Traveling Mamas

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  • The superstar boy band, One Direction, was hosted by Universal Orlando Resort on June 28, 2012 to experience the all-new attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, officially opening on July 2, one of many new attractions at Universal Orlando. During their day at the theme parks, they encountered Gru and his daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes before being transformed into minions on the ride. The band visited Orlando as part of their headlining summer music tour, featuring hit pop star Olly Murs – who joined them for a day at Universal Orlando’s theme parks.

    From Left: Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson

    Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is Universal Orlando Resort’s newest 3-D attraction. This brand-new ride combines the outrageous humor and memorable characters of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster film Despicable Me, with an all-new storyline, incredible new animation and the latest 3-D technology to create a wildly hysterical theme park experience.

    Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is located in Universal Studios Florida. For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit

    Planning a family holiday to Universal Orlando Resorts? Be sure to check out our review of Loews Portofino Bay Resort, our tips on visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and all about Seuss Landing.

    Image of One Direction and minions provided by Universal Orlando Resorts.

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  • I somehow coaxed my daughter into riding her first extreme coaster during a family vacation to Branson, Missouri. The ride, Wildfire, is located at the family friendly theme park attraction Silver Dollar City. This park offers shows, rides for all ages, good food, and a place to make memories worth repeating. Silver Dollar City is celebrating it’s fiftieth anniversary of providing wholesome fun for the entire family.

    My daughter and I definitely made a memory that will last, although judging by her expressions in the video, she may not want to repeat this one! Hopefully we’ll return for another family vacation and will ride Wildfire once again.

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  • Universal Orlando just released this video preview of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Tour, one of the many experiences for visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I know one teen who can’t wait for his chance to step into the world of Harry Potter.

    Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is scheduled to open to the public mid June. Harry Potter travel packages to Universal Orlando are available for booking.

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  • Harry Potter fans will be excited to see the progress at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. This just-released image of Hogwart’s Castle will add to the anticipation of this soon to open theme park within a theme park.

    If this image has piqued your interest, then be sure to pick up a copy of USAToday on January 28 which will include an interactive augemented reality map to virtually explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You must have a webcam and internet connection to experience the augmented reality technology.

    Are you excited about this new theme park? I know I am!

    Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando

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