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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Amazing 4-D ride - Perfect for all ages
This is a great family experience - it's perfect for all ages, and it's a great option if you want to relax from all the roller-coaster at the theme park.
You will enjoy this 4-D ride, definitely a must-see!
The plot of the show is really, really funny, interesting and exciting!
The queue is really good and funny too. This is a great experience for everyone!
great show for all ages, if you are a shrek fan you will love it, see it every year, you can't catch this version on video
Not that Original
A relatively average attraction, Shrek 4D follows a ten minute long adventure that takes place between Shrek 1 and 2, which won't be new at all to anyone who bought the Shrek 3D DVD in the UK, in which this title is included.
What does add to the experience, however, is a wide range of special effects - from blasts of air to squirts of waters a-top a motion base. This isn't Spiderman, though, expect to stay almost entirely stationery. There's also a fun pre-show that you can't see anywhere else - with three very special guests.
This ride can be a good escape from the Florida heat, but probably isn't worth more than a 20-30 minute queue unless your kids are Shrek obsessed!
Once was enough
This ride/show was a bit disappointing for me, but it is definitely worth seeing once (especially if you are looking for a way to get out of the heat!). It is family friendly and the seats shake which was kind of cool, but the queue is not as interactive as I would have liked.
At least it's air conditioned!
The title says it all, it's a nice cool spot that you get to sit down in and that's about it. My family loves the Shrek movies (parts 1 & 2 anyway) so we were looking forward to this and all ended up disappointed.
The queue was boring, with such colorful characters and stories, there really is no call for this. The pre-show explainer was a little fun, we had a good "host", the character interactions are fun. After the pre-show we filed awkwardly into the theater, there really was no crowd control so seating took awhile. It is just one large theater, where in a world of stadium seating at every movie-plex, this non raised seating was uncomfortable.
The movie starts, it's fine, seen it before several times as part of the Shrek Halloween special, the 3-d is fine, the 4-d is mainly a miss for me. Throughout the movie, the seats shake so loudly that you can't really hear the dialogue. There are occasional blasts of air and squirts of water coinciding with the film, but added to the constant shaking of the seat, this became more annoying and didn't add to the atmosphere of the ride.
When it was over, we all decided it was a one and done, which again is disappointing, because we really, really love the first 2 films.
I'd Like a Flogging Please
I really do like this ride, it's both fun and funny and captures the whole 'ride the movies' thing. But there is one part I really hate, the pre-show, sure it's great the first time but ride more than once and it becomes something else. Anyone who has rode will know what I mean when I say I want to flog something or someone. Having to stand there and watch it over and over with each time I ride is like a mind flog in itself. Know it's used to shorten the queue but I think I'd prefer the optional flogging!
Family Oriented and Fun!
Shrek is such a great ride! Whenever I go to Universal it usually has an average of 15-20 minutes!
Shrek is such a family oriented ride - it has a theatre-like sitting. The ride itself bumps around a bit (it\'s 4D) and requires you to wear 3D glasses to see the screen.
The plot is very funny, it makes people laugh sometimes, including myself!!
I have been to many 4D shows, and Shrek is one of the best. First, the outdoor queue is shaded, and the wait is not usually very long due to the amount of people they can fit in the theater. There are some funny posters and signs in the outdoor queue that make waiting a bit more interesting if you do have to wait. When you finally reach the door of the attraction, you are ushered into a large waiting room where the story is set up for you by the Three Little Pigs and the talking Mirror. There are quite a few laughs in this portion, and this is where you receive your 3D glasses as well. From here you are herded into the theater where you will take your seat. Then, you are off on an adventure with Shrek and Donkey. The seats move and spray water at you, and the 3D effects are great.
Much of the humor is on a 10 year old boy level, but it\'s good to cut loose and be silly. Be sure to watch for the not-so-subtle Disney dig at the end. All in all, this is a fun adventure for the whole family.
Walk into waiting area with an introduction of sorts with the 3 pigs, Pinocchio & magic mirror. That took a little time. Next we walk into the theater. I soon figured out this was the old Hitchcock" The Birds" attraction. We sat in theater and put on out 3D glasses. Then we are OFF on an adventure with Shrek and his noble stead Donkey. The chairs move and bounce, mist is sprayed and other little effects. All unexpected. I was pleasantly surprised of this attraction. Will do it again, especially when wanting to take a seat and cool off from lines and the heat outside.
Cute but not for me
I liked the first two Shrek movies so I thought this would be fun to see. The grandkids liked it and I liked it but wasn't thrilled with it. The pre-show could have been better and the actual movie wasn't all that great. It was nice to get out of the sun for awhile but that was about it. Sorry I couldn't be more excited for Shrek.
I was very disappointed in this attraction. I love the Shrek movies, and was looking forward to Shrek 4D. Unfortunately, the pre-show seemed weak & the main show lacked the magic of the Shrek movies.
We will be skipping this one on our next visit.
If you like the Shrek movies, this is a must-do. This ride captures the feeling of the feature films, and enhances it through special effects. There is a conflict stemming from the original Shrek movie, which brings joy and excitement to fans. There are also plenty of jokes, and references that will have you laughing your socks off! It is starting to slightly date, because so many news attractions are coming to Universal, but still a very good ride. It rarely has a long wait, so I strongly recommend that everyone tries it at least once.
Waiting area is pretty funny and entertaining but the theater seems a bit outdated.
From the queue you'll be brought into a small room, not quiet cramped though, and you'll experience a cool little show. This is honestly the best part of this ride/show; after the show you'll be brought into a theater.
Now Shrek is one of my favorite animated movies but the main show didn't really go with the mini show in the beginning. First you were trapped in a dungeon with some of the characters and now you are watching the main characters being chased by Lord Farquaad's ghost in a completely different place. On top of that you are in a seat that is constantly rocking back and forth with annoying jarring actions. This also scarred my niece and nephew quiet a bit because they didn't expect it. Overall, this is great if it is hot outside and the line is short so you can cool down. I would also recommend watching from the stationary seating so you don't experience any of the jarring movements and you can enjoy the film.
Not my favorite
It was just an okay show. It was great to actually get off my feet for awhile. I just felt like the other shows were more entertaining.
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! :)