So when that little envelope of coupons came in the mail a few weeks ago, I quickly browsed through them figuring that they’d all hit the trash pile momentarily. Then… I saw it…
DISNEY ON ICE! TOY STORY!! BUZZ AND WOODY!!! APRIL 12-15th AT COLONIAL LIFE ARENA! BUY TICKETS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
Why yes, I think I will.
We purchased our tickets and talked about seeing Buzz and Woody all week, and both Caroline and Tyler were giddy with excitement. The night before they even went to bed a little earlier than normal… Tomorrow was the BIG DAY! Even Nathan and I were excited. This was their first real experience with a “show,” and in major planning mode for Disney World next year, their enjoyment of this event would be telling.
The morning of, everyone rushed to get ready and out the door. The show started at 10:30, so after a quick breakfast of cinnamon rolls, turkey bacon and pineapple we were on our way. Caroline held the flyer for the entire ride downtown, and Tyler repeated over and over that we were about to see “Buzz and Wooooooooooody!!” Finally, we made our way into the arena with elderly people, special-needs adults, wild toddlers, harried parents, and tons of kids decked out head-to-toe in Toy Story paraphernalia. I almost felt like I was back in time, wading through the masses at a NKOTB concert… if only there were those big buttons. I digress.
Once we arrived and found our seats, we eagerly anticipated the lights dimming. Both Tyler and Caroline refused to go the bathroom, nor would they take their eyes off the ice, just waiting for something to happen. When it finally did, OH MY WORD. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto took the stage to introduce the main event, and the sheer delight in the kids’ faces was indescribable. Nathan and I couldn’t take our eyes off of them, both of us trying to take mental pictures of the moment. Tyler soon migrated to Nathan’s lap and fell into a trance as the Toy Story production began; Caroline, on the other hand, decided she could see best standing in her seat. Lucky for us, we were in the back row of our section and had tons of room… close to exits, snacks and restrooms with a great view… Best $24 ever spent.
As Nathan put it, “Tyler hasn’t blinked in two hours.”
Given how well this went over, we’re now super motivated to take a trip to Disney World soon. Icing on the Disney cake was the show’s finale… MICKEY! MINNIE! GOOFY! DONALD! PLUTO!!!!!!!!! Caroline almost had a heart attack.
Sadly, the show coming to an end rendered one really upset little girl. She pitched such a hissy fit that I should’ve been embarrassed, but I shamefully couldn’t stop laughing. She thrashed around saying “MINNNNNNNIIEEEEE! I WANNA SEEEEEEEEEEEEE MINNNNNIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE AGAAAINNNNN!!” and literally everyone in our section gave me one of those “been there done that” looks as they went past us. We waited it out and told her that we’d see Minnie again soon, but she continued to lose her mind all the way home. It’s so hard being two, bless her heart. :)
With that said, we’re currently on lookout for any Disney show within a 100 mile radius. If you live in the NC/SC/GA and know of some, do share!