Since their debut in Illumination Entertainment’s 2010 release “Despicable Me,” the Minions have become among the most popular and recognizable cartoon creations of the last decade. Following starring in their blockbuster solo film “Minions” in 2015, the little yellow creatures have returned to their roots as Gru’s sidekicks for this summer’s “Despicable Me 3.” Over the course of their seven year existence, the incoherently-speaking characters have had a major impact on popular culture, and given the level of fame they have achieved, it was inevitable that Illumination Entertainment’s parent company, NBC Universal, would incorporate their now-iconic Minions into their various theme parks worldwide. This roll-out began in 2012 at Universal Studios Florida with the opening of “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.”
As you enter the park, one of the first sights you see is Gru’s house, which marks the entrance to “Minion Mayhem,” but there’s even more mayhem to be found around the corner on the side of the 3D attraction’s show building. Giant posters encouraging Universal Orlando visitors to join Gru’s ranks by being transformed into Minions are plastered on the side of the soundstage-like facade surrounded by trouble-making Minions interacting with the advertisements in a variety of ways. The one pictured above, for example, has apparently accidentally blasted a hole not just in one of the posters but also through the side of the building on which it’s displayed. Even with all this mayhem on the outside of the building, it’s only the prelude for what’s in store once you step inside the attraction’s slightly damaged walls and become a Minion yourself.