Disney On Ice has returned to Portland’s Rose Garden Arena with Toy Story 3. The folks from Disney On Ice graciously gave my family four tickets to experience opening night last evening, so “the big kids” and I hopped in the ’88 Honda Civic and headed west (we live east of the Rose Garden, obviously).
We had great seats down in the front and were able to catch all the action up close.
The program stayed pretty true to the movie’s storyline and all the characters made an appearance. Sorry about the cruddy photos. I didn’t bring a camera and had to rely on my un-smart phone to document our trip.
The best part of the experience for me was being surrounded by either college or fresh-out-of-college kids. They were actually squealing with delight during the entire performance. I was chatting with one of them and he said, “Toy Story was just such a big part of my childhood.” I realized that he was talking about 1999, when the first Toy Story came out. He was a child in 1999. When I was out of college, working. Any notion of how cool I was vanished in an instant.
So, instead of wallowing in my “I remember when I set up my first email account during my junior year in college” memories, I took some sweet “I’m so posting this on Facebook” photos with my kids during the intermission (which should be re-named “Time to go out and spend all your money on stuff and snacks”). Here’s Nathan (age 4):
And Willy (age 5):
And Audrey (age 7), who instinctively knows how to make the perfect “I’m trying not to look like I’m posing for the perfect Facebook photo” pose:
Here’s the review part of the post: My kids loved the show. In fact, they gave it two thumbs up.
The third thumb decided not to participate in the photo, but it was 9:30 pm, so I cut the kid some slack.
Barbie was also there and was front and center for a good portion of the show. It was not my favorite part. Some of you will have a problem with her outfit and those of her friends. Some of you will think the outfits are totally fine.
There was one totally unnecessary joke, told by Ken (as in “Barbie & Ken”), but most kids would never catch it. I just thought it was stupid and not appropriate for a children’s show.
The show is running through Sunday (10/30) in Portland. Should you go? If you have Toy Story fans in your home, it would be really fun. The show runs 2 hours, so if your child is not able to sit all the way through a full-length movie, they will have a very difficult time sitting through this show. I think it works for mature three year-olds and older. I didn’t even think of bringing my toddler, but then again, I rarely bring him out in public. Yes, we are in the stage right now. I’m looking for the light at the end of the tunnel :).
If you are interested in purchasing tickets, go here and enter the code BARBIE to get tickets as low as $8.50 each for the Portland show. Thrifty NW Mom has the discount codes for the Everett and Kent shows. Your order will incur a service fee.
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