After weeks of dropping hints, Universal Orlando finally revealed which attraction will replace Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast ride. Gru and his Minions from Despicable Me will be invading Universal Studios in 3D next year. Plus The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride is getting an reanimated HD upgrade and more.
On March 15, Universal announced that Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast would be closing for good on Aug. 18 to make way for an “all-new experience based on an amazing concept”. Then on April 21 they started releasing hints about what the new attraction would be. Guesses included everything from Despicable Me and King Kong to Avatar and South Park. Some clues could lead to more than one guess, but in the end, all clues pointed to Despicable Me.
Universal also announced that The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride will be completely reanimated in digital high definition. Both Despicable Me and Spider-Man will utilize brand-new Infitec 3-D projection systems designed to make the experience sharper, clearer and more “real” than ever before.
“Despicable Me” will become the first-ever Universal animated film to be transformed into a theme park experience. The Universal Creative team is working closely with producer Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination Entertainment, to create all-new animation for an all-new “Despicable Me” adventure.
Gru, one of the world’s greatest super-villains will transform guests into an army of mischievous, scene-stealing minions, then he’ll train them. And that kicks off the ride experience as guests explore Gru’s lair and descend into his secret lab where they’ll be swept into a minion-inspired, interactive dance party.
“The Despicable Me attraction is the latest example of how we tap into pop culture’s most compelling stories and turn them into extraordinary theme park entertainment,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “This is a perfect fit for Universal Orlando, and we can’t wait to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life.”
“As we write, design and animate our films at Illumination, it is our singular goal to bring to life endearing and, hopefully, enduring characters,” said Chris Meledandri. “With the creation of next year’s Despicable Me attraction at Universal Orlando, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in Gru’s world for many years to come.”
The new digital animation being added to The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, combined with the new Infitec system and new set enhancements, is said to transform Spider-Man into a new experience. Universal is adding entirely new details to the film – and leaving it up to guests to find them.
“Guests will not believe their eyes when they experience the new Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,” said Thierry Coup, senior vice president of the Universal Creative Studio. “We are talking about a larger-than-life environment and the HD animation will make it even more remarkable than it has been. It will seem brand-new.”
Here’s full video of the announcement:
Here’s a flash mob put on by Universal just outside the gate of universal Studios to celebrate the announcement: