“Despicable Me” coming to Universal Orlando

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Despicable Me

Despicable Me

Universal Orlando Resort announced Thursday that its newest attraction will be based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster 3-D-CGI feature Despicable Me, bringing minions, mayhem and a whole new level of 3-D family fun to its guests.

The Despicable Me experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal also announced that The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, one of the greatest attractions in theme park history, will be completely reanimated in 4K digital high-definition — once again redefining the theme park experience.

Both will open in 2012 and are being developed by the same award-winning Universal Creative team that has brought all of Universal Orlando’s themed attractions to life. Both will utilize brand-new, highly sophisticated 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 that places guests right in the center of the action.

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. First, he will transform guests into an army of mischievous, scene-stealing minions. Then he will train them. And that kicks off a ride experience that mixes chaos and family fun.

Guests will:

* laugh as they embark on an entirely-new, high-tech 3-D digital adventure with their favorite characters from the film: Gru, daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and of course, Gru’s not-so-bright pit crew, the minions;
* marvel as they explore Gru’s lair and descend into his secret lab;
* shriek as the entire family is transformed into minions; and
* celebrate as they are swept into a first-ever, minion-inspired, interactive dance party where they can show off their best moves.

“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 Universal Creative president Mark Woodbury. “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 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.”

For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.universalorlando.com.

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