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Special Effects Stage reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Special Effects Stage, a live show at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Posted: August 28, 2012

This new show in Universal's Castle Theater replaces a similar show that long played on Universal's Lower Lot. (That show closed to make room for the new Transformers ride.)

Special Effects Stage depicts some of the technology and techniques that moviemakers use to create fantastic sound and images on screen. This show presents examples of practical effects and visual effects and possibly other effects such as stop motion and forced perspective!

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23 votes, so far

If you are interested in seeing how special effects happen, this is the show for you. We also got to see some miniatures that are used in movies. The hosts are great! This show really did not change much though. I saw it in October 2010 and then in January 2013, and it was pretty much the same. - Lisa Jania

Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Your mileage will vary depending on how charismatic your hosts are, but the ones we had were amazing, and really added to the charm of the show! Go catch it on its last show before you leave the park! - Eric Malone

CLASSIC!!! :D Will alllwaayyysss be the must-see show of USH!!! - N O

Good show overall. Some of the jokes make you feel like they are trying way to hard to get laughs. The old version was a ten in my book, and i liked the procession from room to room. This version is a larger auditorium and the whole show takes place there. It's just less intimate. - Jay Finch

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