It’s been a busy time for Universal Studios Japan recently, and this looks set to continue into 2017 as well. With the recent announcement of two more temporary anime-themed attractions based on Attack on Titan and Evangelion, the park is continually seeking to broaden its appeal. Now, a whole new (permanent) themed area has been announced which will also debut at the park next year.
Minion Park, as the area will be named, will be themed after the immensely popular Minions characters from the Despicable Me franchise. As well as a new hotel and sweet shop, the area will also receive a feature attraction in the form of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, an attraction that previously opened at Universal Studios Florida in 2012 and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2014. The Japanese version of the attraction replaces their Back to the Future: The Ride attraction, and so may feature a slightly different orientation and set-up than its American counterparts, being more similar to The Simpsons Ride (which replaced Back to the Future at both American parks in 2008). That said, the film is expected to remain the same (though with Japanese dubbing I would imagine), so it’ll be interesting to see how that translates onto such a large screen, particularly with regard to the ride’s 3D effects.
Minion Park is set to become the world’s largest minions-themed area when it opens, and along with the anime-themed attractions should certainly draw crowds to Universal Studios Japan throughout 2017. I still think Universal tend to go a little overboard when throwing 3D at things, but as I mentioned before, it’s better than virtual reality in my opinion, and at any rate they do seem to have perfected the art of 3D visuals now. Just look at how good the modern-day Spider-Man attraction is, or even Transformers (though I hate to admit it). It’ll be exciting for Japan to get their own version of Minion Mayhem, and I look forward to seeing the impact that these new attractions have on USJ going forwards.
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