Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Review – Universal Studios Hollywood

The Despicable Me Films introduced the world to the Minions that duly became a firm fan favorite of Both Big and Little kids alike. This makes Despicable Me the perfect family attraction for most ages. We take a look at one of Universal Studios Hollywood’s premier family attractions in our Despicable Me – Minion Mayhem Review to see if the attraction is worth your time.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Review - Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Location – Upper Lot, Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Type – 4D Animated Simulator Ride
  • Duration – 3 Mins + Pre Show (8mins Total)
  • Height Restriction – 40 in (102 cm)
  • Average Queue time – 15 mins – 60 Mins
  • Single Rider – No
  • Additional Info – Minion Simulator
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Review
  • Exhilaration
  • Fun
  • Smoothness and Comfort
  • Uniqueness and Theming
  • Value For Time

We love the Despicable Me films, but let’s be honest the Minions are the stars of the show, and as they are the Stars of the ride, that’s fine by us. Not only are they the Staring role they are also your role as the Kids use Gru-Tech to shrink you down to minion Status and let you experience the world as a small pill-shaped yellow bod! Yes, this ride is a Minion Simulator!

What is the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride?

The Ride is a 4-D Motion Simulator Theatre. The Screen uses high-tech 3-D projection requiring 3D specs with the 4th Dimension being provided by giving motion to the individual banks of seats in the “lab”. This along with wind, mist, and water effects makes for a fun immersive experience.

Ride Experience

The exterior of the ride is pretty awesome and has you entering Gru’s house through the front door. On busy days there is extra queuing outside to really let you take in the Excellent Exterior!


Minion Mayhem Ride Queue

Once inside you get to explore Gru’s house as the queue winds through the various rooms that are all excellently themed. Before heading into the Labs where the storyline is explained via a number of pre-show videos that really break up the queue process. Basically, Gru has a machine that will turn you into a Minion!


The Ride through the lab and beyond is really good fun and uses the 3D really well. The viewpoint of a minion is a pretty unique take on a ride and allows the creators to get away with things that would be unthinkable with a human character such as insanely large drops, falls, and impacts. Generally enduring things a Human Character could not.

Minion Mayhem Ride
Looks Better in 3-D

The Ride Vehicles, known as Pods, are similar to the Amazing Spider-man Ride or the Transformers ride, they seat 8 in 2 rows of 4 and are actuated on a motion platform to provide the movement. They do not roam however like the other rides and there are several Pods in the Lab/Theatre all operating independently. The Effect is pretty good with the extra-large projection screen filling most of your vision and proving really quite immersive.

Certain Scenes are particularly effective such as drops or the Wrecking Ball Pendulum scene which is shockingly realistic…considering you are being smashed to bits on a giant Metal Ball!


Overall the Ride Itself is really quite good. We didn’t expect too much from it being a family ride but it is pretty immersive and the humor while almost entirely slapstick based raises quite a few chuckles. If you are a Minion fan you know what to expect from the humor. It’s not intelligent humor just yellow things making noise and getting hurt. That is no bad thing, however.

The Great theming and heavy use of pre-shows, makes any queuing quite bearable and the throughput is pretty good. If you have kids (that meet the height requirement) it really is a must-do. However even if not it’s well worth a ride. It’s not up with the TOP motion simulator ride but it’s a lot of fun,

Have Your Say

Have you been on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem? What did you think? Was becoming a Minion the achievement of a life dream, probably not, or did you just not get the ride at all? Did the Slapstick Jokes have you in roars of laughter or counting down the seconds before you could get out? Let us know in the comments below and if you have any questions just fire away.

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