Minion Mayhem in Soft Opening!!!Universal Orlando: No bananas were harmed in the soft opening of the ride. I hope...
From Dominick DYesterday evening around 4:30, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem went into technical rehearsal to the public. Team Member previews are taking place daily from 2-4 PM, so public rehearsals won't be taking place then. The ride had a posted wait of 90 minutes when it opened with the entire building full. Soon it jumped up to 2 hours with an extended queue in use. The ride is getting very positive reviews from guests, getting positive reviews with not just the ride itself, but with it's 2 , 4K HD 3D, and indoor queue. People are saying it feels like The Simpsons Ride but without the IMAX screen. The ride is shorter then Jimmy Neutron, but I'm not sure by how many seconds. If you're going to USF soon, check by the ride periodically to see if it's open, just not between 2-4. The wait was inaccurate except the 90 minutes portion. I won't get to try the ride until this freaking weather cools down a little, but in the mean time I can't wait to ride! Here's what the queue, preshows ( doesn't give too much away) , and post-show looks like:
Posted June 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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From Rob PastorOrlandoInformer.com has a review of the ride from the soft opening, spoilers included. Sounds pretty good.
Posted June 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
From Dominick DI read OIs review, and it sounds good. I didn't read the ride portion though, I want to be spoiler free in terms of ride.
Posted June 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM
SPOILER ALERT FOR PRE-SHOW 2:
I really hope the fart gun doesn't smell THAT bad.
From Dominick DThe ride opened at 2:15 today and is expected to stay open the rest of park hours. Also, people from different discussion boards are hoping that the dance party can be turned into a Meet and Greet considering a select few like it.
Posted June 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM
From Tony DudaIs the "ride" part the same as the rocking bench seats of Jimmy Neutron?
Posted June 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM
From Dominick DSame vehicles, but with a new design and new motions. I hear it's not just straightforward motion like the past 2, but you'll also turn.
Posted June 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM
From Rob PastorThe reviewer from Orlando Informer said the ride was smooth, not rough like Neutron.
Posted June 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM
From Dominick DAm I the only one who thought JN wasnt rough?
Posted June 10, 2012 at 3:14 PM
From Andy MilitoNeutron was rather jerky, nothing like the other simulators (i.e. Simpsons)
Posted June 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM
From Dominick DSimpsons was more intense then JN IMO.
Posted June 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM
From James TrexenRumor (according to Team Memebers) is that the attraction will open officially on July 2.
Posted June 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM
From Andy MilitoI didn't say Neutron was intense. I said it was much jerkier than Simpsons, which is rather smooth
Posted June 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM
From Dominick DIn terms of jerkiness, I would definitely go with JN.
Posted June 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM
From N BAsk any well endowed female how much they liked the Chicken Dance part of JN......
Posted June 11, 2012 at 3:43 AM
Did anyone notice if DM has an Express queue? There is no mention of it on the Universal website.
From Dominick DDespicable Me won't be offering Express pass once it opens. Express usually comes out a month after the ride officially opens.
Posted June 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM
From Dominick DThe ride is rumored to grand open July 2. Until then, soft openings will remain.
Posted June 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM
From N BThanks for the info Dom.
Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM
From Dominick DFor you west coasters, inside sources are confirming the ride is coming next year in the space of T2.
Posted June 11, 2012 at 1:27 PM
From Jason VervliedI rode it on Sunday, it's a great ride. The outdoor extended queue has good themeing and the video that plays is decent and fun. The indoor queue rooms are amazing, and the ride itself is whimsical and fun. It's still the same cars that JN was in. They re-engineered the motion so it's easier on those who are well-endowed (but my wife said it's still not terribly comfortable).
Posted June 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM
The post show dance party room is a blast that the kids love.
From Amy SmithI rode it yesterday. It was soooo cute! It's Jimmy Neutron's (aka Hannah Barbara's) ride vehicles with Spiderman 3D - all around amazing. The best part about this? NO CHICKEN DANCE! (As one of those females, that part was always horrible).
Posted June 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM
The store at the exit was great too. They actually sell the lab coats the team members wear! Universal seems to have found a new source of revenue in halloween costumes - first robes and house scarves, now lab coats and Gru scarves. No, the coats don't cost $100, I think $40? Can't remember exactly.
In all, the new ride and store are great new family entertainment and something to take the heat off of figuring out what to do with Shrek 4D which is on its last legs.
From Dominick DDon't you ladies ever learn to wear a sports bra to theme parks?
Posted June 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM
From Amy SmithWow Dom...well do you wear a jock strap to theme parks then?
Posted June 12, 2012 at 5:51 PM
From Dominick DWhy the heck would I need one of them in a theme park?
Posted June 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM
From Manny RodriguezPerhaps When You Ride RipRide Rockit?
Posted June 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM
From Dominick DManny, it would take ALOT of guts for me to get on RRR.
Posted June 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM
From Dominick DBREAKING NEWS: The ride officially opens on July 2. Annual Passholder previews begin June 18.
Posted June 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM
From Jorge ArnoldsonI rode it on Sunday. It was a fun replacement for Jimmy Neutron, yet I thought it was not worth an hour wait. My brother loved the "dance party" at the end of the ride.
Posted June 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM
From Dominick DWhat's the better simulator in USF, this or The Simpsons?
Posted June 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
From Amy SmithThe 3d is way better on Minions but the movement is better on Simpsons. Minions is better if you don't want to get sick. :)
Posted June 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
From Sylvain ComeauI certainly hope the 3D is better...considering that The Simpsons is in 2D.
Posted June 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM
From Dominick D+1 to Slyvain
Posted June 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM
From Amy Smithhaha sorry! I meant the 3d is better than the Shrek and the rest was in comparison to Simpsons but my mind went faster than my fingers and the words never made it to the screen.
Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:51 AM
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