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Going from “Boo!” to Blue at the Universal Orlando Resort

Going from “Boo!” to Blue at the Universal Orlando Resort

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Still working your way through the last of the Halloween candy, eh? Well, before we all totally transition away from trick-or-treating to Turkey Time, I’ll share a Halloween Horror Night-related story that you may have missed.

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zone
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Do you recall the theme of this year’s fright fest at Universal Studios Florida? “Ripped From the Silver Screen,” right? Given that USF’s 2009 event celebrated monsters from the movies, it’s only appropriate that -- during its last few nights of operation – this year’s HHN featured a “Coming Attraction” for its 20th anniversary, which will run from September through October 2010 at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Blue Man Group
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So, if you managed to make your way back to Sting Alley (Which is located in that theme park’s New York section) during the last few days of last month, you would have discovered the brand-new “Shadows of the Past” scare zone. In this scare zone, all sorts of hosts from previous Halloween Horror Nights including Jack the Clown from 2000’s “Not Afraid of the Dark? You Don’t Know Jack” and the Caretaker from 2002’s “Islands of Fear” turned out to terrorize attendees.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando
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Should we consider this last minute addition to “Ripped from the Silver Screen” a taste of what’s to come in 2010? The folks in the Universal Show Development department aren’t talking. But given that they actually began planning for Halloween Horror Nights’ 20th anniversary back during the Summer of 2008, I think that it’s safe to say that USF has something spectacularly terrifying up its sleeve. So if you’re a fan of fright, you’d best make plans to be here next year between September and October. And – come to think of it – I think I know a company that can set you up with some discounted Halloween Horror Night tickets.

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zone
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But that was last month. Now, the only odd looking individuals that you’ll find lurking around the Universal Orlando Resort is that trio of turquoise performers who appear nightly in CityWalk’s Blue Man Group show.

Blue Man Group at Universal's City Walk in Orlando
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If you haven’t yet experienced this live stage show, well, words can’t really describe what Blue Man Group is like. There are so many truly surreal moments that – at times – this live stage show feels like an elaborate piece of performance art. But at the same time, due to all of the live music and onstage silliness, a Blue Man Group performance is immediately accessible to people of all ages.

Blue Man Group at Universal's City Walk in Orlando Florida
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I know, I know. You hear that all the time when it comes to stage shows. But the Blue Man Group show (as it’s currently being presented at UOR’s Sharp AQUOS Theater) truly does have mass appeal. Kids ages 5 and up will enjoy all the drumming on PVC pipes as well as the lights, color and spectacle. The grown-ups in the group will enjoy Blue Man Group’s subversive humor and social commentary.

Blue Man Group in Orlando Florida
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Trust me, folks. After a day of traipsing around theme parks, where you stood politely in line to board the next ride, show or attraction before spending the night at CityWalk, experiencing the Blue Man Group, and letting this multimedia extravaganza wash you over is the perfect thing to do mid-vacation. This long-running live stage show will re-energize you and make you think.

Blue Man Group in Orlando Florida
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At the very least, Blue Man Group will now make it possible to sit next to Uncle Ed at Thanksgiving dinner (You know, that boring relative of yours who always talks ‘til he’s blue in the face?). Now all of his unending chatter will at least remind you of a spectacularly fun night that you spent in Orlando.

Blue Man Group in Orlando Florida
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Okay. That’s enough talk of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Come back on Thursday and I’ll explain how some of Orlando’s biggest attractions are getting ready for Christmas.

Universal Studios Blue Man Group Orlando Florida
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Orlando Fun Tickets is located less than 2 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort, 2 lights west of I-4 at 8472 Palm Parkway. Their office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For further information, please call 866-225-4712 and/or check out the official Orlando Fun Tickets website.

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