Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem to open 'officially' on July 2
Universal Orlando Resort today confirmed that July 2 will be the official public opening date for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
, which is now in "technical rehearsals" at Universal Studios Florida.
The show replaces the Jimmy Neutron attraction, near the front gate of the Orlando park. So far, initial reports from Theme Park Insider readers have been positive, with the first review calling Minion Mayhem "a fun and heartwarming simulator ride. The dance party at the end was the icing on top of the cake."
If you're wondering about that dance party, Despicable Me's "post show" features live and filmed Minion characters who lead visitors in some dancing before ushering them into the requisite gift shop. The soft-opening technical rehearsals seem to be happening frequently, so there's a good chance that patient visitors can get a crack at the ride before July 2. If you do, please stop by our Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem page to leave a rating and review.
What's missing with Universal are characters that remind you they are in Universal. Universal constantly changes out its character shows and attractions. Nothing lasts. It is different than Mickey Mouse or the Pricesses. Universal doesn't seem to understand how characters make the difference to its theme parks.
Now I can see why Universal has put off confirming the opening of this attraction. I bet they're trying to pull attention away from California Adventure, but I don't think it will do much.
Who needs characters when you got rides like Transformers and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in your lineup? I'm just kidding characters are cool, but nobody else has the luxury of the Mickey Mouse cash machine, but Universal does have some of the most impressive characters in Bumblebee and Optimus Prime walking around the Lower Lot at USH.
James, I don't think Despicable Me is going to steal any thunder from California Adventure.... It would take an epic Universal HP Phase 2 announcement and some nicely rendered concept art to do that.
Understood NB, I'm just pointing out that the opening announcement is a bit too close to the Cars Land debut to be more than coincidence.
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