that they’re being recruited to become minions and undergo “minion training.” Things don’t go as planned, and guests find themselves on a wildly hysterical journey with Gru and his daughters. Once guests make it through training, they join an interactive, minion-inspired dance party where they can show off their best moves.

    Universal’s Creative team is working closely with Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment to bring this all-new adventure to life in the most authentic way possible. In fact, the beloved characters in the attraction will be voiced by the film’s original cast: Steve Carell (Gru), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), Dana Gaier (Edith) and Elsie Fisher (Agnes). The ride’s experience is being developed by the same creative team that brought you the award-winning film, Despicable Me. The motion-picture event Despicable Me 2 arrives in theaters on July 3, 2013.

    Other New Experiences Opening this Year
    • Hollywood Drive-In Golf, a unique 36-hole miniature golf experience inspired by the classic drive-in movie era, will open in February at Universal CityWalk.

    • A great, new immersive retail entertainment experience that will become home to SpongeBob SquarePants and other characters from the number one kids animated TV series, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. It will open inside Universal Studios this year.
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    Well im excited about this! Havent ever seen the blue man group thingy, but the rest sounds very exciting!
    You know where Jaws was (Amityville i think it was called?), is all of that going now that theyve closed Jaws?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate, post: 271531
    Well im excited about this! Havent ever seen the blue man group thingy, but the rest sounds very exciting!
    You know where Jaws was (Amityville i think it was called?), is all of that going now that theyve closed Jaws?
    I'm looking forward to it as well Kate, we haven't been to Universal for years, but I think we might actually go this year :)

    The is a rumour that hasn't been confirmed or denied that the Jaws area is going to replaced by an extension to Harry Potter World.









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    Oh yes, i remember reading about the HP thing not so long ago. That would be quite exciting - might also take the massive amount of people away from the one in IoA, it was dreadful when we went in 2010, kind of spread them out a bit.

    We love US/IoA, they are a special place for us as they are the ones we really wanted to visit back on our first trip in 2003.



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    looking forward to a parade at Universal (we usually only see a parade here at Christmas) and have booked for the new BMG show in the summer. We loved the previous BMG show so a change will be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isafari, post: 271670
    looking forward to a parade at Universal (we usually only see a parade here at Christmas) and have booked for the new BMG show in the summer. We loved the previous BMG show so a change will be good.
    I thought it was you that went to see them and really enjoyed it. You also like the beetlejuice show dont you? Im wondering if they will keep that with all the new things that are happening at the park



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate, post: 271675
    You also like the beetlejuice show dont you? Im wondering if they will keep that with all the new things that are happening at the park
    From what I've heard so far, Beetlejuice is safe
    I think if they got rid of Beetlejuice and Blues Brothers, we would only visit US once in a blue moon.

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    The Blues Brothers are brilliant, we loved them!



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