Our family was treated to VIP treatment at LEGENDS – Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Bros. show, in Jacksonville through Jan. 19, 2014.
I have to admit, I thought the VIP “Ringmaster Zone” tent might not be very different than the free activities offered on the arena floor before the circus begins. The exclusive VIP area – open to just 100 people per show – is a new offering this year. But when I walked into that tent with my family, I truly did feel like a VIP.
First, they gathered our whole family for an official photo. A clown photo bombed us – though we didn’t mind. Well, except my daughter, who you can see is extremely serious in this photo. She wasn’t sure what to think of that clown.
Then as we walked away from the photo area, we shook hands with Jonathan Lee Iverson, himself. The very tall man, the host of the circus, was dressed in a sparkling purple tuxedo jacket and matching top hat. He bent low to shake hands with my 2-year-old daughter.
“We match!” he said, admiring her sparkling purple Minnie Mouse shirt.
By the time we finished shaking hands with Iveson, the staff had a huge printout of our family photo ready for us. They handed us a bag of goodies, and then we walked on to meet some of the cast.
Then, we saw it: The infamous Globe of Steel. It’s my son and husband’s favorite part of the show. A family of motorcyclists – the Torres family – race around inside the ball at incredible speeds, amazingly never running into each other.
One of the riders held out his hand to help my 5-year-old son and I climb into the ball. Then we met Carmen Torres, the one woman rider of the team of eight.
I marveled that they could ride so fast without crashing.
“It takes a lot of practice,” she told me.
After that, we climbed onto the podium where the ringmaster performs during the show. A friendly clown snapped our photo.
Then we went to the center of the tent, where acts were performing for the small crowd. Off to the side, they also had actual circus costumes people could try on, and face painters to give kids a genuine clown face. They also passed out bags of popcorn to everyone… this was an especially big thrill for my 2-year-old, who was so interested in having her own bag of snacks, she barely looked up when an elephant walked past us.
It was definitely VIP treatment.
During the show, we kept pointing out people we had met and things we had seen up close. The kids were more than elated, and so were their parents.
If you can splurge on the VIP treatment, I can testify it’s absolutely worth it.
The Ringmaster Zone ticket is $35 per ticket and gets you access into the VIP Ringmaster tent on the floor during the pre-show and backstage. It is capped at 100 persons per show, so don’t delay if you want to get this option.
If you want to go:
- Thursday, January 16 – 7:30pm
- Friday, January 17 – 7:30
- Saturday, January 18 – 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
- Sunday, January 19 – 1:00pm & 5:00pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL
Tickets: Prices vary from a starting rate of $15 and increase depending on options, including premium and front row seats at a higher price.
The *NEW* and fun ticket option, the Ringmaster Zone ticket we reviewed above, is $35 per ticket and gets you access into the VIP Ringmaster tent on the floor during the pre-show and backstage. It is capped at 100 persons per show, so don’t delay if you want to get this option.
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* Note: This deal is not valid for the 3:30 p.m. show Saturday. It’s for general seating only (not front row or premium seating).
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