Thursday, May 2, 2013

DespicableMe2 - #Despicablimp Arrives in Louisville for The Kentucky Derby

Despicable Me 2 hits theaters July 3, 2013. Now, just in time for the Kentucky Derby Festival celebrations, Universal's Despicable Me 2 themed blimp comes to Louisville!

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 Despicablimp is on a journey across the United States. Cruising at an average height of 1,000 feet, the Despicablimp will travel approximately 20,000 miles, visiting locations from coast to coast. The blimp tour is well underway, having made its first appearance Saturday, March 23 over Nickelodeon’s 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards.

Visit the online Despicablimp Command Center where you can track the airship by GPS and check out its tour stops. Also, you have the opportunity to enter the Despicablimp Sweepstakes, where one lucky fan will win a trip for 4 to the Hollywood premiere of the movie.

You can follow the tour via Twitter with the hashtag #Despicablimp

Here are some fun facts:
*The Despicablimp is one of only 15 airships flying in the world today.

*The Despicablimp is an A-150 blimp, one of the largest in the world at 165-feet long, 55-feet high and 46-feet wide.

*Blimps have the best safety record of any type of aircraft and use less fuel in 2 weeks than a 747 uses to take off!

*The blimp normally flies at 1,000 feet above the earth so it's easy to see the giant Minion, but it can fly as high as 10,000 feet above the ground to get over a mountain range.

*The Despicablimp is lit from within using two 1,000-watt light bulbs and will be beautifully illuminated in a night sky.

I was thrilled to get an invitation to go see the Despicablimp while it's here in Louisville. I even got to go up for a ride, touring over downtown Louisville and Churchill Downs. What an amazing time! Here are a few pictures from my trip...

Me posing with a minion - what a funny little character!

My view as we were taking off


Flying over Churchill Downs

A look at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium and Churchill Downs


I received a free ride aboard Universal's Despicable Me 2 Blimp. I was not obligated to write this post and all opinions expressed are my own. 



Jinxy and Me said...

That is soooo cool! Just seeing the blimp would have been awesome, but you actually rode in it!


First of all, Blimp ride is just awesome! I'm totally jealous. The fact that it was shaped like a minion! I'm over the moon jealous! We are crazy about despicable me! My daughter is obsessed with the minions!

Mel Outnumbered said...

Way cool! I would LOVE to go in a blimp!

Amiyrah Martin said...

That's awesome! I never even thought you ride in a blimp. And a Despicablimp looks like the best experience in a blimp ever!

Michelle Cantu said...

Wow, you got a blimp ride. That's super cool I had no clue there was room for riders.