NOTE: Since 2012, when we first unveiled Merlin’s plans to acquire the nation of Sprotsolovlia, InPark has annually participated in the journalistic tradition of posting satirical fiction on April 1. What follows is our April Fools’ Day news piece for 2017.
Orlando, FL, USA (April 1, 2017) — Universal Orlando Resort today announced the most expensive single attraction in its history. Set to replace Revenge of the Mummy in the New York section of the Resort’s Universal Studios Florida park, MONK: The Multi-Sensory Experience, takes park guests on a whirlwind adventure through San Francisco with former police detective Adrian Monk from the famed NBCUniversal television show.
Guests start their journey in the interactive queue. Using Universal’s original Virtual Line technology, they’ll enter Monk’s San Francisco apartment, where they can spend as much or as little time as they wish sanitizing after other guests with the attraction’s one-of-a-kind antibacterial squeegee bottles and cloths.
Once guests are done helping create “the most hygenic preshow in any attraction,” they’ll board trackless dark ride vehicles for a ride through Monk’s phobias. Along the way, they’ll be splashed with milk, get stuck in an elevator, experience giant feet, and enter a patented enclosed space being specially designed by Universal’s creative geniuses, where they won’t be able to tell where they and their ride vehicles end and the walls to the corridor begin.
At the end of the ride, guests will enter the MonkShop, where they’ll be able to purchase a large selection of vaccum-sealed Monk merchandise. Cleaning supplies will also be available for purchase.
According to Bill Davis, President & COO of the Universal Orlando Resort, “Together with Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, MONK: The Multi-Sensory Experience showcases the best of Universal and NBC’s television programs. From those that miss our old interactive Murder She Wrote attraction to those younger guests who are OCD and just want to clean, this attraction has something for everyone!”
Tony Shalhoub, who played Adrian Monk during the show’s eight season run, says, “This is the most exciting thing to happen to me since winning my Golden Globe and having that cameo part in Men in Black!”
Revenge of the Mummy will offer its final rides on August 27. The $3.2 billion MONK: The Multi-Sensory Experience is scheduled to open February 2018.
About Universal Orlando Resort
For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.
Universal Orlando’s theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. And in early summer 2017, Universal Orlando will open its third park, Universal’s Volcano Bay – an entirely new water theme park experience. Universal’s on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk’s newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.