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All you need to know about Minion Land and the new Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast at UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

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The highly anticipated Minion Land is now open, along with the electrifying Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast! That’s right, it’s time to gather your family, grab those blasters, and step onto the exciting new moving walkway shooter.

Minion Land and Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast at Universal Orlando

Minion Land is a new area at Universal Studios Florida that opened in August 2023. It is themed to the popular “Despicable Me” movies and features two attractions:

  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a 3D motion simulator ride that takes guests on an adventure with the Minions.
  • Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast is an interactive dark ride where guests can blast their way to supervillain stardom.
All you need to know about Minion Land and the new Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast at UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

Whilst Minon Mayhem has been open for a few years, Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast is the newest attraction addition to Minion Land. It is an interactive dark ride that lets guests test their skills as they battle the Vicious 6. Guests will use their E-Liminator X blasters to shoot at targets throughout the ride, earning points and rewards along the way.

If you’re a fan of the “Despicable Me” movies or just looking for a fun and family-friendly experience, then Minion Land is definitely worth a visit.

We’ve got all the inside information on Minion Land – from delightful cafes and Minion rides to enchanting meet-and-greets and souvenir shops that allow you to bring a piece of Minion Land home with you. Brace yourself for an unforgettable Minion-packed experience that’s unlike anything else!

The Ultimate Guide to Minion Land at Universal Orlando

Get ready for non-stop fun at Universal Studios! From 9 am to 7 pm, Minion Land has you covered with two must-try rides: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the thrilling Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast, now replacing the Shrek-4D ride.

After the excitement, treat yourself to minion-inspired snacks and drinks and photo opportunities.

Image of Minion Land entrance at Universal Studios Orlando
Minion Land at Universal Studios

Step into the World of the Minions

Step into the vibrant world of Minion Land at Universal Studios Florida and  prepare to be instantly transported into their universe! After passing the playful sign held by a crew of minions, you’ll be greeted by a row of shops, each radiating minion-themed excitement. The entire area is adorned in exuberant bright shades, creating a joyful atmosphere you’ll definitely want to experience for yourself. While the classic Minion Mayhem still brings the fun, you don’t want to miss the new minion ride at universal– the Villain-Con Minion Blast!

Villain con Minion Ride at universal studios orlando
Inside Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast
Minion Villain con ride

Experience the New Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast

Unleash your inner villain with this unique twist on interactive rides at Villain Con! Experience a fresh ride by stepping onto a moving walkway with Eliminator-X blasters in hand. Aim, fire at targets, and score points with each precise shot. Little ones have their own smaller blasters too!

But it’s more than just a game – it’s a quest for glory! Join the Vicious 6, compete for the top villain spot, and cause controlled chaos. This friendly face-off suits all ages, with the mission to create thrilling havoc.

V6 Super Fan screen shot of the app  at Minion Land Universal Studios Orlando
V6 Super Fan Levels on the app at Minion Land

Universal’s App transforms this ride from just a ‘one and done” to a competitive experience where you can work your way up the evi ranks. With the app’s numerous missions, each with its own demands: Complete a mission and claim virtual rewards on the app.

Keep in mind, to ride, children need to be at least 122 cm (48 inches) tall. Also, hand-held infants are not permitted to ride.

Have a Blast in Minion Mayhem

Die-hard Universal fans already know that Minion Mayhem has long been a cherished classic, so if it’s rides in Minion Land we’re talking about, it just has to be included!

The excitement starts off on the right foot with engaging and hilariously funny pre-ride videos that’ll keep your kids so entertained, they won’t even notice the wait.

The 3-D ride itself is an absolute riot. Picture yourself as one of the minions on the big screen, all while you’re in a motion vehicle, taken on a whirlwind adventure. And don’t worry – if you’re not a fan of jolty motions, they’ve got stationary vehicles that are just as exhilarating, thanks to the captivating visuals.  The ride is a playful delight, filled with minion-made mayhem as you’re zipped from room to room, seeing the world through the eyes of a mischievous minion.

Prepare to embrace your inner child and dive into the fun. This all-ages adventure is perfect for your entire crew. The only requirement? Everyone needs to be at least 40 inches tall. 

Meet Your Favorite Minions

Step up to the lively Illumination Theater facade and meet your cherished characters from Despicable Me and Sing! Get ready for their dazzling entrances – envision the minions strutting their stuff, Gru and his girls taking the stage, and the dynamic Rosita and Gunter from Sing adding to the excitement. They’re all set to groove to their unique versions of famous tunes, creating a heartwarming spectacle.

And when it comes to dancing, these characters know how to move! Grab your dancing shoes, greet the adorable minions, and join in the spontaneous dance party.

This is an ideal opportunity for fantastic family photos. Age doesn’t matter in this magical encounter; meeting the minions in person is an experience everyone can enjoy. Just be sure to prepare your younger kids for how big Disney characters can be so they aren’t caught off guard!

Image of Carl's Crispy Cauliflower Minion Cafe Minion Land Universal Studio Orlando
Carl’s Crispy Cauliflower at Minion Cafe and Otto’s Pet rock dessert.

Eat, Drink, and Be Gru-vy

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s more in store – the absolute best part of Minion Land always revolves around the food! Because let’s be honest, every great day of exploration deserves a delicious ending.

With four fantastic dining spots to choose from, the options will satisfy both your taste buds and your Minion-loving heart! 

Inside Minion Cafe at Minion Land at Universal Studios Orlando
Inside Minion Cafe at Minion Land at Universal Studios Orlando

First up is the Minion Cafe, a transformed version of what used to be the Monsters Cafe. It’s the star of the show, and once you step inside, you’ll know exactly why. The Minion Cafe isn’t your run-of-the-mill cafe.

Lockers at Minion Land Universal Studios Orlando
Check out the locker contents inside the Minion Cafe.

Every corner is infused with that unmistakable Minion charm – a burst of yellow and a ba ba ba banana-ey goodness that’s simply irresistible.  Take your time and explore the decor, because everywhere you look, there’s a Minion there that’s up to some mischief. Even the utensils on the shelves sport googly eyes!

Vending machine at Minion Cafe
Can you spot anything odd in this vending machine at Minion Cafe?

The menu is a treasure trove of delights, including favorites like Carl’s Crispy Cauliflower and the beloved Otto’s Pet Rock – a delicious peanut butter and jelly treat. But the true stars are the specialty drinks. Indulge in the PX-1 Punch, a Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade with a delightful pop rocks and whipped cream crown that’s as good as frosting. And don’t miss the Antidote, a banana-flavored concoction that’s a slice of banana cream pie paradise. The extra fun part is that you get to take home the adorable cups as a sweet souvenir!

Images of Minions inside Minion Cafe Land at Universal Studios Orlando
Minions hard at work inside the Minion Cafe

Keep an eye out for the playful Minions hiding in the fridges, just waiting to give you a surprise. And don’t miss the Breakroom, a themed dining area that’s brimming with fun – from a foosball table to Minions’ lockers filled with quirky items, safety posters, and even a vending machine with a blaster gun inside.

Breakroom fun at Minion Cafe at universal studios
Minion Breakroom rules are a little different!

To further add to the experience, everything is digitized for your convenience, and there are vegan and vegetarian options available too. So, whether you’re craving a hearty meal or something on the lighter side, Minion Land has got you covered. It’s a dining affair that’s as playful and delightful as the Minions themselves.

Image Bake My Day Cake Shop at Minion Land at Universal Studio Orlando
Bake My Day Cake Shop at Minion Land

For your sweet cravings, head to Bake My Day – a bakery and merchandise paradise. Here, every treat pays homage to the Minion world. Savor banana cream Swiss rolls, blueberry lemonade macarons, and delightful cake pops. Watch the little ones sport yellow, purple, blue, and every hue in between on their tongues as they relish these goodies.

For an authentic theme park touch, there’s a popcorn store with a twist – try the unique banana-flavored popcorn, or opt for the classic if that’s your preference. And when the Florida sun blazes, beat the heat at Freeze Ray Pops with their fantastic flavors, including the refreshing Vector Orange Creamsicle!

Images of Cakes inside Bake My Day Cake Shop at Minion Land at Universal Studios Orlando
Cakes inside Bake My Day Cake Shop
Images of Inside Bake My Day Cake Shop at Minion Land at Universal Studios Orlando
Inside Bake My Day Cake Shop which also sells merchandise.

Shop Till You Drop

And here’s the finale – the gift shops that’ll keep your Minion Land memories alive long after the day is done. Walk into the brand-new Evil Stuff shop, a treasure trove of villain-themed goodies. It’s where Villain-Con comes to life with everything from minion action figures and snazzy “Vicious 6” caps to quirky coffee mugs and personality-packed socks. But the best part? Kids can discover exclusive toys that not only bring joy but also make them the coolest kids around.

While you’re at Bake My Day indulging in treats, check out their adorable merchandise collection that’s all about pink and happiness. Treat yourself to equally adorable plushies inspired by the treats you’re enjoying – cupcake and swiss roll plushies to brighten your day.

What better way to end your adventure than by taking home a piece of the magic?

Images of Merchandise a Minion Land Store at Universal Studios Orlando
Minion Bags at Minion Land Store
Image of Illumination blaster Minion Land Universal Studios Orlando
E-Limator X toy replica blaster Minion Land Store

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