Who wants to bet that universal doesn't theme the building from this angle or from the tram? I like all the additions, and I do enjoy potter, but UNI has a really nasty habit of half-assing their projects in this way. This building in Florida is completely unfinished besides what the castle and rock covers on the front entrance. You can see the ride building from all over IOA. I think this will be worse, cause the building will be totally visible from so many areas of the park, tram route and even the parks front entrance! I hope they plant some trees and paint the building to at least try and make it blend, but based off their track record, I highly doubt it.
This morning, Universal Studios Hollywood invited Theme Park Review to preview their newest attraction: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. This attraction is almost identical to its predecessor in Orlando, with the addition of a second theater here in LA! We will get right to the pictures of this new attraction, and then take a short lap around the park. We would like to extend a very heartfelt “Thank you!” to Trana and Gayle of USH Public Relations for inviting us to be amongst the first guests to experience this wonderful addition ahead of the official ride opening!
The attraction facade transitions nicely when you arrive via Baker Street.
The final touches are still being put on the exterior of the attraction, as they approach the attractions official grand opening on April 10th.
Little gems such as practical doorbells on the facade help bring the area to life. “We dare you! Ring the doorbell! Bwah-ha-ha!!!!!”
Park Guests may be surprised when they happen upon the “Technical Rehearsal” taking place from now until April 10th. As with any soft-opening…what the sign says.
Friendly employees are ready to welcome first time riders. They have a lot to take pride in with this attraction!
The queue is well done, with plenty of goodies to keep riders entertained before heading into the show building.
Plenty of queue space ready for the summer crowds.
Missile speakers! Possibly my favorite detail of the attraction!
Minion propaganda is just so darn adorable, isn’t it?!
Overhead monitors in the queue have a ton of great content to keep the guests entertained.
Don’t forget your 3-D glasses!
“The last pair of glasses from each rack is the lucky one!”
Upon entering the entry hallway of Gru’s mansion, you are grouped into one of eight rows. The employees use tablets to ensure they group the guests as efficiently as possible.
Lion, Dog, Cat, Rat.
Before entering the anti-chamber of the main lab, the Minions come on screen to welcome us.
Fun fact: The Minions listen to 102.7 KIIS FM!
In the anti-chamber we see Gru and the girls for the first time.
Wait… Where are all the people disappearing to, and where did all the Minions come from? Wait a second…..
“Ba-na-na-aaaaa!!” Once you enter the main lab, the real adventure begins. Groups of 8 riders get into small vehicles similar to the ride vehicles on The Simpson’s Ride. Filming is not allowed inside the main lab.
When the ride is done, guests move to the party room, where they can dance with super-imposed Minions.
Guests were loving this fun dance party on their way out of the attraction.
There is of course plenty of Minion merchandise.
IT’S SO FLUFFY!!!!!!!!!
Gru and the girls take turns meeting guests near the attraction entrance.
Super Silly Fun Land, is not quite ready for guests yet, but will include both dry and wet play areas for younger guests, as well as a dumbo-style flat ride called Silly Swirly.
Gru’s Lab Café sits near the exit of the gift shop, and is already open for business.
Elsewhere in the park, the Transformers have added a second Meet & Greet location. You can now meet them in the Universal Plaza as well as near the attraction entrance at the lower lot.
The new games area is proving to be popular with guests. They fill out the Simpsons Plaza quite well.
And now a few shots of Potter Land as we make our way to the studio tour.
Typical Hogwarts building materials.
It was a (somewhat) clear day over the Hollywood area.
These Minions are everywhere!
Hey Robb, did you hear?!?!
I rode the tram tour a few days after the passing of actor Paul Walker from The Fast and the Furious franchise several months ago. The tour guide mentioned the passing of the actor, as we casually drove by the Tokyo Drift set. Today, there was no mention of the actor, and we once again drove past the set. Not sure if it is still “too soon”, or an unrelated reason.
The Jaws set is drained for maintenance.
“Hi, I’m Sheriff Woody! Howdy, howdy, howdy!”
Norman Bates is still alive and well!
By noon, the wait time for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem grew to 55 minutes! This is going to be a very popular new attraction for USH! Congratulation to the park on this hit!
“Ba dam haw ta mu tah!” In English: "Be sure to see us when we officially open on April 10th! Banana!" Thank you again to Universal Studios Hollywood for hosting us today! We look forward to seeing you again at the Yellow Carpet Premier on April 10th!
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