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Despicable Me Minion Mayhem to officially open July 2, 2012

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Universal Orlando has announced Monday, July 2, 2012 as the official opening date for the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios.

Although the ride is now open for technical rehearsals, guests may not get to ride because of the nature of the testing phase and some effects may not be working. So if you want to see the full official presentation, and be sure the ride will be open, you’ll want to wait until July 2.

This brand-new ride combines the humor and memorable characters of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster film Despicable Me, with an all-new storyline, new animation and the latest 3D technology to create a wildly hysterical theme park experience.

The experience begins when guests enter Gru, Margo, Edith and Agnes’ home and learn they are being recruited to become minions. After picking up 3D “minion goggles” in the living room and being scanned for “human germs” in the Minionization Prep Room, guests board Minion Transformation Pods to begin their training. Things don’t go as planned and guests find themselves on an unforgettable adventure through Gru’s lab that’s filled with laughter, chaos and tons of minions.

The ride experience is capped off with a dance party where guests can show off their best moves with the minions. With a sparkling disco ball hanging overhead, the post show dance area features large projection screens so that guests can see themselves partying with the minions to the legendary disco tune “Boogie Fever.”

If you’d like to see what the areas leading up to the ride look like, as well as the dance party and gift shop, watch this video:

Be sure to purchase a copy of the Summer 2012 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine to read more about the new ride plus Universal’s new parade and nighttime lagoon show, which each feature Despicable Me. The issue is available now through our iPhone and iPad apps, in print Here and in major U.S. book stores soon.

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