Universal Orlando Has Confirmed Shrek 4-D’s Replacement Attraction

Amidst the surprising popularity of DreamWorks’ fan-favorite film Shrek (2001), Universal Studios Florida quickly bridged the gap between the need for a new attraction and the film’s cult following with Shrek 4-D.

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Shrek 4-D arrived at Universal Studios Florida in 2003, a year before the release of Shrek 2 (2004), taking place immediately after the first film. The attraction was similar to Mickey’s PhilharMagic, and following in true Shrek fashion, made some friendly references to the Walt Disney World experience.

Like the film, Shrek 4-D was a classic attraction and well-beloved by Guests. However, all good things must come to an end. By the end of Shrek 4-D’s lifespan (May 2003 to January 2022), the attraction was considered outdated. More Shrek characters had entered the fray but were not included in the attraction due to its age, and the effects were no longer exciting to younger audiences.

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Seeing the success of Universal Studios Florida’s recent attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, the theme park seemingly decided to crush two birds with one stone: what used to be Shrek 4-D will soon be Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast.

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Although Shrek 4-D was primarily a show instead of an interactive attraction, Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast will reportedly feature something entirely new. Scott Gustin writes, “Guests will grab an interactive blaster and step onto a motion-based pathway to put their skills to the test.” Something this innovative means significant changes for Universal Studios Florida.

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Reportedly, Illumination Ave will soon be home to a new Minion Land. This themed area will contain the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction, the upcoming Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast attraction, a Minion Café, and more. 

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.