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---In early 2012 we lost Jaws at Universal Studios.
Jaws closes it's doors for the last time.
Old Penguin Encounter:
---In January. President Obama visited the Magic Kingdom to make a speech on tourism. Main Street was closed for several hours in the morning and a special backstage path decorated with parade floats took guest from Main St to Tomorrowland. Guest were only able to see the President's speech live feed from the Hall of Presidents attraction in Liberty Square
Main St at Magic Kingdom closed:
Clean-up after President's visit on main St:
---A Major announcement on upcoming new things at Universal Orlando was made for the 100 years of Movie Memories, Year to be here campaign:
New Blue Man Group show
Enhanced Spiderman Ride (High Def.)
A new Superstar Parade
Universal Cinematic Spectacular (night time show)
A new Despicable Me attraction ( replaced Jimmy Neutron)
A New mini golf area at Citywalk Hollywood Drive -In
Skytower at SeaWorld:
Mickey and Minnie in Pajamas:
Dance the night away Party with goofy:
SW also put in place a new system for the trainers to enter the secured side gates during the shows. Trainers would need to scan something on their wrist to gain access. It would beep until the door is closed if left open.
SW also replaced plastic bags with 100% recycled brown bags when making any purchase at SW
---In May, Universal debuts two new shows. Universal Cinematic Spectacular (nighttime lagoon show) & Superstar Parade.
It also brought a new photo op with the characters on the floats. Several times during each day the floats come out to meet guests. Sponge
Bob Party Zone: Universal Cinematic Spectacular:
---StarWars weekend at Hollywood Studios.
Celebrity Motorcade: ---Also in May, a brush fire concerned some guests visiting some of the Disney parks as thick smoke could be seen near Disney property.
---After closing earlier in 2012 Big thunder mountain in the Magic Kingdom re-opened with new track (same layout) and some enhancements to the ride and queue.
On-ride Big Thunder Mountain :
---The Magic Memories and You summer edition with Phineas and Ferb:
---At the end of May, a section of Disney's newest resort opened. Across from Pop Century the Art of Animation. The resort opened in phases with Finding Nemo first.
---In June, we said goodbye to Snow White at the Magic Kingdom. It will be a Princess Hall (meet and greet) opening next year. 7 Dwarfs mine train is in the works for the New Fantasyland.
---Islands of Adventure began testing new Ride Reservation devices in the summer for guest purchasing Universal Express. It has also been seen at Universal recently.
Also, a new photo station in the Jurassic Park section in-front of the t-Rex
---We also said goodbye to soudstage 44 at Universal, which we now know will be Transformers. It used to be the site of the Back to the Future Delorean which was moved to another spot. SS44 was quickly demolished and today, construction. continue day and night
--- At Disney's Animal Kingdom certain parts under the tree of life was closed for several days due to high winds knocking down part of the tree. Disney placed netting on all the pathways under the tree today.
Part 2 What Happened around the parks in 2012