Universal Studios Florida
Shrek 4-D & Donkey's Photo Finish photos
(June 12, 2003 - present)
Photos of the Shrek 4-D 3D show and Donkey's Photo Finish in Production Central in Universal Studios Florida.
The Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies experience closed for good in January of 2003, making way for a bigger attraction designed to wow! the audiences.
Six months later, Shrek 4-D opened to the crowds on June 12, 2003, bringing the giant green ogre from the 2001 hit animated movie, Shrek, into Universal Studios Florida. Studio 54 across the street was converted into Donkey's Photo Finish, a place for people to have their photo taken with Shrek and Donkey.
The exterior of the Shrek 4-D building has posters that tell the general storyline of the first Shrek movie. This is accompanied by television monitors showing highlights from the movie as well. Additional posters poke fun at other Universal movies and Walt Disney World rides, using the Shrek characters in the advertisements.
WARNING --- SPOILERS!
The preshow room for Shrek 4-D is themed to Lord Farquaad's dungeon. A dungeon master tells corny jokes and keeps the crowd going, and we see that several of the movie's characters are captured, each one in a separate torture device above our heads. On the screens, we see "live" footage of Gingy lying on a torture table, waiting for more torture from Thelonius. The characters suddenly come to live and tell us to run away while we still can. Of course, none of us take their warning seriously. They tell us that Lord Farquaad is back and he kidnapped them. The Magic Mirror gives us a brief recap of the Shrek movie with the scene of Dragon eating Lord Farquaad being shown several times. The characters seem to like seeing replays of Dragon eating Lord Farquaad.
Lord Farquaad's ghost suddenly flies through the dungeon and appears on the screen. He demands to know the whereabouts of Shrek and Fiona. None of us know, so he demands that we all be "tortured" in the next room (main theater). Lord Farquaad flies away and we're instructed not to put on our 3-D glasses until we're safely seated inside the main torture chamber.
Shrek 4-D beings right as Shrek ends with Shrek and Fiona preparing to head off on their honeymoon. Fiona is sitting in the onion carriage when Thelonius suddenly appears out of nowhere. The dungeon master kidnaps Fiona, riding off with Shrek's new wife. Shrek and Donkey jump into the carriage and take off after Thelonius, with our seats moving along to the action on screen (Yes, the theater's seats move a little bit for some of the scenes.). After crashing through Gingy's candy house the carriage finally crashes and comes to a halt.
Shrek and Donkey take a shortcut through a creepy cemetery, and Lord Farquaad's ghost tries to scare Donkey. Shrek and Donkey see a statue immortalizing Lord Farquaad as he apparently slew a dragon, and that gives Donkey an idea. He tries whistling for Dragon, but to his and Shrek's horror, Donkey's whistling actually awakens the dragon statue. They run away, and just before they're attacked by the stone dragon, Donkey's girlfriend Dragon swoops them up and carries them away. It's now an airborne duel as the two dragons fly around and try to attack the other one. Shrek and Donkey ride Dragon through a narrow rock canyon and the stone dragon pursues, only to have its stone wings destroyed. Shrek and Donkey then fly away and look for Fiona.
Meanwhile, Lord Farquaad has Thelonius tie Fiona onto a raft with the intention of sending her over a waterfall, killing her and making her a ghost just like himself. Thelonius screws up and ends up floating towards the waterfall with Fiona. Shrek arrives and tries to help Fiona, but they're both swept over the waterfall. They fall for a bit before Dragon flies through the waterfall, catching them both. Lord Farquaad is waiting at the top of the waterfall, eager to see Fiona rise up like a ghost. She tricks him though and is really riding Dragon. Dragon rises a little bit higher and "kills" Lord Farquaad's ghost with a fireball.
Dragon then flies Shrek, Fiona and Donkey to the Honeymoon Hotel where Shrek and Fiona spend the remainder of their vacation. More of the characters are waiting and they celebrate the arrival of Shrek and Fiona. Donkey then flies away on Dragon, leaving Shrek and Fiona to finally have some private time.
END OF SPOILERS!
Shrek 4-D is a sixteen-minute adventure that takes place between the first two Shrek movies. The entire voice cast from Shrek is back to reprise their roles for this 4D attraction. While the Shrek 4-D movie itself is in 3D, the moving seats, mist sprayers, blasts of air, and lighting effects make this a 4D experience. There are stationary seats available for those who wish to use them.
Fans of the Shrek movies will love Shrek 4-D at Universal Studios Florida. The preshow is great and the main show itself is a LOT of fun. Universal has a winner on their hands with this attraction.
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