Description And Comments

An indoor 3-D film and motion-simulator ride with theater seating instead of individual vehicles, Shrek 4-D follows Shrek, Donkey and Dragon as they attempt to rescue Fiona after she's kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. (Yes, we know Farquaad died at the end of the first movie. It's all explained in the first thirty seconds of the ride.)

The pre-show holding area is themed as Lord Farquaad's dungeon and has the Three Little Pigs and the Gingerbread Man warning riders about the pains and tortures in store for everyone. It's an amusing gag for the first minute or two, but gets stale the longer you're held in the room.

Guests are seated in theater-style seats that move, bump and vibrate along with the action. The film's 3-D effects aren't bad, and the 3-D glasses you'll wear do a good job even if you're putting them over prescription glasses. As far as the phrase "4-D" goes, physicists may object that the Earth's fourth dimension is time, but as far as theme parks go, the fourth dimension is water. Expect to get a mild spritz during the show.

The good news is that there's not much in the film or pre-show to scare small children. On the other hand, the film's plot is entirely predictable, and there's nothing especially compelling about the attraction that would otherwise cause guests to rush over first thing in the morning. In fact, the entire pre-show hype about dungeons and torture has (as far as we can tell) absolutely nothing to do with the ride's film.

Touring Tips

Shrek 4-D gets traffic in the morning because it's situated at the front of the park and directly across from Despicable Me. Universal claims it can move about 2,400 guests per hour through Shrek 4-D, but its location makes it more popular than the ride should be. If you see lines longer than 20 minutes, try visiting during meal times or in the last two hours the park is open.

Shrek 4-D Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Shrek 4-D when you visit on a day with a given Universal Studios Florida Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Shrek 4-D Wait Times.

Special Needs

Stationary seating is available for those who need it.

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