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.