Common Orlando Resort will debut an all-new themed land that includes DreamWorks Animation at Common Studios Florida in 2024. This publish shares the official announcement, which motion pictures and characters will seem within the space, rumored sights, and our commentary in regards to the upcoming addition to USF.
Let’s begin with the official announcement. In accordance with Common, visitors’ imaginations will run wild as they step into this new DreamWorks Animation land and take within the vibrant colours, sights and sounds that encompass them. They’ll share particular moments with their favourite characters like Gabby from Gabby’s Dollhouse and discover themed, interactive play areas and sights that convey in style franchises like Shrek, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda to life in essentially the most imaginatively enjoyable methods.
The brand new DreamWorks land coming to Common Studios Florida is a part of a group of latest leisure experiences debuting at Common Orlando Resort in 2024 and is a continuation of the corporate’s dedication to wealthy storytelling that locations visitors of all ages in essentially the most unimaginable and immersive environments.
When it comes to background, this DreamWorks Animation space replaces Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, which completely closed on January 16, 2023. All the time fast to get to work, building partitions went up the very subsequent day and work obtained began. E.T. Journey, SpongeBob StorePants, and the Animal Actors present stay open, however all the pieces else–Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Fievel’s Playland, and Curious George Goes to City–shall be changed or reimagined.
Since then, just about all the pieces has been demolished, save for the kiddie coaster and a portion of the Curious George space. (A minimum of, based mostly on the final aerial building photographs we noticed.) Building permits reinforce this, indicating a partial demolition of the Curious George part of the previous KidZone.
Building permits additionally point out an finish date of March 2024. Whereas not essentially conclusive of when the venture shall be full, as extensions are all the time potential, that’s doubtless the tentative timeframe for the brand new DreamWorks Animation Land at Common Studios Florida. Having it prepared for what is certain to be a busy Spring Break (with Central Florida colleges out and Easter taking place in a tighter window subsequent 12 months) definitely is smart.
It’s a bit tough to discern, however in case you look very intently on the proper facet of the idea artwork launched by Common, you get a glimpse of the brand new DreamWorks space. Above the folks and under the balloons, there’s what seems to be a Shrek and Donkey meet and greet. These characters have been bouncing round Common Studios Florida since Shrek 4D closed final 12 months. (Talking of which, the substitute for that attraction–Villain Con Minion Blast–mushy opened simply final week!)
The Shrek and Donkey meet & greet that was beforehand on the entrance of the park close to their attraction was relocated to Kidzone, taking up the outdated Barney present store. When KidZone closed, Shrek packed his baggage for Hollywood…or a minimum of, that space of Common Studios Florida. It will now appear that the dynamic duo will as soon as once more have a everlasting residence within the park.
Behind the Shrek and Donkey meet and greet, there’s a kiddie coaster that seems to be impressed by Trolls. One in every of that movie franchise’s purple spiders is perched atop a column, and a spider net is above the coaster observe. It’s protected to say that the Trolls IP shall be hooked up to what was beforehand Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster. (I’ve seen folks on social media already referring to this as a “Trollercoaster.” Realizing nothing in regards to the Trolls franchise besides that there’s one which farts glitter, I’m completely on board with this on the premise of that title alone!)
Past that, there’s much less certainty about what’ll come to the DreamWorks Animation space. Everlasting, purpose-built meet & greet places are just about a given, and it’s doubtless that a minimum of a few of these shall be of the next-gen selection with interactive parts which were examined elsewhere by Common within the final a number of years.
One rumor requires one thing greater than a meet & greet, which feels like a Kung Fu Panda twist on Jedi Coaching Academy meets Turtle Discuss with Crush meets Enchanted Tales with Belle in an interactive, kid-centric present. There may be extra atmospheric character encounters or greetings, with puppets or different figures.
At one level, there have been additionally rumors of a Shrek’s swamp play space changing Fievel’s Playland. It appears to be like like there’s a fairly good probability of that being correct given the idea artwork, however the particulars within the background aren’t fairly clear.
Actually, I don’t pay tremendous shut consideration to the rumor mill with regards to Common, so I can’t communicate to the credibility or forex of those rumors. However all of this passes the fundamental scent take a look at for me and would fill a wanted function for Common Studios Florida, so it appears a minimum of superficially believable.
When it comes to commentary, I can’t say that I’m wanting ahead to a land based mostly on DreamWorks Animation…however I additionally acknowledge that I don’t should be the audience for each theme park addition. As famous above, Common Studios Florida wants one thing like this. Establishing a stronger and extra everlasting character presence is a good suggestion, as is committing to those evergreen animated properties.
What I can say is that KidZone was extremely drained and nicely previous its prime even a decade in the past. It felt very Nineteen Nineties, and no matter replaces it is going to virtually assuredly be a significant improve and capability add for Common Studios Florida. However truthfully, the truth that E.T. Journey will stay is all that was wanted to promote me on this venture.
Personally, I hope that the Shrek swamp rumors are incorrect and there’s as a substitute an enormous Puss in Boots presence (sorry, however sword-wielding felines beat ugly ogres each single time). Though it’s not going to occur now and positively not as a part of a DreamWorks Animation space, Common Orlando nonetheless must discover a area for Secret Lifetime of Pets: Off the Leash, a darkish experience rivals Disney’s finest!
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