Yesterday 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:
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The 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.
I 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).
The post show dance party room is a blast that the kids love.
I 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).
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.