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The Keats Take Universal Studios

The Keats Take Universal Studios

The minions got me thinking about our last trip to Universal Studios Orlando Resort in 2011.  I know that there are a few of you who have asked me what was my favorite part of the park?  Judging from the photos, I have to say being in Hogsmeade and at Hogwarts (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) were really tops on my list.  It was magical for both Kayla and for me who are big fans of “The Boy Who Lived,” Harry Potter.  I think that my husband enjoyed the Marvel Comics based rides like “The Hulk.”  Sorry, I couldn’t take any pictures of him getting on or off the ride because the mere site of the ride made me a bit queasy.  Here are some of our pictures from our trip in 2011.  Enjoy!

Universal 2011-Medium

After looking at these pics over 100 times, I have to say that our next trip to Universal is going to be WAY over the top.  The Minion Mayhem alone, which I understand is in the front of the entrance to the park, will put us in the right frame of mind to party all day!

We are super psyched to get down to Orlando ASAP!  Will we see you there?

The Minions Are Coming!  The Minions Are Coming!

The Minions Are Coming! The Minions Are Coming!

"We see the light!"

They’re here!

On my street, if you ask any child under the age of ten, she’ll tell you that she is “just dying to see Despicable Me 2!” So imagine her surprise when I told my soon-to-be 9 year-old that she was going downtown with me tomorrow morning to meet “Gru” and the minions at the Wit Hotel! Squeals of joy and surprise, the likes of which caused the dog to whine and the cat to hide, emanated from her tiny body as she jumped up and down and told me that I “am the best mother in the world!” If only it were that easy.

Gru and his minions are traveling all over the country and are in Chicago this week to promote the new “Minion Mayhem” attraction at Universal Studios Orlando as well as the latest Despicable Me movie (scheduled for release in 2013). So tomorrow we are off to show some love to the “funny and cute” minions of “Despicable Me”. K is anxious to question “Gru’” the minions’ leader, about his many despicable choices and what “lead him to change some of his ways?” (Seriously, these were her words.) K has always had a soft spot for movie villains and Gru is really no exception. I am not sure if I should be worried about her fascination with sketchy-types or thrilled with her curious and fact-seeking nature? Anyway, while K is interviewing Gru (and possibly dancing with the minions) I’ll be snapping some photos and possibly videoing K’s interactions. Knowing that I will be there with a camera ensures some crazy antics by my precocious child.

Did I mention that K is the PERFECT age to take to the Universal Studios Orlando latest attraction? Well, actually, I think any age is PERFECT to check out Universal Studios Orlando. There is something there for EVERY age including K’s grandparents. (Hint, Hint) From what I understand, there are a lot of new things to check out at the part this year. So guess what? I have already informed my parents who happen to live in Florida to expect us sometime next winter.

So who’s with me? Maybe we can plan a Tweet-Up at Universal Studios next year? Okay, I realize that I am “geeking” out a bit but stranger things have happened, right? And how fun would it be to meet up with old and new friends on what is promising to be the ride of the year? As for what’s going on in Chicago tomorrow? Well, like the Elf sightings in downtown Chicago during the holidays, keep your eyes open for those hilarious Despicable Me minions. Wherever they wind up fun, frivolity and perhaps a bit of confusion will follow.

If you want to keep track of the mayhem tomorrow morning, we’ll be using the hashtag #YearToBeHere on Twitter. To tweet directly to the Universal folks, their handle is @UORNews.

Check back tomorrow night for our update (and pictures) of Tuesday’s events and more information about what’s happening this year at Universal Studios Orlando!

Thank you to Universal Studios Orlando Resort for this sponsored opportunity to blog about Despicable Me, Universal Studios Orlando Resort and the nationwide tour. Although I am being compensated for my time and posts, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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