Universal Studios celebrates their 100th anniversary this year and, with the recent closure of the famous Jaws Ride in 2012, arguably the foundation that Universal Studios has built their success upon, we take a look at what has replaced the big fish and why 3D seems the only way forward for 2013:
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is the latest 3D ride to open at Universal Studios where you become a part of the story as the recruitment for the main character Gru’s latest scheme. All the character voices are performed by the original stars of the film Despicable Me. So if you have seen the film, this might appeal to you.
In March 2012 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man reopened in high definition 3D with rave reviews about the crystal graphics that this ride promises. Spider-Man is a comic classic that was designed around action and so developing this ride into HD 3D was a wise move on Universal’s part.
Terminator 2: 3D is fast becoming a Universal classic, combining live actions stunts, special effects and the 3D experience, set in an apocalyptic wasteland; this ride promises to take you into the future. Reviews for this ride see it superseding other 3D experiences because it involves extensive live stunts, which suggests 3D alone might be a bit one dimensional, if you know what I mean.
Prepare for battle as Transformers: The Ride-3D prepares to open this summer. This ride is sure to generate mass excitement and hopes to deliver a thrilling transformative experience. Using HD 3D and Flight Simulation technology, this ride promises to blur fiction and reality, which is a good job really, otherwise we may as well just stick to 2D.
With all this 3-D action it makes you wonder what impact 4D rides will be making this year. Currently Universal Studios only has one ride in 4D: Shrek 4D. However, if Florida’s a bit too far to travel for the experience then why not hot foot it to Madame Tussauds in London who have a new Marvel Super Heroes 4D attraction? Screened in Madame Tussauds’ famous domed auditorium, viewers will be exposed to spell bounding 3D visual effects as well as the extra-sensory fourth dimensions that we know as 4D.With attractions having to adopt these new technologies if they want to compete, we are likely to see more and more of them appearing in coming years, but 2013 could be the year that it all kicks off.