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Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem concept art

Guests at Universal Studios Florida have been experiencing the park's new Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride for the first time, as a "soft opening" period begins.

The attraction made its public debut on Saturday, June 9, although no official opening date has yet been announced. During the soft opening period, it will not be open continuously, with Universal looking to iron any bugs in its operation.

Based on the $540-million grossing Universal Pictures movie, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is the first ride at any of Universal's theme parks to be based on a Universal-produced animated movie. It has replaced Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, which closed in August 2011, and reuses its simulator-style ride system.

Orlando Attractions Magazine was on hand to capture video of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem's queue and pre-show:

The new ride features appearances from well-known Despicable Me characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the diminuitive minions. Guests enter the ride through Gru's home, where they are asked by the bungling super-villain to join his legions of minions. After undertaking some "minion training", riders then find themselves on a journey with Gru and his daughters, before joining an interactive "dance party" with the minions.

The stars of the Despicable Me movie, including Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove, lend their voices to the new attraction. A sequel to the film will debut in theatres on July 3, 2013.

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