Universal Orlando Wraps Its Cinematic Celebration

March 9, 2023, 4:53 PM · That's a wrap for "Universe of Color."

Universal Studios Florida has closed its nighttime spectacular, Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration, the park confirmed today. A new nighttime entertainment production will take its place on the park's lagoon, though Universal has not provided any timeline for that to happen.

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration played clips from a variety of movies and shows behind the attractions at the resort, accompanied by music and projected on water screens. In my review of the show, I called it a 20-minute love letter to Universal's theme park IP.

Even though the production now is gone from the Universal Studios Florida lagoon, it lives in online POV videos:

Cinematic Celebration's closure provides the latest step in the ongoing transformation of Universal Studios Florida, which earlier this year closed most of its Woody Woodpecker's KidZone and later this year will open Villain-Con Minion Blast in the old Shrek 4-D building. Along with the new Minions Cafe that is taking over the old Monsters Cafe site, that interactive attraction will be part of a newly designated Minions land at the front of the park.

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Replies (2)

March 9, 2023 at 7:45 PM

Well that's disappointing. The show's only been around for a few years and didn't really feel long in the tooth yet. Hopefully whatever comes next is just as good.

As for when we could expect it, I'd say no sooner than the last day of Mardi Gras.

March 11, 2023 at 12:11 PM

Everyone crowded in one small area for the newest show was horrible. The waterfall / projection version spread everyone out as there were three "screens". No idea why they got rid of that, everyone loved it.

You could only get a great view of the newer show from a couple areas.

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