Universal Orlando Removes 3-D From Another Attraction

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Guests of all ages posing happily with the Minions

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Universal Orlando Resort is known as a popular theme park for guests coming to experience thrilling attractions, immersive experiences, and beloved characters from both classic and contemporary franchises.

Among its array of Universal Orlando attractions, one that often finds itself in the spotlight is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Yet, beneath the surface of its popularity lies a tale of overrated hype, where the charm of the minions may not be enough to sustain its acclaim.

The Seuss Landing entrance inside of Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort.
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At first glance, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem seems like a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. This attraction is located in Universal Studios Florida.  Based on the wildly popular Despicable Me film series, the attraction promises to immerse Universal Orlando Resort guests in the whimsical world of Gru, his adorable daughters, and of course, the mischievous minions. As Universal Orlando guests queue up, they are greeted by vibrant theming and playful antics, setting the stage for what should be an unforgettable experience.

Universal Orlando minions
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However, as guests step into the ride itself, the cracks in the facade begin to show. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem employs motion simulator technology, where riders are seated in a theater-style setting and immersed in an adventure alongside the beloved characters from the films. While this approach can be thrilling when executed effectively, it ultimately falls short of delivering the immersive experience that guests have come to expect from Universal Orlando.

In a Reddit Thread, one Universal guest talks about how Despicable Me Minions Mayhem is underwhelming. Guests comment on the wait time due to popularity and how the ride lasts about 4 minutes, which makes it feel “overrated.”

Minions ride underwhelming?
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Moreover, the ride’s popularity often leads to long wait times, further exacerbating the disappointment for guests who have invested time and effort into experiencing it. While no attraction can completely eliminate wait times, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem fails to deliver a payoff that justifies the lengthy queues.

Another reason guests may feel like this attraction is a letdown now is that it is no longer 3-D. Guests say this was due to cutting costs. The ride hasn’t been 3-D since 2019 and seemingly started a trend, as Skull Island: Reign of Kong is also no longer 3-D.

More than likely, it’s actually due to cost. It takes a whole team to collect, transport, clean, and restock those glasses. Cutting them out of rides is a huge labor cost saver.”

Signage for the all new Illumination Minion Land now open at Universal Orlando Resort
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Minions and Despicable Me have become popular films for children, which may be the main reason for the longer waits. However, guests who feel Minion Mayhem is not for them can experience Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast. This brand-new attraction allows guests to blast the Vicious 6, the villains in the latest movie, Minions: The Rise of Grunge (2022).

As part of the new attraction, Universal Orlando also unveiled Minion Land, which features Bake My Day, Minion Cafe, and several shops for guests to explore their inner Minion.

Do you think it may be time for an update for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments!

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