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Sharknado, America’s Got Talent may become theme park attractions

Universal Orlando is considering adapting at least two of its networks’ properties–America’s Got Talent and Sharknado–into live theme park stage shows, according to surveys sent to some people as part of its “feedback initiative.”

Screenshots posted to Orlando United and posted by Behind the Thrills say Universal is “thinking about adding a new live show attraction to its theme park line up.” Options include a live Ghostbusters show (YES PLEASE) and one called “NBC Favorites On Stage” featuring “a mixed up cast of characters from iconic programs including Friends, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Office, Cheers, Diff’rent Strokes, and even Alf” (no thanks).

Syfy’s Sharknado, which featured several reality TV star cameos during its summer sequel, would become a 25-minute musical show performed six times a day. The survey says “this live comedy show drips with drama … and sharks! … Guests may get wet, bitten, or worse if our heroes cannot fend off this deadly threat.”

The third Sharknado movie will conclude in Orlando (Syfy said “Sharknado 3 will strike Washington, hit the Eastern Seaboard and then smash into Orlando for the final confrontation), so there’s already some crossover, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the theme park serves as a location for at least part of it.

The America’s Got Talent show would not follow in the tradition of Disney’s now-closed American Idol attraction, which let park guests audition in front of actors-as-judges, and sent its winners on to audition for the real show. Instead, it’d be a 25-minute show that “features acts from performers who have competed for the title in past seasons of the popular television show.” The survey calls it “a true celebration of the American spirit.”

Whether or not these become a reality, it makes sense that Universal, which is part of NBCUniversal (which is owned by Comcast) would use its networks’ popular series in its parks. The America’s Got Talent show in particular could avoid the staleness that seems to plague other shows-as-attractions (see: The American Idol Experience) by rotating acts constantly, and there are certainly plenty of acts to draw from over the series’ nine seasons.

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