IT’S SO MUCH FUN, IT’S A CRIME…
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ANNOUNCES ILLUMINATION’S VILLAIN-CON MINION BLAST – A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND DIABOLICAL FAMILY ATTRACTION INSPIRED BY ILLUMINATION’S POPULAR MINIONS FRANCHISE – COMING TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA IN SUMMER 2023
Upcoming Attraction will Be Part of a New Minion Land, Featuring the Beloved
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Attraction, a New Minion Café and More
Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2022) – Next summer, guests will engage in loads of diabolical fun for kids, teens and adults as part of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest attraction, Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast. Developed in partnership between Universal’s award-winning creative team and the acclaimed filmmakers from Illumination, this interactive, blaster game experience will invite guests to 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.
Villain-Con Minion Blast combines innovative screen technology, state-of-the-art gaming interactivity and elaborate physical sets to create a one-of-a-kind, game-based adventure where guests encounter immersive environments, nefarious villains and tons of mischievous Minions from Illumination’s films in a whole new way. The world-class attraction transports guests to Villain-Con – the biggest criminal convention on the planet – to take part in an epic competition to see if they have what it takes to become the newest member of The Vicious 6, a notorious group of supervillains from the hit film, “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” Guests who are up for the challenge will grab an interactive blaster and step onto a motion-based pathway to put their skills to the test. They’ll wind and glide through various scenes where they earn points by blasting a variety of items and causing as much mayhem and destruction as possible. It’s a unique, mischief-filled experience that’s so much fun, it’s a crime.
Villain-Con Minion Blast will open in Summer 2023 at Universal Studios Florida within the new Minion Land on Illumination Ave. This new area will also feature the fan-favorite Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction, a new Minion Café and other surprises inspired by popular characters from Illumination’s blockbuster franchises.
More details about Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast and Minion Land will be revealed in the months ahead. For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.universalorlando.com.
About Universal Orlando Resort
For more than 30 years, Universal Orlando has immersed guests in amazing “woah” moments that free them from the stress of their worlds. Across the award-winning destination, they can let go and live in the moment with those they care about most as they embark on incredible theme park adventures, like causing mischief with the Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me,” coming face-to-face with ferocious dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, walking the corridors of Hogwarts castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and so much more.
Universal Orlando is home to three epic theme parks that feature some of the world’s most exciting and innovative experiences, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure – named the #1 Amusement Park in the World for five years in a row by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice; Universal Studios Florida – home to the most technologically-advanced stunt show yet, The Bourne Stuntacular; and Universal’s Volcano Bay - a tropical oasis like no other that features an actual beach right in the middle of Orlando.
Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites. And Universal’s entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
Illumination, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me—the most successful animated franchise in cinematic history—as well as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and The Secret Life of Pets and Sing films. Illumination’s soon-to-be released The Super Mario Bros. Movie will join a studio library that includes two of the top 10 animated films of all time. Illumination’s iconic, beloved franchises—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $8 billion worldwide. Illumination has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. Illumination’s upcoming films in 2023 include The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Migration.
Universal Studios Hollywood Update: Grinchmas, HHN, Super Nintendo World and More - November 7, 2022
For the first time in a few months we headed out to Universal Studios Hollywood for a general update and had a great morning at the park.
Lots of pics and video of Super Nintendo World, Christmas prep and HHN take-down.
There's a lot to get into, so let's get into it!
Last week wasn't only our first ever visit to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando, it was also our first return trip to Universal Orlando Resort since 2006. So we had a LOT to see.
I had stayed at the resort in 2019 for a conference, but never went into the parks, so we were long overdue for a visit. We had an amazing 4 days at our resort and the parks and we cannot wait to get back. So much so that we are now Universal Orlando AP's! We've now been AP's to every major park in Florida with the exception of Legoland and Fun Spot.
Let's head in and have some fun!
Written by Gregg Condon
We arrived at our hotel around 11:00am and our room wasn't quite ready, so instead we picked up our Costco Travel park tickets and had some lunch. It was only about $65 to upgrade our tickets to UOAP's so it was kind of a no-brainer to do so. Imagine that, being able to upgrade tickets to Annual Passes at any time. =)
A few shots of VelociCoaster in action are below, pics that nobody else has ever taken. =)
I of course had to head over to get a ride on Hulk, which was definitely one of my favorites in 2006. My front row ride was super fun although I was a bit surprised about the rattle considering they just replaced all the track a few years back. Still, one of the most fun and dynamic coasters around.
Jalapeno Margarita is highly recommended
I decided to take one last spin on VelociCoaster before heading out, and used the single rider line despite the warnings from so many of you on social media. You were all right. It really doesn't make a difference on this ride as the line moves very quickly. There was somebody in the line in this front area and he got on the ride about 5 minutes before me. SO there you go. =)
That wraps it up for our 3 days at Universal Orlando. We had an amazing time, took it chill for the most part and got to experience everything we wanted to with the exception of Hagrid's and Kong. We also didn't do Jimmy Fallon at the Studios park. We'll be back next May before our cruise and can't wait to get some more rides on our favorites!
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