After a half-day at Hollywood Studios, it was off to spend the afternoon shopping at Downtown Disney. The Lego store, World of Disney, and Once Upon A Toy kept us occupied for hours.
That evening, we went to see La Nouba. It's hard to believe this show is almost 14 years old. So glad I finally had a chance to see it! Just about everybody likes La Nouba. It's fun, colorful, lots of great skills, and just enough artistic oddity to make you feel like you're seeing a real Cirque show. I loved the four white gentleman characters in the show, and the choreography of the jumprope act. The trapeze act in the doorframe was lovely. And though both Greg and I could find places that we wanted to see more new stuff, overall for 1998 this was a remarkable creation. Several parts of the show - like the trampoline act - have been replicated by other companies since - and it's important to remember that La Nouba was groundbreaking in its time.
The shows at Animal Kingdom were just OK. The puppetry of Finding Nemo initially horrified me, but I was charmed in the end. The Festival of the Lion King was an odd hodge-podge, not really a story, not really a variety show, but I appreciated the effort to include circus arts. I managed to skip out of It's Tough To Be A Bug! which the kids all hated.
Happy and exhausted, the kids clutched their souvenirs going home (Ayla chose a Baby Simba stuffed animal; Isa a set of Rapunzel dolls; and Baz a Star Wars Lego set) and we said goodbye to Orlando. Though I don't expect Greg or I to ever want to return to these parks, the goal of a fun family vacation was thoroughly accomplished!