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Photo Gallery: Transformers Ride Soft-Opens at Universal Studios Florida

May 31, 2013
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Transformers The Ride 3-D isn't scheduled to officially open at Universal Studios Florida until June 20th, but between 7:15 and 8pm last night a limited number of visitors were allowed to experience the $100 million virtual-reality ride. This was the first of many anticipated “soft-open” technical rehearsals for the new attraction, which should continue...
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Film Review: Jurassic Park 3-D

April 4, 2013
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Film Review: Jurassic Park 3-D

Twenty years, two diminishing-returns sequels, multiple theme park attractions, and endless merchandising may have conspired to dull your memory of that magical first viewing of Jurassic Park. The 1993 sci-fi adventure, adapted from Michael Crichton's thoughtful thriller about chaos theory and genetic engineering, was in a way the last gasp of director Steven Spielberg's...
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Photo Gallery: Universal Orlando Announces Transformers Ride for Summer 2013

November 2, 2012
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Photo Gallery: Universal Orlando Announces Transformers Ride for Summer 2013

Last night, Universal Studios Florida let the least uncertain cat since Schroedeger's out of the bag, and finally admitted that the massive structure under construction in the middle of the park is indeed the future home of Transformers: The Ride. Theme park industry insiders have been predicting for months that the rapidly advancing (but...
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Photo Gallery: Universal’s Mysterious Soundstage 44 Project

August 2, 2012
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Photo Gallery: Universal’s Mysterious Soundstage 44 Project

A few weeks ago in Live Active Cultures, I commented on the rapid and unexpected demolition of Universal Studios Florida's long-dormant Soundstage 44 (once home to Murder, She Wrote and Hercules & Xena special effects demonstrations), and quipped that I'd lay coin on a year-round haunted house being constructed on the spot. Luckily, I...
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Video: Grand Opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

July 3, 2012
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Video: Grand Opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Yesterday morning (Monday 7/2/2012) Universal Studios Florida celebrated the debut of their new 3-D simulator ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem with a “yellow carpet” grand opening ceremony. Yellow Minions pranced, local schoolchildren danced, and disco music blared as journalists and fans wilted watching under the blazing sun. You can read my take on the...
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Universal’s Spider-Man Ride Repoens In Hi-Def

March 10, 2012
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Universal’s Spider-Man Ride Repoens In Hi-Def

When the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride debuted with the opening of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure park in 1999, it instantly set a new standard for integrating 3-D imagery with motion simulation and physical effects in an an amusement attraction. Spidey (as it is known by its many fans) was widely considered the...
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Universal Orlando Announces “Despicable Me” and upgraded “Spiderman” for 2012

May 19, 2011
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Universal Orlando Announces “Despicable Me” and upgraded “Spiderman” for 2012

  In an invitation-only press webcast this morning, Universal Orlando Resort announced two new projects for 2012. For several weeks, they teased the reveal through social media, advertising that one would be a new ride, and the other an upgrade to an existing attraction.  In a move that surprised almost no one in the...
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Ms. Helfer will not be shaking hands

October 10, 2010
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Ms. Helfer will not be shaking hands

I had honestly hoped to bring you all sorts of geek-flick news from the New York Comic-Con, but with the latest of their constant calendar changes having put the thing in early fall, major “gets” were as few and far between on the schedule as I feared. This just isn’t a time of year...
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