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 By the end of Shrek 4-D’s lifespan (May 2003 to January 2022), the attraction was considered outdated.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.
NEW: Universal Orlando announces Illumination's Villain-Con Minion Blast will open this upcoming summer. The "blaster game experience "will be located at the former spot of Shrek 4-D at Universal Studios. pic.twitter.com/k1VKqIyHrR
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) December 8, 2022
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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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