Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure made a stop at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, MD last week. I had the pleasure of taking my family to see the show thanks to my partnership with Feld Entertainment. Believe it or not, this was my first time seeing a show at the Lyric. I absolutely loved this experience. Let me tell you why.
First, the location was great. We normally see all of our shows at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Although the Lyric is a little deeper into the city, there is not as much chaos and traffic around the venue. On this particular night, there was an event being held at the Raven's stadium that prevented us from arriving on time (the one time I was actually on schedule) and the rain added a few setbacks. I made a few wrong turns getting there. But, I finally arrived at my destination just in time to see the show.
The Lyric Opera House is located at 140 W. Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore MD 21201. I love how quaint the area was and how the holiday decor lit up the streets, making it inviting as we took a short walk from the garage to the building. Just behind the Lyric is the Fitzgerald parking garage, located on 80 W. Oliver St., Baltimore, MD 21217. The parking fee was so reasonable at only $10. Getting in and out was a breeze, too. Just make sure you take your ticket with you and pay for it before going back to the car.
We had a mix-up with our tickets upon arrival. It was straightened out in no time. We were given seats in the orchestra, on the left side. It was fairly close to the stage. Thankfully, the Lyric is an intimate theater and makes the seats good enough to enjoy from a lot of locations. This gives each family the chance to see the show not matter how much they can or cannot afford for ticket prices.
As mentioned before, traffic and rain caused us to miss the first part of the show. We arrived at intermission. There is a pre-show featuring Doc McStuffins. This takes place roughly 10/15 minutes before the show. You will need to get there early and plan accordingly if you want to see this (I'm sad we missed this. We are super Doc fans.) Sofia the First is the first part of the show.
Then, there is an intermission. Jake and the Never Land Pirates is the second half of the show. Then, the entire cast takes the stage for a final performance. I would say the entire show runs just under two hours. I think this is the perfect amount of time to capture the attention of everyone before they have a major meltdown.
We really enjoyed our time. My son is almost two and his cousin is two. They sat, sometime on the edge, of their seats and did not make any fuss. I believe they had a blast.
I loved the special appearances by other Disney characters – Micky and Minnie Mouse, Peter Pan and Cinderella. They went over will with the crowd. I also loved the crowd participation moments where they asked everyone to sing along. It was fun to hear the children, and parents, sing along to some of the hits that are on these popular shows. There were bubbles, silly string and confetti blasted into audience. This added another element of surprise and excitement to the show.
As with most of these events, children are welcome to dress up as their favorite character. I always love seeing the little ones walking around in a princess costume, sporting a pirate get-up or having their face painted just for fun. It takes them on another adventure and allows them to escape reality for a moment.
There wasn't much to eat at this particular venue. You will probably want to eat before to hold over your group. There is a nearby pizza spot, just across the street called Two Boots.
Of course, the lobby is filled with Disney merchandise, photograph opportunities and so much more. Be prepared to negotiate with your little ones. I saw a few parents who lost that battle and had bags filled with merchandise. They also sold special gift bags with other characters and items in it for $10.
Overall, we loved this show. It was fun, colorful and kept the attention of everyone. I love how well the cast members resembled the animated characters on the television. Great job on this. I loved the props on stage, too. They were simple, but made a huge impact to the storyline. I cannot wait to get back to the Lyric to see another production.
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I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. The opinions and views are my own.