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Universal Studios Florida parade and night show to debut May 8

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Published: April 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

We've got an official opening date for the Universal's Superstar Parade and Universal's Cinematic Spectacular at Universal Studios Florida this fall:

Tuesday, May 8.

Lagoon show

Universal revealed details about these shows earlier this year. So who's planning to go?

Readers' Opinions

From Skipper Adam on April 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I won't go just for the show.
From Mark Fairleigh on April 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I'll be there for our annual HHN run so color me there! If it's anything like the concept art, should be fantastic!
From 78.144.111.151 on April 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM
That's the day we fly back:-( Don't suppose shows ever have soft openings, do they?
From Chris S on April 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM
That's good news! I plan on being in Orlando May 3-10. I wonder if USF will be crowded on May 8, though, with lots of people wanting to see the new show and parade. That was one of the days that I planned on going to Universal.
From Rob Pastor on April 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM
As I said in the earlier comment on the other topic, we are checking in at the Portofino Universal Hotel on May 8th till May 20th, so our timing is perfect. On my agenda tentative schedule we were leaving our Disney portion of the vacation Tuesday morning, spending the early afternoon at Portofino (piazza & pools)and going to the Studios in late afternoon/evening. I figured the show would have been a few weeks old by the 8th, but my timing ended up being perfect, since we will be able to see the debut that night. So now I may go there earlier that day to see the new parade debut as well. This is two straight years of lucky timing. Last year it was Hollywood Studios with the first hours of Star Tours 2 soft opening.
From Tony Duda on April 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM
I am very happy they are adding the night show. I have an AP and never want to go during Mid-summer and post-Christmas week when the previous night time show only played and the park was crammed with vacationers. Now there is something to see every night like at WDW.
From Sylvain Comeau on April 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM
Too bad the show looks like a WOC ripoff...
From Tony Duda on April 3, 2012 at 6:47 PM
Why is that too bad? I don't go to Disneyland and don't care who puts in great attractions. I'll never see (probably) WOC so a ripped-off version right here in Florida is a wonderful development. I don't care if it's Disney, Universal or Seaworld/Busch who puts in the attraction as long as I get to enjoy it.
From O T on April 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
@Sylvain Comeau why so negative? The parks are competing, thats why we the customers have a great selection of entertainment in Orlando. I canĀ“t wait to see it!
From Donna McKay on April 4, 2012 at 5:11 AM
Me!!!!! Finally, something new that will be open when I'm in Orlando. :) That's just added to the pre trip excitement! Even weirder is that I've just checked by planned itinerary and we were planning to do Universal that Day. Fate has taken over :)
From Anon Mouse on April 4, 2012 at 8:10 AM
They are all ripping off each other. WOC is a ripoff of the Bellagio Fountains and Fantasmic. Originally, I expected more fountains (Bellagio) than mist screens (Fantasmic), but they combined the two with more mist screens than fountains.
From Dominick D on April 4, 2012 at 8:59 AM
Screamscape is reporting that a soft opening is highly possible this week. I'm glad of that since my AP expires a week before the show.
From Eric G on April 4, 2012 at 8:50 PM
How can you say there are more mist screens than fountains in WoC? It's simply not true. The fountains may play a lesser role in the show than the projections on mist screens, but in terms of equipment in the water the fountains out number the mist screens by hundreds. If Disney wanted to put on a Bellagio style fountain show they could because the equipment to do so is there.

Universal isn't ripping of Disney at all. Projecting images on water screens and using fountains with lights isn't new. Knott's believe it or not used to do it and Universal presently does it in Poseidon's Fury.

From Sylvain Comeau on April 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM
This new Universal show will project images from movies onto water and mist screens. Sure, the parks crib ideas from each other, but this is a blatant copy of WOC. I visit both Orlando and California, and at least a shred of originality would be nice.
From Jenny Rees on April 5, 2012 at 5:07 AM
I am hoping we get a glimpse of Jaws' fin on the lagoon as part of this new show. It was one of my favourite rides and I would love to see a little nod to the ride and the movie and think this show would be the perfect opportunity to keep it incorporated within the park. It will also help to appease the fans who dont want to say goodbye to the classics. I will be going in October so if universal execs have not yet put this in, then there is still time. BRING BACK JAWS.
From Rob Pastor on April 5, 2012 at 6:39 AM
I also believe it would be great theatre if they had the Jaws fin in the water with the approprite Jaws music. I'm guessing that the move of the Jaws photo op to the pier in S.F. may somehow end up in the lagoon show.
From Javi Badillo on April 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM
Who cares if it is a rip off. woc is all the way in California. it's not like it's in magic kingdom or Epcot.
From Anon Mouse on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM
"The fountains may play a lesser role in the show than the projections on mist screens"

Say this 10 times.

WOC is not a fountain show. Its a mist screen show. Anyone who have seen the Bellagio Fountains knows how that show works. Not only do you notice how tall the fountains go, you see it synchronize with the music. WOC relegates the fountains to serve the mist screens. Its an entirely different show.

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