Little Monkey won tickets from Radio Disney AM 990 (Thanks again guys!!!) to go see Toy Story 3 on Ice when it came to town. About a week before the show, we found out that we were going to get to meet some of the characters before the show! Little Monkey was very excited to go see the show. When the day finally arrived, he went to school and then we hung out around the house for a bit before we left for some Chick-fil-a for dinner. Little Monkey is able to have Chick-fil-a’s fries, so we thought that would be a nice addition to the evening for him. Little Monkette is a big eater these days and she happily ate chicken nuggets and fries. (I was pleasantly surprised when my 8 piece chicken nugget meal had 10 pieces instead! Perfect for sharing with Little Monkette.)
So excited for his new 'ears'
After we finished our dinner, well everyone but Little Monkey who took his last fry with us, we headed down to the arena. We actually got there a bit earlier than we thought we would but it was fine. We also invited Aunt K to come along since we had four tickets and Little Monkette didn’t count as needing a ticket. Before the show started, we got to go to a meet and greet. We didn’t know how many characters or which ones we would be meeting. We all got checked in and followed the others (maybe 50 people total) to the meet and greet room. Each family got a goody bag. We were not expecting this but I was excited to see it. (It also made it much easier to tell Little Monkey no to other toys and items they were selling.) Inside the goody bag was a Mickey ears hat, Woody doll, Jessie doll and two single use cameras. Little Monkey ended up using the cameras during the show and did a great job (once we taught him how to use an ‘old school’ camera).
After a few minutes, Buzz and Woody came in to meet everyone! Little Monkey was SO excited. We waited in line to meet them and have our picture taken with them. Little Monkey loved it, while Little Monkette wouldn’t take her eyes off of Woody. He was so tall and she just wasn’t too sure about him. She never fussed or cried at all but she watched his every move.(Check her out in this picture!! She would not look at the camera!!)
Big Monkey, Buzz, Little Monkey, Little Monkette, me, Woody and Aunt K
After we met Buzz and Woody, we hung out for a bit and played with our new toys. Little Monkette loved Jessie and played with her a lot. Once it was time to go find our seats, we headed out to the arena and sat down. We still had about 45 minutes before the show started, so we decided a bathroom break and stretching break may be in order. Aunt K hadn’t had dinner yet, so she grabbed some food too. There were tons of gizmos, gadgets, shirts, toys, etc for sale but we refrained. I almost bought Little Monkey a Buzz Lightyear mug with a sno cone inside (The cups were SO cute.) but since it was $15, I decided not to! (I said it over and over again…I wish I was Disney. I wish I had their marketing ability. Everything is so perfect and they seriously do everything just right. They have it figured out. I wish I was them.) We came back to our seats and waited for the show to start.
Little Monkey LOVED it. Every time a new character would come on stage he would take a picture with his camera. Big Monkey actually took lots of pictures too. At the intermission, Aunt K and I decided to go to the bathroom while Big Monkey stayed behind with the kids. I almost gave in to the cotton candy (I LOVE cotton candy and there are few places you can actually get it.)-it came with an alien hat and cost $10. Oh my. Yes, no cotton candy here! Little Monkette had a snack and everyone was ready for the second part of the show. The first half of the show was bits and pieces from Toy Story 1 and 2 while the second half was all Toy Story 3.
Little Monkette could not take her eyes off of Lotso whenever he was on the ice. She sleeps with a little Lotso every night and loves him (She doesn’t know that he’s the bad guy in the movie!). She was excited to see him and always keeping her eyes on him. She also tried to do the Hoedown Throwdown…but doesn’t know the moves. (Not sure how the Hoedown Throwdown fit in with Toy Story, but they made it happen.)
Little Monkette trying to do the Hoedown Throwdown.
A big thanks again to Radio Disney for a fun, mostly free night out! (We only had to buy our dinner–we could have eaten at home. Parking $10 and drinks in the arena.) We would not have gone to see Toy Story 3 on Ice if we didn’t win the tickets, so it was a nice night out with the kids. They both loved the show and both fell asleep on the way home. Everyone enjoyed meeting Buzz and Woody and the kids love the toys they got in the goody bag.