PHOTOS: Refurbishments Continue on Gru’s House Façade and Sign for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Florida


PHOTOS: Refurbishments Continue on Gru’s House Façade and Sign for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Florida

The refurbishment on the façade of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem continues at Universal Studios Florida.

Continuing Work on Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

despicable me minion mayhem usf

Earlier, we reported that part of the signage for “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” has been wrapped in bright orange vinyl. It now appears that the “Despicable” part of the sign has been refreshed with a new coat of orange paint.

IMG 7764

The sign is starting to look much more fresh and colorful. The color on the sign prior to the refurbishment, was dull and fading most likely due to prolonged sun exposure.

image 8

As you can see in the picture above, the “Despicable” part of the sign was overdue for a fresh coat of paint. This was the state of the sign prior to its fresh, new look today.

The “Me” part of the sign is still wrapped in tight, bright orange vinyl. The wrap may be in place temporarily to cover ongoing paint work but keep the attraction name visible, or it could be a more permanent addition to the sign.

IMG 7787

Construction walls, scrim, and scaffolding have covered much of the attraction’s façade for refurbishment in recent weeks, but the sign has remained in view.

IMG 7788

We caught a sneak peek of some of the construction going on in the front of the attraction. A worker is standing beside the ride vehicle that is sticking out of the front of the building.

IMG 7791

Part of the ride vehicle is covered with tarp as it is currently still undergoing a refurbishment. As you can see, there is tarp also still covering the façade of the ride building.

Back in January, a covered entryway was installed at the exterior portion of the attraction’s entrance, presumably to protect guests from falling debris.

The concern of falling debris outside the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem entrance arose after a noticeable missing brick was spotted just above the entryway.

Illumination Avenue in Universal Studios Florida is currently undergoing a Minion takeover. Villain-Con: Minion Blast and Minion Café are also being added and are set to open this summer.

Are you looking forward to the minion takeover? Let us know in the comments.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem & Illumination Avenue

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a simulator ride that transforms guests into Minions, taking them along on Gru’s latest scheme. The attraction opened in 2012, taking over the areas where Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast and The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera once stood. In addition to Universal Studios Florida, this attraction can be found at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, and Universal Studios Beijing.

The area where Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Stuff can be found, known as Production Central, is currently undergoing an extensive transformation as portions of the area are reworked into Illumination Avenue. The newly transformed area of Universal Studios Florida will also include Minion Cafe and the new Villain Con Minion Blast attraction. Both are expected to open later this year. Production Central is also currently home to Transformers: The Ride 3D and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. At this time, the exact layout of Illumination Avenue is unclear in terms of dividing the area up as the Minions attractions currently sit between Transformers: The Ride 3D and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

The back of Transformers: The Ride 3D show building was painted bright blue to apparently match the new Illumination Avenue theming.

Villain-Con Minion Blast replaces Shrek 4-D, which permanently closed in January 2022. Villain-Con was featured in the first “Minions” spinoff movie, and the ride will feature various villains from the franchise, including the Vicious 6. The ride will purportedly be a shooting attraction with guests on a moving walkway.

Minion Café replaces the Monsters Café and the Bone Chillin’ Stand. A Minion Café also exists at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Villain-Con Minion Blast and Minion Café are scheduled to open this summer.

For more Universal Studios news from around the world, follow Universal Parks News Today on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For Disney Parks news, visit WDWNT.