From an entire film series to theme park attractions to mini-series, the Shrek franchise has been a hit ever since the first film debuted in 2001.
So it came as a great surprise to hear that Universal Studios Orlando’s Shrek 4D attraction was destined to close.
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Shrek 4D was an attraction similar to Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s PhilarMagic attraction. However, seeing as it was made before the release of Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010), Shrek 4D quickly became outdated.
The attraction was missing some of the most iconic characters, and this didn’t go unnoticed by fans.
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Not only that, but the attraction was also outdated from an experience perspective. As Universal Studios Florida introduced newer 4D theateresque attractions, they included more movement, so Guests didn’t feel as if they were simply sitting in a theater watching a short film.
As a result, the reign of Shrek 4D was over, and the attraction closed permanently on January 10, 2022. Not long after, it was announced that a new Minions-themed attraction would take its place.
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Over a year later, we now know that this replacement is named Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast and is rumored to open later this summer.
As for fan reactions…it’s not looking very promising. One Guest who recently visited Universal Studios Orlando snapped a photo and posted it online, asking if anyone else was excited about the upcoming ride:
Anyone else excited for Minion Blast?
by u/Santablouse1555 in UniversalOrlando
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The majority of the comments, however, would prefer something other than another Minions-themed ride. This is totally understandable, considering that Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is right across the street.
Will fans eventually warm up to another Minions attraction? Only time will tell.