ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando has a new high-action attraction for visitors to enjoy.
What you need to know
- Bourne Stuntacular debuts at Universal
- Stunts, special and practical effects
- Jason Bourne follows new show on 3 continents
The Bourne Stuntacular made its official debut at Universal Studios Florida on Tuesday, after weeks of technical rehearsals for everything that was sophisticated.
The stunt show is based on the popular Jason Bourne movie franchise starring Matt Damon as a CIA hit man with dissociative amnesia.
For the Universal show, Bourne travels across three continents while trying to uncover secret information. Visitors are recruited to find Bourne while dodging rogue double agents.
When visitors first enter the attraction building, which previously housed the Terminator 2 show, they will find props and images from the films lining the queue.
From there, they will meet Bourne’s collaborator Nicky Parsons (actress Julia Stiles portraying her role from the films), who will inform visitors about the mission.
With the coronavirus pandemic still underway, social distance markers are lining up. Even in the briefing room, visitors are led to marked boxes before being escorted to the actual theater for the show.
Bourne is the main character of the show, but the biggest highlights are the technology, choreography and larger than life set pieces. When all three are in one point, the line between reality and fiction is blurred, creating a visually stunning spectacle.
The action takes place in the air and on a stage with moving stage pieces. In addition to physical sets, the show uses a huge LED screen as the background. The screen, which is 130 feet wide and 28 feet long, consists of 5,000 panels. During the show, the screen transitions from one location to another, with each image clear and crystal clear.
Live actors are there to perform stunts, but they also interact with what’s happening on the screen behind them.
Bourne, like the characters chasing him, jumps on cars and motorcycles that move across the stage via an automated vehicle tracking system. The actors climb the sides of buildings and perform stunts high above the stage.
One of the most cinematic stunts is Bourne dangling from a helicopter while flying over a cityscape. The screen changes angle, giving the audience the feeling of being in the middle of the action.
Bourne jumps on cars and motorcycles, which move across the stage through an automated vehicle tracking.
Universal calls The Bourne Stuntacular its most “technologically advanced” stunt show yet. During a preview on his Youtube Channel, Universal shared a behind-the-scenes look at the show so that everyone could get a glimpse of how the show came to be.
Visitors who experience the attraction in the park should hang their masks in the theater. They may notice that all the actors on stage also wear masks while performing dozens of stunts.
The Bourne Stuntacular will perform daily at Universal Studios. Starting times through July 4 are as follows: 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:15 PM, and 5:00 PM
The show is the first new attraction to open at Universal since its reopening. It is also working on a rollercoaster in the Jurassic Park area of Islands of Adventure, although no official announcement has been made.