Get ready to say “Hello-Bello” to even more Minions at Universal Orlando. Soon, an all-new attraction inspired by 2022’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and a Minions-themed cafe will join the fan-favorite Despicable Me Minion Mayhem located in Universal Studios Florida — creating an all-new Minion land in the park.
Scheduled to open in summer 2023, Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast transports guests to Villain-Con: the worldwide convention for criminals where hopeful supervillains see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the world’s most notorious supervillains — The Vicious 6.
Universal describes Villain-Con Minion Blast as a family-friendly “interactive, blaster game experience” where guests will put their “villainous skills to the test as they compete against each other in a bid to join the ranks of the franchise’s most infamous supervillains.”
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True to Universal’s opening-day promise that its park would allow guests to “ride the movies,” Villain-Con Minion Blast will combine innovative screen technology with elaborate physical sets to create an immersive experience where guests get to be a part of the action.
Rather than a traditional ride vehicle, you will step onto a motion-based pathway and wield a blaster as you wind and glide through a series of villainous scenes; you’ll earn points by blasting items and causing as much mischief as possible. Along the way, you’ll encounter familiar characters from the Minions franchise and, of course, lots of mischievous yellow Minions.
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In addition to the new attraction, Universal is opening a Minion Cafe. If the menu is similar to the cafe’s location in Universal Studios Hollywood, you can expect to see a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads along with a few snacks and drinks featuring the Minions’ favorite food — bananas.
Universal hinted at other “surprises” coming to the land inspired by popular characters from Illumination’s blockbuster franchises.
Universal has not yet released specific details on height requirements for the attraction, but more details will be released in the months leading up to the attraction’s summer 2023 opening. That should give you plenty of time to brush up on your supervillain skills before you attend Villain-Con.
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