Listen, I know the new hotness at Universal Orlando Resort is the Bourne Stuntacular. It raises the bar for what a stunt show should be and you should absolutely see it.
However, during my visit to Universal Studios Florida yesterday I decided to stop in on what I consider to be the funniest theme park show ever: Universal Orlando’s Horror-Makeup Show. If you’ve never seen this classic, you’ve never been to Universal Studios Florida. You learn a little about movie making, it’s in an intimate theater, it’s hilarious and in my book? Perfection.
After seeing this hidden gem over 100 times over the years, I had to know: how were they going to handle the elephant in the room? After all, we are going through an epidemic. The show is roughly half scripted and half improved and the actors have always been very self-aware of what is going on in the theater. They feed off of it to create a show that is consistently funny and entertaining.
Without question, the Horror Make-Up Show I saw yesterday at Universal Orlando was easily the best it’s ever been in the 30 years I’ve been coming to the park. Not in spite of social distancing, masks and being clean, but because of it. We are in a very delicate time right now to say the least. People are on edge, nerves are through the roof and even just being at a theme park is a hot button topic right now.
Universal Orlando Horror Make-Up Show has decided to turn the situation into comedy. Nothing is funny about a pandemic. But how you social distance, put on protective equipment and even use hand sanitizer can be. The cast of the show needs to be commended for being able to walk that tightrope brilliantly. Comedy, even about things we are all on edge about, can not only be tasteful, but genuinely funny if done the right way.
If you feel comfortable enough to venture out to Universal Orlando, the Horror Makeup Show needs to be a priority during your visit. It’s always been a hidden gem in the Orlando theme park world. Currently, they are at the top of their game. Congratulations to the entire team!
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