Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories and Universal’s Superstar Parade make grand debut


Universal Orlando is ramping up their “Year To Be Here” campaign with two more entertainment experiences officially opening to guests. Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories is a brand new lagoon show that features state-of-the-art technology water screens, plus fountains and pyrotechnics to bring the experience together. The show is not only a replacement for the previous show, 360: Cinematic Spectacular, but an impressing upgrade. Universal’s Superstar Parade is a daily parade that features characters from HOP, Dora the Explorer, Despicable Me, and Spongebob Squarepants. However, it is more than just a parade: it features 13 mini-shows through out the day.

Universal truly rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the grand opening of both of these attractions.

We were invited to an exclusive party on Hollywood Boulevard and inside the Pantages Theater, where the Horror Make Up Show is located). Universal hosted a contest via their Facebook Page with the grand prize being an invitation to the special VIP party. Luckily, the nasty weather stopped early enough in the evening to allow both performances to occur.

Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories

Cinematic Spectacular can’t be classified as a “fountain show”, “firework show”, or a “movie show”. This show takes all of those concepts and puts them into one brilliantly choreographed show. It’s better classified as a “lagoon show”. The show features fountains, pyrotechnics, and clips from more than 200 Universal films projected onto a screen made entirely of water.

Video interview with Mike Aiello:

Things you should know:

  • The image projected onto the water curtain does not appear reversed at all, so the view is the same no matter where you watch the show
  • The show can accommodate changes to add newer films
  • Will run nightly through summer and select nights through the end of the year
  • The show contains many “easter eggs” for fans to find, like the “water fin” during the Jaws scene
Cinematic Spectacular Overview:
Cinematic Spectacular (Full Show):

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Universal’s Superstar Parade

Universal is notorious for doing awesome parades through the streets of the park, such as Mardi Gras and Macy’s Parade. However, this is the first time ever Universal has had a parade that will run daily that is not seasonal. The parade is about 10 minutes long and features characters from Spongbob Squarepants, Hop, Dora the Explorer, and Despicable Me. Unlike other parades, Superstar Parade features two “parade stops”, where the parade will stop in New York and Hollywood and do dance numbers and interact with guests. However, this is more than just a parade. This new addition also incorporates 13 different performances through out the day. Check your park guide for show times and locations.

Video interview with Lora Wallace:

Things you should know:

  • The parade is great for the whole family from very young kids to adults
  • The floats light up at night and are very beautiful
  • Each float performs in the park through out the day with guests
  • Pick up a park map for locations and show times of small performances
  • Parade will run daily

Overview of Universal’s Superstar Parade:

Universal’s Superstar Parade during the day (Full Parade):

Universal’s Superstar Parade at night (Full Parade):

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