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Universal is bringing its Minions to Japan

October 19, 2016, 8:18 PM · Universal Studios Japan will build a new land themed to Illumination Entertainment's popular Minions franchise.

The park announced today that Minion Park will open in the first half of 2017, as a plussed version of the Minion-themed mini-land at Universal Studios Hollywood. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem will anchor the new land, which Universal is promising will be "the world's largest Minion-themed area."

In addition to the Minion Mayhem ride, the new land will feature a toy store, sweets factory and a "hotel," according to the park's press release. The new land is taking over the site formerly occupied by the park's Back to the Future attraction, which closed last May.

Universal currently has Despicable Me rides at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood, though the original Florida installation does not have the surrounding Minion-themed development found in Hollywood and, soon, Japan.

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October 20, 2016 at 6:09 PM · So the reason why my dream of reexperiencing BTTF in Japan has been crushed was for another Minions ride. (Still holding out for Jaws, btw) I guess I'm not too bitter. I really like the Minions ride. I don't think it's worth replacing BTTF, but it could've been worse. A lot worse. I just hope that the "hotel" thing is a new ride. It takes more than one attraction to support an entire land. Especially if it's an attraction that can be experienced at other parks as well.
October 21, 2016 at 9:43 PM · While I agree with the comment above, I'm curious to see how they'll implement the minions ride into the BTTF show building.

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