Even though MiceChat readers have known about it for quite some time, Universal Studios Hollywood has just officially announced this afternoon that “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” is taking over the building vacated by the Terminator. This delightful 3D motion simulator adventure based on the hit film, Despicable Me, has been wowing crowds at Universal Orlando for almost a year.
But don’t expect this version to be a carbon copy of the one on the East Coast! Though it will be modeled after the original, there will be additional surprises unique to the Universal Studios Hollywood version.
The attraction will be sure to attract the crowds as it is a fun for the whole family sort of ride. Using 3D Ultra-HD animation and interactive ride vehicles, guests will experience the story in a whole new way.
“The ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’ attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will continue to push the creative envelope with its exceptional show content, sight gags, special effects and 3D digital animation. The exterior treatment will feature even more thematic and colorful creative touches that will literally place park guests inside Gru’s world,” said Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative.
The facade of the queue is inspired by villian turned hero Gru’s,house. While inside the house, guests will experience a highly themed queue, fast paced comedic dialogue you’d come to expect from Gru and his girls, and lots of great visual gags. Keep your eyes open for the SR-6 shrink ray as you wander through Gru’s living room and laboratory. The preshow video will set the tone of the film, explaining how Gru is attempting to create more Minions from human recruits. Be careful not to volunteer . . . oops, too late.
From there, guests will don their 3D Minion goggles to continue into the Minion training mission, where they will be plunged directly into the world of Despicable Me! After the attraction, Minions will mingle with guests for a post-show dance party.
The original ride, along with this version, were produced in a collaboration between Universal Creative and Illumination Entertainment. The Orlando version was recently honored as Best Animated Special Production at the 2012 Annie Awards, which recognizes Outstanding Achievements in the field of Animation.
But that’s not all! Right next to the new attraction will be “Super Silly Fun Land,” based on the the pierside park featured in the film Despicable Me. This activity zone will include three, brand-new things to further entertain guests and immerse in the world of Despicable Me.
First, there will be a water play area, which will include splash pools, water dumps, and a multitude of fountains. If staying dry is more your style, there will also be a dry play zone for kids to climb, slide, crawl, and jump through! And finally, a new themed flat ride will have guests board their ride vehicles for a spectacular view of “Super Silly Fun Land.”
This fully immersive experience will debut in 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood!