Universal Orlando Announces New Despicable Me Attraction; Update on Spider-Man

This morning, Universal Orlando held a press conference to announce the addition of one new attraction and an update to another already established one.

 

The new attraction will be based on last year’s blockbuster 3D CGI film, Despicable Me. The film will become the first-ever Universal animated film to be transformed into a theme park experience (Shrek is a Dreamworks Animation film).

In the new story, which will be animated for the attraction, Gru, one of the world’s greatest super-villains, is bringing his high-tech empire – and his three adopted daughters – to Universal Studios, and he is looking for all the help he can get.

Guests will be transformed into an army of Gru’s mischievous minions and the attraction will include a minion-inspired, interactive dance party.

Despicable Me will replace Jimmy Neutron, which is located inside the Universal Studios side of Universal Orlando. The attraction is set to open sometime in 2012.

Over on the Islands of Adventure side of Universal Orlando, the popular attraction, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is getting a visual update with the addition of HD.

From the Universal press release:

The newly reanimated, high-definition experience will unfold within the attraction’s towering visual spaces – taking on even larger than larger-than-life proportions.  The new digital animation – combined with the new Infitec system and new set enhancements – will transform what is already one of the most technologically advanced attractions ever created into what will feel like an all-new experience.

The animation is being done in 4K high definition, the highest HD resolution available right now. This will bring a whole new clarity to the visuals, making the 3D appear to be even closer.

2012 is when the updated animation will start running in the attraction.

It looks like all three areas of Universal Orlando will be getting updates, as earlier this month, they announced the addition of mini-golf at CityWalk.

[Images courtesy of Universal Orlando]

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.

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