Day 1 Adventure
We started out the trip by watching the Despicable Me 2 movie (which is several weeks before it’s release date of July 3, 2013.) We went to the Universal theaters at City Walk and had the theater to ourselves. Full review of movie to come next week. But let’s just say, we all left very satisfied. The movie surpassed my expectations and shows you a whole new softer side of Gru.
A scene for the movie. After the movie, we had attended a VIP party with the Despicable Me 2 characters. The decor in this party room all had a Mexican theme. There was items all over the room that tied into the movie All the tables had toys and puzzles from the movie.
The kids had fun dancing with the Minions and having their photos taken.
My older daughter started working on the Despicable Me 2 Minion puzzle and was not going to leave the party until she finished it.
One of the Blue Men (is that what you call them?) did a Meet & Greet with us after the show. He never said a word, but still managed to communicate with us all.
Day 2 Despicable Me 2 Adventure
The next day started early with breakfast at the Universal Studios theme park with some of the Despicable Me 2 characters. They mingled with us while we ate breakfast and got ready for our day 2 adventure.
We listened closely to our assignment.
And my 10-year-old was all ready for our Minion Mayhem adventure:
Our first stop on our Scavenger Hunt was a ride on Minion Mayhem.
After the ride, our scavenger adventure began. We were given clues and assignments at each site. Here a guide is giving us the clues to figure out where we needed to go next.
Once we figured out the clue, we received a collectible souvenir pin.
My kids were very helpful during the scavenger hunt. They knew a lot about the movies and books portrayed in the theme parks. They were able to quickly answer the questions.
The hunt took us all over both the theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventures and we have some awesome photos to remember our adventure. The above photo includes all the Instagram photos I took during the scavenger hunt.
Lunch Break at Universal Studios
After the scavenger hunt, the kids and I cooled off with lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.
The afternoon included a VIP tour of the theme parks. This is the same tour that a celebrity or other “VIP” would receive. We learned so much about the rides and the parks from our tour guide. I’ll be doing another post on the park and I’ll give you a lot of hints & tips we learned. We were able to go on any of the rides and went up to the front. Nicky road a roller coaster for the first time and was so proud of himself.
During our tour, we had torrential rains. It was raining so hard, we were stuck in the basement of the Harry Potter ride and had to wait it out. Fortunately, it was almost the end of our tour and we didn’t miss anything from the rain.
My girls loved this next part. We were going to be attending the Big Time Rush concert later that evening, but before dinner, we went to a Meet & Greet with the Big Time Rush band. My daughter was in heaven because one of the boys touched her iPhone when he showed our tour guide how to bring the camera up.
Then it was off to dinner which was a carnival theme. We had pretzels, french fries, hot dogs and many other carnival type foods.
Let me know if you have any specific questions about either the parks or the movie and I will try to answer those questions in my next 2 posts. Photos taken by me and the really good ones were taken by the Universal Studios photographer.