The confirmation is finally here, Universal has announced that the official grand opening of Minions Land and Villain-Con Minion Blast is Friday August 11, 2023.
Management Team Members, Executives and regular Team Members had the opportunity to test Villain-Con Minion Blast on July 12 and it then soft opened to guests on July 15, check out our full review, Villain-Con Minion Blast Isn't a Ride, But it Is Fun!
On June 20, Minion Land soft opened at Universal Studios Florida and there were instantly reports of it looks amazing! Apart from the headlining new attraction, Villain-Con Minion Blast where construction walls were still up, it appeared that the whole rest of the area has been open including the Minion Cafe, Bake My Day, Freeze Ray Pops, Pop-A-Nana, Marquee Dining Location and the Illumination Theater.
PCDev has posted a full tour video on YouTube which is embedded below.
This new Minions cafe is highly themed giving you the feel that you are inside the Minions break room. It offers a range of entrees, kids option, deserts and speciality drinks. The vivid yellow tables and chairs certainly immerse you in the Minion world and the attention to detail can be seen everywhere.
Banana popcorn is indeed being offered at Pop-A-Nana and the blueberry and banana Minion Pop from Freeze Ray Pops is definitely a must for any Minion fan. At the Illumination Theater guests get to see the stars of Sing and of course the Minions! Let us know your thoughts on this newly opened land at Universal Studios Florida by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
If you want to check out the menu for Minions Cafe and prices, visit universalparksblog.com. There certainly looks to be a stellar line up of options available to guests. Let us know what you are most looking forward to in the comments below. We particularly like the sound of Mel’s Meatball Mountain, Uncle Dru’s Belly Fillin’ Pork Sandwich, Otto’s Noodle Bowl and Fluffy Unicorn Cupcake.
With progress being made at lightning speed we wonder if we will see the headlining attraction, Villain-Con Minion Blast, soft opening ready for the busy July 4th holiday. Still, nothing has been officially confirmed yet regarding Villain-Con Minion Blast but we hope to be able to bring you an update on this very soon.
Earlier this week, we brought you a photo update from Bioreconstruct of the finishing touches that have been put in place on the Minions Cafe. We absolutely love the attention to detail on the lettering which can be seen in the tweet below.
Zoom in to see details of the Minion Cafe signage. For example: the toaster. pic.twitter.com/22dlXNmmSr— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 14, 2023
You can also see the exterior of Freeze Ray Pops in the tweet below from Alicia Stella which also looks completed and ready to open. The colors are so bright and vibrant and the whole area looks set to be a fantastic addition to Universal Studios Florida.
The whole Minion Land area is so great. The colors just POP! pic.twitter.com/EuUAMKuDIc— Alicia Stella (@AliciaStella) June 14, 2023
According to Screamscape, last week Villian-Con Minion Blast team members had the opportunity to test run this new attraction. This is certainly an exciting step forward in the journey towards opening.
The official gift shop for Villian-Con Minion Blast, 'Evil Stuff' also opened last week. It is decorated with a whole host of Minion statues and is stuffed full of Minions merchandise including clothes, bags, water bottles and cuddly Minion toys. For a full look, check out the walk-through video which has been posted to YouTube by Universal Parks News Today and is embedded below.
At the beginning of June we brought you the photo updates below from Bioreconstruct showing the work being done on the exteriors of the buildings including the Minions Cafe and Bake My Day bakery. Here is another photo showing work being done behind the construction walls.
Aerial look at construction of the facades along Illumination Avenue in Minion Land. pic.twitter.com/3vF8jTB0Lf— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 9, 2023
Everything points to Universal gearing up for an opening very soon as the finishing touches are being put into place. We still await confirmation of an official opening date for the new Illuminations Minions Land which includes the headlining attraction Villian-Con Minion Blast and the Minions Cafe.
Current paint on this side of Minion Cafe.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 6, 2023
Letters are protected in plastic until the work is complete in this area. pic.twitter.com/PfV9gaCSKD
Bake My Day bakery in Minion Land with all signage. pic.twitter.com/tp46DPoRJf— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 6, 2023
In a video posted from Rix Flix at the beginning of June, we can see how the new Illumination's Minion Land currently looks (time stamp 45 seconds). All construction fences are still up surrounding the new headlining attraction, Villian-Con Minion Blast and the Minions Cafe. As the summer is indeed now officially upon us, it is speculated that employee testing will begin very soon if it hasn't done so already.
Further photos were posted at the end of May on twitter by Bioreconstruct showing the progress that has been made and what the land currently looks like. These are embedded below. It is very exciting to see this new land coming to life at Universal Studios Florida and we shouldn't have too much longer to wait for an official opening date.
Current details waiting for paint in the Bank of Evil facade in Minion Land. pic.twitter.com/W8xS434F67— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) May 31, 2023
Facades in Minion Land across from Villain Con Minion Blast. Base covering or paint at the Illumination theater marquee. pic.twitter.com/8FcHCQIArD— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) May 31, 2023
Outlines of characters are in this photo. Seems like a custom painting of Minions will be on this wall at Illumination Ave in Universal Studios Florida. pic.twitter.com/gaUQrE7QaE— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) May 31, 2023
Scrims and scaffolding down at Minion Cafe. Signage partly in place, over entrance at right. pic.twitter.com/SZeOv08Uhp— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) May 31, 2023
As you can see from the posts above, there is lots of work being done including painting, work on the exterior of the Minions Cafe and the finishing touches being put on the walls of Illumination Ave in the form of custom paintings. We are expecting the new sign which is currently in place but covered for the Minions Cafe up will be uncovered very soon. We will continue to update you on developments and will bring you the official opening date for the new Illumination's Minion Land when it is announced.
In an exciting tweet posted by Universal Orlando Resort a couple of weeks ago, we got to see new concept art of the exterior of the Minion's Cafe and the street which includes Bake My Day which will serve sweet treats and Pop-A-Nana which will have Freeze Ray Pops and sweet and savoury popcorn on offer.
FIRST LOOK: Illumination’s Minions are taking over an entire street at Universal Orlando. From an all-new attraction to a new Minions restaurant, it’s Minion mischief like you’ve never experienced before. Opening Summer 2023. 🍌 https://t.co/VBxuFy0d5k pic.twitter.com/QIdoESkuS6— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) May 17, 2023
Illumination's Villian-Con Minion Blast which will be the headlining attraction in this new land is also set to open this summer. It will see guests joining Belle Bottom, Jean Clawed and the rest of the Vicious 6 to "blast your way to supervillain stardom." You can see how this attraction currently looks including the vivid purple and orange colors from the tweet below posted by Bioreconstruct.
Vivid colors at Villain Con Minion Blast. pic.twitter.com/ncNdHdqQIG— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) May 17, 2023
The current, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem will complete the line up in this new land which should quickly become a favorite area for families as well as all you other Minion fans out there.