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    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Apparently fear is not a factor when it comes to melding a TV reality show with a theme park attraction.

    An audience-participation show based on the NBC show Fear Factor will open in May at the Universal Studios theme parks in Hollywood and Orlando, Fla., the company said.

    The Fear Factor Live show is an example of the kind of corporate synergy resulting from NBC's purchase of Universal in 2003. The deal combined the television network with Universal's movie studio, cable channels and theme parks.

    "We've always looked at Fear Factor as kind of a theme park ride on television," NBC Universal Television Group chief Jeff Zucker said. "It made sense to extend that brand into the theme parks."

    The attraction will pit theme park guests against each other in a series of extreme stunts that will replicate the physical and culinary challenges seen on the TV series, the company said.

    The exact nature of the stunts has not been disclosed, although participants could be hung from harnesses and challenged to eat unappetizing concoctions, the company said. But contestants will not eat live bugs, as they do on TV.

    "We worked closely with the producers of the TV show to come up with a slate of stunts and challenges," said Scott Trowbridge, executive vice-president of creative development at Universal Parks and Resorts.

    "We are going to put our guests in situations where they will come face to face with nasty, weird stuff," he said. "Are we going to go as gross as the show? No. But you don't have to resort to live bugs to test people's limits."

    The attraction will be held in a theatre that holds about 1,800 people. Six people will be chosen to compete while other audience members will be given roles, such as shooting water or air at contestants or controlling some of the obstacles on stage.

    Several shows will be held throughout the day, including shows featuring entire families, couples, twins, and other combinations. Winners will receive prizes and some contestants may be given the chance to appear in the NBC show, Trowbridge said.

    Morphing a TV show into a theme park ride has been done before. The Walt Disney Co. turned the ABC quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire into a live audience participation show at some of its parks.

    And Universal has led the way when it comes to turning movies such as Backdraft and Shrek into theme park attractions.

    So far, NBC has no plans to turn any of its other shows into theme park attractions, although all options are open.

    "If this one works, maybe someone will be saying 'You're fired' at a theme park," Zucker joked, referring to the Donald Trump show The Apprentice.

    January 17, 2005
    By: Gary Gentile
    Source: Canada.com
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    in my humble opinion this is going way too far. this is defintely something i wont be doing.

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    Just another reason for me to stick with my Disney World!

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    I just saw a demonstration of the "Universal Fear Factor" show on the Today show. It really looks like fun, of course it would not be for the faint at heart, so many of you would not like it. One person, in this case Al Roker was attached by a safety harness to a wire suspended in air were he attempted to toss those little feeder fish (the ones used at Sea World, can't think of their name) to his partner who was on the ground trying to catch them in a bucket as he swung by.
    It was like being on a swing throwing fish (he was wearing latex gloves) at your partner.
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    i so totally agree. i know some people like universal but I prefer the mouse.


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    It might be intersting i'm not really sure though.
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    It would be different. I don't know that I would want to be chosen though.
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    It sounds cool I wonder what other NBC based rides they have planned.

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    It really dosnt seem like a family show so I dont know about this one!
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    Sounds really neat, something that no one else really offers. I guess I will have to make a trip out there this year. Cathe you want to be catching or throwing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyland1955
    Sounds really neat, something that no one else really offers. I guess I will have to make a trip out there this year. Cathe you want to be catching or throwing
    I'll throw, not catch.

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    This sounds like it could definitely work. I am not so sure that I would want to be chosen but I would love to be the one squirting the water (or whatever) at let's say....my nephew. HEEHEEHEE This attraction will definitely appeal to that demographic...teenagers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyland1955
    Sounds really neat, something that no one else really offers. I guess I will have to make a trip out there this year. Cathe you want to be catching or throwing
    Oh, I think I'll let you hang from the harness and throw! (remember, I've seen you toss bread rolls at guests on PotC boats from the Blue Bayou!)
    I'll stay on the ground and catch!
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  14. The problem I have with Fear Factor is they hurt animals and insects. No living creature should be hurt for fun. They where eating live insects on Fear Factor when I first heard about the show. I also have heard that seals and other animals have been hurt on purpose in that show. I hope Universal does not do this. Animals and Insects like Humans can feel pain and suffering and we should not hurt them for fun.

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