I should've known. I should've remembered from nearly two years prior at the "Disney on Ice" show we took the kids to, when all the bells and whistles were literally going off. I did forewarn the kids that there would be no souveniers bought on the day but like the siren's song, even Mum can't resist the mass of Tinkerbell cups filled with ice for $15 or the pairs of Minnie Mouse ears for $22 but I did. I was very proud of myself but I know I should've been better prepared.
You see, I was very lucky to win 4 tickets to see the latest instalment from the Disney machine, "Disney Live! Rockin' Road Show" on the Mrs BC's House of Chaos blog. I thought I'd try and be a bit clever by entering the competition with a poem and a lame one at that. I said, in a round about kind of way, that I was desperate to get out of the house because the kids were driving me crazy and Pluto and dogs, or something or other. I was delirious at this stage.
After I got over the excitement I then thought that maybe my kids, at ages 8 and 6, might have been a little too old for Mickey and the gang but I was pleasantly surprised. The TV ad for the show just happened to come on as we were getting to leave and my son, who gets nervous about trying new things or the unknown, decides he doesn't want to go. (Heaven help me!) I bribed him with playing games on my phone just to get him in the car.
After the show started he had soon overcome his fears and was in awe of seeing all the regular Disney characters. I just love that innocence children have when they see these characters from story books and TV come to life. My daughter and her little friend were just in awe seeing Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother as was my son when he saw Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie from "Toy Story". I thought I might've become a bit bored too but the songs were upbeat and who can ever tire of Mickey Mouse?
I asked my daughter's friend what she thought of it and she replied, "I'm speechless. I was spellbound." (She's 8 years old as well mind you.) We all had a wonderful time and topped it off with a trip to that horrible place with the kid's meals in a box. So, if you are planning to go to a Disney Live show anytime soon, remember these top 5 points.
- Stock up on any kind of glow stick, sparkly, swirly thing from Halloween, Christmas or whenever sales and put them away for the Disney show. You'll get out of having to spend the price of a new car on plastic junk at the show.
- Make sure the kids eat just before you go in. Buying food from the venue will also cost you the equivalent of a small country's annual economy.
- Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the show. They start calling you about 20 minutes before the show starts and if you go the way I went and find road closures, you'll start to stress a bit.
- If one of your children becomes overwhelmed or nervous at the sight of a human sized cartoon character, give them an electronic game to take their mind off it. They'll eventually come around and enjoy themselves.
- Remember how excited you were as a child, seeing these characters 'live' for the first time. The look on my kid's faces was priceless!
Thanks Lisa and thanks Disney. I think my sanity has been restored, for the moment.