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New Dispicable Me ride at Universal Studios

Tuesday, January 3, 2012- Orlando, FL Universal Orlando is very excited to introduce its newest attraction into the park this year. The Orlando theme park announced last spring that it will open a ‘3-D-CGI attraction’ based on the character of Gru, the animated super villain star of the Hollywood film Despicable Me.

Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative said: “ 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.”

The new Despicable Me ride, which will replace the Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast park, will turn park guests into the less than sharp one-eyed yellow minions that trail their evil master Universal officials said. Gru’s three adopted daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes will also be featured in the new attraction. Like the film, it will be a 3-D experience and will combine visceral and virtual motion with animation and real-life elements."When we got our hands on ['Despicable Me'], we knew instantly it was a perfect fit for Universal Orlando," said Woodbury. "It's wonderful for us to bring to life the first Universal animated picture."

Universal said its creative team is working with the film’s original producer, Chris Meledandri, to ensure the attraction stays true to the original movie.

The ride will feature a new story that follows friendly mad scientist Gru and his daughters during a trip to Universal Orlando. Gru says he has a new experiment he wants to try out and ends up transforming the entire audience into minions. Ride guests will be given 3-D glasses that look like the minions' goggles to complete the transformation, and will enter the eight-person vehicles to start the ride. The experience will end with a post-show dance party.The "Despicable Me" ride will be opened in 2012, and with a "Despicable Me" sequel hitting theaters in 2013, Meledandri said there's a chance for some crossover between the ride and the new film."I personally love little discoveries inside movies meant for people who are being particularly astute," he said, referencing the "Lorax" shirt Margo wears in the first film, which is a shout-out to Illumination Entertainment's next feature.There’s no word yet on whether the actors from the original film — including Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Miranda Cosgrove — would participate in the voice acting for the ride. We can only hope.

Stay tuned for more details on the new Despicable Me Ride as well as other new Universal Orlando attractions including Spider Man. Tickets to Universal Orlando start at just $84.00 for adults and $78.00 for children right her eon