Shrek 4-D

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Shrek 4-D
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Universal Studios Japan
NameShrek’s 4-D Adventure (シュレック 4-D アドベンチャー)[1][2]
Coordinates28°28′32.90″N 81°28′4.62″W / 28.4758056°N 81.4679500°W / 28.4758056; -81.4679500
CostUS$35 million
Opening dateJune 20, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-06-20)
Universal Studios Singapore
NameShrek 4-D Adventure
AreaFar Far Away[3]
Opening dateMarch 18, 2010; 12 years ago (2010-03-18)[3]
Universal Studios Hollywood
AreaUpper Lot[4]
CostUS$35 million
Opening dateMay 23, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-05-23)[4]
Closing dateAugust 14, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-08-14)[5]
ReplacedRugrats Magic Adventure 3-D (2000 - 2001)
Replaced byDreamWorks Theatre[6]
Universal Studios Florida
AreaProduction Central[7]
CostUS$35 million
Soft opening dateMay 31, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-05-31)
Opening dateJune 12, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-06-12)
Closing dateJanuary 10, 2022; 8 months ago (2022-01-10)
ReplacedAlfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies
Replaced by Minions Villain Con (rumored)
Warner Bros. Movie World
AreaRoxy Theatre, Main Street[8]
Opening dateSeptember 17, 2005; 17 years ago (2005-09-17)[8]
Closing dateAugust 29, 2010; 12 years ago (2010-08-29)[9][10]
ReplacedMarvin the Martian in 3D (1997 - 2005)
Replaced byJourney to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure[11]
Movie Park Germany
AreaHollywood Street Set[12]
CostUS$20 million
Opening dateMay 27, 2008; 14 years ago (2008-05-27)
Closing dateJuly 4, 2011; 11 years ago (2011-07-04)
ReplacedSpongeBob SquarePants 4-D (2005 - 2007)
Replaced byIce Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4-D Experience
Ride statistics
Attraction type3-D film
DesignerSimon J. Smith
RestrictionsNo hand held infants
Pre-Show HostMagic Mirror on the Wall
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available
Closed captioning available
Shrek 4-D
Directed bySimon J. Smith
Written byDavid Lipman
Based onShrek!
by William Steig
Produced byJeffrey Katzenberg
David Lipman
StarringMike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
John Lithgow
Edited byMichelle Belforte
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 2003 (May 23, 2003)
Running time
15 minutes
CountryUnited States

Shrek 4-D (also known as Shrek 3-D for the DVD release and The Ghost of Lord Farquaad for the Netflix and other streaming releases) is a computer-animated 4D film based on the Shrek franchise created by DreamWorks Animation, itself based on the book by William Steig. It also is (and was) a 4D simulator ride attraction with motion-based effects[14] and water sprayers located at various theme parks around the world. It is currently shown at Universal Parks & Resorts in Japan,[15] Singapore,[16] and previously in Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood,[17] where it closed on August 14, 2017, in Hollywood to make way for the DreamWorks Theatre attraction while the one in Orlando closed on January 10, 2022. Outside the Universal parks, the movie was shown at Movie Park Germany[12] in Germany from May 2008 until July 2011, and Warner Bros. Movie World in Australia from September 2005 until August 2010.[9][10][18] A spin-off attraction titled Donkey's Photo Finish is located at the Florida venue while Meet Shrek and Donkey is located at the Hollywood venue. In Universal Studios Japan (where it is known as Shrek's 4-D Adventure), the attraction is shown in the same theater as Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic, with the Shrek 4-D film shown for the first half of the day, and the Sesame Street film shown for the second half of the day.

The film, set after the events of the first film, follows Shrek and Donkey as they attempt to rescue Princess Fiona from Lord Farquaad's ghost, who plots to capture her. The ride takes guests on a journey alongside Shrek and Donkey during their rescue mission.


Immediately after the events of the first film, the spirit of Lord Farquaad returns from the dead to capture Princess Fiona and it is up to Shrek and Donkey to rescue her. Upon Shrek and Donkey searching around the local graveyard, Farquaad sends a stone statue of Dragon from his tomb to go after them and kill them. Fortunately, the real Dragon arrives to the rescue, leading to a chase scene (featuring the sound of a TIE fighter's blaster from Star Wars when Dragon shoots a fireball to create a tunnel in a cliff face), ending with the stone dragon losing its wings against the walls of a hole and falling into the water below. Lord Farquaad sends Fiona on a raft to fall over the waterfall (with Thelonious still on it, not realizing he was supposed to get off). Fiona manages to break the restraints and knees Thelonious in the groin, causing him to fall off the raft. Shrek and Donkey arrive shortly after to rescue her before the raft plunges over the waterfall, but in the end, all four of them fall over the waterfall, only to be saved by Dragon, who then (under Donkey's orders) breathes fire at Farquaad, seemingly destroying him again. Dragon gives Shrek and Fiona a ride to the Honeymoon Hotel, and she and Donkey ride off to have a honeymoon of their own. Shrek and Fiona's honeymoon is interrupted by the Fairy Tale creatures, but they go along with it. Everyone celebrates after Shrek says "Let The Honeymoon Begin!", who then pops the cork off champagne, sending one of the fairies flying with the cork.


English cast[edit]


Entrance to Shrek's 4-D Adventure at Universal Studios Japan.

Amusement park integration[edit]

In May 2002, it was announced that Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood would be getting Shrek 4-D. That same month, the Florida location announced the closure of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera and Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies. Shrek 4-D would be taking over Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies, while The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera would be taken over by Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast. Both attractions were set to open in 2003.[19]

Universal Parks & Resorts have implemented the movie into four of their amusement parks with plans to integrate it into a fifth. The first park to show the film was Universal Studios Hollywood on May 23, 2003.[4] This was followed by Universal Studios Florida and Japan in June.[7] In 2010, the attraction opened with Universal Studios Singapore in the Shrek-themed Far Far Away themed area. Outside the Universal Parks, the film has only been shown at two theme parks. Movie Park Germany began showing the film on May 27, 2008 (which was shown in German), with Warner Bros. Movie World starting on September 17, 2005.[8]

The Florida location hosted a 10th anniversary party on June 12, 2013, with a giant birthday cake, along with appearances from Shrek and Princess Fiona.[20]

Universal Studios Hollywood's Shrek 4-D queue has been used for many years to make mazes for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights event. In 2006, The Asylum operated in the queue.[21] This was followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street themed mazes for 2007, 2008, and 2010.[22][23] In 2009 My Bloody Valentine: Be Mine 4 Ever operated in the queue.[24] The final mazes used in this venue were both themed to La Llorona in 2011 and 2012.


Warner Bros. Movie World retired its Shrek 4D Adventure on August 29, 2010.[9][10] Movie Park Germany closed their Shrek 4-D attraction the following year on July 4, 2011, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4-D Experience opened in its place in 2012. A third installation of Shrek 4-D closed at Universal Studios Hollywood on August 14, 2017, to make way for the DreamWorks Theatre attraction. Universal Studios Florida announced in 2021 that its Shrek 4-D was closing with its last day of operation being on January 10, 2022.[25][26] Universal has yet to announce exactly what will replace it,[27] but the construction walls places around the theater have featured the Minions.[28]

Other releases[edit]

On May 11, 2004, the attraction was released on DVD with the original Shrek film as Shrek 3-D[29] with both 3-D and 2-D versions included. The release included pairs of two-color 3-D glasses. The DVD included an anaglyph 3-D version along with a conventional version without 3-D effects. The DVD release also included a preview of Shrek 2.

On May 13, 2007, the film was shown on Nickelodeon as Shrek's Never Before Seen Adventure,[29] with the 3-D effects removed.

In October 2011, the film was released on Netflix under the title The Ghost of Lord Farquaad as a part of DreamWorks Spooky Stories.[30][31]

A comic adaptation of the film was featured as issue #1 of the Shrek comic book mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics.

Also the 3D re-release short film shown before the 3D family films in 2011–2012 such as Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in the UK.

It was also released on August 28, 2012, as part of Shrek's Thrilling Tales.

Ride overview[edit]


In the Universal Studios parks, guests wait outside the building (housed in a soundstage) where they watch various clips from the first Shrek film running on a loop. The queue also includes multiple posters for fake advertisements for attractions in the Kingdom of Duloc. Guests then enter a dungeon in Duloc where the storyline for the attraction will be revealed.[32]

At Warner Bros. Movie World, the queue began outside the Roxy Theatre and wrapped around the left-hand side of the building into the alleyway. Guests were ushered into the pre-show room where they were given a pair of 3D glasses.[33] A similar set-up occurred at Movie Park Germany.


Participants are given their "OgreVision" 3-D Goggles as they enter a dungeon-like room with two giant television screens on either side. While loading the pre-show room attraction presenters commonly tell jokes to encourage people to move closer to each other in order to fit the capacity audience in the room. The pre-show begins with the Three Little Pigs, Gingy, and Pinocchio revealing that Lord Farquaad has kidnapped them and is holding them in Castle Duloc's dungeon. Gingy flees in the middle of the explanation. The Magic Mirror begins to summarize the story of what happened before (i.e. the first Shrek film) by stating "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." as a spoof on Star Wars. When he is chastised, he quickly responds, "Sorry...I've been feeling really spaced out lately...". After the Mirror finishes, Farquaad appears and states that he intends to torture the fairytale creatures as well as the audience in order to find Shrek and Fiona. The monitor screen later shows a test card with Lord Farquaad in the center. The Mirror then warns the audience about safety. In the Hollywood version, Donkey appeared in audio animatronic form and interacted with the guests. With the addition of Donkey, the pre show was shorter in which it did not feature the recap of the story. Everything else was the same. In the Japan version, the Mirror tells the audience to put on their goggles. The cinema doors are then opened and guests take their seats in the theatre.[34]

Main show[edit]

The main ride has the riders watch the short film with their OgreVision 3-D Googles in the theatre, while special effects simulate interaction with the events of the film. Although the animation is 3D, the ride is a 4D film, which incorporates physical effects including motion seats which tilt forward, backward, vibrate, and raise up and drop down during the show. Water sprayers are attached to the back of each seat, to spray the face of the rider sitting behind it. Water sprayers on the ceiling spray riders seated on the front row. Multiple lighting effects are used, such as projected images of a moving waterfall on the walls, or "magical" sparkles of flickering light. Air blasters on the front of every seat blow air against riders neck and head. Leg ticklers are also used to simulate spiders crawling across the theater.[35][36][37] Stationary seats, which do not move during the film, are marked and available for those who want to watch the film without the motion or vibration. Every other effect is available for the stationary seats.

When the film ends, the fairy shot off with the champagne cork lands up in a speaker attached to the wall of the theater. In the Japan version, the screen splits open for guests to step through the post-show area leading to the gift shop.

Spin-off attractions[edit]

A number of spin-off attractions operate alongside Shrek 4-D in various amusement parks.

In Universal Studios Florida, Donkey's Photo Finish is a meet and greet attraction that opened in 2003 alongside the film, replacing Stage 54. The attraction consists of guests walking up to an animatronic Donkey who mingles with them and makes fun of them. The guests have their picture taken with Donkey, and then move onto meeting Shrek and Princess Fiona, the latter of which talks to them. Guests then have their picture taken with Shrek and Fiona. These photos can then be purchased. The attraction temporarily closed in June 2012 to make way for Transformers: The Ride 3D,[38] before reopening in a new location next to Monsters Cafe. A similar attraction is located at Universal Studios Hollywood named Meet Shrek and Donkey.

In Universal Studios Singapore, Shrek 4-D exists within the larger Far Far Away themed area. Other attractions in the area include Donkey Live (an interactive live show using digital puppetry technology, which features Donkey entertaining and engaging guests in conversation in an intimate theater setting),[39] Enchanted Airways (a junior roller coaster that features trains modelled after Dragon),[40] Puss in Boots' Giant Journey (a roller coaster with suspended ride vehiclesa, featuring Puss in Boots as he runs from a giant goose) and Magic Potion Spin (a miniature ferris wheel for children which is themed to be a part of a potion assembly line).[41]

During the attraction's time at Warner Bros. Movie World, a short-lived live show named Shrek Live was shown in the park's Show Stage.[42]

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