Category Archives: Entertainment Review

Who wouldn’t want to fight Darth Vader?!

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Have a Star Wars lover in your house and heading to Disney World?  Your little one is going to be over the moon excited when they get to take on Darth Vader at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios!

Potential Padawans are trained to wield a lightsaber and use the force to defend against the Dark Side. The very humorous Jedi Master trains the little ones so they are prepared when the Storm Troopers and the infamous Darth Vader make their appearance.  One by one, the children will each get a  turn to fight Darth Vader.  Trust me when I say that this is an experience your little one won’t soon forget!  I will admit that my husband was a little crushed that they told him he was too old to participate but the joy he saw in our son far outweighed his disappointment. This is a not to be missed adventure at Disney World … hands down.  Have fun and May the Force be with you!

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TIPS

– Be at the park before opening

– RUN…yes run to the area where you register as spaces fill up quick (Next to the ABC Sound Studio)

– Have your camera and video camera batteries charged because your little one will want to watch as they fight Vader over and over again

– Recommended ages are 4-12 yrs old

– Be ready to enjoy this very cool experience

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Run away with the Circus for the Night

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Look up….look wayyyy up!  Yep, that’s the Big Top which means the Shrine Circus is in town!!

We were invited to attend the opening night of the circus last weekend and of course we were thrilled and to say the kids were super excited would have been an understatement.  From the moment we could see the Big Top in the distance, the kids didn’t stop smiling!

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Before the show started we were given a special behind the scenes tour of the Big Top and to see the animals getting all prepped for their big performances.  Now I know most of us wouldn’t want an audience when we’re having our shower but thankfully the elephant didn’t mind us watching him get his spray down before the show. It was the coolest thing to watch as the elephant completely cooperated during the process and even helped out by lifting his foot to be washed.  It was so cute to watch the elephant interact with the circus employees as he would playfully poke them with his trunk. We also got to watch the tigers (from afar) resting up for the show and the horses looking beautiful.  The best part of the behind the scenes look was to hear about how well all the animals are cared for.

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Once we grabbed our hot dogs, snow cones and caramel corn and took our seats we were greeted in song by the charismatic Ringmaster, Richard Curtis.  Richard was an awesome ringmaster that kept the crowd engaged with his booming voice, good looks (for the ladies) and all around enthusiasm.  You could tell he loves his job!

Tigers, Trapeze and Elephants…Oh My! 

Here we gooooo! Now I don’t want to give away the entire show as I feel you need to experience this amazement for yourself but i’ll give you a little peek into some  of what you can expect under the Big Top through pictures!  Get ready for amazing animals, feet juggling, heart stopping stunts and SO much more.  Watching these performers you will be dazzled by their strength, courage, love for the Circus and the overwhelming feeling of family!

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Get your Tickets Now

Grab your family and head to see this classic circus for a night of fun you won’t soon forget!  Oh and did I mention YOU can ride an elephant?  Right before the show starts and during the intermission you can take a ride on the back of an elephant! How cool is that?!  So don’t forget to bring money for the reasonably priced food, face painting, elephant rides and fun light up toys for the kids!  Most all, get ready for some family FUN!

Use the coupon code “FUN” and get your general admission tickets 50% off, 2 for the price of 1!! An amazing deal for an AMAZING show!

Show Dates

June 21-July 1 2013                Rexdale – Woodbine Centre Parking Lot

July 5 – July 14 2013               Brampton – Powerade Centre Park

July 18 – July 21 2013             Vaughan – Interchange Parking Lot

July 25 – July 28 2013            Oakville –  Entertainment Centrum Parking Lot

August 2 – August 5 2013       Markham – Markham Fair Grounds

August 9 – August 11 2013      Ottawa – RA Centre Parking Lot

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The Shrine Circus can’t wait to entertain your family!

Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After – Show Review

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Last night we took our 5 yr old daughter and 7 yr old son to Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.  WOW is all I can say!  We have taken our kids to lots of live shows but I must say this was by far one of my faves…oh and the kids loved it too!!  If you are toying with the idea of taking in this show before it leaves on Sunday, don’t wait and just buy your tickets because you do not want to miss it.  You can use code COMAV to save up to $6 on tickets at Ticketmaster.ca

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My overall review of the show is that the choreography, musical numbers, awesome figuring skating, costumes and set design is simply awesome! There is nothing I can honestly say that disappointed us.   The four main stories they present are Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Brave and Beauty and the Beast.  My 5 yr old put it best when she said that each show they presented was like the movie in fast forward but they acted out all the best parts.  Even if you had never seen any of the movies you will totally get the story line.  My son who is 7 was totally sceptical about going to what he referred to as a “princess show” but let me tell you that he was the one that laughed the hardest and clapped the loudest.

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As the lights went down and the crowd cheered the excitement was just beginning!!  Your hosts for the show are the ever loveable Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy.  They are present throughout the evening as they introduce characters and help tell the stories. The show starts off with some musical numbers where the colourfully dressed performers ice dance to songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Vogue” and “We Got the Beat”, so right from the beginning they had the parents captivated.   As always, they throw in some humour which had the young and old(er) laughing in their seats.  A quick but humorous visit from Pinnochio and the evil step sisters and the show is underway.

Little Mermaid was the first movie they acted out and to be honest if that had been it for the show, I would have been equally amazed.  They performed all the favorite songs from the movie like “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea” and included some fave characters like Flounder, Sebastian and of course Prince Eric.  The best part of this segment is how they played out Ariel’s transformation to human as she spun above the ice doing some acrobatics while the crowd cheered.   This is where you really began to notice the amazing costume designs and I have to say that the Ursula costume was great!  In the end of course, the crowd was thrilled when Ariel ended up with Prince Eric.

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Rapunzel is one of the fave movies in our house and this portrayal reminded me why.  Rapunzel’s costume was awesome! The segment begins with the funny rowdy locals and are joined by Rapunzel and her ally Flynn for a fun adventure of comedy, song and fantastic skating footwork.  Ever seen a horse on skates?  Well, you will during this segment as the always funny Maximus hits the ice.  The hands down best part of Rapunzel was when they released the lanterns!!

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After a quick intermission, Brave was next on the night’s agenda. My daughter has seen Brave many times but for some reason I have to admit I have never seen it.  After seeing the Disney on Ice presentation of it, I can’t wait to see it.  The Scottish music, storyline and characters were great.   The special effects had the crowd cheering as the suitors vied for Merida’s hand in marriage.  Merida’s brothers were absolutely funny and highly entertaining.  My son loved how they teased her by making faces at her, pulling her hair and flipping up her skirt like all little brothers do.

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Who doesn’t love the story of Beauty and the Beast?  Again, they told the story fantastically through Gaston, Belle and the Beast.  I couldn’t take my eyes off the Beast as his mannerism were hilarious and his costume was SO well done.  Enjoy as the ice is filled with colourful skaters and breathtaking scenery as they entertain you with “Be Our Guest” with some of your favourite characters like Belle, Lumière, Mrs. Potts, Chip and the other Enchanted Objects.  The end scene when Gaston and the Beast fight for Belle will have you on the edge of your seat. The show comes to and end and there are smiles everywhere!!

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Another little highlight which I think deserves a mention is the extra thought put into the snacks by Feld Entertainment.  After my daughter polished off her deliciously sticky and yummy cotton candy I was delighted to find a wet wipe in the bottom of the bag.  Let me say that it was a pleasant surprise and a much needed addition to the bag.  Yep, sometimes it’s the small things that can make you smile!

Don’t forget to bring some extra money for the souvenirs because as always there is no shortage of spinning, shiny, light up collectables …. you name it, your kids will be mesmerized and want one of everything.  Our kids settled on cotton candy that came with a tiara, popcorn in a collector bucket, boomerang and a Chip mug.