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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