Minions decorations, games and photo ops take over Universal Studios Hollywood

New Minions decorations, photo ops and a game have arrived at Universal Studios Hollywood to celebrate the release of “Minions: The Rise of Gru”.

A giant inflatable Minion ball now sits in Universal Plaza.

The same Minion inflatable can be found at the entrance to Universal Studios Florida.

The Minion looks like it was hand drawn on a yellow gain ball.

He has a big smile with braces on his teeth, two eyes behind glasses and the outline of blue overalls.

A “hug me” sign is taped to the back, but the inflatable is surrounded by a fence, so no hugs are allowed.

Nearby are two psychedelic Minions photo walls.

This one is blue and pink.

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This one is orange and purple. The two are announcing “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” in theaters July 1. Minions will sometimes meet in front of them.

In fact, we then encountered the new Minion Otto greeting guests in front of the pink and blue wall.

Between the photo walls is this play of light.

The backdrop has a teal and pink tie-dye pattern and a giant boom box at the top. Some Minions in tracksuits are on either side of the backdrop. The game is for two players. The buttons on this grid light up and players must hit them. The same game is available at Universal Studios Florida.

A dance party overlay now plays on the release of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, like at Universal Studios Florida. The gift shop also offers these new plastic bags, which are not specifically for “The Rise of Gru”.

They’re marked for the ride and feature three Minions looking to the sides. It’s a small bag, but perfect for keychains, pins or other small souvenirs.

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Jack C. Nugent