Description And Comments

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is a 3-D motion simulator ride similar to Universal's The Simpsons Ride and Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The idea is that you're seated in a ride vehicle which faces a large video screen, on to which the attraction's story is projected. When the story calls for you to drop down the side of a building, your ride vehicle tilts forward as if you were falling; when you need to swerve left or right, your ride vehicle tilts the same way. The main difference between Minion Mayhem and other simulators is that most other simulators usually provide one video screen per ride vehicle, while Minion Mayhem arranges all of its eight-person vehicles in front of one large IMAX-size video screen. The ride vehicles are set on raised platforms which get slightly higher toward the back of the theater, affording good views for all guests.

The preshow area is inside Dr. Gru's house, where you see his unique family tree, and other artifacts. Our favorite is the mounted lion's head (in the lion's mouth is a dog, in the dog's mouth is a cat, and in the cat's mouth is a mouse.) The premise of the ride is that you are being turned into one of Dr. Gru's minions. Once converted you must navigate the Minion Training Grounds, where your "speed, strength and ability not to die" are tested. Something soon goes amiss, though, and your training turns into a frenetic rescue operation. The events of this ride take place exactly one year after the Despicable Me film as a subplot of the ride involves Gru's daughters (Edith, Anges, and Margo) celebrating the anniversary of their adoption. In a brilliant marketing tie-in, the adorable gift that Agnes gives to Gru can be purchased in the Super Silly Stuff gift shop on your way out.

The ride itself (which lasts about 5 minutes) is a fast-paced series of dives, climbs and tight turns through Gru's Rube Goldberg-esque machines. Like The Simpsons Ride, there are more sight gags and interesting things to see here than anyone possibly could in a single ride. Guests exiting the ride may find the opportunity for a short dance with one of the minions.

Touring Tips

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is unfortunately situated at the very front of the park, within a few yards of the entrance turnstiles. As a result, and because it’s one of the park’s newest attractions, long lines develop as soon as the park opens. If you’re among the first to enter and the wait is 20 minutes or less, get in line for Despicable Me, then ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. However, if the line for Despicable Me exceeds 20 minutes, try late afternoon or the hour before the park closes.

Special Comments

Special Needs

Stationary seating is available for those who need it.

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