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Ride the Movies: DESPICABLE ME: Minion Mayhem

In the first of a new regular feature, Emma Rafferty (you can call her Raff) reviews some of the many theme park rides that are based on movies. Starting off at Universal Studios Orlando and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Ride the Movies: Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
I had the opportunity to ride the movies over the Christmas season, so I am going to start off by giving you a review of the ride Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Basic Premise
I am not going to tell you too much about the ride itself because it will spoil it for you. It would be a lot better for you, if you didn’t know what was coming when it was coming, if you know what I mean.

So, the basic premise of the ride is that Gru needs more Minions, and what better way to get more minions than with YOU, the audience.

Do you need to have seen the movie to understand the ride?
No, I don’t think you need to have seen the movie to understand the ride. The only thing you really need to know is that Gru has adopted daughters and the Minions work for him. Oh, and that Minions love bananas.

Overall, the ride has been well themed. All the staff members wear lab coats with the Gru logo on them and they have crazy multi coloured shirts on underneath. When you first get to the ride, if the queue is that long, you will be outside and there is not much theming that they can do there, other than have screens showing Minion cartoons. The building that houses the ride has been done up to look like Gru’s house and it looks awesome.

Once you get inside, the theming is second to none. There are interactive pictures on the wall and I think it is actually supposed to be Gru’s Lobby. There are weapons on the wall and little art features that Agnes, Margo and Edith have done.

Be aware that the majority of the queue is outside and once you have picked up your 3D glasses in the lobby, you only have a few minutes wait until the pre-show.

The pre-show is where a lot of movie rides go wrong because they are boring and they are just designed to keep you occupied a little bit longer whilst they reset the ride. The designers of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem did not make this mistake. The pre-show is actually part of the ride and it is extremely funny. I was crying with laughter during the show. I won’t say anything more, other than keep your senses aware when you are in there. Once the pre-show is over, you are taken straight through into the ride area.

The seating area is like capsules. I think you get four on a row and there are places for you to put your bags. You do not wear a seat-belt but do not expect to be relaxed or left alone during the ride.

Use of Technology
The main use of technology within the ride is with the 3D and the movement of the seats. As a person who has been to Florida many time and been on countless 3D rides, I wasn’t expecting anything new, but I was surprised at how good the 3D was. I actually tried to run at one point because I thought something was flying at me.

Furthermore, I felt like it was more like 4D since they utilized other elements to shock you, and the seating area moves in conjunction with what you see on the screen.

Like many other rides, when you are sent towards the exit, you are really sent to the gift shop. However, there is one stop along the way for a picture opportunity and if you have ever wanted to go to a rave with a Minion then it will be right up your street.

They have carried over the theme into the gift shop with the sales clerks in full uniform and the walls painted purple. The gift shop is one of my favourite stores in Universal Studios. They have a lot of Minion merchandise and some of it is exclusive and not available anywhere else.

If you want a sneak peek of the ride, check out the video below, but there are some spoilers, so don’t say that I didn’t warn you:

Raff is a massive Disney Geek, Thrill Seeker, Gamer and Comic Book reader.
Basically she's an all round massive geek!
When she isn't writing, watching movies and TV shows, she is busy traveling the world and riding as many theme park rides as she can.

Read more reviews from Raff at nerdasylumonline.com and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube.

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