Cole Bros. Circus Review
Cole Bros. Circus Review
The clown-heads are 3 years, 4 months, and 1 week old.
A couple of days back during this scorching and ongoing heatwave…we went to see the Cole Bros. Circus. We had bought the tickets online weeks prior and were excited to finally take the twins to an event. Test out the waters if you will. Let me tell you, save your money for Ringling Bros. because this big top circus doesn’t compare in the least.
The guy getting shot out of the cannon was the absolute highlight. The elephants were well-trained to and did some cool tricks. Beyond that it was clowns running around, no real order, nothing like the professionalism and entertainment of the much larger Ringling Bros. I knew it wouldn’t be as good, but I didn’t realize it would be as sub par as it was either.
Honestly, it was really hard to focus on the show in the searing heat. We went there on the hottest day of the year fully expecting some kind of air conditioning..something. NADA! It was 98 degrees and we had a heat index of 109 that day. Plus, it was humid as hell! (Felt like hell must feel like to.) Are they for real? 10 Zumba classes in a row couldn’t make sweat run down my face any heavier than under the big top that day.
I couldn’t believe it. There were small babies, elderly there. What about their animals and their own performers? I was shocked! After reading online how the Big Apple Circus in a tent is air conditioned I had no doubt we were going to be comfortable. BOY was I ever wrong! It was a clam bake. So many people left within the 1st half and during intermission it was crazy. They NEED to change this STAT! It’s downright dangerous!
My husband nearly passed out on the ground afterwards when standing up to leave. Not very good for business, or the Cole Bros. name in general. There was one fan in the whole place not near the patrons but near the exit. So there was NADA! I can’t tell you how many complaints were circulating.
Another big disappointment was this. We went for an elephant ride right? Or so we thought. My husband asked, ”How much?” They replied, “$3 a person, per ride.” So my husband paid for 4 of us to go on and I handed him my camera to tape it. They sat us down in front of the gigantic elephant and snapped a photo with an old looking Polaroid camera. I thought, ‘How nice we get a picture to.’ NOPE!
My husband goes, ”OK, how do they get on the elephant?” He replies, ”It’s just a picture. You can’t ride on the elephant in the state of New York. It’s the law.” That would have been REALLY nice to know prior to money exchanging hands. This guy and the ticket lady knew exactly what we were thinking we were paying for. Tsk, tsk Cole Bros.
Their pic sucked and was blurry, so this is one hub quickly snapped of us.
I won’t bother complaining about the ridiculous prices of food and souvenirs.
I think we all expect that when we go to a circus.
But a major complaint of mine was that they had two rings. (Very small ones indeed.) And on our side not much of anything was going on. All of the acts seem to be distant despite us all being paid entrants and more people being on our side of things. I kept waiting for them to bring the real action our way, but they barely did. My daughter was ranting about that, as was I to my husband.
And the VIP seating? Save your $7 extra per person. You will see better in back if you have kids. There aren’t many rows anyway, and we paid to be VIP’s and ended up 4 rows back regardless. There was no point. We were seated behind this family of giants to. It was very hard to get the kids up to see anything. I missed half the circus trying to get them a better view.
I was so angry about the crappy seating and the heat we just moved ourselves to a better location after some time of anxiety had passed. For $80 I wanted the twins to see something! Yes, Ringling Bros. may cost more, BUT it is by far more superior. Save your money. And note to Cole Bros. ….have your circus in April or October if you refuse to keep your patrons at a comfortable temperature. People could DIE!
Overall Twinpossible rates the Cole Bros. Circus
2 out of 5 stars and that is being generous.
Somebody was afraid of something. Can you guess what it was?
If you have no expectations, never saw a big circus to compare it to, don’t mind suffocation, and looking at the backs of people’s heads when paying extra for VIP seating because it’s just a crappy set up, you might enjoy this circus more so than we did.
*I give Ringling Bros. 4.75 stars. (Just to compare.)*
**This post is written as part of Tuesday’s Reviews. All opinions expressed above are 100% honest & my own.**