New at Universal Studios Orlando

Having just blogged about what is new at Walt Disney World in 2013, we also wanted to give equal time to the other world class parks in Central Florida – SeaWorld Orlando® and Universal Resort Orlando®.

What’s New at Universal Studios Orlando 2013?

Theme park insiders are abuzz about the smash hit ride – Transformers: The Ride – 3D that will be coming to Orlando in the summer of 2013. The ride has been hugely popular at the Universal Studios parks in Hollywood, California and in Singapore. The thrilling ride is described as riding in a 12 person Transformer transporter vehicle through streets and cityscape. The streetscapes are projected onto 14 different screens that produce the animated experience. The dramatic scenes feature Optimus Prime and the Autobots pitted against the Decepticons to save the world. The Transformers 3D ride will be one of top new attractions for Universal in several years.

Although not a first time event, Universal Orlando features a great new for its Mardi Gras celebration. The 2013 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras celebration runs from February 9 to April 20, 2013. 14 nights of musical performances will be highlighted by a live appearance by Orlando’s own – Matchbox Twenty on March 16th. The Mardi Gras theme party runs select nighs and includes a family friendly South Louisiana street party and music, beads and parades. Authentic Louisiana cuisine will also be an attraction in the park during those nights.

What’s New at SeaWorld Orlando in 2013?

The big news for 2013 at SeaWorld Orlando is the May 24th 2013 opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. According to SeaWorld President Terry Prather, this new attraction is all about connecting people to their natural world. This will be a big new attraction at SeaWorld in 2013.

Education about the environment and more specifically learning about the natural habitat of penguins has never been more fun. The attraction will actually let you walk with penguins and experience their environment. In fact, the physical environment of this venue will be one of the coldest known to man and feature the most number of penguins in one area of the world outside of Antarctica.

2013 promises to be another new year of exciting park expansions for Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando.


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