Universal Studios Florida will permanently close Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast on August 17, 2011, as it prepares to transform it into a new attraction based on the Despicable Me animated movie.
The closure of Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast was announced in March, with its replacement subsequently announced in May. The Despicable Me attraction is expected to reuse the simulator-style ride system employed by Nicktoon Blast.
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.
Based on the $540-million grossing Universal Pictures movie, the Despicable Me ride will use a new Infitec 3-D projection system that Universal claims will make the experience "sharper, clearer and more 'real' than ever before". It will be the first ride at any of the company's theme parks to be based on a Universal-produced animated movie, with all-new scenes being worked on for the attraction.
Despicable Me will feature many of the leading characters from the movie, including soft-hearted super-villain Gru, adopted daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and cute characters the minions. It will include scenes set in Gru's lair and secret lab, with the plot set to see the entire family accidentally transformed into minions.
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