Thursday, May 19, 2011

Universal Orlando announces a new 'Despicable Me' attraction and updates to 'The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man'

Some of the best theme park attractions created in the past decade wouldn't exist if if wasn't for The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.  Toy Story Mania, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey..these were able to come to life because of the technical break through in motion based 3D that happened with Universal's Spider-Man attraction.     

Today word comes from Universal Orlando Resort that they are updating The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.  Don't worry though, they aren't making it different.  It's going to get an HD upgrade, along with a few other surprises.  According to the press release:

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."  

Universal also announced today that they are creating an attraction based on the hit animated movie Despicable Me.  This will be opening next year in Orlando where the old Jimmy Neutron 3D attraction was based.  

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."

What say you?

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Source: Universal Orlando Resort

1 comment:

  1. They are making Spiderman even better? That is freakin awesome. 4k projection is a beautiful thing! I can't wait. Love the despicable me concept too. Universal is really upping their game lately. I hope it pushes Disney to raise their bar too.