Universal Orlando announces “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” nighttime spectacular
We’ve all been seeing the construction in the Universal Studios Florida lagoon over the last several months with what appeared to be prep for a new nighttime show at Universal Studios. That new nighttime spectacular was announced today and will be called “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration,” and will feature all of your favorite characters and films located at Universal Orlando, including Harry Potter, Transformers, Despicable Me and more.
According to Universal, the show will “seamlessly blend fountain-based media, a variety of state-of-the-art technologies and special effects in a whole new way. The show combines an all-new storyline with full panoramic water screens accented by additional multi-layer water screens, pyrotechnics and – for the first time ever – more than 120 dancing fountains and projection mapping to transform the entire waterfront and surrounding buildings into a vivid celebration of epic movie moments and beloved characters.”
According to an interview by The Leaky Cauldron with Mike Aiello – Senior Director for Entertainment Creative Development at Universal Orlando, the Harry Potter segment will feature several Potter spells built into the show, such as ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ and ‘‘Incendio.’ It’s also noted in the interview that the Potter segment will be approximately 2 minutes long. The show will also feature the iconic moment with Potter and Buckbeak soaring over Black Lake.
Projection mapping will also be heavily utilized in the show, with such moments as the New York facade being transformed into segments of Hogwarts Castle and also “freezing,” which signals Dementors are approaching.
It was also mentioned in The Leaky Cauldron interview that there will be segments dedicated to DreamWorks, and will feature clips and music from such films as How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda and Trolls.
Universal also detailed the new dedicated viewing area for the new nighttime show located in Central Park. The new designated viewing area will allow guests a prime viewing area for the new nighttime spectacular. The area is projected to hold approximately 6,500 people.
Universal did not announced a debut date for the new show.