Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Fun Land Officially Open at Universal Studios Hollywood

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Features, In the Parks, Universal Hollywood, Universal Studios

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Published on April 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm with 13 Comments

The long-awaited Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride has officially opened to the public at Universal Studios Hollywood.  While enjoying a short soft opening period since mid-March, the attraction has settled into steady reliable operation and is ready for visitors. In addition, the adjacent Super Silly Fun Land is open now as well!

Stars, dignitaries, politicians and minions made their way down the yellow carpet at a media event this morning. All gathered in front of Gru’s house on the upper lot to welcome the latest addition to the growing park.

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The Yellow Carpet in front of Gru’s neighborhood and house.

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Chloe Noelle from True Blood was there to sink her teeth into the new ride.

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Edith, Margo, and Agnes were anxious to welcome one and all.

After everyone was settled the ceremony began.  Dancers flocked to the stage and we were treated to a rendition of the Oscar® Nominated song “Happy,” originally sung by Pharrell Williams.

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Mario Lopez from TV’s Extra took to the stage and acted as MC over the proceedings.

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President of Universal Studios Hollywood, Larry Kurzweil addressed the crowd.

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Next up was Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, Ron Meyer.

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Finally, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garectti welcomed everyone and thanked Universal for the amount of jobs that their expansions will bring.

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Sudenly Gru appeared to cut the orange ribbon.

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The voices of Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher)

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Left) Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts, Tom Williams, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Ron Meyer, President of Universal Studios Hollywood, Larry Kurzweil, Founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, Chris Meledandri, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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WOW what an opening! We were then free to go explore the ride itself and Super Silly Fun Land.

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Here’s a closeup of the boardwalk treatment they gave the ground in Super Silly Fun Land!

 

The Silly Swirly was open!

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Nobody dared go into the water play area.

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The dry playground was not without visitors.

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We even got to play the Super Space Killer game.

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Congratualtions to Universal Studios Hollywood on a wonderful new land and two new attractions for kids of all ages to enjoy.  With the new additions coming to the park that we told you about earlier this week (Fast& Furious-Super Charged, Springfield in 2015, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2016), this park will definitely become the all-day destination for Los Angeles.

NOTE:  Please check back later today for video from today’s grand opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Fun Land.

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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13 Comments

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  1. Interesting they call it a ride instead of attraction. Also, super silly fun land would be sillier if it had an actual coaster instead of graphics.

  2. Thank you Norman and CaptPhoebus! Great job and beautiful photos.

    Looks like a very successful opening celebration. Can’t wait to see it all in person.

  3. I’m not much of a fan of the playland look……..looks too cluttered to me. Like a 1960′s vintage carnival. But I like the row houses on the DM attraction. They made good use of space there.

    • Here’s what it looked like in the movie. I think they did a pretty good job for the small space they had to put it.

      Super Silly Fun Land

      And here’s what they created in the real world:

      Super Silly Fun Land Live

    • I guess you didn’t see the first film?

      because that land is straight out of it and looks fantastic!

  4. Thanks for the update and all the great photos!

  5. While I’ll admit that they did an amazing job in matching the look of the movie for Super Fun Land…that land looks terrible by itself. I dig the wood boardwalk, but everything else look cheap and tacky.

    Again, nailed the look of the movie, but the entire premise seemed flawed from the get-go.

    • You must hate Paradise Pier at California Adventure then. xD

      • I actually quite live Paradise Pier, at least from afar–it’s gorgeous and after the refurb, lacks most of the tacky elements that make this such an eyesore.

        A better analogy would the Chester & Hester’s Dino-rama, which I similarly despise

    • I have to agree. The premise in the movie was like a tacky, average fun fair from what I could tell, and the monster looking characters are bit creepy honestly.

      Besides that, the rest looks good.

    • Seemed flawed from the get go because Universal did it?
      The ride in Orlando is great and regularly has 90 minute wait times and it doesn’t have 20% of the theming the Hollywood version has. It’s already a hit.
      For a premise that’s flawed, see Little Mermaid. Lame and almost always a walk on.

  6. MAJOR improvement. For attractions on the top level of a parking garage… the did a great job of starting to bring some theming to the park section of the Studio.

  7. I was hoping Super Silly Fun Land would have had more than 1 ride. The area looks great though!