Everyone loves a good concert right? Seeing that famous person on stage performing is a watershed moment for any fan! That being said, you may have asked yourself, how young is too young to really enjoy a performance?
This past weekend, I took my almost 3 year old son to see Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival at Budweiser Gardens. In an arena full of thousands, I did have some hesitations, as I wasnt sure how the afternoon would pan out. Although he still can't sit through more than a 15 minute TV show, I reminded myself that he's certainly one of Mickey, Buzz, Woody, and Donald Duck's biggest fans! That's sure to captivate his attention for the 1.5hr show, right?
Well, he absolutely loved it! I can honestly say, intermission came at a perfect time, and was the right length to get some energy out and reset before the last half of the show. (It's almost as if the organizers have done this several times before right?!)
The songs were captivating, interactive, familiar and fun as characters from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and of course Mickey's gang, took the stage. The classic Disney songs we know and love were remixed with some of today's biggest hits which made the show entertaining for all ages! I must admit, I enjoyed it just as much as my son did!
Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy will be coming to Budweiser Gardens from January 29th-Feb 2nd, and I've already gotten us tickets!
Here are a few tips I learnt to make the show enjoyable for everyone if you're taking a young child.
1) You know your child best. Talk to them ahead of time so they know what to expect. A large arena filled with thousands of people can be a new and often overwhelming experience.
2) Make sure they know the rules before you enter the building! Once you're in and seated your child's excitement will almost definitely make it hard for them to listen to the basics. ie-no climbing over the seats, no kicking the person in front of you etc.
3) Be cautious if your child is sensitive to noise. The Disney performances are certainly geared for children and families, so the volume is definitely nowhere near the level of any typical "adult" concert. My son and I never found this to be an issue at all but something to consider!
4) Snacks- Lots and lots of snacks. Giving your child something to munch on during the show can definitely get them to stay in one place. Snacks are available at the concession like popcorn or fries. My advice would be to choose something that they can "graze" on, rather then something they will scarf down in a minute or two. If you prefer a healthier option, or have a picky eater, don't forget to pack your own!
5) Bathroom breaks- Make sure your child goes before the show AND during the intermission. When the show starts, the lights go out making it difficult to find your way to the washrooms (not to mention having to interrupt those around you). If your child does have to go midway through the performance, not to worry, find one of the friendly staff who will light the way with a flashlight for you!
6) The Merch Tables- Kids will inevitably be drawn to that table of $30 t-shirts, toys and other souvenir items. If you have no intentions of purchasing these items, be prepared to say no. If it is in the budget, then make sure you get to the show a few minutes early, so you and your child will have plenty of time to pick something out! If you are planning to do this at intermission, beware! The lines are longer, plus you will want plenty of time to refresh your snacks and take a bathroom break!
My son and I certainly had a wonderful afternoon together, and although my (soon to be) 3 year old won't remember the details, I know the "imprint" of excitement, magic and thrill will be with him for ever!
We can't wait until January 30th, when we will see the Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy performance! Perhaps we need to make this a January tradition!