Shrek (2001) isn’t the first film to mock and/or make fun of the Walt Disney Company and its familial formula. However, it is the first to do it so successfully that it creates an entire franchise, resulting in a major theme park presence in Universal Resort theme parks.
Starring Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, and Cameron Diaz as the feisty Princess Fiona, the Shrek franchise is one of the most recognizable non-Disney animated films around.
In fact, the first Shrek film made history by winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, beating Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc. (2001).
Fast forward over twenty years later, and the Shrek franchise is still alive and well in the hearts and recent memory of pop culture and Shrek fans alike. From internet memes to Universal Studios merchandise, the first Shrek film has come a long way.
However, the theme park attraction Shrek 4-D was put to rest recently, making room for an entirely new Minions-themed attraction in Universal Studios Florida.
Fans of the classic attraction were devastated to hear of this loss. But, only a year later, it has since been announced that Universal Studios Florida will welcome an all-new DreamWorks theme park area, including the unfriendly ogre himself.
Twitter/X user @ParkTwister recently posted pictures of this upcoming area, showcasing the iconic swamp as it’s being built:
Work currently being done to Shrek’s Swamp in the all-new DreamWorks land at Universal Studios Florida! 🏗️🧅 pic.twitter.com/GBDg2eXwle
— ParkTwister🎡 (@ParkTwister) August 7, 2023
As we can see in these photos, Shrek isn’t leaving Universal Studios at all. Instead, this beloved ogre is returning sooner than any of us anticipated.