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    NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man!

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    Blockbuster 3-D-CGI Feature “Despicable Me” to Become Attraction Experience at Universal Orlando

    Blockbuster 3-D-CGI Feature “Despicable Me” to Become Attraction Experience at Universal Orlando

    Plus, Incredible High-Tech Enhancements Underway for One of the World’s Most Popular Attractions:
    The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

    Orlando, Fla. (May 19, 2011) – Universal Orlando Resort today announced 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 spectacularly 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

    With a worldwide gross of more than $540 million, 2010’s “Despicable Me,” from directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin, is the sixth most successful film that Universal Pictures has ever distributed. It is now the 10th-biggest animated film in U.S. history. The 3-D animated adventure thrilled audiences across the globe with its outrageous humor, endearing characters and compelling storyline – all of which guests will be able to experience exclusively at Universal Orlando in 2012.

    “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 an unforgettable ride experience that creates a hysterical mix of 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

    · 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 Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “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 Chris 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.”

    THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN

    Already one of the most popular and innovative theme park attractions ever created, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure continues to raise the bar for theme park entertainment – combining advanced motion-based ride vehicles, 3-D digital film and live special effects to create an unparalleled ride experience. It is widely acknowledged as one of the best theme park experiences in the world – and it’s about to get mind-blowingly better.

    UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT REVEALS MAJOR ATTRACTION NEWS – 2

    The newly reanimated, high-definition experience will unfold within the attraction’s towering visual spaces – taking on even larger than larger-than-life proportions. The new digital animation – combined with the new Infitec system and new set enhancements – will transform what is already one of the most technologically advanced attractions ever created into what will feel like an all-new experience.

    Facts about the enhanced ride experience:

    · All-new digital animation done in 4K high definition – the highest HD resolution available

    · The new HD animation will allow guests to experience details they’ve never been able to before – from the flames spewing from Hobgoblin’s pumpkins to the electricity arching through Electro’s body to the stitching on Spider-Man’s gloves.

    · To take advantage of new HD clarity and detail, Universal Orlando is adding entirely new details to the film – and leaving it up to guests to find them.

    “Guests will not believe their eyes when they experience the new Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,” said Thierry Coup, senior vice president of the Universal Creative Studio. “We are talking about a larger-than-life environment and the HD animation will make it even more remarkable than it has been. It will seem brand-new.”

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

    Universal Orlando Resort

    There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation – but there is only one Universal Orlando Resort. It is a completely separate destination featuring two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando destination where you are not just entertained – you are part of the most exhilarating entertainment ever created.
    You can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D. You can be courageous, be outrageous – and be extraordinary.
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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Dispicable me attraction and REanimate Spiderman!

    Can I just say that the Re-animation of Spiderman, has me geeking out at an INSANE level! It will make the ride fresh, and new all over again!

    YES YES YES!

    Despicable Me will also be a great addition to the park. All around WOO HOO!
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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Dispicable me attraction and REanimate Spiderman!

    Awesome! When is Spider-man going to close for the refurb?

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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Dispicable me attraction and REanimate Spiderman!

    I am not sure. But I am sure that they will have it down for as little as possible. My educated guess is that they will continue to replace each room with the digital projectors, and then do the big grand move sometime in 2012
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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Dispicable me attraction and REanimate Spiderman!

    And here's the video from Uni Orlando:



    This sounds like good news to me. Upgrades for Spiderman and a replacement for Neutron (which was cute but in need of refreshing).
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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    This is great for Spider-Man and means that Disney still doesn't have anything they can do with Marvel over there correct? Or with the characters that are in Universal Orlando?


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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Dispicable me attraction and REanimate Spiderman!

    Exciting! Not really sure why the decided to announce the mini-golf a few days ago, as it would have added more for today.

    Quote Originally Posted by KingEric View Post
    I am not sure. But I am sure that they will have it down for as little as possible. My educated guess is that they will continue to replace each room with the digital projectors, and then do the big grand move sometime in 2012
    I agree, though a few days to give a nice cleaning before its reopening would be nice.

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    This is great for Spider-Man and means that Disney still doesn't have anything they can do with Marvel over there correct? Or with the characters that are in Universal Orlando?
    Correct. Though as of now it seems that nobody is certain if this is considered "new" and required approval from Disney. Even then, I have said a few times in other threads now, I really doubt Disney could legally get away with saying "no" if the character is being used appropriately and Disney's only real reasoning is to prevent Universal from exercising its rights to the characters.

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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    Yeah we can't forget the new Sci-Fi and Horror themed Mini Golf that is coming too! AHHHH So much is happening! 2012 at UO will be full of some great additions with 2013 and 2014 with some stuff in the pipeline! GO Universal!
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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    To compare the old animation vs. the new animation

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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    MUCH better.


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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    I can't wait to be transformed into a minion!


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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    This is awesome for you guys in Orlando, Florida

    I heard about this news this morning.

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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    Universal, once again you pull me into your grasps! 2 must see attractions opening in 2012 on both coasts. I am really excited about the Despicable Me attraction, even though not much is really known about it. I literally fell in the love with the film the first time I saw it. Cannot Wait!!!!

    It seems like Uni might be trying to compete with the recent Star Tours upgrade at DL and WDW with the new Spider-Man upgrades.


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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    Let's get this party started Universal! Also there is the new water park coming... Wondersea Island! AHHHH!
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    Re: NEWS: Universal Orlando to open Despicable Me attraction and REanimate Spider-man

    4k is a huge deal - the quality difference when you look at those types of images will shock you.
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