Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Debuts in Orlando

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, Weekend Update

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Published on July 08, 2012 at 12:00 am with 4 Comments

It’s always exciting when a new theme park attraction is unveiled, and there is no shortage of new attractions this summer. Denise Preskitt attended the opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios and has photos for us from the “yellow” carpet. Her fireworks photos from a few days ago are simply stunning, plus it’s always fun to see our Disney characters dressed up in their patriotic finest. We also have photos of the new Phineas and Ferb topiaries in Epcot (try saying that ten times quickly!)

–Rick

We’ve been invited to quite a few media events over the past couple of weeks, but I’m just choosing one to focus on this week! Despicable Me Minion Mayhem opened on Monday, with a lot of excitement and even a yellow carpet. We rode this for the first time last week while on a tour of the attraction, and it’s a great addition to Universal Studios!

Minions dance on the yellow carpet:

Vector poses:

Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher voiced Edith and Agnes:

Miranda Cosgrove played Margo:

We had the opportunity to interview all three:

Confetti and streamers:

Here is the full Grand Opening on video:

Miranda Cosgrove and her alter-ego:

The merchandise was literally flying off the shelves, with a ton of unique merchandise (something for everyone!)

The biggest hit was this unicorn. We went back to the shop several times, and someone was always holding one (or two!) By the end of the night, there were no more on the shelves.

Next, we spent July 3rd and 4th with friends at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Here are a few photos I took.

Fantasyland:

Magic Kingdom at sunset:

Fireworks:

We were at Epcot briefly on the 4th, but it rained and the characters were were looking for (Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin) were notably absent. We did find Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Chip & Dale.

Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Chip & Dale video:

And a new Phineas and Ferb topiary display is now at Epcot! With Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure now regularly available, this gives an event greater presence of Phineas and Ferb at Epcot.

Phineas and Ferb topiary display video:

More theme park updates from Central Florida are always available at Denise’s website 

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  1. Beautiful photos of the Magic Kingdom castle at night! THANK YOU!

    I like that the Despicable Me attraction ends in a dance party.
    (My daughter loved dancing with characters, so I’m looking forward the the dance room at California Adventure.)

  2. Universal is really knocking it out of the park.

    This summer, Uni opened a new ride, parade, and nighttime spectacular. Disney expanded Dumbo, put some new props on the Goofy coaster, rebuilt a train station, and opened a small water playground with a bad design flaw.

    Not much comparison. Uni wins the summer.

  3. Great reporting & video of the Despicable Me Grand Opening, thanks! I get the impression that Miranda Cosgrove doesn’t really want to be there… but no matter, looks like they handled that ceremony very well. Interesting that Steve Carrell never shows up to these events – wasn’t he paid in a similar manner to how Robin Williams was paid to do Genie for Aladdin – less money, but no huge publicity?

  4. Thanks for the photos!

    I’m glad to see Disney add Phineas and Ferb, but it seems like something that should have been done last year. Can’t wait to check them out.