For the most part we had a lazy day by the pool today. We’d originally thought of going to Seaworld, but couldn’t face it. So after the usual filling breakfast we found loungers in a relatively shaded area and set about making friends and relatives distinctly jealous.
What’s to say? They have a couple of pools here at the resort, all well staffed, with free towels and a bar. An entertainer is on hand for kids and families, doing quizzes, bingo and dance competitions at a blistering pace that just sweeps you up.
We just alternated between the pool and the shade; reading, writing and watching the world go by. Then it was back to the room to change for the big event.
I’ve been in awe of Cirque du Soleil since seeing an early performance on tv when I was a kid. I can’t remember the show – it was probably Paul Daniels’ Magic Show – but the beautiful fluidity and interweaving threads of performance captured my imagination. I never thought I’d actually get to ever see a live show, but here we were for their performance of La Nouba, which was specially written for Disney as a dream sequence with nods to iconic Disney films.
We got straight in as the doors opened because all the advice we’d read was to get there early. We were glad we did, as the clowns did a great job warming up the audience. I won’t say any more, because Spoilers!
The two hours of trapeze, dance, high wire, bmx tricks, clowning and more swept us up with powerful vocal performances by the operatic singers and the house band and there are no bad seats in the house. If you get a chance to see them, take it, it’s awesome and amazing in the true senses of those words.
And then we walked home across the bridge from Downtown Disney and through the resort, with my daughter nearly losing a shoe in a shortcut. As she said: “It’s not a proper night out on the town unless someone loses a shoe.”