To celebrate the launch of Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday, 23 October 2017, myself, and a few other bloggers were invited on a party bus...with a twist!
If you're a fan of the Wimpy Kid series, you’ll enjoy the new movie from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. It’s fun, fast paced and there are some real laugh out loud moments as well as a few expected ‘ewgh’ moments too! We met in London to jump onboard the party bus for a road trip of our own. Onboard we watched the movie whilst making our way to a surprise destination.
To tell you abit more about the movie, the title character, Greg (Jason Drucker); his older brother, Rodrick (Charlie Wright); and their toddler sibling, Manny (Wyatt and Dylan Walters), are dragged by their parents (Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott) on a lengthy trip to visit the family matriarch for her 90th birthday. The two older boys conspire on a plan to take a detour to a video game conference, where Greg hopes to repair damage done by a viral video that made him infamous.
And just like any other road trip, you know you’ll expect plenty of things that might go wrong (and much more). In this instance, they hope for a restful break where phones are banned, family time is on the agenda, and a 90th birthday party lies at the other end of the road. If only things were that straightforward…
If you haven’t seen the movie, then I won’t give too much away, other than telling you that micro pigs are involved which is why the party bus led us to a secret destination, which was a pig farm (of course!). We were taken to Kew Little Pigs Farm in Amersham where we got our hands dirty (literally). Here, we could go into the pigs enclosures, pet them, hold them and give them a little brush too. They were so cute!
After the pig farm activities, we all worked up abit of an appetite, so we made our way to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Gerrards Cross for lunch. It was so lovely to have a catch up with TV presenter and businesswoman, Kate Thornton, who was also on our road trip (see below).
After a leisurely three course lunch, we headed back into London on the party bus. And, of course, as it was a road trip, everyone onboard got to watch the movie again! The kids were delighted. The party bus felt like we had a proper road trip adventure of our own, although I’m still not convinced I am ready for a micro pig of our own just yet…
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul is available now on Blu-ray and DVD, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment from 23 October 2017.
About the Author
As a kid growing up in Washington DC, Jeff Kinney loved to draw. That passion for a pencil followed him in college and saw him go on to run his own comic strip called IGDOOF in the campus newspaper. But when he struggled to get the strip published by newspapers he came up with the idea for DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, a story about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley, and worked on his book for eight years before showing it to a publisher in New York.
After initially publishing it online in daily installments, Jeff realised he was on to something and in 2006 Jeff signed a multi-book deal with Harry N. Abrams, Inc. And when the first book was published a year later, it became an instant best-seller. Now 24 books later, there are more than 180 million copies of the series in print around the world. Then in 2010, Jeff’s wonderful Wimpy Kid world made its way on to the big screen.