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Universal Orlando updates Spider-Man, adds 'Despicable Me' attraction

By John Couwels, CNN
"The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" at Universal Orlando will be reanimated in digital high definition.
"The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" at Universal Orlando will be reanimated in digital high definition.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Despicable Me," the animated movie, will become Universal Orlando's latest attraction
  • The new ride will turn the audience into an army of minions
  • Universal is also giving The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man a technical face lift
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(CNN) -- Some changes are coming to Orlando theme parks in 2012.

"Despicable Me," the popular animated movie adventure, will become Universal Orlando's latest attraction to be featured in high definition 3-D, the park announced Thursday.

Meanwhile, "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" ride is getting a technical face lift and will go HD.

During a Web announcement Thursday, Universal said the "Despicable Me" experience would replace "Jimmy Neutron," scheduled to close in August.

The "Despicable Me" attraction will turn the audience into an army of minions, the little one-eyed yellow creatures from the film that have since been featured in everything from commercials to appearances at Hollywood award shows, Universal officials said.

The audience will feel transformed, said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.

"The audience will have the benefit of wearing minion goggles," which kind of helps guests feel part of the experience, Woodbury told CNN.

"Despicable Me," which was released in 2010 and earned $540 million at the box office, will become the first Universal animated film to be transformed into a theme park experience, said Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination Entertainment, the co-creators of the film.

Universal Orlando is no stranger to transforming Hollywood blockbusters into successful attractions like "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," which is in the neighborhood.

"The 'Despicable Me' attraction is the latest example of how we tap into pop culture's most compelling stories and turn them into extraordinary theme park entertainment," Woodbury said.

Also opening in 2012 at Disney World is the first phase of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion, featuring Beast's Castle from "Beauty in the Beast."