Free Blue Man Group show, Mardi Gras parade participation and beads among Universal Orlando passholder perks for 2012

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Following last week’s big announcements from Universal Orlando surrounding all the new experiences they’ll be debuting this year, the resort is also offering a variety annual passholder perks for 2012 to entice repeat visits.

One of last week’s announcements was that a new Blue Man Group show is set to debut next month. According to Blue Man Group, the first preview of the new show will be performed at Universal Orlando on February 9th with an official opening on February 24th.

Universal Orlando passholders were offered free tickets for a preview show on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. However, seating was extremely limited (reportedly only 100 tickets were made available) and they are already sold out, long before most passholders even received their newsletters in the mail announcing the offer.

Here’s a glimpse at what the new Blue Man Group show will be:

But beyond Blue Man Group, Universal Orlando passholders can enjoy a few more perks during this year’s Mardi Gras celebration, beginning Feb. 11. On Mardi Gras nights, passholders get 10% off most Mardi Gras food tents, a parade viewing area in Battery Park, and free Mardi Gras beads (normally $10.95 + tax) when showing a receipt after spending $30 on theme park merchandise at either Universal Orlando park between Feb. 11 and April 14.

Passholders can also sign up to ride on a Mardi Gras float, throwing beads and dancing to the music during the parade. Sign-up is at

Other new Universal Orlando annual passholder benefits for 2012 include savings on food and drinks at the new Churrascaria Dining Experience at Latin Quarter in CityWalk, 10% off purchases at Family Art and Galleria Portofino at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and 10% off Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf at CityWalk when it opens in February.

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