If you are in the Miami area tonight, look up!  You just might see a giant yellow Minion floating high above you, because Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 Despicablimp is stopping by on its journey across the US. 

Cruising at an average height of 1,000 feet, the Despicablimp is traveling approximately 20,000 miles over the next few months going from coast-to-coast and points in between.  The blimp made its first appearance Saturday, March 23 over Nickelodeon’s 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards.

And tonight, somewhere around 5:30pm EST, I will be getting a chance to go up in that blimp (up to 500 feet). This is a bucketlist-worthy item, which can not be purchased. You must be invited. How cool is that?

Follow the Despicablimp’s Journey!

Visit the Despicablimp Command Center at www.despicablimp.comto track the airship via GPS and see the tour stops it is making along the way.  Fans can tweet sightings of the blimp or post photos to Instagram or Flickr using #despicablimp to be featured on the site, and for a chance to win weekly prize giveaways. There is even a Despicablimp sweepstakes, where one lucky Despicable Me fan will win a trip for four to the Hollywood world premiere of the film and get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride in the blimp! Follow @despicablimp on Twitter for real-time updates on where the blimp will be next.

Did you know?

  • 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 165feet long, 55feet high and 46feet wide!  How big is that? You could fit approximately 75 million golf balls in the Despicablimp.
  • 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 that 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 the night sky.

Here are two cool videos about the making of the DespicaBlimp:


Disclosure: While I am not being monetarily compensated for this post, I did receive an invite to board and fly in the blimp, which can not be purchased. All opinions expressed are my own. Some content above was provided to me, but was not required to be included in my post.