Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey presents "Out of This World" at the Honda Center


We're here!

Much anticipated all week, we're finally here.

Thanks to Jennifer P. for tickets and Media/VIP check in, we arrived pretty early to enjoy some fun from our seats pre-show.

There's plenty of souvenirs to take home as keepsakes.

Even the "big" kids love the circus.

Lots of photo opps everywhere.

The view from our seats: Section 223, Row P, seats 7, 8 and 9.

Always love saving these tickets for memories.

New this year! Be sure to download the Ringling Bros app from iTunes or Google Play for interactive fun plus alerts throughout the show.

There are "selfie" photo opps directly on the app to enjoy! 

I couldn't resist a selfie opportunity!


There are plenty of ofther activities to choose from the menu and you can even VOTE for your favorite circus act!

Clown Alley entertains you throughout the show and in between acts.

Space Walk opened the show and it was an attention-grabber for sure!

Gravity-defying aerials were spectacular!

There was so much to look at during "Out of This World"

Unicycles galore and other athletic performers!

Lion tamer Alexander Lacey was captivating with his Lions and Tigers (Oh My!) act!

The trapeze act was a close-second to a show-stopper.

Show girls highlighted "Out of This World" circus performance

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The trapeze artists did an amazing triple somesault

Closing acts!

The finale!

The only thing missing were the elephants who have since been retired and living the life in some jungle oasis. We'll miss you mighty pachyderms.

Enjoy the show. Bring a sweater since this show is on ice (it's not 100 percent an ice-skating show, but it comes really close).

Be prepared to spend some dollars for festival-like food and drinks. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Disneyland's Best Kept Secret

Sometimes a solo trip to Disneyland reaps great benefits like single rider lines, a whole row to yourself in "It's a Small World" and front row seats to fireworks (directly in front of me) and just behind me, with just a 180-degree turn, front row seats to "Paint the Night Parade."

Where is this magical two-sided spot? Dare I tell? Small World, of course!

Before "Paint the Night" parade

After "Paint the Night" parade

Top reasons why this spot is better than anywhere else in the resort:

1) Up close and personal view of the Paint the Night parade. You can see all the small details on the costumes.

Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear

Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"

2) Better view of your favorite characters. I won't lie, I was truly excited to see Ariel in The Little Mermaid. You can even see her have a fishy conversation with Flounder. Wow, King Triton is massive!

Ariel, Flounder, King Triton and Sebastian from "The Little Mermaid"

Anna and Elsa from "Frozen"

Frozen's beloved and crowd-favorite Olaf

Rapunzel from "Tangled"

Everyone's darling, Cnderella

Toy Story's Jessie

3) Better view of the billions of colors. OK, so maybe not quite billions, but close and very vividly vibrant. 

Mike Wazowski (and in the background, James P. Sullivan) of Monsters, Inc.

Red from "Cars"

Lightning McQueen from "Cars"

4) Better view of all the colors in full bloom and glow-ry. From the fishes to the butterflies to other sea creatures.

5) Better view of Mickey and the gang. As with any Disney parade, Mickey and Friends make the wait in this humidity worth all its weight in gold. Yes, I can sleep well tonight as Mickey and his entourage complete me.

Goofy led the Mickey and Friends appearances.

Donald Duck was right on Goofy's heals.

Almost missed Minnie and she zipped on by.

And everyone's favorite Mickey Mouse.

Did you guess the underlying theme throughout? BETTER VIEW, indeed.


Don't get your hopes up high, though.

There still stands a chance the fireworks show will get canceled due to "unforeseen circumstances" as was the case tonight. Boo.

Well all wasn't lost. I did get to see "Paint the Night" parade after all.


We did, however get a quasi-presentation, though not in its full pomp and circumstance; it was beautiful nonetheless. 

The Small World castle was transformed with an array of colorful projections. Great way to end the night and the trip to this magical land of Disney.