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|Universal Studios Hollywood|
|Soft opening date||May 29, 2018|
|Opening date||June 15, 2018|
|Replaced||Shrek 4-D (2003 - 2017)|
|Universal Studios Beijing|
|Opening date||Spring 2021 (planned)|
|Attraction type||4-D film|
Universal Express Pass available
DreamWorks Theatre is a motion simulator attraction that opened on June 15, 2018 at Universal Studios Hollywood located in the Universal City, California community of Los Angeles and upcoming to Universal Studios Beijing. The new attraction is themed around characters featured in films from DreamWorks Animation and features the use of projection mapping. It replaced the Shrek 4-D attraction, which closed on August 13, 2017.
Following NBCUniversal's purchase of DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion in 2016, it sought to leverage its newly acquired intellectual properties. On June 5, 2017, Universal Studios Hollywood announced the new DreamWorks Theatre attraction would open in 2018 based on characters featured in DreamWorks Animation films, which replaced the Shrek 4-D attraction on August 13. NBCUniversal issued a press release regarding the DreamWorks Theatre attraction:
|“||With DreamWorks Animation’s recent acquisition, Universal Studios Hollywood will soon roll out the red carpet for a unique, never before seen DreamWorks Theatre attraction. Opening in 2018, this newly designed venue will play host to a variety of action-packed DreamWorks Animation themed attractions beginning with the multi-sensory adventure inspired by the global blockbuster franchise Kung Fu Panda, and created in partnership with Universal Creative and DreamWorks’ Artists. This new technologically advanced attraction will take guests on a legendary journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art projection mapping and LED lighting effects for a highly engaging and immersive, unstoppable-awesome experience.||”|
On February 8, 2018, Universal stated the attraction would take place on the morning of The Emperor's Great Feast of Heroes, where dragon warrior Po the Panda embarks on a quest to deliver “the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power” to the Palace while enlisting guests to join him on the adventure. It will include “raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and, obviously, Kung Fu." The theater will introduce the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure and will add seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors and 360-degree surround sound audio and include physical effects from water to wind that will add on to the feeling of being in the environment.
The attraction officially opened on June 15, 2018.
Dreamworks Animation Cameo Cast
- Michael Gough as Shrek
- Dean Edwards as Donkey
- Chris Rock as Marty
- Tom McGrath as Skipper
- Anna Kendrick as Poppy
- Conrad Vernon as Gingy and Rico
- Chris Miller as Magic Mirror
Kowalski and Private appeared but had no lines.
- MacDonald, Brady (June 5, 2017). "So long Shrek, hello Kung Fu Panda. Universal Studios to turn 4-D theater into DreamWorks showcase". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
- "DREAMWORKS ANIMATION'S FAVORITE CHARACTERS HEADLINE ALL-NEW UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD ATTRACTION". NBCUniversal. June 5, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
- "DreamWorks Theatre Featuring "Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest" to open June 15 at Universal Studios Hollywood". NBCUniversal. April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
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