This morning Universal Orlando revealed details for several new experiences that will debut in 2012, beginning as early as next month, including new attraction names plenty of artwork. The experiences being unveiled include a new lagoon show, parade, updates to popular attractions and a few surprises.
Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment, and Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative, were on hand to reveal all the details, which we’re sharing below.
Here’s a video of the full announcement webcast, followed by details:
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories
Opening Spring 2012
A new lagoon show will be opening later this year at Universal Studios Florida that from the artwork revealed today appears to be rivaling Disney’s World of Color show at the Disneyland Resort. Universal describes their new Cinematic Spectacular nighttime water show as:
Narrated by award-winning actor and recent Golden Globe – Cecil B. DeMille honoree, Morgan Freeman, Universal Orlando’s brand-new nighttime show, Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular, will celebrate the most powerful and emotional moments from Universal Pictures’ most iconic films – all on cutting-edge waterfall screens within the Universal Studios lagoon and surrounded by colorful fountains and pyrotechnics. The experience will take guests on a journey through epic cinematic moments filled with heroes, horror, laughter, good vs. evil and triumph. The new show opens this spring, runs all summer and then on select nights through the end of the year.
Artwork for Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular, featuring fountains, projections, and plenty of dazzling colors:
Click here for a more in-depth look at the Cinematic Spectacular.
Universal’s Superstar Parade
Opening Spring 2012
Debuting around the same time as the lagoon show, the new Superstar Parade will feature familiar animated characters with all-new floats through the streets of Universal Studios Florida:
Some of today’s most beloved characters and stories will bring new adventure to the streets of Universal Studios during Universal’s Superstar Parade – an all-new daily parade that features larger-than-life floats, state-of-the-art technology and hundreds of energetic street performers. Guests will sing and dance along with characters like the minions from Despicable Me, E.B. from the hit comedy, Hop, Nickelodeon’s Dora & Diego and SpongeBob SquarePants during the interactive experience. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy performances and character meet and greets prior to the parade at select locations throughout the day.
The new parade will be “more than a parade” featuring show stops and interactive dance numbers. Characters include SpongeBob, Squidward, Patrick, Dora, Diego, Minions, Gru, E.B., and more.