The “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” end-of-the-night show at Universal Studios ended today. Universal said on Thursday that the show will no longer be visible above the lagoon in the amusement park.
About twenty films were shown during the musical production using projections on water displays, dancing fountains, projection mapping, and pyrotechnics. The shoreline of the park was where visitors would gather to watch pictures from films like “Jurassic World,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Transformers,” “Despicable Me,” and the “Harry Potter” series, among others.
Although there had been previous similar productions there, including “Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories,” narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, “Cinematic Celebration” made its premiere in the summer of 2018. The show before that, “Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular,” also made use of four sizable inflatable domes that were sitting on the lagoon. Each of the three programs had a roughly five-year run.
According to Universal, “Cinematic Celebration” was discontinued to make space for an additional, unnamed evening activity. It withheld information, such as an estimated time period for replacement.
In the KidZone section of Universal Studios, which has already started to be demolished, five attractions were shut down earlier this year. According to Universal Orlando, its replacement “will immerse guests in the adventures of beloved animated characters” and be family-friendly.
Villain-Con Minion Blast, a “motion-based pathway” exhibit connected to the “Despicable Me” franchise, is still under construction elsewhere in the park. The opening is anticipated for this summer. It will be situated where Shrek 4-D once stood but was demolished a year ago. The park is preparing a Minion Land in addition to a new Minion Cafe.