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Universal Orlando Resort Annouces New Experiences, Attractions for 2012

Universal Orlando Resort made some big announcements this morning during their media-only webcast.  Guests can look forward to a new parade and nighttime fountain show as the Orlando theme park celebrates 100 years of Universal Movies.  But that’s not all that was unveiled – an opening date for Despicable Me was also announced as well as an upgraded Spiderman ride and a new show for Blue Man Group. 

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Universal Orlando, with new experiences beginning in February:
  • Blue Man Group: Debuting in February at CityWalk, Blue Man Group is featuring a new show environment, new music, new technology and new experiences.  Signature Blue Man Group moments will remain, but new segments include the Blue Men interacting with an enormous “GiPads” and a new finale with an original Blue Man Group music score.
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: The ride upgrade for this attraction opens in March at Islands of Adventure.  Universal has transformed the ride into an all-new adventure as the attraction will have 4K digital high-definition animation, new high tech 3D elements, and set upgrades such as audio and lighting systems.  The upgraded attraction has an entirely new level of detail and creator of Spiderman – Stan Lee – even makes a cameo.
  • Universal’s Superstar Parade: Set for a Spring opening, Universal’s Superstar Parade will include some of today’s most beloved characters and stories.  Larger-than-life floats, state-of-the-art technology and hundreds of street performers will make the parade come to life.  Characters like the minions from Despicable Me, E.B. from Hop, Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego and SpongeBob Squarepants will join the interactive experience. 
  • Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories: Morgan Freeman will narrate this nighttime spectacular, celebrating the most powerful and emotional moments from Universal Pictures’ most iconic films.  The new nighttime show will appear on cutting-edge waterfall screens within the Universal Studios lagoon, surrounded by colorful fountains and pyrotechnics. 
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: Universal’s newest ride attraction will open in Summer 2012.  The attraction will take guests on a 3D adventure with their favorite characters from the hit film, with the characters being voiced by the film’s original cast.  The attraction experience recruits riders for “minion training,” but once things don’t go as planned guests find themselves on a hysterical journey highlighted by an interactive, minion-inspired dance party.
  • Hollywood Drive-In Golf:  Located at CityWalk, this unique 36-hole miniature golf experience inspired by the classic drive-in movie era opens in February.
  • SpongeBob Squarepants Store:  A new SpongeBob Squarepants Store will take over a space at Universal Studios, although an opening date has not yet been set.
  • Family Splash Play Area: Universal Orlando’s sister park – Wet ‘n Wild – will open its first interactive family water place area this Summer.  Set in lush, tropical landscaping the new area will feature 15 waterslides and more than 100 soakers, jets, waterfalls and water cannons. 
This is undoubtedly a big year for Universal Orlando Theme Parks.  Be sure to get your Universal Orlando tickets today to experience all of the new things to do at Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios and Wet’n Wild.
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