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An update on 'Universal 360 - A Cinesphere Spectacular'

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Published: June 6, 2006 at 1:02 PM

Last night I was fortunate to meet and discuss with one of the designers of Universal Studios Florida's new summer show for 2006.

During our conversation I managed to slip in a few questions about the new show, and also about the idea of the spheres.

This show, the largest of its Kind in the United States, will incorporate projections on to Spheres, from Within & from units placed on buildings around the lagoon. It will also feature a laser show and pyrotechnics, all fully co-ordinated with other to provide the biggest show in the world.

They have never before used 4 spheres so this is also a first for the company. The Barges that the spheres are located on are fully movable (Although they are held tight on the lagoon as the slightest movement will ruin the entire show). This means that they can be moved for future shows and events, such as Halloween Horror Nights. Bear in mind that the show's can only be performed at night as you need darkness for the effects.

The show is planned to start on July 1st. Before this they have to provide permanent power to the fourth barge, once this is done they will be able to test everything once the park is closed in the evenings.

Just out of interest, a smaller version of this set up was used at the London Eye (A very big wheel, located on the Thames River in London, offering fantastic views of London), a much smaller version was used in Las Vegas, as well as others

From our discussion this show should be worth the entrance fee alone, can't wait!

Readers' Opinions

From Chris Walton on June 6, 2006 at 1:16 PM
Nice inside work Gareth!
From Gareth H on June 8, 2006 at 8:02 AM
OK, add to this Universals new vacation deal.

Get a free rental car from Dollar, for up to 3 days when you stay on site...

Now lets see Disney compete with this summer package.

From Gareth H on June 8, 2006 at 8:07 AM
Sorry, another add-on.

The preferred pass "Special invitation" opening for the Seuss Trolley Ride is now set for June 16th, 17th & 18th, not the 9th as previously expected.

From Tombraider Ty on June 10, 2006 at 8:29 PM
could this possibly be as good as Illuminations? Gasp! Doubt it

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