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Blue Man Group appears on the way to CityWalk Orlando

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Published: November 8, 2006 at 12:10 PM

Universal Orlando will announce tomorrow morning a major new entertainment act coming to the resort. Putting two and two together, it's likely Blue Man Group, which will be getting its own new theater in CityWalk, much as like Cirque du Soleil has at Downtown Disney.

The Blue Man Group news has been rumored for months, and was all but confirmed by a BMG insider on the TPI discussion board last month.

I first saw Blue Man Group in its original show off-off-Broadway in New York. (Trivia time: I sat directly behind Ron Howard. My friends had been making jokes about this bald guy in front of us watching the Blue Man Group -- who are each, spectacularly, bald. Then, after the show, the bald guy stands up, turns around, and we see that he's none other but Mr. Opie Cunningham. I bust out laughing and he glared at us. Good times!) Back on topic... I can't wait to see this show again. BMG and Cirque provide the most original, engaging and entertaining shows I've ever seen. Having them both in Orlando will be a real treat for theme park visitors and Central Florida residents.

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Which brings me to Part Two of today's post. Living in Southern California, I just can't get to theme park media events like this in Orlando and elsewhere on the east coast and midwest. (Not to mention Europe and Japan!) Nevertheless, I would like to see them covered on Theme Park Insider. These events can be great opportunities to get pictures, concept art, fact sheets and, most important, interviews for the site. The events I've attended in here SoCal, such as at Legoland and Universal Studios Hollywood, have helped inform TPI readers about upcoming new attractions.

So, I'd like to get more coverage of these press events. And I am asking Theme Park Insider readers to help. So here's the new plan. Whenever I get an invitation to a press event I cannot attend myself, I will post a note here on the Blog Flume. The first eligible reader who volunteers will get the gig to go cover the event.

So who's eligible? There are three criteria: One, you must live within a short drive of the event's location, since we're not paying expenses to cover it. Two, you must be a registered Theme Park Insider member who is posting to the site under his/her full, real name. (That's my journalism background there. If you're going to represent the site at an industry function, you can't do so anonymously.) And, three, you must have posted to TPI about the park, such as updating a description on a park listing page or submitting a Blog Flume news entry or a thoughtful comment. (In other words, no lurkers or first-time posters.)

I reserve the right to exclude volunteers if I think that they are not up to the task. After all, this does require some work. You'll have to attend the event, on time, and file a Blog Flume report to TPI by the end of the day, including a description, a photo or two and, I hope, a short interview with one of the speakers. (And don't worry, I'll e-mail you plenty of guidance in advance.)

The benefit to you is insider's access backstage at your favorite theme park, the first official look at a new attraction and a chance to talk with the people who are making it happen.

Finally, a note to the theme park PR people who read the site: If you've stopped sending Theme Park Insider your press event invites because I haven't been able to attend in the past, please put us back on your list. As you've just read, I'll be sending site members I've vetted to cover these events, and we'd love to get the news from these events out to our other readers quickly. Our address for press releases, event invitations and media kits is:

Robert Niles, Editor
ThemeParkInsider.com
315 S Sierra Madre Blvd, Suite C
Pasadena, CA 91107

And you can e-mail me directly using our feedback form. Thanks!

Readers' Opinions

From Tony Moore on November 9, 2006 at 9:41 AM
What a wonderful attraction for City Walk! I saw the group's Complex Rock Tour show & have always been a huge fan. Good luck to BMG & City Walk.
From maddie m on November 9, 2006 at 2:59 PM
Any confirmation on Blue Man Group having a permanent location @ City Walk? I would travel to Florida rather than NY to see them in concert even though I live in Philadelphia :)
From scott sorensen on November 9, 2006 at 4:17 PM
I think this will be a wonderful fit for both Universal and BMG - a situation where everyone benefits. Caught BMG in Vegas last winter and found it to be an incredible show. The prices listed on the Universal website are very reasonable and much less than what I paid for the show in Vegas. They are likely marketing towards the family experience.
From Erik Yates on November 9, 2006 at 4:34 PM
Yes, it was confirmed today that Blue Man Group will take over the old Nickelodeon Studios building. The building will be revamped into a 1000 seat auditorium that will be accessable from both CityWalk and USF. Work is supposed to be done by May with a June opening date, for which, tickets are already on sale.
From Phillip Florendo on November 9, 2006 at 5:10 PM
Wow. As a Blue Man fan, I am pleasantly shocked at these ticket prices. $45 for daytime shows, $55 for evening shows. Prices haven't been that low for Blue Man shows in YEARS. If they really plan to do 15 shows a week (2-a-day Sun-Fri, 3 on Saturday), that'll be awesome. Only a tourist spot like CityWalk Orlando would allow them to do that. Even Las Vegas only gets 8 shows a week. but that theatre is about 2 times bigger than what Orlando is likely getting. And no, that's not a bad thing. Blue Man works best in smaller theater. Orlando's Blue Man theater will be 1000. Good size. I am really happy about this news. And the June opening date is quite a surprise, too. Back to Orlando I go!
From Diana Weiss on November 10, 2006 at 5:22 AM
I think that is so cool that you would let one of us take your spot in events. What a great opportunity for us. Unfortunately, I live in Texas and I don't meet the requirements but if you ever need anyone to do Sea World SA or Schlitterbaun, I am your girl!!! Good luck!
From rafael guzman on November 10, 2006 at 10:04 AM
well, i live in so cal, about 15 minutes from pasadena, i am a business owner, so i have the ability to not work if i want too. if there is ever anything around here that yo can not make it too, ill do it, i ave no problem with it.
From Robert Niles on November 10, 2006 at 12:24 PM
Just keep reading the site on a regular basis, to see announcements in the Blog Flume about events I need someone to cover. I don't want to limit us to SoCal/Orlando events, either. I'd love to get more coverage of outstanding regional parks, such as BGE, Cedar Point, SFGAdv, Dollywood and Kings Island, on the site.

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