- Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre
infobox Universal ride
name=Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre
Universal Orlando Resort
caption= Entrance to Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre.
land=Universal CityWalk Orlando
Blue Man Group
June 6, 2007
Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre (Also known as Blue Man Group at the Sharp Aquos Theatre or simply Blue Man Group [citenews|url=http://www.universalorlando.com/bmg_overview.html|title=Attraction page for Blue Man Group|author=
Universal Parks & Resorts|publisher= Universal Orlando Resort] ) is an attraction located at Universal Orlando Resort. The attraction opened June 6, 2007[cite web|url=http://www.orlandorocks.com/info.asp?location=citywalk&attraction=blueman&type=overview|title=Universal Citywalk Blue Man Group|work=Orlando Rocks|accessdate=2008-07-08] in the former Nickelodeon Studiosbuilding, that is now part of Universal's Citywalk. Along with Blue Man Group, the remainder of the former Nickelodeon Studiosbuilding is currently occupied by FSNand Sun Sports, for their television production needs, however, this area is not accessible to guests.
Ticket and group options
Unlike It's buildings previous location, the show is not complimentary as are the rides and attractions at
Universal Studios Floridaand Islands of Adventure, and instead holds an exterior ticket boothwhere visitors may purchase individual tickets for the performance. The tickets cost $64.00 - $74.00 for ages 10 to Adult and $54.00 - $64.00 for ages 3 to 9 depending upon the show time for the selected performance. [citenews|url=http://www.universalorlando.com/bmg_buy_tickets.html#tickets|title=Ticket options for Blue Man Group|author= Universal Parks & Resorts|publisher= Universal Orlando Resort] In addition to normal ticket options, there is also a special choice for Floridaresidents which includes hotel accommodations at Universal Orlando Resort, and costs $89.00 for both adults and children. [citenews|url=http://www.universalorlando.com/bmg_fl_res.html#flres|title=Florida Residents Options for Blue Man Group|author= Universal Parks & Resorts|publisher= Universal Orlando Resort] The resort allows ages 3 - Adult permitted into the show, but However, does not recommend the show for ages under 3. Adults accompnying children under 3 must speak to the front desk at the theatre to allow this age group into the show. There is no formal dress code for the show and casual clothing is permitted, though guests wearing damp or wet clothing will not be permitted into the theatre.
History and design
The Sharp Aquos Theatre began construction in November 2006, shortly after the announcement that
Blue Man Groupwould be occupying the building. The theatre is contained within Sound Stage 18, which was occupied by Nickelodeon Studiosfrom 1990-2005.Fact|date=September 2008 The soundstage was home to shows such as Slime Time Live, Figure It Out, and Double Dare 2000in recent years. In 2005, the sound stage was used for "Where Evil Hides," a haunted house for Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights: Tales of Terror event. [citenews|url=http://www.hhnvault.com/haunts/locations.htm|title=Halloween Horror Nights Haunted House Locations|author= HHN Vault.com|website=HHN Vault.com] The theater is located between the Hard Rock Cafeand the main entrance to Universal Studios Florida.cite web|url=http://www.universalorlando.com/bmg_faqs.html|title=Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando: FAQs|accessdate=2008-07-07 ]
On November 9, 2006,
Universal Orlandoannounced that Blue Man Groupwould be occupying the soundstage in a new, unnamed theatre, which in May 2007 became the Sharp Aquos Theatre.cite web|url=http://media.universalorlando.com/newsreleases/detail.aspx?id=63&categoryID=10|title=News Releases|accessdate=2008-07-07|work=Universal Orlando Resort Media Site] The 1,000 seat theatre features a 30 foot Blue Man facade and is accessible both from the Universal Citywalk as well as the Universal Studios theme park. [cite web|url=http://www.wftv.com/events/13383142/detail.html|work=WFTV.com|accessdate=2008-07-07|title=Orlando Events, Central Florida Events, Festivals, Concerts, Movies, Arts, Entertainment] In preparation for the rezoning of the building into Citywalk, a walkway was constructed between the Universal Studios park and the resorts Hard Rock Cafewhich would allow guests to enter the Theatre without paying the admission to the theme park, while the former Nickelodeon Studios entrance at the theme park was turned into an exit from the park to the theate's exterior, with an attendant stationed at the exit. The theater has 13 ADA seats throughout to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Assistance for the hearing and vision impaired is also available.
The theatre's seating diagram is organized into 5 different "zones." The "Poncho" zone consists of the first four rows of the theatre. It bears this name because of the ponchos that are in each seat of the zone as guests take their seats. This is due to the possibility of materials leaving the stage. [cite web|url=http://www.cfnews13.com/Entertainment/HeyJohn/2007/5/31/blue_man_group_aquos_theater.html|work=Central Florida News 13|title=Aquos Theater|accessdate=2008-07-07] The other zones, Zones 1-4, are arranged to provide the best possible view of the show no matter where you sit. [cite web|url=http://www.universalorlando.com/bmg_buy_tickets.html|title=Florida Attraction Tickets: Blue Man Group at Universal|accessdate=2008-07-07]
Universal Orlando Resort has released this official synopsis:
Since it opened in 2007, the Sharp Aquos Theatre has been a new permanent home for
Blue Man Group. The show features some of the same humor and routines from the other Blue Man shows in the United States, as well as new routines and components not seen in any other show. [cite web|url=http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_stage_theat/2007/06/blue_man_group_.html|title='Blue Man Group' rocks Orlando|accessdate=2008-07-07|work=Orlando Sentinel] The set list ends with a remix finale of I Feel Love, unlike the shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas, which end with Last Train To Transcentral. [cite web|url=http://www.blueman.com/about/faqs|work=BlueMan.com|accessdate=2008-07-08|title=Blue Man FAQs] Each show lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Before entering the theatre which holds the show itself, guests enter a Blue Man Group themed lobby for the Sharp Aquos Theatre which features full concessions with snacks, cold drinks, and cocktails. Merchandise is also sold in the lobby store.
The refreshments stand features a themed bar, with the Blue Man "specialty" drink, Electric Blue Lemonade, which is available in alcoholic and non alcoholic versions. It also features other mixed drinks, as well as snacks.
The lobby also features eight Sharp Aquos televisions of different sizes. Five of these monitors display a video of various
Blue Man Groupscenes, including scenes from their Las Vegas, New York, and Orlando shows. The other televisions display a live feed of the show as it occurs, for guests who may be in the lobby and not want to miss anything.
The Sharp Aquos Theatre also contains a large space for private events and meetings. This space is located behind the concessions and merchandise areas of the Sharp Aquos Lobby, and is accessible from the lobby and from outside of the building. This area is the former "Game Lab" portion of
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