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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby Top Thrill Dragster » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:08 pm

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Funland has finally been officially announced!


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 11, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios HollywoodSM today announced that the theme park will be home to the newest version of the wildly popular "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" attraction during a press conference at International Pow Wow, one of the largest travel trade shows in the United States held this week in Las Vegas. News of the Spring 2014 grand opening also revealed that the iconic theme park will unveil a "Super Silly Fun Land," based on the park depicted in Despicable Me, adjacent to the attraction.

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"Coming off the successive, highly popular launches of King Kong 360 3-D and 'Transformers™: The Ride—3D,' the 'Despicable Me Minion Mayhem' attraction is our next global movie blockbuster come to life," said Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios Hollywood. "Our park will also be home to 'Super Silly Fun Land' – a colorful and whimsical play land sure to be an all-time favorite."

"Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" will be a movie motion-simulator adventure inspired by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me which entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history.

The ride continues the story line from the blockbuster film through all-new 3D Ultra-HD animation in an interactive ride vehicle system. The fully immersive experience features the cast of leading characters that have captivated audiences worldwide: super-villain Gru, his adorable girls (Margo, Edith and Agnes) and the unpredictably hilarious Minions.

"The 'Despicable Me Minion Mayhem' attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will continue to push the creative envelope with its exceptional show content, sight gags, special effects and 3D digital animation. The exterior treatment will feature even more thematic and colorful creative touches that will literally place park guests inside Gru's world," said Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative.

Guests will experience Despicable Me-themed queues, preshow videos and comedic dialogue that set up the fundamental plot: Gru schemes to create more mischievous Minions from human recruits.

Guests will be transported into Gru's house as they meander through his living room and encounter visual elements as seen in the film – including the moon-shrinking SR-6 shrink ray – while they zig-zag through a comedic adventure featuring Gru's super-villain laboratory. The exciting journey continues as they swerve, bounce and plunge to get through the frantically humorous Minion training mission while donning specially designed 3D Minion goggles. Fun and frolic continue in a post-show dance party where Minion walkaround characters invite guests to strut their stuff in an impromptu Minion-inspired dance party.

Directly adjacent to "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" will be "Super Silly Fun Land," an elaborate activity zone inspired by the memorable pierside park featured in Despicable Me. A colorfully themed water play area will delight guests of all ages with a multitude of fountains, water dumps and splash pools. Nearby, a dry play zone will invite guests to climb, crawl, jump and slide – while a themed ride will soar and spin guests aboard a fleet of imaginative ride vehicles for a view of "Super Silly Fun Land."

"Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" was produced in collaboration between Universal Creative and Illumination Entertainment, and was recently honored as Best Animated Special Production at the 2012 Annie Awards, which recognizes Outstanding Achievements in the field of Animation.

Universal Studios HollywoodSM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk® entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena. World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, "King Kong 360 3-D" on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, "The Simpsons RideTM," "Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride" indoor roller coaster and "Jurassic Park® —The Ride," as well as the award-winning, critically acclaimed mega-attraction, "Transformers™: The Ride—3D."

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby Jew » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:02 am

Directly adjacent to "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" will be "Super Silly Fun Land," an elaborate activity zone inspired by the memorable pierside park featured in Despicable Me. A colorfully themed water play area will delight guests of all ages with a multitude of fountains, water dumps and splash pools. Nearby, a dry play zone will invite guests to climb, crawl, jump and slide – while a themed ride will soar and spin guests aboard a fleet of imaginative ride vehicles for a view of "Super Silly Fun Land."


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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby DBJ » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:16 am

Wow, that's great! A new flat ride for USH was unexpected. Very glad to see them finally turn that corner of the upper lot into space for a new ride.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby gisco » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:06 am

Nice to see a flat going in. I always thought that was an area they were short on.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby Wes » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:15 pm

So this land is more or less replacing the Curious George area that's getting turned into Potterverse right.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby Jew » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:23 pm

That's what it sounds like. That area was kind of tired (is Curious George even still relevant?), though I'm sure some kids will miss the jungle portion. Can't go wrong with those giant foam ball war zones.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby Musketeer » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:53 pm

I am really excited for the future of USH! I really enjoyed Despicable Me at Universal in Orlando, so i'm happy to see that on the west coast. Also excited for a flat ride to accompany it! With all the Simpsons rumors and knowing that Potter is coming, there is a bright future ahead for this park. Can't wait.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby Woodie Warrior » Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:59 pm

Despicable Me is the most popular ride right now at USO and should fit in great here.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby Double0Kevin » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:53 pm

Woodie Warrior wrote:Despicable Me is the most popular ride right now at USO and should fit in great here.


I don't know that it's the most popular, but it's capacity and appeal to everyone does cause it to have some lengthy lines. I hope that the USH one has improved capacity based on the larger building size. I'm excited though, it was by far one of the better 3D attractions I've experienced and I think it will fit in great at USH. I'm stoked for the flat ride too, I guess I never realized that USH never had one. Nice to round out the offerings of the park a bit more.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood to announce Wizarding World

Postby Jew » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:53 pm

Here's what the building currently looks like.
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New structures popping up!
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