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Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Other Minions Fun at Universal Orlando

With Minions: The Rise of Gru now in theaters, there are more opportunities than ever to get in on a little minion fun at Universal Orlando. Here’s everything you need to know about the main attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and more minion fun at Universal Orlando Resort.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Step inside Gru’s super-villain laboratory for minion training, led by Gru’s kids and accompanied by a crew of mischievous minions. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a screen-based motion simulator that’s more cute than scary, featuring plenty of silly minion antics and literal fluffy unicorns.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride Entrance
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride Entrance – Dani Meyering

It’s housed in a large theater, with guests seated in motion base simulators that shake, rock, and glide along with the action on screen. In Gru’s latest scheme, you’ll shrink down to the size of an actual minion. Then enter the minion training grounds, where the girls have laid out a wacky series of tests.

Bonus: Before the ride even begins, the queue winds through Gru’s living room, where you can see framed photos and family mementos.

Minions Signs and Decorations Near Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride entrance
Minions Signs and Decorations Near Despicable Me Minion Mayhem – Dani Meyering

Some brief scenes of peril, combined with the vehicle’s motions might be a little intense for some kids. The 3D elements of the ride were removed a few years ago, and accessible stationary seating is available.

The stationary seating is also helpful for guests with motion sickness concerns. This stationary seating can also be helpful for warry kids for which the full experience may be too much. This small seating section is right in front of the screen, so it can be a little tough being so close.

Another Bonus: Waiting in line in the hot sun is no fun, but there are some great details in the queue – including banana trees. Everyone knows Minions love bananas.

Banana Trees at Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Queue
Banana Trees at Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Queue – Dani Meyering

Minion Mayhem FAQ

Where is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem located?

 In Universal Studios Florida, near the park entrance. Just go straight and you’ll see Gru’s home to the left, just after the Universal Studios Store.

How many people can ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem?

Up to four guests can sit in one row, with individual seats for each guest. Larger parties will be split up across multiple vehicles.

What is the height requirement for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem?

 The minimum height requirement for Minion Mayhem is 40 inches, however, guests under 40 inches can ride in stationary seating provided that they are able to sit up and support themselves. Guests under 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult. Lap sitting is not allowed.

Where Can I Meet the Minions at Universal?

Party Like a Minion at the Super Silly Stuff Store

After exiting Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, join a minion dance party featuring some of your favorite minion friends! Located between the Minion Mayhem ride exit and the Super Silly Stuff Store, this minion-hosted dance party features a live audience feed wrapped across several large TV screens.

Super Silly Stuff Store with Minions Merchandise and minions props
Super Silly Stuff Store with Minions Merchandise – Dani Meyering

Kids will love seeing themselves on camera, accompanied by onscreen minions in psychedelic 70s dance outfits. If you don’t want to ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, just head straight to the gift shop and enjoy a little dance break every time the ride exits.

There is also a minion meet and greet location at the dance party. Show times are not published on the app, so consider yourself lucky if you happen to see an actual minion out on the dance floor!

Parenting Pro-Tip: It may be best to not set expectations with your kids about meeting the Minions. We’ve been to the dance party / Minion meet and greet area at Super Silly Stuff Store plenty of times without there being any Minions present. The decorations and music are enough fun without the Minions. It may be best to just leave it as a surprise if you are lucky enough to be there when the Minions are there.

Boogie Down at a Despicable Me Street Party

Join Gru and the gang in an energizing street party, held several times a day in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida.

Minions Character Party Zone at Universal Studios Florida with performers dressed as Minions and a Despicable Me parade float
Minions Character Party Zone at Universal Studios Florida – Dani Meyering

Find showtimes under “Character Party Zone” in the official Universal Orlando app. This dance party near Café La Bamba is packed with fun music and features parade floats from the old Superstar Parade. Boogie down with Gru, Margo, Agnes and Edith for some unforgettable character fun.

Note, the Superstar Parade is no longer performing, and at this time there is no replacement parade at Universal Studios Florida. So the “Character Party Zone” is as close to a parade as you’re going to get right now.

Minions Parade Float Character Party Zone at Universal Studios Florida
Minions Float Character Party Zone at Universal Studios Florida – Dani Meyering

Keep in mind, that the character party zone features a rotating assortment of Superstar Parade floats and characters. You might also see characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and The Secret Life of Pets throughout the day.

The app doesn’t say which characters will be out at any given time. Be sure to ask a character attendant for details if you want to see a specific float.

Vacation Like a Minion: Spend the Night in Gru’s Lab

If your theme park visit includes an onsite hotel stay, check out the Despicable Me Kids Suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

The 650 – 675 square foot specialty suites include all the stylish features of a standard king bedroom and a separate minions-themed bedroom for kids. Kids will love the missile-shaped twin beds, colorful yellow accents, and cheerful minions bouncing off the walls. The kids’ room does not open into the main hallway, so you can rest easy.

To reserve the Despicable Me Kids Suites, book online or call (888) 273-1311.

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More Minion Fun

Rumors are flying that a new Minions ride is in the works for the old Shrek 4-D space. This is all speculation, based on an official Universal Orlando Instagram post shared the day after Shrek closed.

The post shows an onion being swapped out for a banana, with the Shrek building in the background. “Lots of layers here,” reads the caption, leading internet sleuths to the conclusion that Shrek would be replaced with a Minions-themed attraction. The same day, construction walls covered in minion graffiti went up around Shrek.

Minions Decorations on Construction Walls at former Shrek 4-D attraction
Minions Decorations on Construction Walls at former Shrek 4-D attraction – Dani Meyering

While Universal has not officially confirmed plans for the old Shrek space, it’s possible that more Minion fun is in the works! In the meantime, the construction walls provide an unexpectedly fun background for some family snapshots.

Minions Decorations on Construction Walls in Front of Former Monsters Cafe - Dani Meyering
Minions Decorations on Construction Walls in Front of Former Monsters Cafe – Dani Meyering

If you’re looking to meet Shrek and Donkey, their beloved character greeting spot is now located at Kid Zone!

New Shrek and Donkey Character Greeting Area at Kid Zone -Dani Meyering
New Shrek and Donkey Character Greeting Area at Kid Zone -Dani Meyering

Minions Merchandise at Universal Orlando

The Super Silly Stuff Store, which is next to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, is packed with Minions merchandise. There are Minions shirts, plush dolls, mugs, toys, and so much more.

With the success of Minions: The Rise of Gru in theaters, the Universal Orlando CityWalk movie theater currently has a cart of Minions merchandise. This merchandise cart changes throughout the year and may change to Halloween Horror Nights merchandise once that event kicks off.

Minions The Rise of Gru Movie Poster at Universal Orlando CityWalk
Minions The Rise of Gru Movie Poster at Universal Orlando CityWalk – Dani Meyering

There are other spots around Universal Orlando with Minions merchandise including the Universal Studios Store at CityWalk – no theme park ticket required!

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

During the holiday season, Universal hosts a heartwarming holiday parade featuring some of the resort’s best-loved characters. Catch Gru looking uncharacteristically cheery, accompanied by his kids and some of his most recognizable minions. Our favorite? A supersized balloon of Bob the minion dressed in his holiday best.

If you’re thinking of heading to Universal Orlando during the holidays, here are our Top 5 Kid-Friendly Things to do at Universal Orlando Holidays.


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Beth Bell
Beth Bell is a travel writer, thrill seeker, and mom of one. She loves exploring new places, chasing adventure, and making magical memories with loved ones. Some of her favorite travel memories include ascending the Eiffel Tower in a thunderstorm, visiting Monet's garden in Giverny, and getting blissfully lost in the sun-bleached streets of Rome. Follow her journey over at adventuringthegreatwidesomewhere.com, and on Instagram @adventurethegreatwidesomewhere.

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