The Universal Orlando Resort has revealed that it will reveal "major" news about a new attraction on May 19, 2011, with a new ride for Universal Studios Florida believed to be on the cards.
Inside the Magic reports that Universal has timed the announcement for 10.30am EDT on May 19, just one day before Star Tours: The Adventures Continue opens at rival Walt Disney World. It is widely expected that the company will announce a replacement for the Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast attraction at Universal Studios Florida, though this is yet to be confirmed.
Universal has been dropping hints about a replacement for Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast via its Facebook page, having confirmed that the ride will close permanently on August 18, 2011. At the time, the resort claimed that the attraction was being shut down to make way for an "amazing new concept".
It has been widely rumored that the replacement attraction will be based on the Despicable Me animated movie. This could potentially enable Universal Studios Florida to reuse the existing simulator-style ride system that is already in place.
Universal Orlando has so far refused to be drawn on the nature of the new attraction, although it has claimed that it will be "just one of many exciting things planned for the next couple of years". No other new attractions have yet been confirmed for either Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure, although an expansion to the hugely popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been rumored.
Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast opened in April 2003, replacing The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. It re-used the original attraction's simulator system, which had been in place at Universal Studios Florida since the park first opened in 1990. The ride tells the story of Jimmy's attempts to recover his Mark IV rocket, which has been stolen by the evil Ooblar.
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