Last week Universal Orlando announced on their Facebook and Twitter pages that they’d be dropping weekly hints as to the name of their new attraction. Today, their first hint arrived and the obvious clue points to either King Kong or Despicable Me.
Universal announced that Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast ride at Universal Studios would be closing on Aug. 18, 2011 to make way for an “all-new experience based on an amazing concept”.
Their first hint is the photo above. It shows Thierry Coup, senior vice president of the creative studio, working in his office at Universal Creative. Most obvious is the banana next to him. A banana is an obvious reference to King Kong. Could King Kong be making a return to Universal Studios in some form.
But bananas are also a favorite treat of the Minions in the Despicable Me movie, and an attraction based on Despicable Me has been the most common rumor.
But wait, Universal also said this on their Facebook page:
To take advantage of these clues you must:
1. Remember, things may not always be as they seem
2. Pay close attention to every detail
3. Remember, we’ve taken some liberties in editing/enhancing the photos
So maybe it’s not either of those. Maybe it’s an attraction based on something else entirely. Could the tree or hard hat be a clue?
Here’s a closer and flipped look at the plans Thierry is working on:
What do you think? Post your guesses below and keep checking back as we add and analyze the new clues as they’re released.
UPDATE: Here’s hint number two from Universal:
The new attraction is being designed by the same team that has brought to life many of Universal Orlando’s great entertainment experiences – but it is based on a concept that is entirely different from what is now in our theme parks.
UPDATE 2: For the next hint, Universal has posted the below photo and asked:
We know which of these is our favorite color, but which is yours?
UPDATE 3: We’ve been invited to be a part of a media-only webcast on May 19 where they’ll finally reveal the name of the new attraction. In the invite, they’ve given another clue:
The exciting concept for Universal Orlando’s newest attraction will be based on a blockbuster film.
In a seperate announcement, they’ve said they’ll give…
Details about a major, high-tech enhancement to one of Universal Orlando’s single most popular attractions
UPDATE 4: Here’s Universal’s latest hint – or is it?
One of these creatures could be a UORHint, or could it?
UPDATE 7: The latest hint says, “Which one do you think is our favorite painting?”
UPDATE 8: Along with the below photo of an elephant entering the old Jimmy Neutron queue, is this hint:
What time is it? UORHint time! Only two left after this, so get your thinking caps on! As you can imagine, creating a new attraction involves testing several elements. Our UORHint wants to know what in the world our Creative team is testing here?
UPDATE 9: The latest hint is an audio hint and it seems to all but give it away. Here’s what Universal posted:
It’s… Almost… Time…. There’s only one more UORHint after this one! So let’s change it up a bit…does this UORHint sound familiar to anyone?
Now compare that sound with this full version of the Despicable Me title song:
UPDATE 10: I believe this is the last hint. We think it shows Universal team members preparing for some sort of dance to be performed during the announcement.
We’re rehearsing for something big. No, not big, huge. Yep, even the best have to practice. We can’t wait for you to see it in a few hours!
FINAL UPDATE: Universal finally made the announcement on May 19. The new ride will be based on Despicable Me. Read all about it by Clicking Here.
A few days later Universal posted the answers to their clues. Here they are:
That mysterious sound was nothing but the very beginning of Pharrell William’s “Despicable Me” song.