Universal Studios & Despicable Me-Minion Mayhem

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail inviting my family to  Universal Studios Orlando. My first thought was HECK YES! Then I realized my husband was going to be traveling that same weekend, so I sadly had to decline. Ah.. seriously? Well luckily they called me back a few days later because it ended up working out that my husband would be able to come. YAY! I had to fly across the country with my two little ones but my husband was able to meet us there. What an incredible weekend! Get ready for picture over load. ;)

I was SUPER nervous to fly with my two toddlers but it ended up being okay. By okay, I mean I only cried once. It’s true. When I got to the air port they told me I couldn’t bring my stroller… and I cried. There was no way I would make it without that stroller. My little girls legs would not make it that whole day and there’s no way I would have been able to carry her with all our luggage. Well apparently the tears worked and they let me take my stroller. Lol!  I promise, they were not intentional. ;) Psst -Find my 20 tips for traveling with kids here.

The kids slept the last 2 hours of the flight! That was a heaven sent miracle I tell ya! 

Once we arrived in Orlando we were picked up and driven to the Loews Royal Pacific resort. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! We were greeted at the resort with Hawaiian leis and back packs full of fun stuff for the kids. I highly recommend staying at this resort if you plan on making a trip out to Orlando. I loved the island feel there. The best part is the water taxi that takes you right to Universal Studios. Another bonus is that you get an express pass so you can beat all the long lines.

In the morning we met up with our group and got to learn about the new Cabana Bay Beach resort opening in 2014. The plans for this hotel are fantastic! The resort will be centered around the 50’s, Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway. It will be the perfect place for a simple and relaxing family vacation. I absolutely love the design of the rooms and cannot wait to see it finished.

Then it was off to Universal Studios for the Superstar Character Breakfast. This was one of the highlights of our trip. The kids loved being able to meet some of their favorite characters and “eat” breakfast with them. The food was delicious!

After breakfast we were introduced to our awesome tour guide. He took us on a VIP tour through the park. It was so fun to learn more about the history of the park and sneak to the front of the lines. It really was a life saver with our small kids. It was also fun to have our own personal photographer. I always hate asking for people to take our pictures on trips. ;) Our guide was so fun and took us on all the best rides.

For lunch we met up with our group to learn more about the new ride Despicable Me-Minion Mayhem from the creator himself. After lunch he took us on the ride, which was one of our favorites. It was so fun-you get turned into minions! It really was a ride the whole family enjoyed. I was surprised at how much the kids enjoyed it. Those little minions are the cutest EVER! Who’s a fan of that movie? We love it!

The rest of the day included:

That evening we went to a nice dinner at Lombard’s Grill with our group. The kids loved the ice cream and the fire works. What an AMAZING day! After that it was off to bed so we could get rested for day two.

I’m excited to share more pictures from this amazing trip. Come back later this evening to see more from day two.

Have you been to Universal Studios? What’s your favorite ride?

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a happy day!

Disclosure:  Universal Orlando Resort sponsored all travel, accommodations and activities for my family during this trip. I was not  required to post about this trip. All thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. HUGE thanks to Universal Orlando, Loews Pacific Resort and Mom it Forward for inviting our family on this amazing trip!

 

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  1. Cailey Brown posted on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 am (#
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    How fun! What a darling family you have. I would love to take my family there some day.

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Cailey for your comment. It was a lot of fun. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  2. Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons posted on September 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm (#
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    Looks like you had a amazing time! We go back to Universal in Orlando in November…so excited. We love it there!

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      That will be so fun in November! Perfect weather too!! Thanks for commenting. XO

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  3. Carrie with Children posted on September 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#
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    This was such a fun day! I’m glad our families were able to experience it together! And you are a total supermom for flying solo with your kids!

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Yes I’m so happy we were grouped together. I made it so nice with our little ones! What a fun trip!

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  4. Rebecca Propes posted on September 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm (#
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    Soooo FUN!!! We literally watch Despicable Me DAILY!! My middle guy is going to be a minion for halloween!!! I found a GREAT minion hat on Etsy! (:

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      How fun! My boy loves it too! I want to see a pic of your little minion after Halloween! :)

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  5. Vivienne @ The V Spot posted on September 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm (#
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    Looks like a blast! (I remember how hard it was to travel with the littles. You did great!)

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Traveling with little ones is definitely not my favorite… but it SO worth it once you get there. ;) Hope you’re doing good. XOXO

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  6. jyl @momitforward posted on September 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm (#
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    I didn’t know you cried about the stroller. I would have too. Soooo glad you got to take it with you.

    And I love Despicable Me! My fave part if when we get to do Boogie Fever at the end. Of course, anything with dancing always wins my vote :D.

    Can’t wait to read your next post!

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Lol I totally did. I’m such a nut! ;) Boogie Fever was by far the best part! I wish I would have gotten that on video!

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  7. Kelsey Bang posted on September 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm (#
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    what a fantastic time!

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      It was so much fun! Thanks for commenting. {hugs}

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  8. Jennifer posted on September 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm (#
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    You have me sooo excited because we leave for Disney/Universal in 8 days! We are spending 15 days there celebrating our 10th anniversary and I cannot wait! We stayed at the Royal Pacific a few years ago and LOVED IT!

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      15 days! I’m super jealous! That will be so much fun! Have a BLAST!!

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  9. Kim posted on September 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm (#
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    It looks like it was such a fun trip for you and your family. I have never been to Universal Studios Orlando but I would love to go sometime. I love the movie Despicable Me and it is great that they made a ride at the park for it.

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      We love the movie too. It is so cute! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  10. Jenn posted on September 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm (#
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    Awesome! We love Despicable Me too! My daughter was a “yellow guy” for Halloween last year -I quite the non-standard costume request; good thing I’m crafty!

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 13th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      SO fun! I bet she looked so cute!

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  11. Kami posted on September 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#
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    Ahhh, I loved the dance party at the end of Minion Mayhem! It was so fun!

    It was so great to meet your family. You really did great with two little ones for such a busy trip.

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  12. Jill posted on September 15, 2012 at 7:20 am (#
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    What a fun email to get! Want to go on a trip? Ummm…Yes! That is great it ended up working out! You and your family are darling! Glad you had fun! Love seeing all your pics! You need to make a scrapbook of the trip now! Have a relaxing weekend! Jill

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