Just when you thought we had heard enough from Universal Orlando there is some exciting new info leaking out.  Lots more in fact. Rumors are swirling internally about the Blue Man Group’s ultimate demise and what might take its place.  We then explore the possibilities that could arise from the construction happening in front of The Simpsons Ride.  Plus, we take in some more holiday cheer Universal style and scope out the latest progress at both Transformers and Harry Potter.

FEELING BLUE

We wish we had better news to report about the struggling Blue Man Group show, but it is not to be.  The show was initially well received when it debuted but people began to quickly lose interest.  A recent reworking of the show didn’t help much and it is still rumored to be missing all sales targets.

So what will happen?  While nothing is certain yet, there’s some discussion floating around the resort that a 30 minute stage version of the musical Wicked might be headed to Orlando.

Universal Creative has been interested in presenting a musical in the theater for day guests for a while now. When the theme park version of Wicked finished its run at the Universal Osaka park in 2010, all of the props and sets were carefully packed up and shipped to Universal Orlando for storage. Recently the facade for the Blue Man Group show was changed from a mural to what boils down to a giant sticker that can easily be replaced.  All of this information, along with the addition of a new gate that would give access to the theatre leads us to believe that Blue Man Group’s time is running out and the space could soon be used as another way to plus the Studios park during a phase of unprecedented expansion.

We are keeping an ear open on this rumor. Would you be happy to exchange the extra cost Blue Man show for an included theme park version of Wicked?

THE SIMPSONS

All of the vending booths that lined the area near The Simpsons Ride have been relocated and are now back in business.

So what is happening in front of the ride now?  It appears everything is behind construction walls for a reworking of the rumored Kwik-E-Mart facility and the addition of a Moe’s Tavern and Krusty Burger.  The walls stretch to cover a rather large area and there is even some work going on along the waterfront.

Even during construction, the Simpsons meet and greets are popular.

We see here that walls line the waterfront near The Simpsons Ride.

CHRISTMAS

Here we are just a few weeks from the beginning of the Christmas season at Universal Studios Orlando.  All is becoming festive with more cheer every day.

But, this year, for the first time ever, Universal will be hosting two separate parades each day.  The Superstar Parade will run during the first half of the day, and later, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will take to the streets.  It is impressive to see Universal upping the entertainment ante as well.

NEW SHREK COSTUME

A new Shrek costume has made its debut in the park.  It seems to be a lot more stable and less prone to wardrobe malfunctions that often left the performer headless.

TRANSFORMERS

We can’t help but notice the massive Transformers construction site.  This ride is being built at a record speed with 24/7 construction efforts to ensure completion by Summer 2013.  An unprecedented move on the part of Universal and one that is very likely to pay off for them.

HARRY POTTER

Nothing discernible has appeared from the yet unnamed construction in the area that used to be Amity Island.  We are certain this is Harry Potter expansion though.  It seems that only basic structures are going up at this time.

REVENGE OF THE MUMMY

We round things out with some good news at the Revenge of the Mummy coaster.  All of the projectors have been replaced with digital 4k projectors.  The story may also soon be reworked a bit as well. Starting with the queue and removing Brandon Fraser and reworking the story to compliment the new mummy movie installment coming out in 2015.  Regardless of  whether or not the the story changes happen, the projector changes have already improved the attraction.

There you have it folks.  Blue Man might be on the chopping block, Two parades a day during the holidays and The Simpsons area seems to be expanding.  please be sure to check back for any more breaking news from Universal Orlando by checking the Orlando Parkhopper main page.