Description And Comments
This is Universal Studiosâ€™ big nighttime event, designed to cap off your day at the park.
Shown on the lagoon in the middle of the park, the presentation runs through film clips and music from the first 100 years of Universalâ€™s biggest movies. The scenes are projected on to three enormous â€œscreensâ€ made by spraying water from the lagoon into the air (similar to Fantasmic! at Disneyâ€™s Hollywood Studios). Fireworks and colored lights are also used to good effect throughout the presentation, which is narrated by God himself (actually Morgan Freeman, but lots of people make that mistake). Itâ€™s an enjoyable way to end your day at the park.
The show premiered in May 2012, with reviews generally either mixed or positive. This mother of two had a positive experience:
My family really enjoyed the show. It didnâ€™t have the same emotional impact as [Disneyâ€™s] Wishes, but it was entertaining. There were so many great movies we hadnâ€™t thought about in ages! I wouldnâ€™t make a special trip to see it, but it was nice to have a night event to end the day. Weâ€™ll definitely stay for the Cinematic Spectacular on our next trip.
The main complaints we have with Cinematic Spectacular, and for that matter with Disneyâ€™s Fantasmic! and World of Color shows are that theyâ€™re repetitive to the attractions in the park, and the â€œstirring movie montageâ€ idea is now found in so many places that thereâ€™s little difference between any studioâ€™s implementation.
By the end of the day, youâ€™ve already been exposed to most of the characters and memorable scenes referenced in the nighttime show: youâ€™ve already seen E.T.â€™s healing touch; already experienced the violence of Twisterâ€™s tornados; and you went through the Terminatorâ€™s battles just a couple of hours ago. Reliving them again so soon becomes tedious after a few minutes, and the show lasts nearly 20.
Finally, every parkâ€™s â€œmovie montageâ€ has the same predictable narrative arc: first show clips and witty dialog from your most memorable and recent movies. Transition to something sensitive to remind us weâ€™re all human. Then introduce an action sequence that covers the whole â€œgood versus evilâ€ battle. Show the good guys win amidst a bunch of pyrotechnics and roaring fountains. Weâ€™re pretty sure that you could swap the film clips from Disneyâ€™s Great Movie Ride with Universalâ€™s Cinematic Spectacular, and 90% of the audience wouldnâ€™t know or care.
The ends of the lagoon are not recommended for viewing. The best spot is directly across the lagoon from Richterâ€™s Burger Co., where the sidewalk makes a small protrusion into the water. Because acquiring a spot here can be very difficult, we recommend arriving at least 45 minutes ahead of time.
Before the show begins, realize that not all of the movie clips may be suitable for young viewers. The horror montage, for example, mixes excerpts from hoary black-and-white monster movies with potentially fright-inducing clips from films like The Birds, Halloween, Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, and Tales from the Crypt.
Finally, just as Disney does with Fantasmic!, Universal offers a dinner package for Cinematic Spectacular. As of now the only restaurant option is Lombardâ€™s Seafood Grille; the cost is $45 for adults and $13 for kids, including tax and tip. After the meal youâ€™ll have access to an special seating area to watch the show. Itâ€™s a decent option if youâ€™re in the mood for seafood and were going to see the show anyway. Reservations are required and can be made online (here's the link) or by calling 407-224-7554 (7:30 am to 10 pm Eastern Monday through Saturday, and until 9 pm on Sunday).
Touring Plans with Universal's Cinematic Spectacular - 100 Years of Movie Memories
- Universal Studios One-Day Plan for Adults
- Universal Studios One-Day Plan for Parents with Children 40" and Under
- Universal Studios One-Day Plan for Seniors
|One showing at 9pm|
|Opening Date||May 8, 2012|
|Scope and scale||Major Attraction|
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