Universal Orlando 2012 Attractions/Entertainment

Today, was the big day at Universal Studios Orlando as it was today that they officially named all of the new for 2012 attractions and entertainment that the community has been following since last year. To see the official post click here.

Each of the following topics will be covered in this post:

-Despicable Me

-Daytime parade

-Nighttime show

(I apologize in advance for the insane length of this post.)

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

We already knew this was coming, but we didn’t know much else. Fortunately today they released some concept art and a video giving the world a sneak peek at what’s to come this summer.

Join Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes—and of COURSE the mischievous minions—on an unforgettable 3-D ride experience! When Gru recruits you for his latest scheme, you’ll become a minion! It’s a hysterical mix of chaos and family fun for everyone!

Begin the adventure in Gru’s super-villain home where you’ll undergo “minion training.” In typical Gru fashion things take a wacky twist, with you and your family landing in a laugh-out-loud adventure that ends with an interactive dance party where you can show off your best moves.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

Here’s something Universal hasn’t done in a while, a parade! Aimed at a younger audience, this parade will feature characters from Despicable Me, HOP, Spongebob Squarepants, Dora, and more!

Sing, dance, and clap along with some of your favorite characters like the minions from Despicable Me, E.B. from Hop and Nickelodeon’s Dora & Diego and SpongeBob SquarePants in this live, interactive parade! Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy performances and character meet and greets prior to the parade at select locations throughout the day.

And now the news everyone has been waiting for….

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories

Along the lines of World of Color at Disney California Adventure, this nighttime spectacular involves shooting fountains, vibrant lighting, and of course the thing that made Universal what it is today; movies. Opening this spring, it will be a spectacle not to be missed.

Relive Universal Pictures’ most beloved films during this multi-media nighttime show that projects legendary movie clips onto cutting-edge waterfall screens. Narrated by award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, the experience will take you on a journey through epic cinematic moments filled with heroes, horror, laughter, good, evil and triumph.

Having personally seen World of Color, it will be interesting to see how this compares to it on many levels. Because WOC is focussed on the fountains and less on the movies, using the movies as a backboard for them, and Universal’s looks like the fountains are to enhance the movies.

Between Seaworld, Disney, Universal, and Legoland, 2012 is shaping up to be a VERY big year.

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