The Superstar Parade at Universal Studios Florida had its debut amidst a gala premiere party on may 8. Members of the media, Facebook contest winners, and VIP guests watched as characters like the Minions, SpongeBob and his friends, Dora and Diego, and E.B. from “Hop” all took to the streets for their very first official performance.
Although the parade had one previous public performance, on may 5, the weather forced its last rehearsals to take place at night, after the park closed. It looked remarkably polished for what was only its second performance in front of an audience. Click the video at left to see it.
The four floats make two stops along the parade route. First, they stop in the New York section of the park, and then they come around the bend to the Hollywood, where they stop again and repeat the performance. You’ll see something different, depending on where you’re standing, because each float has its own characters and show.
As you can see in the video, the parade’s premiere performance was at night. Although it will normally take place during daylight, all of the floats are equipped with lighting that adds to the overall effect if you’re lucky enough to see it when the sun goes down.
Show Director Lora Miller talked to the media about the parade, both at its May 5 technical rehearsal and its debut. It was two years in the making, and she characterized it as a very smooth project that didn’t face any major challenges.
The movies were chosen to appeal to a wide age range, and Wallace pointed out that even a float like Dora the Explorer, with its obvious appeal to the youngest kids, as monkey acrobats that entertain older kids and adults.
The parade debut was preceded by the official premiere of Universal’s new Cinematic Spectacular show, which will happen on the lagoon every night at closing time. The parade debut happened after the lagoon show because of weather-related delays.
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