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Cinesational: Inside Universal Orlando’s New Nighttime Show


Step into the heart of movie-making magic at Universal Studios Florida with the all-new Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular. This 22-minute show brilliantly combines music, lights, water, fireworks, and innovative drone technology (a newer concept for the Orlando theme park scene) to celebrate the soundtracks that have defined generations of moviegoers. From the eerie chords of Jaws to the adventurous themes of Jurassic Park, Cinesational brings your favorite cinematic moments to life under the stars.

Ahead of its official launch on June 14, we were thrilled to get a preview of Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular so we could give you a first-hand glimpse.

A First Look into Cinesational

Our sneak peek into Cinesational reveals a lineup of cinematic classics. The show kicks off with high-energy sequences from The Mummy, Jurassic Park, and Fast and Furious. The excitement builds as drones and fireworks accompany moments from How to Train Your Dragon, capturing the bond between Hiccup and Toothless.

Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular
Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular

Transitioning to a celebration of friendship, the music shifts to “True Colors” as drones create poignant images, including E.T.’s finger touching Elliott’s hand, followed by the duo of Shrek and Donkey. As the show progresses, the atmosphere shifts with vibrant scenes from Trolls, featuring colorful water dances set to the tune of “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Watch for fun drone formations and a message in the sky: “Hug Time!”

Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular

But it’s not all light-hearted; the spectacle takes a thrilling turn to honor Universal’s origins with a segment dedicated to Universal Monsters, featuring Frankenstein’s Monster, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, and more. But “I ain’t afraid of no ghost!” With the Ghostbusters taking over, this part of the show blends nostalgia with modern drone visuals of the iconic logo and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and is sure to get everyone dancing.

Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular

The fun doesn’t stop there. The Minions from Despicable Me, fresh from their own Universal Studios Florida expansion, steal the show with a special tribute. And, of course, the magical world of Harry Potter is represented with drones crafting the Hogwarts emblem in the sky alongside its enchanting soundtrack from The Wizarding World.

Cinesational also delves into tales of romance and adventure, so of course, highlighting movie moments and couples, such as Shrek and Fiona, Hiccup and Astrid, and so many more. However, sometimes that love isn’t reciprocated. Like Bowser’s love for Princess Peach depicted in the song “Peaches” paired with other The Super Mario Bros. Movie images. A peak into what’s to come to their newest theme park, perhaps?

Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular
Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular

The show wraps up with a medley of cinematic giants like Jaws, Transformers, and King Kong, leading up to a sequence from Back to the Future, a franchise that has had roots in Universal Orlando Resort since the beginning. The show culminates with stunning visual effects and the Universal logo created by drones. 

Don’t Miss This Nighttime Spectacular!

Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular promises an unforgettable night at Universal Orlando Resort, filled with appreciation for cinema. Our biggest tip for enjoying this show is to stay observant for those mesmerizing drone images – you won’t want to miss a single moment!

Be sure to catch the premiere on June 14 at Universal Orlando Resort, and don’t forget to grab your discounted tickets from Orlando Informer to enjoy the magic of movies like never before!

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About Kelsey Bowyer

Kelsey hails from the land of chocolate, ketchup, and Mister Rogers – known to most as Pennsylvania. Her family’s annual visits to the sunshine state instilled a love of storytelling and theme parks at an early age. In 2015, she packed her bags for the Disney College Program but decided to make this move permanent and call Orlando home. When she is not roaming Orlando’s world-class Theme Parks with her husband, she can be found lost in a book, planning her next vacation, or petting dogs.