Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Grand Opening
The yellow carpet was rolled out today at Universal Studios Florida for the Grand Opening celebration of the final piece of the “Year To Be Here”, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. On the yellow carpet making the way down the interview line were some familiar faces and some very familiar voices. Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, and Miranda Cosgrove who voice Gru’s three adopted girls Edith, Agnes, and Margo.
From left to right: Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Miranda Cosgrove
After a quick dance party with the Minions, Gru, and his girls, everyone counted down from ten and Despicable Me was officially opened.
The ride replaces the Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast. It utilizes the same ride system and the same 3D technology put into the recent Spiderman makeover including the same (restraining view) 3D glasses. The ride consists of two preshow rooms and the main ride auditorium.
In the first preshow room, which is Gru’s living room, he recruits you to be turned into Minions and the Minions show off the extreme durability of the 3D glasses! ;-) Which of course is in a very comical way. In the second preshow room, Gru makes sure that you aren’t sneaking in anything with his “high power laser” and the girls persuade him to allow them to train you. In the room Gru also has one of his inventions, which is a fart canon, and let’s just say the scent makes the Minions go “Bananas”. On to the main auditorium we go, and the girls take over training us. As with pretty much almost every great theme park ride there is the point where it all goes wrong, but of course in the end we’ll all be ok. To round off the ride Gru and the Minions invite you to take part in a dance party to none other than Boogie Fever just outside the main auditorium.
Overall the ride is a fun adventure and a good addition to Universal Studios Florida. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is definitely a ride that I would put on my list to ride when visiting the park (unlike the skip that I had always put on Jimmy Neutron).
The store also has plenty of fun merchandise including many fun T-Shirts, key chains & mugs, and even Minion overalls for toddlers.
Oh and of course there are plenty of Stuffed Minions! It’s sooo fluffy!
Great report! The ride sounds fun and it will be a good addition to USF! I had originally planned on waiting to visit Universal until this ride was open, but I had to go last April due to work schedule issues. I can't wait to try this ride out, but sadly it might be a little while :(
Despicable Me was great, BTW.
Thanks for covering for us, Domenik!
Finally got on the ride today. While not exactly thrilling, Despicable Me is a fun addition that is a sure winner among families, especially those with little ones. Definitely glad to see something good go in Jimmy's place.
I'll be riding it in the near future (early August probably), and it looks like a promising replacement to Neutron! How long was the average wait all day?
The ride looks wonderful. The question now is will Universal bring this ride over to Hollywood as it has been rumored.
To answer Dom, constant waits of 60-75 minutes.
Manny, inside sources confirm it's replacing Terminatornext year.
There is no ride description. What exactly happened? Or are you saving the spoilers. Also, there's no description of the dance party ending. I didn't get what the ride is about.
This revamped attraction is getting great reviews. With Kong 360, Disaster, The Simpsons Ride, Spiderman, and now Despicable Me, Universal has a string of succesful ride platform refreshes. The rest of the industry should really take notes from what Universal has been able to do with limited budgets. Everyone thought the company would be seriously cash-strapped and financially limited after the Harry Potter expansion (reportedly nearly $1 billion including rights), but the company has gotten some serious bang for their buck by revamping older attractions through new IP purchases or through modernization.
Russell: Excellent points!
I rode it the other night and it was cute, I can see the kids liking it and the 3D graphics were very good.
Everyone thought Universal would be cash strapped after Harry Potter? Are you kidding? It was hardly a gamble and it was almost assured to be a smashing success.
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