Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is a motion simulator ride attraction located at Universal Studios Florida. The attraction is based on Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment's 2012 animated film Despicable Me and employs the use of 3-D HD digital animation. The ride replaced Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, which closed on August 18, 2011. The ride's soft opening to park guests ran from June 9, 2012 to July 1, 2012.
On March 2011, Universal Studios Florida announced that Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast would be closing to make way for a new attraction due to Nick no longer airing the show mentioned on the ride. The ride began seasonal operations on April 1, 2011, before officially closing on August 18, 2011. On April 14, 2011, Universal Orlando Resort began a teaser campaign on their Facebook page where weekly hints were released leading up to the announcement of their upcoming attraction. On May 19, 2011, the attraction was officially announced at a live webcast at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Parks & Resorts also announced a major refurbishment of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Islands of Adventure on the same day. Construction for the Despicable Me attraction at Universal Studios Florida began in mid-August 2011, with the removal the former Jimmy Neutron ride. After a period of construction spanning several months, the attraction soft opened to the public on June 9, 2012. On July 2, 2012, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem officially opened to the public. The ride's gift shop, Super Silly Stuff, had opened prior to the ride in May 2012. On March 11, 2013, Universal Studios Hollywood announced that they would open Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem in 2014. The announcement followed a series of rumours stating the park would replace the recently-closed T2 3-D: Battle Across Time attraction with a Despicable Me attraction. A later announcement revealed the surrounding area would be themed as Super Silly Fun Land. On August 3, 2013, it was announced that Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem's Hollywood attraction would open on April 10, 2014.
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