Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go out to Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the overall park and attractions as well as check out the new Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride. Like many of Universal Studios’ recent attractions, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem relies mainly on high frame rate, 3D film for its visuals along with a mild motion platform. This ensures that young people have an enjoyable ride that is also not too intense for older riders. The outside facade of Gru’s house is outstanding and Universal Studios’ designers should be congratulated in their creation.
The queue area begins rather bland, save for some fun pictures of minions strewn about. After getting your 3D glasses, riders are escorted into the main queue ares which features an entertaining pre-show with Gru and his three girls as it is explained that guests are here to be transformed into minions. Guests are then led into the main theater area where there are multiple seating booths – each fitting two rows of four riders all facing a projector screen. A lap bar comes down over guests’ legs and the show begins – each seating booth lifting a small distance off the floor in order to provide motion to go with the ride’s video.
Admittedly, I was not prepared for the high frame rate video of ride. The last time I experience high frame rate was while watching Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit film and it took me about three minutes or so to adjust. Unfortunately, I did not have that kind of lead-in time on the ride, which is not very long. Despite the lack of adjustment time, I had a very fun time riding Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. I try not to spoil plot points of games or attractions – but, I will mention that the ride itself is filled with Minion fun and carnage including a very cool showing of what the little guys are capable of when they all team up and work together.
Overall Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is a fun motion ride that kids will love and the older riders will enjoy too – just be prepared for the high frame rate video if you have never seen the technology in action before.
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