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Despicable Me at Universal Orlando

­A 3D experience based around the animated film Despicable Me will open in 2012 at Universal Orland Resort, together with a high definition upgrade of Islands of Adventure’s renowned The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man dark ride.

Despicable Me is set to replace Universal Studios’ Jimmy Neutron Nicktoon Blast, a simulator-based attraction. Both it and Spider-Man will utilise Infitec 3D projection systems designed to make the experience sharper, clearer and more “real” than ever before.

With a worldwide gross of more than $540 million (€375m), Despicable Me from directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin is the 10th-biggest animated film in US history. The Universal Creative team is working closely with producer Chris Meledandri to create all-new animation for the theme park experience. Guests will enjoy a humorous adventure with Gru, Margo, Edith and Agnes.

“This is a perfect fit for Universal Orlando, and we can’t wait to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life,” says Universal Creative president Mark Woodbury.

Already one of the most praised and innovative theme park attractions ever created, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man combines advanced motion-based ride vehicles, 3D digital film and live special effects to create an breathtaking ride experience.

High definition CGI animation, combined with improved picture quality set enhancements, will transform what is already one of the most technologically advanced attractions ever created into what will feel like a brand new experience.

The new digital animation will be done in 4K high definition – the highest HD resolution available – as audiences witness details they’ve never been able to before, from the flames spewing from Hobgoblin’s pumpkins to the stitching on Spider-Man’s gloves!

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