To celebrate its 15th anniversary this year, Universal Studios Japan has premiered a major promotion that includes a range of events and attractions at the park, including an anniversary parade starring the Minions.

The Minions first appeared in the blockbuster Despicable Me series, and most recently starred in 2015’s massive hit, Minions, which grossed more than $1bn at the global box office.

Looking ahead, Universal Studios Japan announced it will continue the fun into 2017, when it opens the world’s largest Minions-themed area at the park.

Created in partnership with Illumination Creative Marketing, the immersive Minions area will boast a ride and original shops featuring Minions-themed merchandise.