Universal confirms Minion Mayhem for Hollywood in 2014
Written by Robert Niles
Universal Studios Hollywood confirmed today what theme park fans have known for months -- that the park's getting its own version of Universal Studios Florida's popular Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride.
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For those who haven't been on the ride in Orlando yet, Minion Mayhem is a 3D motion simulator ride, based on the Universal animated hit "Despicable Me," which takes you through Gru's laboratory as his team of Minions try to convert you and the rest of the audience into Minions, too. Of course, lots and lots goes terribly wrong, but that's the fun -- and there's a character interaction where you get the chance to dance with Minions in the post-show area.
But will Hollywood's version of the ride be any different than Orlando's? In Universal's press release, the head of Universal Creative hits at some upgrades, at least for the exterior.
“The ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’ attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will continue to push the creative envelope with its exceptional show content, sight gags, special effects and 3D digital animation. The exterior treatment will feature even more thematic and colorful creative touches that will literally place park guests inside Gru’s world,” said Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative.
In addition, the release references "3D Ultra-HD animation" for the ride, and I don't recall seeing that designation in the releases for the Florida version. Perhaps there will be an animation upgrade, too?
Looking at aerial photos and site plans, Universal has a bit more space to work with in Hollywood, where Minion Mayhem will replace the old Terminator show. And site plans suggest that the old Coke Soak area adjacent to the Terminator site will become a Despicable Me play area, perhaps to replace the Curious George play area that appears destined to be consumed by USH's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Universal said that Hollywood's Minion Mayhem will open "in 2014," and isn't offering anything more specific than that. Thoughts?
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