It’s still the middle of winter now, but it’s never too soon to start planning ahead for vacation time — and with Universal Orlando’s announcement of new and updated attractions to debut in 2012, the theme park is looking better than ever. After the jump, find details on such rides as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, as well as updates on the Blue Man Group show and more.

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Starting in 2012, your boat can, unfortunately, remain the same size. Universal Studios Orlando has just announced that on January 2, they will officially close one of their oldest attractions, Jaws. Over the past few years, Universal Studios Orlando has been eclipsed by its sister parks, Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the owners are doing their best to reinvigorate their original location. Since Jaws has been part of the park since it opened in 1990, and is based on a movie that’s almost 40 years old, it’s being closed to “make room for an exciting, NEW, experience.” So if you plan on getting married when Jaws pops out of the water, you have one month to make that happen. Read more after the jump. Read More »