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Despicable Me ride coming to Universal Orlando

by Leah Zanolla
May 19, 2011

In a highly anticipated webcast this morning, Universal Orlando announced that it is creating an attraction based on the hit 3D-CGI film "Despicable Me" from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment. This "ride experience" will replace the Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast attraction, which is scheduled to close permanently on August 18, 2011.

The "Despicable Me" attraction will open in 2012 and as previously announced, is being developed by the same Universal Creative team that has worked on all the current attractions. Infitec 3D projection systems will bring the experience to life in a way that is clearer and sharper than ever.

The storyline for the attraction is that Gru, the film's lovable super-villain, and his three adopted daughters are moving his villain headquarters to Universal Studios. In order to carry out his evil plans, he needs an army of minions, so he transforms the guests into his tiny yellow helpers and trains them to do his bidding. Other highlights from the attraction are the ability to explore Gru's secret lab and a minion-inspired, interactive dance party for everyone to participate in.

The film's producer Chris Meledandri said, "As we write, design and animate our films at Illumination, it is our singular goal to bring to life endearing and, hopefully, enduring characters. 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."



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