Central Park is closed at Universal Studios Florida as Universal Orlando prepares for its upcoming new nighttime spectacular.
Universal is transforming the former green space between Hollywood Boulevard and the KidZone into a tiered viewing area for the show, for which Universal has not yet announced a name nor an opening date.
You can see the scope of the project from pretty much anywhere else around Universal Studios Florida's lagoon. Universal has dropped the water level in the lagoon for the construction, exposing the show effects deck that will provide the "stage" for the production.
WFTV editor Chip Skambis detailed what Universal is doing, following a public records search.
Permit docs for construction related to @UniversalORL new nighttime spectacular show a three-tiered seating area being constructed with a fountain stage containing well more than a hundred jets, fog effects, and an underwater catwalk. pic.twitter.com/X1b8RiTAAO— Chip Skambis (@chickenlilchip) April 26, 2018
Here's pictures of how the terraced viewing area for @UniversalORL new night nighttime spectacular is going to look from the elevations in the plan documents. The plans also mention a private seating area nearby. pic.twitter.com/1vifImOiua— Chip Skambis (@chickenlilchip) April 26, 2018
The new show replaces Universal's Cinematic Spectacular. That show used physical frames for its water screens, which were reportedly damaged in last year's hurricane. The new equipment being installed so far looks like it might support the type of frameless water screens used in Disney's World of Color and Fantasmic! (*A previous version of this post said UCS used physical screens, instead of physical frames.) We will find out more about this production as the debut approaches, and Universal confirms more detail. Until then, stay tuned!Tweet
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