Universal Studios Hollywood has confirmed that it will open a clone of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem in 2014, replacing the shuttered Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time.
The announcement had been widely expected, although the 2014 opening date is later than some had predicted. The Universal Studios Hollywood version of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is expected to be largely identical to the original at Universal Studios Florida, which opened in 2012.
Mark Woodbury, the President of Universal Creative, did hint at some updates to the attraction's exterior when compared to the Florida installation: "The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will continue to push the creative envelope with its exceptional show content, sight gags, special effects and 3D digital animation. The exterior treatment will feature even more thematic and colorful creative touches that will literally place park guests inside Gru’s world."
Construction work is known to be ongoing in the former Terminator 2 3-D building, which was recently struck by a minor fire. Significant changes will be required to the building's interior, with Universal Studios Hollywood potentially using the new addition as a stop-gap attraction to pull in new guests while it constructs its own version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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 replaced Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast at Universal Studios Florida, and reuses the previous attraction's simulator-style ride system.
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is the first ride at any of Universal's theme parks to be based on a Universal-produced animated movie, with all-new scenes having been produced for the attraction. The ride features appearances from well-known characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the diminuitive minions.
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