Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular

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Universal 360:
A Cinesphere Spectacular
Universal 360 - A Cinesphere Spectacular Logo.jpg
Universal Studios Florida
Area Lagoon
Status Closed
Opening date July 1, 2006 (2006-07-01)[1]
Closing date September 9, 2011 (2011-09-09)
Replaced Dynamite Nights Stunt Spectacular (1990–2000)
Replaced by Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories (2012)
General statistics
Attraction type Fireworks Show
Theme Universal Studios
Duration 15 minutes

Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular was a fireworks show attraction located at Universal Studios Florida. It replaced the Dynamite Nights Stunt Spectacular, and featured famous scenes from Universal Pictures' films projected onto four large inflated domes in a lagoon located in the center of the park. The show generally took place at the hour of the park's closing. It was directed by John Landis, whose other works include The Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf in London. In 2009, the show was edited. Some shorter scenes had been removed and replaced by other clips, while some more famous scenes remained intact.

The show operated during major events and holidays including Easter, The 4th of July, Labor Day, Christmas and New Year's Eve. The spheres in the lagoon are usually removed for refurbishment during off-peak seasons.

History[edit]

Dynamite Nights Stunt Spectacular opened with the park on June 7, 1990. The live stunt show was located on the Lagoon in the center of Universal Studios Florida. The show was themed around Miami Vice and featured a variety of pyrotechnics mixed with explosions and live actors on jet skis. Dynamite Nights Stunt Spectacular was discontinued on February 10, 2000. Many of the props and sets in the show still remained in place until 2006, when the show was replaced by Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular.

Summary[edit]

Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular was a live fireworks experience, which took place at night during peak seasons only. It featured famous scenes from Universal Pictures films projected onto four large inflated domes in the middle of a lagoon, while various fireworks, flame effects, lasers, lights and water effects are set off. There are at least three viewing areas around the lake in which it is displayed. Projectors were located in a small boathouse facade on the lake, on the sound Stage 44 building, and on the side of The Simpsons Ride building. During major summer holidays, such as the Fourth of July, at least two or three shows were displayed.

The show's score was a combination of other various Universal Pictures' films, including Back to the Future, Apollo 13, Jaws, Jurassic Park and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The score was directed and composed by Brad Kelley.[2]

In an homage to the previous Dynamite Nights Stunt Spectacular attraction which it replaced, scenes showcasing the attraction were seen projected onto the spheres. The Cinespheres have the same air control found in a small house.[3]

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