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New attractions at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando has announced a new 3-D ride based on the movie “Despicable Me”.  The new Despicable Me ride will be an original story stet in a whole new story, and the whole audience gets transformed into ‘minions’, those little yellow helpers from the movie.  Guests will ride in an eight-passenger vehicle through the main character, Gru’s home, laboratory, and enter the training process to become ‘minions’.  The ride will replace the current Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast attraction at the Universal Studios Park.

Also planned for next year is an update to the popular Amazing Adventures of Spider Man attraction.  The storyline will remain the same, but the ride will undergo some technical updates, and will be re-animated in high definition.  So, basically, it will be the Spider Man ride that we all love, just better!

Rip Ride Rockit Now Re-open!

Universal Studios Orlando has re-opened its Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster after a long, sudden closure about 6 weeks ago.  There have been rumors flying around about the reason for the closure and there was even speculation that Universal might remove the ride altogether due to severe issues.

Since the re-opening on October 28th, guests are saying the trains are new, or refurbished, and the ride experience has been improved.  This is good news since this ride was considered to be too rough for some.  Universal has been very vague about the reasons behind the long closure, and when asked about the re-opening, all they said was “We are excited that Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit has re-opened after its maintenance period.”  Hmmmm, not much information there, but at least the ride is now open, and improved.  This innovative ride features cutting-edge technology and features three 1st-time maneuvers:  the Double Take, the world’s largest non-inverted loop; the Treble Clef, where guests burst through a building façade on track shaped like the music symbol; and the Jump Cut, a spiraling, negative-gravity move. Not only that, but riders get to choose their own music, and cameras capture the entire experience.  Guests can purchase the DVD and take home their own ‘music video’ of their experience.

Orlando Tourism News You Can Use

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter continues to affect the Orlando tourism scene, although it has not even been two months since officially coming on the scene. The Walt Disney Company announced plans to do some retooling to the highly anticipated major renovation of Fantasy Land in the Magic Kingdom Orlando. Recent reports have Disney lessening the heavy use of Princesses as a major point of emphasis. The Princess theme originally planned on for the rebirth of Fantasy Land while highly attractive to young girls, has no appeal to boys in the same age range. While Disney says it has nothing to do with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I myself am skeptical of the reported reasons. With less than a year to go until the debut of the new Fantasy Land, Disney attendance is down and Universal Orlando’s attendance is skyrocketing. It should be obvious to theme park insiders that it has everything to do with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Disney also announced that it is opening a new Star Tours attraction in 2011 at both Disney Land in California and Disney World in Florida. The attraction will continue to be located between the two sets of the Star Wars Trilogies.

Notable anniversaries: the California Grill celebrated its fifteenth with very little fanfare; after all it is the most popular fine dining restaurant at Walt Disney World and in little need of promotion. I suggest if you go make reservations as far in advance as possible to get reservations and one of those coveted window tables. Capone’s Dinner & Show passed its 18th anniversary in August quietly. Plans are to celebrate Capone’s 20th anniversary in 2012 with a new show and an anniversary celebration.

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Spotlight: Universal Studios

Step inside your favorite movies and TV shows at Universal Studios Orlando.  This theme park boasts award-winning rides and attractions – rides for the adventurous, as well as fun for children under 10 – something for the whole family! One of the newest attractions is the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.  This multi-sensory coaster lets you pick your own music and on-board cameras capture your entire experience!

The Revenge of the Mummy ride plunges you into the dark for an action-packed adventure based on the hit movie. The Simpsons Ride sends you soaring and smashing your way thru Krustyland. The JAWS ride brings you face-to-face with the famous great white shark. There are many other great rides including, Men in Black, Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, and E.T. Adventure, which are great fun for all ages. Also fun for all is Shrek 4-D, an interactive fairy tale that lets you feel the action from your seat.

Don’t forget to take a break from all the action and catch a show. Some of the entertaining shows include Animal Actors on Location, which mixes live animal performances, video and audience participation. The little ones will enjoy A Day in the Park with Barney, a sing-along show. The Horror Makeup Show will give you the inside scoop into the make-up and special effects used to create Hollywood’s strangest creatures. The Blues Brothers show will bring back some memories and have you singing and dancing along. One of my favorites is the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue, a live Rock n’ Roll show. There is also the Lucy Tribute to Lucille Ball, and many more great shows to enjoy.

Of course, there are also many dining and shopping options, too many to name here.  Since there IS so much to see and do, Universal is suggesting you purchase a 2-day ticket with park-to-park access if you plan to see both parks.  (Due to the popularity of the Harry Potter ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.)  Another tip is if you stay at an on-site hotel (within walking distance to both Universal parks), you get an Express pass to skip the regular lines (at participating attractions).  But, if you don’t do that, you can still purchase an express pass for the most popular rides: E.T. Adventure, The Simpsons Ride, Jaws, Shrek 4-D, Men in black: Alien Attack and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

Another Orlando Tourist Tip… Always try to buy your tickets online. They’re usually cheaper and save you the headache you’ll get waiting to purchase at the gate.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and even if it doesn’t appear sunny, apply sunscreen throughout the day.

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