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'AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL'S PLAYLAND' NOW OPEN AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

 'AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL'S PLAYLAND' NOW OPEN AT
 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA
 ORLANDO, Fla., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- From a thrilling escapade in a sardine can along a 200-foot-long water slide, to a live musical stage show and pyrotechnic extravaganza, starring giant two-story tall Tiger alongside Fievel Mousekewitz and friends, "An American Tail: Fievel's Playland" offers the young and the young-at-heart an adventure as experienced in Fievel's movie world. The 18,000-square-foot free-play area opened today at Universal Studios Florida.
 Fred Savage, star of "The Wonder Years," Bill Smitrovich of "Life Goes On," Phillip Glasser, the endearing voice of Fievel Mousekewitz and Olympic downhill skier Billy Kidd joined hundreds of children including Special Olympians for opening ceremonies at the Playland. Celebrities were also on hand last night during a fundraiser for Special Olympics sponsored by Universal Studios Florida.
 Based on Steven Spielberg's popular animated classics "An American Tail" and "An American Tail II: Fievel Goes West," "Fievel's Playland" is a three-dimensional adventure amidst giant props and sets. The film "An American Tail" is the story of a young mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz who has been separated from his family during a long journey to America. After arriving, he sets out on a quest to find his family and build a new home that is safe from cats. In Fievel's Playland, visitors are transformed into a mouse-sized universe populated by the stars of the films.
 Guests crawl through a giant cowboy boot, jump into a campfire skillet, bounce under a 1,000-gallon cowboy hat, and slide down the horn of a 19th century gramophone. And the fun is just beginning: another slide -- in the form of a Gulliver-sized harmonica -- makes music as children glide down the keys.
 Tiger, the misplaced, warm, lovable cat from the movie, towers over guests and strikes up a personal conversation with all who approach him. The giant state-of-the-art cinebotic (a combination of robotics and the cinema) stands nearly two-stories tall.
 A truly interactive adventure, Fievel's Playland features a 15-foot leaky canteen, Chula's 30-foot spider web along with a skeleton of buffalo bones which beckons children to come climb. A 35-foot tall old- fashioned water pump allows guests to pull the giant handle, pumping more than 200 gallons of splashes per minute into the giant wooden bucket below. The pump also features a bubble-maker -- resulting in creations of all shapes and sizes.
 Alongside Tiger is the stage for the "Fievel Goes West Musical Revue," a song and dance pyrotechnical extravaganza starring Fievel, his sister Tanya, and Mama and Papa Mousekewitz.
 Fievel's Playland was designed to accommodate guests of many sizes and abilities. For the physically challenged, a special elevator carries guests to the top of slides and rides. In addition, ramps, railings and other special platforms make the Playland experience fun and memorable for all.
 "Fievel's Playland brings animation to life," said Tom Williams, president of Universal Studios Florida. "Children of all ages can now experience life from Fievel's perspective. Our guests literally step inside the movie."
 Fievel's Playland is one of four major new attractions introduced at Universal Studios Florida this year. "Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue" and "Lucy: A Tribute" opened in May. An all new "Rocky & Bullwinkle" stage show will premiere this summer.
 Universal Studios Florida is the world's most spectacular and technologically advanced movie-themed attraction. The 444-acre studio attraction provides guests the opportunity to "ride the movies," including such favorites as "Back To The Future...The Ride," "E.T. Adventure," "Earthquake -- The Big One" and "Kongfrontation." Director and producer Steven Spielberg serves as creative consultant to the giant entertainment complex which is a joint venture between MCA INC. and The Rank Organisation. Universal Studios Florida takes visitors beyond the screen and into the world of television and film to "ride the movies."
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