Our "Despicable" Weekend
By Role Mommy Writer, Danielle Feigenbaum
Recently my family and I were lucky enough to spend a SUPER fun weekend at Universal Orlando with our new best friends, the minions. Universal Pictures gave us the royal treatment for our amazing VIP "Despicable Me 2 Adventure". We arrived at the beautiful Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal and went right to the "Beach Pool". The pool had a ridiculously fun water slide and sand for the kids to play in. We enjoyed a yummy lunch poolside and then got ready for the screening of Despicable Me 2!!!
With popcorn, drinks and our 3D glasses we settled in to watch the movie. Before the movie started we were greeted on screen by Steve Carell (who voices Gru) and Miranda Cosgrove (who voices Margo) telling us to enjoy the movie. How cool is that? I'm not sure who laughed harder through the movie, my husband and I, or my kids. I know we were all smiling ear to ear throughout. You seriously need to run to the theatre on July 3rd to see Despicable Me 2. It may even be funnier than the first one!
After the movie we were escorted to a fantastic dinner party with the characters from the film! We enjoyed specialty drinks (a minion martini - lemon drop with blueberries - yum!) and delicious Mexican food (as you will see in the movie, there is a major connection there).
Here we are with our new friends!
Speaking of new friends... my kids hit it off with the other children on the trip and had a blast playing with the mini minion toys, minion games and dancing!
And then... the minions came in. You should have seen my 6 year old son freak out! I don't think he left their side for the rest of the night. He was following them around and dancing his tush off with his new best friends. Here is a taste of my little man having the time of his life...
My nine year old daughter was having a great old time as well hanging with the girls and enjoying some yummy desserts!
Here I am with the fabulous bloggers we were there with, what a fun group!
It was not easy to drag our kids away from the fun, but by 9 PM we had to get them to bed since we had an awesome busy day coming up! After all the swimming and laughing and dancing, they were out cold the second their heads hit the pillow.
The next morning we were brought to the hospitality suite at Universal Studios for breakfast. The room was decorated to the nines with minions galore! Gru was there to greet us and cause a little mischief too :)
Then we were reunited with our minion friends! I seriously love those guys, but not as much as my son does...
Then, the evil Vector swaggered in. He actually didn't seem so evil, he even sat with the kids and watched himself in "Despicable Me".
After breakfast they gave us adorable minion backpacks filled with goodies. Minion hats to block the sun, Universal water spray fans to keep us cool and minion goggles because who doesn't need a pair of minion goggles? They really thought of everything!
We were ready to go! Don't miss my post next week when I take you on our amazing adventure through Universal Studios Orlando. A scavenger hunt, rides and surprises galore! You don't want to miss it and you will probably book a trip for your family to go there as soon as you read how much fun it is!
If you haven't done so already, check out Despicable Me 2, it's guaranteed to put a big smile on your face!
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