Universal Studios Orlando on Thursday announced plans to retheme its Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast attraction with a new "Despicable Me" story line, and to digitally refresh the Amazing Adventures ofSpider-Man motion-simulator ride for 2012.
With no new attractions set for 2011, Universal continues to ride the "Wizarding World" wave of Pottermania, which has helped drive up attendance at the tandemFlorida theme parks by an astonishing 68% so far this year.
Using high-definition digital technology, the new 3-D"Despicable Me" motion-simulator attraction at the Universal Studios Florida theme park -- which along with Islands of Adventure makes up Universal Studios Orlando -- will borrow elements from the animated movie and several film shorts to create a new story line featuring the supervillain Gru, his adoptive daughters and the little yellow minions.
“First you’ll be taken into Gru’s house,” said Thierry Coup, head of Universal's Creative Studio. “And then you’ll get to see his lab.”