Universal Studios Florida Shrek 4D to close in 2022
Universal Studios Florida will close Shrek 4D after more than 18 years, as the park continues to modernize its attractions for new entrants.
Universal Studios Florida will close its classic Shrek 4D attraction next year.
As reported by Orlando Informer, Shrek 4D will officially close on January 10, 2022, ending an 18-plus race that began in 2003. Like other 4D experiences, the ride combines elements of a coaster with an original story. Shrek 4DThe central plot of Shrek and Donkey save Princess Fiona from the ghost of Lord Farquaad. DreamWorks returned to animate the story of the ride and then released it on DVD under the title Shrek 3-D, to coincide with the cinema premiere Shrek 2.
In 2001, DreamWorks Animation released Shrek with Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow. It was a box office success and became the fourth highest grossing film of the year. After Shrek, DreamWorks has launched a franchise of productions, including sequels, video games, TV specials, and even a Broadway play. Today, the legacy of Shrek lives through the character of Le Chat Botté, played by Antonio Banderas, which is due to release a new film in 2022.
In 2003, the popularity of Shrek had made the character a cultural phenomenon. Seeing this, Universal Studios added Shrek 4D at its major theme parks in Hollywood, California, and Orlando, Florida. However, in 2017, the time has come for Shrek and Universal Studios Hollywood have closed the ride, replacing it with DreamWorks Theater. When Universal Studios closes its Shrek 4D counterpart in 2022, it is estimated that it will have welcomed nearly 75 million guests.
Although the closure of Shrek 4D is sad for many fans, it is a necessary part of business for theme parks. In order for new rides to open, old rides must be closed. Shrek 4D was itself a replacement for the Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies 3D movie. In recent years, other brands of yesteryear have also been closed in favor of more relevant properties. In 2017, the long T2-3D: Battle through time, which was built after the release of Terminator 2, was also closed in favor of The Bourne Stuntacular. At the moment, there is no news on which attraction will replace Shrek 4D.
While Shrek 4DThe days may be numbered in the United States, the ride is still present in other theme parks around the world. At Universal Studios Japan, which recently opened its Super Nintendo World theme, fans can find Shrek 4D housed in the same theater as The magic of Sesame Street 4D movie. However, true Shrek– enthusiasts will want to make the trip to Universal Studios Singapore, where Shrek 4D is presented as part of a “Far Far Away” themed area that also includes several roller coasters, a live show, and Shrek-centric outlets.
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Source: Orlando Informant
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