A flash flood of yellow balloons and yellow streamers greeted the crowd as Gru from the movie “Despicable Me” pushed the red button marking the official opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Hollywood Friday, April 11, 2014.
Besides Gru, there were several Universal executives, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the voices of Gru’s daughters, Miranda Cosgrove – the voice of “Margo,” Dana Gaier – the voice of “Edith,” and Elsie Fisher – the voice of “Agnes,” on hand.
Video: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem grand opening at Universal Studios Hollywood
Mario Lopez of television’s “Extra” served as the emcee of the short ceremony, which also featured a fast paced dance to the Oscar-nominated song “Happy” from the movie “Despicable Me 2.”
The attraction is similar to the Florida version, with the main show, a 3D moving seat simulator experience, identical to its counterpart.
Unlike the Florida version, the attraction is set in a themed mini-land. The front of the building features mockups of the houses as found on the street on which Gru and his daughters live, complete to the “dead” grass on the front lawn of Gru’s house.
Video: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Hollywood
Video: On-Ride scene – Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
On the north side of the building, near the ride’s exit, sits a shop featuring everything from stuffed Minions, to stuffed unicorns and Grus and more. Outside is a themed area called “Super Silly Fun Land” from the movies, which replaced the park’s former Coca-Cola play area. It includes a wet and dry zone in the play area, with signs reading, “parents must be accompanied by children.”
Video: Super Silly Fun Land – Despicable Me play area at Universal Studios Hollywood
The wet zone is pretty much guaranteed to get anyone entering wet – actually soaked – judging by the amount of water periodically dumped by two large buckets. Today, the zone was still blocked off, as it had not received final approval from the city.