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Universal Studios Japan plans new show for 2011, new land for 2012

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Universal Studios Japan has revealed that it will open a brand new land in 2012, with a new show debuting in 2011 as part of the park's 10th anniversary celebrations.

The new land has yet to be named, but Universal Studios Japan has confirmed that it will replace the existing Land of Oz area. The park will announce details of the replacement land at a later date, with an opening date due in "early 2011". All of the attractions in Land of Oz will close by February 15, 2011, with the WiCKED show due to close slightly earlier, on January 11, 2011.

To kick off the anniversary festivities, the new Dreams are Universal show will run from March 3, 2011 through January 9, 2012. Universal Studios Japan claims the outdoor show will be the largest in the park's history, featuring a total of 90 entertainers. The show is said to tell a "heartwarming story of family dreams".

The 10th anniversary events are due to run from March 3, 2011 through April 8, 2012, with a series of smaller events being laid on during that period. The iconic Universal Globe, which sits at the entrance to Universal Studios Japan, will be adorned with special decorations to mark the celebrations.

Located in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan first opened on March 31, 2001. The park is billing its anniversary events as the "The Biggest and Greatest Happy Surprises in Park History”.

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