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Universal Orlando has released a press release in conjunction with the web conference announcements letting everyone know that 2012 is "the year to be here" at the Universal Orlando Resort.

 

2012 IS THE YEAR TO BE HERE! Universal Orlando Resort to Offer More New Entertainment Experiences Across the Entire Destination than During Any Other Year in its History. Universal Releases First-Ever Looks at All-New Experiences, Including Upcoming Despicable Me Attraction, New Interactive Parade and Spectacular Nighttime Show

 

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.”

 

The new 2012 experiences at Universal Orlando Resort include:

 

Blue Man Group ~ Opening February 2012 at Universal CityWalk

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

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.

 

Universal’s Superstar Parade ~ Opening Spring 2012 at Universal Studios Florida

Some of today’s most beloved characters and stories will bring new adventure to the streets of Universal Studios during Universal’s Superstar Parade – an all-new daily parade that features larger-than-life floats, state-of-the-art technology and hundreds of energetic street performers. Guests will sing and dance along with characters like the minions from Despicable Me, E.B. from the hit comedy, Hop, Nickelodeon’s Dora & Diego and SpongeBob SquarePants during the interactive experience. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy performances and character meet and greets prior to the parade at select locations throughout the day.

 

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories ~ Opening Spring 2012 at Universal Studios Florida

Narrated by award-winning actor and recent Golden Globe - Cecil B. DeMille honoree, Morgan Freeman, Universal Orlando’s brand-new nighttime show, Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular, will celebrate the most powerful and emotional moments from Universal Pictures’ most iconic films – all on cutting-edge waterfall screens within the Universal Studios lagoon and surrounded by colorful fountains and pyrotechnics. The experience will take guests on a journey through epic cinematic moments filled with heroes, horror, laughter, good vs. evil and triumph. The new show opens this spring, runs all summer and then on select nights through the end of the year.

 

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ~ Opening Summer 2012 at Universal Studios Florida

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.

 

Minutes away from Universal Orlando, the popular Wet ‘n Wild water park will open its first interactive family water play area, this summer – allowing everyone in the family to splash and swim together. Amidst lush, tropical landscaping, the new area will feature 15 water slides and more than 100 soakers, jets, waterfalls and water cannons - making it the largest interactive water play experience in Florida.

 

For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit http://www.universalorlando.com.

 

http://www.universalorlando.com/Rides/New-Attractions-2012.aspx?__source=EDW902424&ptyid=422387#

 

This year, Universal Orlando® Resort will debut more adventure, excitement, laughter and awe-inspiring moments than ever before in our history! There's something spectacular for everyone in every family!

 

Marvel at the breath-taking all-new animation and effects in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®.

 

Interact with the minions from Despicable Me, E.B. from Hop and Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego and SpongeBob SquarePants during Universal's Superstar Parade.

 

And this summer, join Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes—and of COURSE the mischievous minions—on an unforgettable 3-D ride experience, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem!

 

The new rides, shows and attractions will debut throughout 2012 as part of Universal Pictures' 100th anniversary celebration.

 

Start making plans now to be part of the biggest year ever at Universal Orlando!

 

So here are my observations and notes from today's web conference that includes some additional information not directly referenced in the press release.

 

  • Blue Man Group's updates will retain some of the more popular show experiences but will feature a good of new acts
  • According to Mark Woodbury, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman will feel like an entirely new experience when it reopens this March. Universal is updating the sets, audio, lighting and special effects to match the new 4K digital high quality video being installed. The timing of the ride will be adjusted to allow for more time spent in each show scene. It was heavily stressed that there would be plenty of new things to see in the updated ride footage when the attraction reopens.
  • The Universal Superstar Parade is to have show stops with interactive dance experiences. The characters from the parade will also be available to meet guests before the parade. The Universal Superstar Parade is set to perform once per day.
  • A new retail experience is being developed for Spongebob Squarepants and will include a meet and greet location for the characters from the show. This experience is expected to be located in the KidZone section of the park.
  • The Universal Cinematic Spectacular not only includes water jets and waterfall screens, but will also include pyrotechnics. The show will be narrated by Morgan Freeman and is meant to be seen from any angle around the park's lagoon.
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem early animation showed off guests being "Minionized," bouncing down into Gru's laboratory.

 

Also discussed were the dates of when attractions and offerings would be arriving over the next year.

 

  • Blue Man Group and the Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf will both open this February.
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman will reopen in March
  • The Universal Cinematic Spectacular and the Universal Superstar Parade will both debut in the Spring
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the new water play area at Wet n' Wild will both open in the Summer

 

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Universal Orlando is transforming The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - one of the most amazing attraction experiences ever created - into what will feel like an all-new adventure. The award-winning attraction 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 reanimation 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. The enhanced experience will debut in March 2012.

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Already one of the most popular and innovative theme park attractions ever created, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal?s Islands of Adventure continues to raise the bar for theme park entertainment ? combining advanced motion-based ride vehicles, 3-D digital film and live special effects to create an unparalleled ride experience.

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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. The highly-anticipated attraction opens this summer at Universal Studios Florida.

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Some of today's most beloved characters and stories will bring new adventure to the streets of Universal Studios during Universal's Superstar Parade - an all-new daily parade that features larger-than-life floats, state-of-the-art technology and hundreds of energetic street performers. Guests will sing and dance along with characters like the minions from Despicable Me, E.B. from the hit comedy, Hop, Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego and SpongeBob SquarePants during the interactive experience, which will open this spring.

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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. Opening in February, the new show will feature a new environment, new music, new technology and new experiences. Audiences will join the Blue Men as they discover, engage and explore the world's obsession with cutting-edge technology.

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Guests visiting Universal Orlando Resort can experience the world-renowned and outrageously fun Blue Man Group show at Universal CityWalk. The one-of-a-kind show combines music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to create the blissful party atmosphere that is a Blue Man Group trademark.

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I wasn't a big fan of Despicable Me as a movie, but I did like Gru--looks like he has a cool float, too. The new Spider-man characters also look great.

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Does anyone know if they are re-wallpapering the entire ride? Part of the emersion was that the video screens blended perfectly with the walls surrounding them, since they were printed from the same rendering as the original video. Upgrading the video, while keeping the same lower quality environmental look, will kill a lot of the seamlessness.

 

I am REALLY looking forward to riding the new version.

 

Now, if only they would improve the video quality of the Harry Potter ride, and buy some brighter bulbs. That ride didn't compare well with the old Spidey. This new one is going to make FJ look dated after not even two years of being open.

 

-RO

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Now, if only they would improve the video quality of the Harry Potter ride, and buy some brighter bulbs. That ride didn't compare well with the old Spidey. This new one is going to make FJ look dated after not even two years of being open.

 

-RO

One nit-picky little thing that also bothered me about Potter was the lack of wind effects on the screen portions. For Pete's sake, we're seeing Potter and the other characters fly on screen with their clothes and hair flopping in the wind, so why doesn't the same apply for us riders?

 

I looked at some photos of HP with the lights on and noticed the vehicles in front of the screens. They could easily have a couple of fans blow onto the screen and have it "reflect" onto the riders in some way. Hopefully they can solve that with Hollywood's version.

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It's not only that, but having the wind in your face will lower the nausea factor, which was fairly high for me, which is why Mission Space has some pretty serious cold air blowing on you.

 

-RO

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Nice to see spiderman getting some love from universal. Some of the screens were looking a little blurry last time I was there. Still the best non coaster ride on the planet though. These new upgrades should make an already great experience even better.

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^ More like 1% Terminator 1% Jaws and 98% On Golden Pond.

 

Ok. Hate to be this guy but I got a bad feeling about Spidey. For reference see: Posiedens Fury. I think the characters look to real for a comic series. I thought they were simply going to make it more clear and maybe add a couple things. Of course they will have to upgrade the physical scenery and it will look amazing, it just won't look like Spiderman. I don't mind it being new, just don't make it worse. Not feeling this at all. The technology looks very cool but not for this ride IMO.

 

Looking forward to a new track for some mini golfing though. This is going to be nice to have out there. City Walk is getting better and better, I think. See how I did that: a compliment sandwich except with complaining.

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I could have sworn that the mini golf was supposed to be in doors.

 

Also as for a few things stated before, I personally think the villians look great for Spiderman, as long as they don't change the story or effects majorly I'll always love that ride.

 

I also agree they need to fix the screens on Forbidden Journey they are way too blurry, almost like I should be wearing 3D glasses, and the wind thing I agree to that as well, it would greatly reduce the nausea of the ride.

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Having never been to Universal Orlando I am sure I will be impressed with the new or the improved (depends on your views) Spiderman. I was secretly hoping that the timing of our trip this year would allow us to try Transformers and Spiderman but I believe Transformers will not be open before May.

 

Anyway roll on our 6 week trip around the rollercoasters and alcoholic slushies of America!

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Any word on what is replacing JAWS? I didn't read it anywhere. I hoped that this announcement would address that.

Nope nothing. They said last week they would avoid speaking about Potter so the focus would be on the new 2012 attractions.

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