And it was all yellow: Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

 Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan
The Minions have stormed Osaka in a blaze of banana. That’s right, the mischievous yellow henchmen, along with super villain Gru and his girls, Margo, Edith & Agnes have moved in to their new headquarters in the brand spanking new Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan.

So what exactly is Minion Park?

Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

Well, to be frank, it is an outrageous ocular onslaught of retina searing banana yellow, neon-bright shopfronts and marvellous Minion mayhem.

Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

Having been invited to visit in its opening week, I am happy to report that it is also a yellow-tinged world of outrageous fun, designed to uncork your silly side. And though on this occasion I visited sans children, uncork it I did.

 Universal Studios Japan

My first stop, because I am nothing if not perpetually hungry, is Delicous Me!, a factory pumping out cookie after fresh baked minion cookie, each ready for stuffing full of yummy baked marshmallow with mango mouse, tiramisu cream, or banana ice cream and fruit.

Cookie sandwiches at Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

The cookie sandwiches are a thing of yellow-hued beauty, and so moreish it’s hard to stop at one. Esepcially when you are a glutton like me. But my tip is that you absolutely should because, as I discovered, there are plenty of other tasty treats in store, but more on those shortly.

Cookie sandwiches at Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

After you’ve finished licking mango mouse from your fingers, hit up Super Silly Space Killer, an old-style arcade game inspired by Gru’s girls, where you can try and beat the odds to win a super fluffy stuffed unicorn just like Agnes.

Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan - PIC COURTESY USJ

And at Banana Cabana, visitors can flip bananas to earn fun Minion prizes.

Banana Cabana at Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

If like me you don’t have any luck winning a prize, you don’t have to go home empty-handed as there are several spots to shop for take-home items.

Sweet Surrender at Minion Park Universal Studios Japan

My favourite is the sugary realm of Sweet Surrender, where you’ll find everything from plush or plastic minions and unicorns to Minion-inspired sweet treats.

Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

There are also enjoy plenty of opportunities to say “Bello” and snap an outrageous selfie or two with Bob, Stuart and Kevin themselves.

Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

One of the best opportunities for mingling with the Minions is after Hacha-Mecha Time. At the crazy cool show you can get your groove on with the all-singing, all-dancing, all-noisy Minions as they celebrate the park’s opening in typically eccentric Minion style.

Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

The main attraction at  Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan has to be the new Minion-themed ride “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” which the kids (and by kids I mean me) will want to ride over and over again. Visitors are recruited to be transformed into an actual Minion before being sent flying through the air and falling back to earth on a twisting, turning, stomach churning and utterly hilarious 3-D ride through Gru’s super-villain laboratory.

Minion Mayhem Ride at Universal Studios Japan

The hyper realistic ride is set in an enormous nano seam dome and is, given its equal measures of giggle and scream inducing chaos, my favourite ride at Universal Studios. It appears to be a lot of other people’s fave too, so queues can get quite long.

Minion Mayhem at Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan - Pic Courtesy USJ

I highly recommend getting there early and booking a Universal Express® Pass to help shorten the waiting time, especially if you are visiting with impatient kids in tow.

If you’re feeling peckish post your attempted Minionisation, grab some banana-caramel popcorn, in a giant King Bob bucket, at Pop- A-Nana.

Popcorn at Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

Or a super cute Minion Steamed Pork Bun at Happy Kitchen.

Minion Pork Dumpling at Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

Just remember to pull up a patch of fake grass to eat as it is considered ill mannered to eat on the go in Japan. If you’re really hungry, or feel like table service, you can also head to the Happiness Café to munch on a Minion burger.

Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

If you’d rather not eat a Minion in the face, there are several other great food options within the other zones of the park, as well as an excellent and varied choice of dining in Universal Citywalk Osaka, located immediately outside the park gates. Here you’ll find popular western chains including TGI Fridays and Hard Rock Café, Italian-style eateries, plus loads of Japanese food including ramen, udon, yakitori, tepanyaki and sushi as well as Osakan specialties, octopus-studded takoyaki and the pancakey loveliness that is okonomiyaki.

Oh! And if you, or your kids, think too much Minion is never enough, I can’t recommend a stay at Hotel Universal Port enough. The hotel, just a few minutes walk from Universal Studios and around 15 minutes by train from Osaka Station, has been taken over by “Minion management” who’ve been busy adding their own colourful touches to the décor – everywhere from the reception to the lifts.

The hotel location is also extremely convenient for early starts as well as for getting tired kids home after an epic day of movie-inspired fun. It’s also the only hotel where you can enjoy a sleepover with the Minions in a choice of crazy themed rooms with missile-shaped beds and alligator couches, or a big bear chair and unicorn sofa, just like the girls’ rooms in Despicable Me. Rooms so outrageous you might even say they were Ba-na-na’s!

 

Disclosure: My visit to Osaka was supported by Universal Studios Japan, but as always, all opinions, face stuffing, giggling and general silliness, are my own.

22 Comments on And it was all yellow: Minion Park at Universal Studios Japan

  1. Em @ Have A Laugh On Me
    May 2, 2017 at 10:33 am (2 months ago)

    Oh my goodness, my boys would be in HEAVEN – they are Minion mad! x Great pics

    Reply
  2. Julie
    May 2, 2017 at 11:33 am (2 months ago)

    It sounds like it’s totally BA NA NAS as any Minion-loving person would say!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 8, 2017 at 10:39 am (1 month ago)

      It is BA NA NA s – your minion mad little one would have a blast

      Reply
  3. Denyse
    May 2, 2017 at 5:18 pm (2 months ago)

    Gosh, that was one very interesting and minion-centred post…and I am showing my age now and know very little about minions. I used to know so much when our grandkids were younger!! I am sure parents and kids will find this post amazing! Denyse #teamIBOT

    Reply
  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 2, 2017 at 8:34 pm (2 months ago)

    I love the way they commit to a theme! I can totally appreciate it even though I’ve never seen a Minions film! 😀

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 8, 2017 at 10:40 am (1 month ago)

      They do commit. The attention to detail is staggering

      Reply
  5. Amy H
    May 3, 2017 at 8:35 am (2 months ago)

    All the Minion themed foods are uh-may-zing!!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 8, 2017 at 10:40 am (1 month ago)

      They are tasty too. The cookie sandwich is the bomb!

      Reply
  6. Robyna May
    May 6, 2017 at 7:11 am (1 month ago)

    Oh wow – this looks like complete sensory overload of the best kind. The food is very cool.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 8, 2017 at 10:42 am (1 month ago)

      It is a bit of a sensory overload but so much fun

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 8, 2017 at 10:42 am (1 month ago)

      It is a great addition. Such a great balance of activities now for big and little kids

      Reply
  7. Amy @ Handbagmafia
    May 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm (1 month ago)

    This just looks like so much fun! The cookie sandwich, though… *drools*

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 7, 2017 at 6:25 am (1 month ago)

      I wasn’t expecting it to be as amazing a sit was. They are so good

      Reply
  8. Bronnie - Maid In Australia
    May 6, 2017 at 6:10 pm (1 month ago)

    My kids are a bit old for minions, but they do love EVERYTHING Japanese, especially the food. And they’ve never been to Universal Studios or any of the overseas theme parks. They would love this! (And I think we’d even try a Minion Burger!)

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 7, 2017 at 6:24 am (1 month ago)

      The burgers are good but the cookies are the best!

      Reply
  9. Lauren
    May 7, 2017 at 2:58 pm (1 month ago)

    Looks like so much fun! My nephew would love this!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 8, 2017 at 10:41 am (1 month ago)

      It is loads of fun. The whole park is great

      Reply
  10. Katherine
    May 8, 2017 at 5:29 am (1 month ago)

    This is so cute! I’m heading to Universal Studios in LA later this month (fingers crossed) and I can’t wait to get to the Harry Potter section. But Minion Park in Japan looks really cool as well! #TheUltimateRabbitHole

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      May 8, 2017 at 10:41 am (1 month ago)

      You will adore The Wizarding World – it is awesome x

      Reply
  11. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    May 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm (1 month ago)

    My boys are MASSIVE minion fans. They would die over this. Thanks for linking up with the Ultimate Rabbit Hole xox

    Reply

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