We had tickets for opening night at the Allstate Arena and our timing was perfect. J-Town was blessed with an additional 3-4 inches of fluffy white stuff the following afternoon and between the snow and traffic we would have had a serious dilemma. Augie Dawgs and Whynot both have long commutes and we might have missed the show entirely. So if it had to snow, I'm so glad it snowed the day after.
As we settled in to our seats I was very excited to see what was in store for us. I love ice skating. Strike that. I now love to watch ice skaters, they're so graceful and glide with such ease. I used to skate, now the fear of breaking a leg or hip keeps me off skates. TOF's eyes grew large as the vendors walked around with sno-cones, popcorn and cotton candy. There was no clue yet as to what the show was, and we hadn't told him-so that we could see his reaction. He lit up like a Christmas tree when he saw Minnie, Mickey, Donald and Goofy during the intro and had a huge grin on his face when the green army guys were followed by none other than Buzz and Woody and the rest of the Toy Story gang!
For 40 minutes we were entertained by dazzling routines and flashing lights. Interrupted only by the people to our right, who apparently have no clue about sitting still during a show and continued to get up and leave repeatedly during the entire performance. Highly annoying...
After a brief intermission, where I mingled with some bloggy friends, the plot thickened as we learned of the toys plight at Sunnyside Day Care. I won't ruin it for you, go see the show! But I will tell you this-Barbie and her friends were super adorable with their skate covers that looked like pink stilettos. And Glitter Gurl pointed out that Barbie's outfit didn't sparkle as much as the other fashion dolls.
TOF loved all the scenes involving Buzz and Woody, but was especially captivated by Lots- O and Stretch's evil plan to capture the toys and lock them up. The part he liked least was when Barbie cried and the fact that his mommy wouldn't buy him two treats. He wanted cotton candy and ice cream, and was forced to choose only one-cotton candy. Good choice TOF, because we can have ice cream anytime, but cotton candy is synonymous with special times.
Toy Story 3 is definitely a special time that I highly recommend to all of you. It's currently at Allstate Arena until Sunday and then moves to the United Center on February 2nd through the 13th. Discounted tickets are available by using promotional code MOM when purchasing tickets at the Allstate Arena or United Center Box Offices, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary show tickets from Feld Entertainment and I'd like to add a personal note of thanks to Christine, for accommodating my last minute request, you're the best! I received no other compensation and the opinions are my own, with a little help from my pal TOF.