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June 24, 2013

Despicable? Me, Too! Also, the Minions are Coming!

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This is a story about a middle-aged, bald man full of clever goofiness, and his plans to conquer/save the world one random act of kindness at a time. His accomplices are small and oblong. They have assorted hairstyles, a diet rich in potassium, and an appreciation for farts, gibberish as a form of communication, and loud, constant noises. Their mission is fun, and their adventure is always in the making.

The setting is Universal Studios Orlando Resort, and despite rumors to the contrary there isn't a despicable person to be found. Trust me, I looked.

Yes, I am that man. Pause for effect.

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Agnes thought my eyebrows & non-existent mustache needed to be fluffier.

No, this is not about the many similarities between myself and Gru, the star of the movie. Rather, it is about our Despicable Me 2 experience. And Gru.

I recently attended a press event called the "Despicable Me 2 Orlando Adventure" with my two boys (see, accomplices) in Orlando, Florida for a weekend full of Despicable Me 2 fun, all of which you probably gathered from the name. The weekend included a screening of the film, hanging with its animated stars, and begging for unicorns. You know how we do.

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The fun started the minute we walked into our hotel room. We were greeted by a bucket of minions and silliness ensued.

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The film is sweet and hilarious. I am very confident that you and yours will enjoy it when it hits theaters early next month (July 3). But this is not a review. This is about the experience (remember?).

I'm a big picture kind of guy. And big popcorn.

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After the screening the boys and I attended a Minion "Wrap" Party along with a few other press invitees, their families, and the stars of Despicable Me 2: Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, and a handful of minions (I have big hands). There were awesome photo ops, interactive games and displays, and lots of dancing.

The boys ate their body weight in desserts (don't worry, they don't weigh that much).

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That's ice. Ice, baby.

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Boogie Bots

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Please note, Agnes is NOT reaching for the margarita!

The good people at Zynga had a table set up with iPads so that people could play Draw Something. That something was a minion:

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by Zane, age 7

 

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by Atticus, age 9
Zane and Agnes, being fairly close in age, really hit it off and played the Despicable Me 2 version of Operation for a good 15 minutes. They were all winners.

 

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The next morning we enjoyed a character breakfast with the stars and we were joined by Vector from the original Despicable Me. He's still got it.

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As soon as we were done with breakfast we headed over to the Despicable Me ride at Universal Studios. The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride turns the riders into minions (temporarily), takes them through training, and then cuts straight to the dancing. Minions are wild about the dancing.

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Trophies

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The day was hot and humid, which took its toll on my dancing machine (watch him get down):

 

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Nothing like a good nap in a random spot to get yourself together.

The night ended with a Despicable Dessert Reception, which, as you may have guessed, was a big hit—plus the boys had pretzles and fries for dinner, so winning!

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And the quest for unicorns continued.

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The dessert party was also where we first learned about the new mobile game app Despicable Me: Minion Rush, which the kids loved. It was a long 10 days waiting for it to be available on iTunes, but it's out now, it's free, and we've got it. All is right with the world (relatively speaking).

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Universal Orlando Resort, Gru, the girls, and the minions were all fantastic hosts, and as I mentioned earlier, there isn't a despicable apple in the bunch.

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And don't worry, we found a unicorn to take home. It was the fluffiest one they had!

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It also made a pretty nice pillow:

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Goodbye, minions!

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Photos by Whit Honea and Universal Studios

My boys and I were guests of Universal Pictures and Universal Orlando Resort for their Despicable Me 2 Orlando Event which included airfare, lodging, dining, and official merchandise. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds. Thank you, Universal!



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