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Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem concept art

Universal Studios Florida has confirmed that the grand opening for its new Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride will take place on July 2, 2012.

The ride has already opened to the public as part of a "technical rehearsal" phase, although as with all such periods it can be closed at any time. Universal is currently looking to iron out any bugs in its operation ahead of the official opening date, with the ride likely to be out of action in the immediate run-up to the event.

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.

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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