Universal Orlando confirms Despicable Me attraction for 2012
Written by Robert Niles
Universal Orlando Resort confirmed in a live webcast this morning that it will debut Despicable Me at Universal Studios Florida.Tweet
Universal Creative president Mark Woodbury announced the new ride, revealing that Gru will be bringing his daughters to Universal Orlando, and transforming the audience into Minions as part of the adventure. The show will also take visitors into Gru's lab and the end of the show will feature an interactive Minion dance party. The show will be installed in the building that now houses Jimmy Neutron.
Woodbury showed a snippet of video during the webcast, which reminded me of The Simpsons Ride, as we saw Gru and his daughters on an amusement park roller coaster.
Universal also confirmed that the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride at Islands of Adventure will be entirely reanimated with 4K high definition and an Infitec 3D projection system. Universal Creative's Thierry Coup, the creator of the Spider-Man and Harry Potter rides, also said that the new animation will include fresh detail, though he didn't reveal what that would be.
Despicable Me will be created using the same HD 3D technology as Spider-Man, Woodbury said.
Update: Corporate synergy fail? Here's a screen grab of Universal Orlando's YouTube page, just after the announcement:
That's right, NBCUniversal blocked Universal Orlando's video of the Despicable Me attraction announcement because... it used video from Despicable Me?
Update 2: Snafu fixed. Here's the video:
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