Shrek 4-D officially closed last month at Universal Studios Florida. The former attraction has since been surrounded by temporary work walls covered in Minions graphics.
The leading rumor for what will replace it has been a Minions-themed moving walkway attraction. (Think of it as across between a walk-through and a ride.) Today, a new notice of commencement for the project may have confirmed this rumor. See the video version of this story for additional visuals.
The rumored concept to replace Shrek 4-D involves a moving walkway where guests are given blasters to shoot at targets as they move through scenes, all while standing on the moving belt. The attraction is theorized to take place at the Villain-Con location, as seen in the Minions film.
Today, a notice of commencement was filed with the Orange County Comptroller for work to be done on Building 40, the former Shrek building. The description says it is for “Equipment Installation,” similar to prior documents filed for the project.
According to this document, Glidepath Limited is listed as the contractor for this installation. That company designs and installs moving walkways, which are used in everything from airport baggage carousels to moving walkways in aquariums and other entertainment venues.
One of the rumored features for the Minions moving walkway attraction is that it will be able to turn around corners. As you can see in the video below, Glidepath already creates moving walkways that can accomplish this.
The Minions Villain-Con moving walkway attraction is expected to utilize a mix of physical sets and digital media to create an interactive experience for families.
A previous notice of commencement for the project, which was for “Audio and Visual Equipment” installation, listed Holovis, Inc. as the contractor. They specialize in interactive and immersive screen and projected media installations.
Universal Orlando has not yet announced what will be replacing Shrek 4-D, but all of the rumored pieces of the puzzle are starting to be confirmed from permitted documents.
Despite not announcing that the new attraction would be based on the Minions franchise, the walls around the former theater are filled with the popular little yellow characters. Universal’s official social media channels also teased the replacement with a banana, the Minion’s favorite food.
The building had also been utilized for Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses in previous years. The new Minions attraction is rumored have been designed to leave enough extra space in the building to continue using it for haunted houses during the seasonal event. It is expected that the Minions attraction will be able to remain open while that additional space is being utilized.
While rumors originally had this new attraction opening in time for the release of the second standalone Minions film this summer, new rumors suggest this Minions Villain-Con moving walkway “ride” will instead open in early 2023. This has not yet been confirmed by Universal Orlando.