Hangin’ with the Minions

I was recently asked to cover the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. With my nine-year-old daughter in tow, I set off for a day of film-inspired magic and that’s what I got.

The new ride fits right into the movie-enchantment precedent set by Universal Studios—putting the rider smack in the middle of 3-D action, carrying the humor and whimsy of the movie with you through the whole ride. A bonus to the Minion experience is the new Super Silly Fun Land—a seaside Minion carnival. Cooling down under waterfalls, slides and water features was treat after traipsing through the park on a hot day.

Cooling off with Minions

We got through the majority of the park in a day—including the old Jaws showcase, which I remember from being my daughter’s age. It may be old, but it made my kid scream in terror—so still successful!

Jaws: still got it

My favorite and my daughter’s favorite Universal Studios ride of all time is the Simpsons ride. Go on that one more than once and really listen to the soundtrack on the second go. Fun stuff.

Before the Transformer moved

We finally tried out the Transformers ride. I’m not a fan of scary, so I’d hidden behind the “You’re too young for that ride” excuse in past visits, but I couldn’t get away with it this time. Having a monstrous evil Transformer bend down and look you in the eye and spew threats was horrifying and breathtaking. I’m just hoping there weren’t any German tourists within earshot, as I have a tendency to scream obscenities in German when in fear. It was worth the terror. Just. So. Coooooool.

After the Transformer moved

Some things to note:

  • Bring a towel and bathing suit for the kids, it’s a treat for them to be able to cool down by playing in Super Sill Fun Land. Dressing rooms are nearby.
  • If you eat healthy, pack your own food. It is an amusement park and healthy pickins are slim. You may be better off ordering food at one of the restaurants on the Universal Walk before you enter the park.
  • Get a Front of Line Pass. It made our day twice as enjoyable as our previous visit without one. Worth the money.
  • If the Transformers are set up for photo ops outside of the ride, do it. Your imagination will suspend any thought that there is a person in the robotic costuming as they lunge at you.
Hangin' with the Minions
Minion Mayhem
3-D Glasses for Minion Mayhem
Cooling off with Minions
Jurassic Park ride
Astronaut photobomb
Jaws: still got it
The Bates Motel
Aircrash set
Perfect cool down
This is not France—it's Universal magic!
Transformers ride


Cynthia Cunniff

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