Universal Orlando announces Villain-Con Minion Blast for 2023

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From the press release:

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.

ApolloAndy's avatar

I think the Minions were funny for about 5 minutes, but I certainly never got the obsession with them. I've sat through a few of their movies with my kids and I honestly can't remember a single thing about them or anything that even registered a chuckle.

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Let's face it, Universal doesn't have many marketable IPs under their own control that could be relevant to theme parks at this point. I'm a little surprised that they haven't announced plans to put The Secret Life of Pets in Orlando yet, but maybe that's coming to whatever is replacing the old kids area (have they announced anything yet?).

Fun's avatar

At first I thought this was an actual event, not a ride.
They are going to have to work to overcome that first impression in how they market this.

It’s a shooting “ride” where you’re on a moving walkway. I think the general public is going to get this rather quickly. What I’m more concerned about is people walking backwards to stay in the same area to play again. I wonder if it’s going to have moving walls ala Carousel of Progress to prevent this.

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eightdotthree's avatar

I am sure there's more to it than a literal moving walkway ala the Universal Orlando parking garage.

kpjb's avatar

Doing this along the moving walkway from the garage would be a great idea, actually.


It would be fun until they confiscate your blaster at the security checkpoint.

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