Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The circus is coming, the circus is coming! Can you believe that my girls have never been to a traditional circus? I have so many fond memories of going to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus as a child, then as a teen, and again as an adult with J-bird. I am so thrilled to be taking the girls! Trying to recall that last time I saw The Greatest Show on Earth was….oh never mind, it was a REALLY long time ago and I am really old now. Let’s just say it was while I was still living in New York City, I’ve been in Miami since about 2004. Needless to say, I am EXCITED!
To kick off the New Year Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is soaring into Miami with LEGENDS at the American Airlines Arena. From January 8th to 19th you can select your choice of 16 show times to attend, with evening shows during the week and multiple show times on weekends.
Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions! Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!
So when will LEGENDS make its grand entrance to Miami? Here are the showtimes:
January 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th – 7pm
January 10th, 17th, 18th – 11am, 3pm, 7pm
January 11th – 1pm & 5pm
January 19th – 6pm
** Doors open one hour prior to show time.
Ticket pricing for Legends is subject to market supply and demand with adult prices starting at $16 and kids tickets at $10. Restrictions apply. Please note that children ages 2 and older need a ticket, regardless if they will be sitting in your lap.
For a limited time, get 4 tickets for only $54 when you use code FAMILY at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
This offer is only good for the following show times: Friday, Jan 9th 7pm; Saturday, Jan 10th 11am and 7pm; Sunday, Jan 11th 5pm; Thursday, Jan 15th 7pm; Friday, Jan 16th 7pm; Saturday Jan 17th 11am; Sunday Jan 18th 11am and 7pm; Monday Jan 19th 6pm. Not valid on premium seating. No double discounts. Ticket pricing is subject to supply and demand. Restrictions, service charges, handling and facility fees may apply.
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Ringling Bros. Trivia (answers bolded)
1. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is one year older than what American pastime? Hint: In 1870 P.T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Circus, the largest circus ever in America at that time, made its debut.
Fun Fact!: Ringling Bros. is one year older than baseball and the longest running show to span three centuries.
2. How many pounds of sugar are used to spin cotton candy in each city that Ringling Bros. performs?
3. How many African elephants perform in The Greatest Show On Earth?
- Less than 2
- More than 2
- 10 – 15
- More than 20
Fun Fact!: The answer is ZERO! The BIGGEST stars of the Greatest Show On Earth are ASIAN elephants!
4. Where did the phrase “Send In The Clowns!” originate?
- At P.T. Barnum’s 40th birthday party
- In the U.S. Senate
- At the rodeo
- On the show floor at the circus
Fun Fact!: The phrase originated to help create a diversion between performers at the show for unexpected changes!
5. On average, how many pounds of food per week does it take to feed 52 Asian elephants?
- 500 pounds
- 1,900 pounds
- 23,000 pounds
- 48,000 pounds
Fun Fact!: On an average weekly basis, Ringling Bros. purchases more than 48,000 pounds of apples, carrots, oranges, bananas, lettuce, cabbage and hay for its herd of 52 Asian elephants!
6. How many different languages are currently spoken at The Greatest Show On Earth?
Fun Fact!: We speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Chinese, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Italian, Bulgarian and Arabic at The Greatest Show On Earth… and that doesn’t even include the languages that the animals understand!
7. What is the supervisor of Clown Alley called?
- First Funnyman
- Big Cheese
- Boss Clown
8. How are the three traveling units of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus identified?
- By number
- By the Ringmaster
- By color
- By shape
Fun Fact!: Ringling Bros. three touring units are referred to as The Red Unit, The Blue Unit and The Gold Unit
9. What is the name of the place on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey train where performers can get food?
- Cafeteria car
- Pie car
- Dining car
- Café car
10. At The Greatest Show on Earth, what is a “long mount”?
- A clown gag
- A type of train car
- A long travel day
- An elephant display
11. The Greatest Show On Earth is sometimes called “The town without a ______?
- Zip code
The PERFORMERS, CAST, and STAFF
- The Blue Unit has approximately 300 members, while some live and travel by trailer, the majority lives and travels on the circus train (about 270).
- There are over 100 performers, including a nine-member live band.
- This international cast and crewincludesindividuals from roughly 20-25 different countries:
- United States of America, Paraguay, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Japan, Mongolia, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, Cuba, France, Venezuela, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Peru, Ecuador, Kyrgyz Republic, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Great Britain, and China.
- The major languages spoken backstage include English, Hungarian, Moroccan, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Guarani and Ukrainian.
- There is a fully staffed nursery, day care and traveling school on tour with each Ringling Bros. touring unit to accommodate the many families who compose the circus cast and crew.
- It takes about 16 hours to set up the entire show for the first performance in each city and about 10 hours to tear down the show and load the circus train for each trip.
THE ANIMALS – our performing partners!
- The 85 animals on tour with Legends include:
- Asian elephants (9); Names: Karen, Nichole, Bonnie, Juliette, Sara, Kelly Ann, Rudy, Sundara and April.
- Tigers (9); Black/Orange
- African Lion (6)
- African Leopard (1)
- Horses (20)
- Plus (21) dogs, (4) pigs, (8) goats, (2) donkeys, (3) llamas, and (2) kangaroos
- All animals are groomed and exercised daily, either in the arena or in practice areas set up in the animal enclosures.
- Lions & tigers eat approx 16 pounds of food a day depending on size/weight, they eat 6x per week (have a fasting day once a week) and are always fed first time in the morning.
- No two tigers are alike; their stripes are like human fingerprints, each one is unique.
- Elephants drink 100 times more water than humans do. That is like drinking 800 glasses of water a day! An elephant doesn’t drink through its trunk. It sucks water into its trunk and blows it back into its mouth to drink.
- A full grown elephant’s tooth weighs about the same as a nine-pound bowling ball!
- When elephants swim, they use their trunks like snorkels!
- Elephants respond to over 60 voice commands. Elephants have excellent hearing and also use their ears like a fan – flapping them back and forth to cool themselves!
- Each elephant eats 150-200 pounds of hay along with an assortment of local fresh fruits and vegetables, each and every day. They love to eat whole unsliced loaves of white bread as a treat.
Did you know? In 1995, because of a deep commitment to the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation was established in central Florida. It has become a global leader in the reproduction, research and retirement of these magnificent animals, and works with partners world-wide to help ensure the survival of the species.
- Over 2500 pounds of popcorn are consumed in each city that Ringling Bros. visits.
- In each city, 18,000 pounds (9 tons) of ice are used to make snow cones.
- More than 1000 pounds of sugar are used to spin cotton candy in each city.
- The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train that brings Legends to each city on tour has a total of 61 cars, and has a total length over a mile long. The 61 cars on the Blue Unit Train include: 4 animal stock cars, 32 coaches for living, 2 concession storage cars, 19 flat bed equipment cars, 1 pie car (diner), 1 generator car, 1 shop car, and 1 auxiliary generator/shop car. The state-of-the-art generator car produces enough electricity to power the entire train, making it completely self sufficient 24/7/365.
- Periodic water stops are scheduled during train trips to refill water tanks for animals and people. Special stops are arranged on longer trips so the animals can get out for exercise. Each year an average of 1000 hours is spent traveling by train from city to city. The average distance the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey train travels between cities is 350 miles.
- The Ringling Bros. Blue unit train will bring Legends to 78 cities on its two year tour. Each train car is custom built for a specific purpose at Feld Entertainment Rail Recycling Center in Palmetto, FL
- Did you know? The animal cars always ride at the front of the train, assuring the smoothest ride, right behind the engine!
Have you been to a Ringling Bros. circus before? What do you love most about the circus?
Win it with LEGENDS!
One lucky reader will have a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus, ARV $80. The giveaway will begin on 12/29/14 and ends on 1/4/15 at 11:59pm. Please note that winning tickets being offered are for the Jan. 9th, 7pm show. Open to residents of the US, who are at least 18 years of age. Transportation to/from the event and parking are not included. One entrant per household, email address and/or IP address. If you have won this prize on another blog you may be ineligible to win again. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. All winners are subject to verification. I reserve the right to disqualify any entrant for claiming entries for tasks not completed. You must enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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