Universal Studios Florida
"Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem"
(July 2, 2012 - present)
Photos of the "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" 3-D simulator ride on Production Central in Universal Studios Florida.
As we experienced with "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast," the closure of that ride on August 18, 2011 paved the way for the latest version of the ride, "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem." This version of the simulator ride is based on 2010's hit animated film, Despicable Me.
The exterior of the building has a smaller version of Gru's house, complete with his fancy car parked in the garage. In actuality, this structure is the beginning of the line queue. Passing through his home we see a few of his torture devices as well as a few other knickknacks from the Despicable Me movie. The theme to "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" is that we're here to become Minions. Posters around the building and line queue emphasise this point, going so far as advertising how much fun it is being one of those annoying little creatures.
Inside the line queue, Gru welcomes us and our decision to become Minions, but warns that danger lurks at every turn. Just then, Gru's "dog" Kyle jumps on screen and is chased around the room by Agnes. The other two girls arrive and Gru is quickly frustrated by their actions. Gru wants us to take a written exam that supposedly takes three hours to complete (Remember, Gru is a villain.), but Margo tells him not to do it. Instead, Gru tells us about the special "Minion goggles" (3-D glasses), and we see the process it took to select them. The Minions are shown testing the goggles in a variety of ways to ensure that they're safe and sturdy enough for us. Gru instructs us not to wear the goggles until we're seated in the "transformation pod" in the next room. We're then shown several examples of how NOT to wear the goggles.
WARNING --- SPOILERS!
The preshow begins in Gru's laboratory and he shows us the special invention that was created to turn ordinary people into Minions. Gru then uses a laser to scan the audience and make sure that nobody is bringing any germs into the lab. An alarm sounds and Gru points out some people in the audience, claiming that they didn't shower today. A video camera is showing them live on a screen.
Gru then threatens to shoot us with his fart gun (an item from the Despicable Me movie) if anybody wants to leave the laboratory. The girls arrive and tell us that Gru's bluffing, but really he's not. The fart gun fires and fills the room with an aroma of bananas. Agnes wants to give Gru a present, but Gru says that they're behind schedule. He has to train the newest batch of people about to be transformed into Minions. The girls beg Gru to let them do the training and he finally gives in to their pleas. Agnes is saddened when Gru leaves before she can give him her gift for their one-year adoption anniversary. The side doors open and we're off to the laboratory!
Once we're seated in our "transformation pods" the ride begins. The Minion ray transforms us into those small Minion creatures. The girls are hovering nearby in a small flying vehicle. We fall down a tube and slide into the Minion Training Zone. We travel along an obstacle course and practice jumping, avoiding a giant flyswatter, and even some deadly security lasers.
The girls then have us test our problem solving and teamwork skills by forming a long chain of Minions to reach for the far wall. The Minions get distracted by some bananas and the chain breaks, making us fall down a long tube into a restricted area. Bombs are exploding and the girls help us avoid being crushed by giant machinery. Gru shows up and more chaos happens as we ultimately find our way into an anti-gravity room with the girls. Agnes flies off to rescue her present for Gru and narrowly avoids being crushed by machines. Gru saves the girl before flying into a giant fan.
The anti-gravity room is deactivated and we fall onto some sort of spongy surface. Gru finally opens Agnes' present and loves it. Gru then gives the girls his present to them --- a surprise anniversary party. It's a celebration as we fly around the room and avoid the party decorations. Gru congratulates us as being outstanding Minions but the Minion ray accidentally fires, transforming us back into humans. Oh well. Gru expresses his disappointment and tells the Minions to send in the next group of people. The lap bars raise and we exit to the post-show area.
END OF SPOILERS
"Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" is a three-dimensional, high-definition adventure through the world of Despicable Me. The attention to detail here is incredible as the images are so sharp, it looks like Gru, the girls and the Minions are really there in the room with us.
This latest version of the simulator ride is an absolute must for fans of the 2010 movie and animated films in general.
HEIGHT REQUIREMENT - You must be at least 40" tall to ride the simulator part of "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem." Riders shorter than 40" must use the stationary seats in the front of the attraction.
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Universal Studios Florida - Production Central - "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem":
"Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" - height sign and warning signs:
"Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" - technical rehearsal / preview sign:
"Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" - line queue:
"Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem" - post-show area:
Production Central - "Super Silly Stuff" store (exit to "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem"):