Earlier this morning, Universal Studios Orlando hosted a live webcast in which it announced two major additions for next year.
First and foremost was the revelation that the "Jimmy Neutron" attraction will be replaced by a new ride dedicated to "Despicable Me," last year's hit 3-D animated film starring Steve Carell as Gru, one of the world's greatest super-villains.
The storyline of the new ride will reportedly revolve around Gru bringing his three adopted daughters to Universal Studios before transforming the audience into his minions as they explore Gru's secret lair and receive training for his next diabolical plot.
“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,” related Universal Creative President, Mark Woodbury. “This is a perfect fit for Universal Orlando, and we can’t wait to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life.”
Although the announcement didn't specify whether Carell would lend his voice to the new attraction, it did mention that "Despicable Me" producer Chris Meledandri is working closely with the creative team behind the "Despicable Me" ride.
The other announcement from Universal Orlando centered upon "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man," in Marvel's Islands of Adventures. The popular ride will be receiving a complete digital animation upgrade in 4K high definition. From the description, it sounds like most of the ride's storyline will remain intact, but with added details for fans to spot and possibly some Easter eggs as well.
“Guests will not believe their eyes when they experience the new Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,” said Universal Creative Studio's Senior Vice President, Thierry Coup. “We are talking about a larger-than-life environment and the HD animation will make it even more remarkable than it has been. It will seem brand-new.”
Both "Despicable Me" and the new "Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" are scheduled to open in 2012.