GiPad Alert: Do You Know These 10 Things About Blue Man Group?
The past 10 years have been an exciting decade with Universal Orlando Resort and Blue Man Group. The partnership and creative collaboration between our two teams has brought incredible experiences to life for you, our guests.
“Over the last ten years we’ve been honored to work with the Universal Orlando team and have created a truly wonderful community here,” Resident General Manager of Blue Man Group Orlando Ola Wawryn said. “Thanks to our partnership, we’ve been able to give back to the Central Florida community. We are looking forward to growing our partnership over the years to come.”
And let’s be honest, what would we do without them? Blue Man Group’s nightly show in Universal CityWalk draws you into their world of unique music, art and humor and leaves you wanting more.
And more you shall have. Here are 10 things you may not know about Blue Man Group and their time with us.
1. Experiencing Universal – Blue Man Style
Blue Man Group has gone beyond the theater at CityWalk and across our destination throughout the years. From hanging out on top of the globe, to riding Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, and most recently, checking out Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels.
2. You Can Meet a Blue Man!
As part of the Blue Man Group VIP experience, you can come face-to-face (watch out for the paint) with a Blue Man and get a photo with them backstage!
3. Keepin’ It Fresh
One of the great things about Blue Man Group is that, thanks to the guest interactions, every show is different. Over the years, the show has constantly evolved to keep the content fresh.
4. Autism Speaks
Blue Man Group has given back to the community throughout the years, including their work with Autism Speaks. Every year, they perform sensory-friendly shows for individuals and families affected by autism. The next autism-friendly performance here in Orlando is on Dec. 9. Get more info here.
5. They Have Their Own Ice Cream
The 10-year milestone has even found its way to the Cold Stone Creamery in CityWalk with a special Blue Man Group ice cream. Swing by after the show and grab a cup of this sweet treat, Blue Man Scoop, consisting of cotton candy ice cream, white chocolate chips, yellow cake and marshmallows (of course).
6. Shake Your Booty – 65 Different Ways
Over 65 different words are used for “butt” in the show finale. Educational and fun all wrapped in one. Some of my favorites: “Bubble Pop”, “Sonic Boom”, and “Your Carry-On Luggage”.
7. Maintaining That “Just-Stepped-Out-Of-A-Painting” Look
The Blue Men wear a specially-colored grease paint on their heads, which never dries. This allows them to keep a wet and gooey appearance throughout the show. They use 60 cakes of makeup each week, totaling over 3,100 cakes each year!
8. Speaking of Paint…
One of Blue Man Group’s specialties is the art they create with paint during their show. They use over 12 gallons of tempera paint each week, totaling 624 gallons each year. Fun tip: You can purchase a paint-splattered drumhead that’s been used in the show.
9. Marshmallows, Cereal and Chocolate, oh my!
The Blue Men definitely have a sweet tooth. They use around 300 marshmallows per week, or over 16,000 each year; over 20 boxes of cereal each week, totaling over 1,000 boxes each year; and they eat 30 pieces of white chocolate per week, 1,560 throughout the year.
10. That’s One Big Drum
When you think of Blue Man Group, the first thing that comes to mind is probably music.
Resident Musical Director Dave Traver has been with Blue Man Group for 18 years and part of the Universal Orlando show since it opened. “The creative spirit that surrounds the show still hasn’t escaped me and continues to inspire me,” Traver said. “After all these years, the music still resonates with me and I love playing off the energy of our diverse audience here at Universal Orlando.”
To create this epic music, 47 instruments are used in the show, 26 of which are drums. The Big Drum in the show is 60” in diameter, and the mallets that are used are custom built in-house.
Cheers to 10 years of cereal and marshmallows, late arrivals, paint splatters, and rockin’ music! Ten years’ worth of Universal Orlando visitors know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it’s your turn.