Today Universal Orlando has officially grand opened Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, a new 3D motion simulator ride near the front of the Universal Studios Florida theme park. The grand opening of the new attraction was marked with yellow confetti flying and a big disco fever dance party in front of Gru’s house, the instantly-recognizable entrance to the ride.
In attendance walking the yellow carpet were three “Despicable Me” voice actors, Dana Gaier (Edith), Elsie Fisher (Agnes) and Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), a pair of the ride’s creators from Universal Creative and Illumination Entertainment, along with the film’s characters themselves, Gru, Edith, Agnes, Margo, Vector, and a variety of those lovable Minions.
Video - Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem grand opening at Universal Orlando
Video - Yellow carpet interviews with Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem voice actors and ride creators
Video - Dance party on the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem yellow carpet and during the grand opening
We first previewed Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem while it was in “technical rehearsal” for the past couple weeks, now officially open as of this morning. The entertaining queue and pre-show videos starring Gru, his family, and his Minions can be seen below along with a quick clip from the ride, but you’ll have to visit Universal Studios Florida to see it all.
Video - Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem queue and pre-show videos
Video - On-Ride scene from Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Debuting with a 90-minute posted wait time and plenty of themed merchandise including bright yellow Minion-face T-shirts, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is already a popular addition to the Universal Studios Florida theme park.
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem replaced Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, though it features a similar ride setup with motion benches in front of a large projection screen. That screen and technology throughout the new ride have been given upgrades, including 4K 3D HD imagery, all in the name of transforming Universal Orlando guests into Minions for an exciting simulated ride.
Universal’s Superstar Parade also features floats and characters based on “Despicable Me,” some of which were part of this morning’s grand opening ceremony.
Thoughts and opinions on the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride experience can be found in our full ride report/review.
More photos from the grand opening of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at Universal Orlando:
(Photos by Michael Gavin)