We were past the mini crisis, Xander's tummy was full, and family harmony reigned again. Maddie found a cool t-shirt to buy in the gift shop that featured her favorite Rip Ride Rockit in the background. It was just past 7pm and the Universal park wasn't going to close until 9pm. We decided to walk over since the entrance was close to Hard Rock. The plan was to just go to a couple of rides at the front of the park because we didn't have the stroller. We hadn't gone on the Minion Mayhem ride yet so we checked the wait time. It was 45 minutes so I got a return time on Xander's card and we headed across the street to Shrek 4D. We only had to wait for the next showing to start. We hadn't seen this before and ended up loving it! It's been several years since we watch a Shrek movie. When Maddie was about seven we went through a Shrek phase and watched all the movies with her as well as Puss and Boots. Maddie enjoyed it and Xander had a lot of fun with the theater seats that moved and actually tried on the 3D glasses and kept them on for most of the show! He has major sensory issues with putting things on his face as well as wearing hats or putting anything over his ears. We've been lucky so far that he does not need glasses, he just recently started wearing headphones for listening to the computer at school and his ipod on the airplane. This past winter was the first time in eight years that I've gotten him to pull up the hood on his jacket when it rains, we haven't made it to hats yet. All this to say that I was very excited when he tried on the glasses and realized what they did and started peeking over them to see the difference. When Shrek was done, it was time to get in line for Minions! Xander examined his minion glasses while we waited in line. He voluntarily tried them on and wore them during the ride! Decorating idea. After the ride we checked out the gift shop. Xander thought it was funny to try on Minion goggles! Three things on his face in one night! Shopping for souvenirs with Xander is difficult. He never asks for anything and if you show him something, he immediately says "no!" We have started to realize that it's not necessarily that he doesn't want anything but that he has a hard time removing things from where he first saw them. So if you pull a stuffed animal off a shelf in front of him, he compulsively wants it put back where it "belongs". Going by this theory we decided not to bombard him with "do you like this? What about this?" Instead we watched for him to show interest in something and then bought it later when he didn't have to watch it being removed from its place. He really loves the minions and I was pretty sure he wanted a big stuffed one. As we left the store empty handed for the moment, Xander started to ask for the hotel. We decided that James would take him and start getting him ready for bed while I took Maddie to Rip Ride Rockit since she hadn't gotten to ride it yet that day. She got in the single rider line with a 15 minute wait and I went back to the Minion store and picked out a big stuffed minion for Xander. Very dark picture of Maddie after she was done with her ride. Looks like she went at the perfect time, the single rider wait time had bumped up to 35 minutes! We headed out of the park. Goodnight Universal Studios! Goodnight Hard Rock Cafe! Xander was taking a bath when we got back to the room, so I put the minion on his bed to surprise him when he came out. It worked! He was very excited and cuddled with it every night for the rest of the vacation!