Universal Studios, like its counterparts in Disney World, take advantage of its own properties to make rides and show based on movies. Many of these rides have the original actors and actresses who reprised their roles from the movie(s), lending authenticity to the rides. Here are those celebrities who reprised their roles In Universal Theme Park Rides.
Despicable Me premiered in 2010, about a super-villain, Gru, who adopts three girls in the hopes to overthrow his nemesis. Gru also has small yellow-colored Minions who help him with his schemes. In 2014, Universal Orlando opened Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, a 3-D Ride in Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood, which revolves around the idea that Gru has made a gun which transforms people into Minion, and “mayhem” of course breaks loose. Steve Carrell was again the voice of Gru, along with Miranda Cosgrove as oldest daughter Margo, Dana Gaier as Edith, Elsie Fisher as Agnes and Pierre Coffin as the Minions.
Shrek was an enormously popular series of affectionate parodies of Fairy Tales, about an ogre who falls in love with a princess, who (spoiler alert) turns out to be an ogre as well. Shrek 4-D, a 3-D show/ride set after the first Shrek Film, opened in 2003. In this show, Shrek’s wife Fiona has been captured by the ghost of Lord Farquaad, and it’s up to Shrek and Donkey to race to get her back. All four of the major actors, who were advertised for the original Shrek movie, returned: Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, and John Lithgow as Lord Farquaad.
The world wide phenomenon of Harry Potter became one of the bestselling book series ever, followed by the runway box office success of the Harry Potter movies. In 2010, at long last, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in Universal Islands of Adventure, featuring its signature attraction Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, where you fly in a motion simulator with Harry Potter and his friends to the Forbidden Forest. All of the major actors from the original movies return for the ride, including: Daniel Radcliff as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermonie Granger, Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley, James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley, Warwick Davis as Professor Flitwik, and Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom.
The Longest Running US Primetime Show is The Simpsons, with twenty-seven seasons under its belt. The show, about a fat, stupid dad (Homer), smart, raspy mom (Marge), too smart for her own good daughter (Lisa), bratty and clever son (Bart) and pacifier sucking baby (Maggie) became one of the most iconic Television families of all time. The Simpsons Ride, a motion simulator ride, premiered in 2008. In the ride, the Simpsons go to the cartoon theme park Krustyland, only to be chased by Sideshow Bob throughout crazy theme park. All of the major voice actors lend their voices for the Simpson likenesses: Nancy Cartwright played Bart Simpson, Maggie Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum and the Happy Little Elves; Dan Castellaneta played Homer Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Grandpa Simpson, Groundskeeper Willie, among others; Julie Kavner played Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier and Selma Bouvier; Yeardley Smith played Lisa Simpson; Hank Azaria played Chief Wiggum, Apu, Moe Szyslak, Professor Flink, among others; Kelsey Grammer played Sideshow Bob; Pamela Hayden played Milhouse Van Houten, Russi Taylor as Martin Prince; and Christopher Lloyd cameos as Doc Brown, his character from the ride based on the Back to the Future movies.
Other rides include Men in Black: Alien Attack: in which Will Smith and Rip Torn reprise their roles as Agent J and Agent Z, respectively and in Revenge of the Mummy, Brendan Frasier cameos as Rick O’Connell, his character from the Mummy Franchise. Check out all of these rides that feature the original actors from the franchises, at Universal Studios, in Florida and in Hollywood.