Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast
|Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast|
|Attraction type||Simulator ride|
|Designer||Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Totally Fun Company
|Height restriction||40 in (102 cm)|
|Safety Restraints||Lap Bars|
|Pre-Show Host||Jimmy Neutron|
Universal Express available
Single rider line available
Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast was a simulator ride at Universal Studios Florida that replaced The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. The story line revolved around Ooblar, (brother to King Goobot who is an enemy of Jimmy's) from the Yolkian planet has stolen Jimmy's newest rocket creation, the Mark IV. Jimmy, along with his best friend Carl and robotic canine, Goddard, invite the audience to give chase in other rockets through the worlds and sound stages of the Nicktoons.
On March 14, 2011, Universal announced that the attraction would begin operating on a seasonal schedule starting on April 1, 2011, and would operate for limited amounts of time throughout the spring and summer seasons before it closed completely on August 18, 2011. Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast was replaced by Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem on July 2, 2012.
In spring 2003, Universal Studios Florida released this official synopsis:
|“||"The evil Ooblar from the planet Yokian has stolen Jimmy's newest rocket creation...The Mark IV. Board your own rocket and follow Jimmy on a wild goose chase through your favorite Nicktoons worlds."||”|
The facility which used to house The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera is used for the same purpose as its predecessor. Enough changes were made to re-invent the ride as Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, such as paint and a new movie, but it is essentially the same.
The outside queue area, where people wait in line, feature several television screens that show various Nicktoons on a loop. The guests are then taken into a preshow area where the storyline for the ride would be revealed.
Inside the preshow, there is a television screen with an atom and electrons revolving around it (Jimmy Neutron's insignia). When the demonstration starts, Jimmy introduces himself, Goddard, and Carl to the audience and then Jimmy instructs Goddard to give a layout of Nicktoon Studios. Shortly thereafter, the alarms go off and Jimmy's computer, the VOX-9000, alerts him that an intruder is on the premises. After a quick inspection of the lab, everything seems normal until a laser starts cutting the wall behind Jimmy, Carl, and Goddard. Ooblar shows up dressed as a tourist (notice that he's wearing a Universal cap). Jimmy asks what he's doing here and Ooblar responds that he came by to give Carl back his stuffed bear, Mr. Fluffkins. Jimmy is perplexed at this statement saying, "You came all this way to return Carl's bear?" Ooblar laughs and then plays a video that shows him and King Goobot arguing if Ooblar can enslave the Earth. King Goobot eventually gives in and requests that Ooblar bring the Mark IV rocket back to him so that he can duplicate it and then his armies can enslave the Earth. Ooblar then gets into the Mark IV and prepares to fly off but not before threatening Carl to hand over the remote control to pilot it. Ooblar then leaves through the hole in the wall that he caused and Jimmy asks the audience to follow them in some Mark I rockets that he will pilot by remote control, (the ride vehicles themselves), while he, Carl, and Goddard follow in the Mark II. Earlier, Carl had asked what happened to the Mark III rocket, and Jimmy replied, "Don't ask." At this point, the screen goes black, and the guests are ushered to the rockets.
Right in front of the audience is a giant metal door with a large letter "N" for Neutron on the front. All of a sudden, the door opens and the rockets follow Jimmy, Carl, and Goddard out through the hole in the wall and enter Nicktoon Studios. There are a lot of Nicktoon cameos to spot throughout the aerial pursuit, but this part of the ride has the most. Jimmy then warns the audience to watch out for the giant Slime Tower as the rockets head into Arnold's neighborhood. Straight ahead is the Rugrats sound stage where the characters are enjoying a Reptar-themed birthday party at Tommy Pickles' house. As Jimmy's rocket swoops in to follow Ooblar through the house, Goddard activates his roboclaw on Jimmy's command and grabs Angelica who is then carried through the house and up the stairs. The rockets then crash through an upstairs bedroom window as Angelica is dumped on the bed, and enter The Fairly OddParents sound stage where Jimmy asks Cosmo and Wanda to help them get the Mark IV back. However, Cosmo's antics get in the way and Wanda asks him to give his wand to Carl to help stop Ooblar. Carl then makes Ooblar disappear to the Yolkian planet and Wanda grants Jimmy's wish to follow him. On the Yolkian planet, Jimmy, Carl, and Goddard meet up with King Goobot who introduces them to Poultra, a gigantic alien chicken from the movie. While trying to flee from Poultra, the Mark IV is destroyed by her breath while simultaneously causing Jimmy's rocket to lose power and Ooblar to be turned into a fried egg. Carl uses Cosmo's wand to return to Earth where they crash land into Bikini Bottom where SpongeBob and Patrick are jellyfishing in Jellyfish Fields. SpongeBob is excited to see a "rocket-powered jellyfish" (Jimmy's rocket) and immediately gives chase by diving off a cliff onto Jimmy and then being pulled along behind the rocket in water skiing fashion. While hastily cruising around Bikini Bottom, Jimmy's rocket collides into the Krusty Krab, causing Mr. Krabs to unintentionally hitch a ride along with SpongeBob. Jimmy then drags SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs underwater to a large pipe that leads back to his rocket lab. As the water drains into the floor, a very angry King Goobot shows up and traps Jimmy and Goddard in a floating bubble while forcing the audience and Carl to listen to the Chicken Dance as the seats move and bounce to the song. Carl manages to break free of the hypnotic music and uses Cosmo's wand, (which he still has), to blast King Goobot's staff where he controls the music and the bubble. Jimmy and Goddard are freed and King Goobot is reduced to a quivering mass after his shell is broken. Carl then starts wishing up tons of llamas as Jimmy thanks the audience for saving the universe. The door with the large letter "N" closes and the ride attendants congratulate the guests on a job well done.
There is a 40-inch height requirement for the simulator, requiring smaller children to sit in a non-motion seat. Expectant mothers, people with motion sickness, heart problems, back or neck problems, are all encouraged to sit in a non-motion seat. People occasionally panic during the ride due to the intense motion, and the ride is stopped by an operator.
Like its predecessor, after the show, guests were escorted into an interactive area where they can interact with various technologies geared towards children. This area held various logo signs and props from old Nickelodeon shows, such as Double Dare 2000 and All That. In June 2008, the signs from old Nickelodeon shows were taken away and were replaced with signs from newer Nickelodeon shows such as Naked Brothers Band and iCarly. Cosmo and Wanda appear in different areas from time to time to talk about the thing they have poofed into, before disappearing.
Following this area was a gift shop where Nicktoons merchandise were purchased.
The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera was one of Universal Studios Florida's original attractions, opening with the park on June 7, 1990. In 1998, Universal officials noticed that the ride had lost a large percentage of its operating capacity, most likely because children were not interested in Hanna-Barbera cartoons anymore, and they secretly began work on a new attraction to replace it with which would be based on modern cartoons rather than older animation due. Universal then brought up the idea of opening a Nickelodeon themed simulator ride.
In the early 2000s (decade), a contract was granted with Viacom and Nickelodeon to replace "Hanna-Barbera" with a simulator ride titled "The Nicktoon Blast". In 2001, when it was decided the newest Nicktoon character Jimmy Neutron would host the ride, and it was secretly greenlit as "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast". Production on the ride film and conceptual art of the new look for the ride was done in 2001 through very early 2003.
In July 2002, Universal officially confirmed that they would not renew their contract for the Hanna-Barbera ride and that it would be replaced by "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast" in 2003. They had also announced the replacement of Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies with Shrek 4-D on the same day.
Unlike the ride film of "The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera" which Universal had co-produced with Hanna-Barbera Productions, the ride film of Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast was created solely by Nickelodeon Animation Studios with Viacom Productions as the distributor, and the only involvement which Universal Studios had in production of the ride film was an appearance of the Universal logo on the character Ooblar's hat during the pre-show portion. However, Mario Kamberg, Allen Battino and Totally Fun Company's Trey Stokes, who designed the ride film for "Hanna-Barbera", also signed on to take part in the animation of the Nickton Blast ride film. The reason for which "Hanna-Barbera" needed a contract as well despite Universal still in ownership of the ride film was due to the fact that Universal did not own the characters and needed a license to use them at their theme parks. By the end of the run of Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast on August 18, 2011, Kamberg, Battino and Stokes will have had both their films playing in the same theater for over 20 years.
There has been speculation that Hanna-Barbera characters have a very brief cameo in the opening portion of the main ride, as in homage to the Hanna-Barbera ride. However, this is not the case because Nickelodeon produced the ride film and Hanna Barbera characters are copyrighted by Hanna-Barbera Productions, an asset of Time Warner. In the pre-show portion of the ride film, Jimmy Neutron's rocket the Mark IV which Ooblar steals bears an almost total resemblance to Dick Dastardly's space rocket in "Hanna-Barbera".
The rebuilding of "Hanna-Barbera" into "Jimmy Neutron" lasted 5 months and two weeks, currently the second shortest ride turn around in Universal Orlando Resort's history behind the change from Earthquake: The Big One to Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride...Starring You!. The changes include new paint on soundstage 42's exterior, as well in the tent for the queue area, and on the ride vehicles. In the pre-show portion, minimal retheming was done, and it is almost entirely the same from Hanna-Barbera. The only changes in the pre-show portion are the new ride film as well as the removal of the Jetsons style robot arm which would "hold" one of the pre-show screens in Hanna-Barbera. Another change was the addition of a red alert signal when the pre-show video plays. The Hanna-Barbera rocket and projector still remain exactly intact.
In the main ride portion, the rocket style ride vehicles have been repainted to bear the resemblance of Jimmy's Mark 1 rocket rather than the Hanna-Barbera rockets. Jimmy's "N" insignia has also been etched into the seats of each ride vehicle, as well as above the ride screen, and the new ride film also plays. New effects were also added as well,which include lighting flashes in some parts of the ride, and riders also feel water and bubbles come down from the ceiling during other portions. Many of the motion system's movements are the same from Hanna-Barbera because the same system is reused, except for the chicken dance finale. Rocket windows on the right and left sides of the theater are still exactly in tact from Hanna-Barbera.
During the interactive post show, nothing has been reused from Hanna-Barbera except for a projection screen used for one of the games. Every other set is newly built.
As for the gift shop, it has been slightly refurbished for Nicktoon theming, and new paint has been added in place of previous Hanna-Barbera murals.
Construction and Opening
"The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera" closed on October 20, 2002 and construction began almost immediately afterwords. The attraction started previews in late March 2003 known as "Technical Reheasals". The ride was officially opened by Universal Orlando on April 11.
When the ride was first opened, the queue video showed clips from Hey Arnold, Invader Zim and Ren and Stimpy but eventually showed clips from newer Nicktoons such as Danny Phantom, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Catscratch. The old television monitors in the queue, which had been re-used from "Hanna-Barbera", have recently been replaced with new flat screen plasma television monitors.
Halloween Horror Nights
The attraction has frequently been run at the Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Orlando Resort. It was run during Horror Nights the following years.
- HHN (2004)
- HHN: Sweet 16 (2006)
- HHN: Carnival of Carnage (2007)
On March 14, 2011, Universal Orlando released this statement via their Facebook page:
On April 1, we will close Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast and immediately begin work on an all-new experience based on an amazing concept. The new attraction is just one of many exciting things planned for the next couple of years. Meanwhile, Boy Genius fans will be excited to know that the attraction will re-open for limited periods during the spring and summer before closing permanently on August 18."—
The attraction began operating only during peak seasons on April 1, 2011. It remained operating in the seasonal schedule until closing on August 18. On May 19, 2011, Universal Orlando officially announced that the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem would be based on the 2010 animated film Despicable Me and was opened in 2012.
The ride received a mixed reception from guests and theme park fans. Most believe that the attraction does not outdo the previous ride. Most describe "Nicktoon Blast" as being a duplicate of the original, with a Nicktoon theme. Also more people describe that that it was boring and childish.
Some received the ride positively. The website Orlando Rocks gave a positive review stating "Move over Hanna! This ride is wonderful". On IMDB, a user gave a positive review of 8 out of 10 stars stating that it was "simply fun" but that it "doesn't hold up to it's [sic] predecessor" a reviewer on Theme Park Insider said that "it is a fun little ride". One user said "I had a fun time on here, the dancing was the best part" and another called it "a memorable experience" but that it "is one of the most underrated attractions at Universal".
Others were more negative of the attraction. On IMDB, another user gave a lackluster review stating "It's basically the same exact ride, only there's a different movie and the ride vehicles have all been repainted" and also said "skip this one in favor of more innovative and exciting rides" Most reviews conducted on Theme Park Insider mention that the ride is nothing more than "Just O.K.", with one reviewer saying "it hurts your butt when it does the chicken dance". Another reviewer said that "This is probably not the ride for adults without kids, especially if you really like Hanna-Barbera cartoons. But hey, if there is nothing else to do, then go for it"
The ride received a 7 out of 10 rating on the website Theme Park Insider. On IMDB, it received a 6 out of 10 star rating. Comparingly, the Hanna-Barbera ride received an 8 out of 10 rating.
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- Universal Orlando Resort (March 15, 2011). "Hey fans! On April...". Facebook. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
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- Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast (2003) User Comments
- Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast at Universal Studios Florida
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- Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast at Orlando Rocks
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