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Old 02-27-2008, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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I attended last year and it was an utter disappointment -- not the Greatest Show on Earth at all. They had gotten away from the traditional 3 ring format and instead had a show long 'fantasy' where actors played a family of 4 and each family member lived out a lifelong circus dream; for example mom was a highwire performer, dad was the Ringmaster. There were thearical singing numbers and far fewer animals. In short -- it stunk and even my youngest - 7 at the time -- didn't like it. And yes, there were dog and cat tricks.

There was a new program that they started where if you pay a premium, you get driven around the circus floor in special wagons and have the best seats in the house.

We had attended in 2004 and it was an incredible, 3 ring, Greatest Show on Earth. The kids were amazed, the clowns were phenomenal. We saw Bello, a clown acrobat, who was funny, dynamic and had an awesome sense of balance. He was absent last year, but it is my understanding he is back this year.


If you are considering buying tickets, check to make sure that they've gone back to their old format. Don't waste your money on the new one.
I recently read that the Circus industry is really suffering because it's impossible to get work visas for the foreign performers (who are the majority of the crew) anymore. A lot of the smaller ones out west have shut down completely. Pretty sad, guess there aren't many Americans left willing to work in that business.

If it comes around, you might be better off checking out the UniverSOUL Circus. I went to that at the Coliseum when I was younger and it was pretty crazy, just as good as the Ringling Brothers from what I remember. I doubt they're suffering from being short staffed since it's all black performers. I dunno if I'd wanna go to any circus at this point in my life because now it just seems a little creepy to me, but if I had kids I'd drag them to that haha
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Island of long
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Thanks for the confirmation. My co-workers had the same exact story.

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I attended last year and it was an utter disappointment -- not the Greatest Show on Earth at all. They had gotten away from the traditional 3 ring format and instead had a show long 'fantasy' where actors played a family of 4 and each family member lived out a lifelong circus dream; for example mom was a highwire performer, dad was the Ringmaster. There were thearical singing numbers and far fewer animals. In short -- it stunk and even my youngest - 7 at the time -- didn't like it. And yes, there were dog and cat tricks.

There was a new program that they started where if you pay a premium, you get driven around the circus floor in special wagons and have the best seats in the house.

We had attended in 2004 and it was an incredible, 3 ring, Greatest Show on Earth. The kids were amazed, the clowns were phenomenal. We saw Bello, a clown acrobat, who was funny, dynamic and had an awesome sense of balance. He was absent last year, but it is my understanding he is back this year.


If you are considering buying tickets, check to make sure that they've gone back to their old format. Don't waste your money on the new one.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I work on Stewart Avenue in GC - the coaches are here right now, but I don't see any animals. Does anyone know how and when they are transported to the Coliseum?
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Island of long
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From what I hear there are not alot of animals anymore. And the animals they do have can be transported in little travel trailors.


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I work on Stewart Avenue in GC - the coaches are here right now, but I don't see any animals. Does anyone know how and when they are transported to the Coliseum?
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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Here are some pics. My wife and kids and I were at the Mitchel Field Commissary and saw a rush of people headed toward the Childrens Museum. A lot of luck with timing and a cold day to keep the groceries chilled in the car while we hung out and watched the Elephants pig out.
FYI...anyone with a pass to the L.I. Childrens Museum...I think they have a viewing area and a little get together before the parade...it looked like fun.
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:12 PM
 
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From what I hear there are not alot of animals anymore. And the animals they do have can be transported in little travel trailors.
Wrong train, for animals hit the 1:20 AM
(Sat-Sun) out of Penn Sta on the Port Washinton line.
The North Shore brats bark, dance, do tricks. Best is when the drunk teen girls try to swing from the valise racks and all the Blackberrys, Treos and bodys go flying.
The LIRR staff doesnt even collect tickets sometimes they are to scaired .

Yes....No doubt most on that train should be transported in "locked" padded little travel trailors to the Mineola Hilton.

I remember a conductor telling a woman with an adopted puppy from N Shore Animal League.
"No its ok mam....dogs arent the problem on this train !!"
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