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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.This particular motion-simulator system premiered as the Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera when the park opened in 1990; was used again in Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, which replaced the former in 2003; and was refurbished for the attraction’s third incarnation as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, which opened in summer 2012.

As with its former incarnations, 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 guests in the rear. Though the simulators have been updated, the most significant upgrade is incorporated in the projection system, which employs high-definition 3-D digital technology.

The ride's story serves as a mini-sequel to the original animated movie Despicable Me, starring Gru, the archvillain, along with his adopted daughters and his diminutive yellow Minions. 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; luckily, it's Universal's least intense motion simulator, so re-rides are less likely to make you lose your lunch. Guests exit the ride into a disco party with interactive video screens and a photo op where they can boogie down with a Minion.

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. Note that the posted standby time is just the wait to enter the building, you'll be watching preshows for an additional 10 minutes before you actually ride.

The 3-D perspective from simulators on the sides can be skewed, and the vehicles up front are a bit too close; for the best view, you want to be in the middle of one of the center rows. Stationary seating is available for those prone to motion sickness and for children less than 40 inches tall; ask an attendant for directions.

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem when you visit on a day with a given Universal Studios Florida Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Wait Times.

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Stationary seating is available for those who need it.

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