Restrictions and access
None; has Express Pass access.
Two sentence insider summary
Based on the classic Shrek films, this attraction takes place between Shrek 1 and Shrek 2 (call it Shrek 1.5). It is a standard 3D movie experience with 4D “in the theater” special effects, similar to Disney’s The Little Mermaid show at Hollywood Studios or Mickey’s Philharmagic at Magic Kingdom.
2 out of 5.
During busy periods the wait can be as long as 60 minutes.
What you wish you knew before you experienced it
A little bit about the Shrek movies.
OI fun fact
There are actually two movie theaters, one for guests with Express Passes and one for guests without.
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weak compared to everything else.
This is ok, worth doing if the line is short, but the effects are not up to the quality of the other nearby rides, Minions and Transformers.
The seat movement is air-actuated, so the seats make a lot of noise which detracts from the experience. On its own this would be an OK attraction, but it just doesn't compare to all the other motion rides at US and IOA.
Fun for the Kids, But Not More Than Once
Shrek 4-D was one of my favorite rides when I first went on it a few months after it opened back in 2003. After riding it multiple times, Shrek 4-D is nothing I look forward to. Though funny, it is repetitive, and nothing to be excited over the second time. It does incorporate many of the characters from the first two Shrek movies in a humorous way. Universal really needs to revamp Shrek 4-D, perhaps creating a new storyline. When you enter, you are "trapped" in a dungeon with the three little pigs, the gingerbread man, and Pinocchio, who are dagling from the ceiling trapped in boxes. I don't want to spoil much more! After waiting for the previous group to leave, you enter a theatre, and from there, you'll just have to see! Oh, and just be prepared because you will have to wear Ogre-Vision 3D goggles. Overall, the kids will love it, but you better hope they don't want to go on it more than once! The lines can get very long, so have that express pass ready!
Cute, Relaxing Ride
This is a great place to cool off and relax out of the heat. This is a great show for the whole family.
Never tiring storey
Im going to orlando for my 5th visit in october the 1st attraction im going to is Shrek 4D i never tire of it,
It's a Bumpy Ride
The Shrek series has always been great thanks to Universal and Dreamworks animation, and Shrek:4D is no exception. It beautifully continues the storyline of Shrek 2 by picking up with Lord Farquaad's latest plot to capture the princess as his wife - even if that will be as his ghost wife.
Although the outdoor waiting area is hot and congested, the feeling of refreshing indoor air during the summer in itself is well worth the wait. To begin, you and what feels like a million other people, are crammed into the dungeon room with the Gingerbread man, the Three Little Pigs, and Pinocchio. They then humorously set the stage for the 4D theater experience and give you all the background information you will need for the ride, even if you have not seen any of the Shrek movies.
You are then ushered into the theater area and are given the choice of motion seats or non-motion seats. Although I have never experienced this attraction in the non-motion seats, I HIGHLY suggest them if you don't want to join along in the extremely jerky ride. Last time I rode it, my daughter (who is not weak-stomached) got a little motion sick and I threw my neck out due to those motion seats.
The 4D film is great, and all of the effects outside the air-pistoned seats make the film enjoyable and memorable. Besides, who doesn't remember getting sneezed on by Donkey?
The film is funny and cute, and it is great for a cool off during the summer.
So, I have never been a fan of any of the Shrek films. I do go to this show every once in a while, but overall, I am not too impressed by the 4D film. I thought that the queue was very detailed and brought you into the World or Shrek. I only recommend this to people who are big fans of the Shrek series.
Cute attraction, Great for Shrek fans
If you love Shrek, this is a must do attraction...but only if there's a minimal wait.
We got to this attraction right when the park opened. Originally planning on going on Despicable Me, which was down at the moment, we went across the street to Shrek. I am usually not a big fan of 4-D attractions as ones like Honey, I Shrunk the Audience or It's Tough to Be a Bug at Disney have put me over the edge. Feeling like mice are crawling up me? No thank you. However, with Shrek, I was pleasantly surprised. The effects are well done and don't have me squirming in my seat.
Upon entering the attraction, everyone is squeezed into a room. It is definitely too small for all the people. We came during the beginning of April, so it was not too hot yet, but all I could imagine was how did this room work in the summer? If I am standing here when it is "cool" for Florida and I can smell my neighbor, what is it like in summer when the temperatures hit 90 consistently?
The introduction that you see is cute. It embraces all that Shrek is: clever writing, fairy tales, and funny jokes. You then proceed into the theater where you fill in all the rows, and I do mean ALL the rows. Universal team members fill up this theater no matter if it is busy or off season. That being said, make sure to keep your party together and get in a row as soon as possible or risk being split up. This is also the time to figure out if you want a stationary or unstationary seat. The stationary seats are in the first couple of rows, just ask the nearest team member.
The entire show is well-written and the use of air and other 4-D effects is just the right amount. You feel like you are riding alongside Shrek and Donkey in the onion carriage. You feel air whenever the ghost of Lord Farquaad appears.
The attraction can be best compared to Mickey's PhilharMagic at the Magic Kingdom. Well done 4-D effects with a clever storyline. If the wait is less than a half hour, I definitely recommend checking it out.
great family attraction!
One of my favorite family attractions at Universal; perfect for the whole family! love this.
Get Thee to the FRONT!
I'm trying to write this review without comparing it to the attraction in Hollywood (Which is set up a lot better, IMO)
So, let's get to it... the queue moves slowly... Our posted wait time was 15 minutes, and we used Express Pass, and still waited 15 minutes. No big deal, since I really think this has a lot to do with WHEN you get in line, and luck. Besides, Universal does an EXCELLENT job of shade within the queue, so it was not an unpleasant wait.
We were corralled into a pretty small room, which felt TOO small for the amount of people they put in there. My son was up against a wall, and got a bit smashed. You watch a darling little show with the Three Pigs and Pinocchio and Lord Farquaad, and despite the crowd, it's easy for everyone to see. Now, here comes the tricky part! Everyone has to funnel into three small doors, and go into the auditorium. Moooooooooo!!
Take my advice: GET AS FAR TO THE RIGHT AS YOU CAN!!! Right=Front, and when you're at the front, you can see everything in the show!
We, unfortunately, sat near the back, and felt like the 3D didn't really get to us all the way back there. My son could not see at all. (I didn't want him to sit on his knees since the seats move!)
Fortunately, we were able to go again the next day, and when seated more in the middle, we were much happier! It's a darling show, especially if you like Shrek!
I'd say if the wait is 30 minutes or less, GO FOR IT!!!
Only docking a star because they should make it so ALL people can see in the auditorium! :)