Part of the celebration for Gotta Get Blogging’s annual Florida Blog Con was a Pre-party event featuring The Blue Man Group. Though my outings at the theme parks area tend to weighted toward Disney, The Blue Men have been on my radar for a while. Unfortunately, I’ve taken BMG for granted because I know they are super-successful and being local means, they’re always within an arm’s reach. I righted this indiscretion of mine, and none too soon.
The Perfect Way to Pregame
I arrived much earlier than anticipated, so I parked and headed directly over to the box office to pick up my ticket. With Halloween Horror Nights starting up, I didn’t want to battle traffic, so I headed straight to City Walk from work. Usually, Friday night traffic makes me bonkers, especially near the resorts areas, but somehow I managed to not only make great time, but also nabbed a sweet parking spot. I was a little ticked that “Special Event” Parking was in full effect, so the Florida Residents Park Free was–well– not so free. I picked up my will call ticket and decided to fuel up before the show!
Universal CityWalk has so many great places to eat so my greatest dilemma is always picking a place. The tricky thing was that the majority of the restaurants are on the opposite side of the pond from BMG, so I went to an old reliable: The Hard Rock Cafe (conveniently located next door). No sooner did I sit down, I looked at the beverage menu, and what better way to kick off an evening of All Blue Everything, than with a signature cocktail: The Electric Blues!
Jamming with The Electric Blues
- Smirnoff Vodka
- Bacardi Superior Rum
- Beefeater Gin (I’d use Bombay Sapphire)
- Dekuyper Blue Curacao
- Sweet & Sour mix
- Splash of Sierra Mist (Lemon-Lime Soda)
Dinner was their out-of-control-died-and-gone-to-cheesy Heaven: Twisted Mac ‘n Cheese. I toughed it out, but totally Clean Plated Clubbed with it with a victorious fork drop at the end. In keeping with the Blue Theme, I planned on lining up the Blue KABLUE-NA (with BACARDI Coconut Rum, Bols Blue Curacao, piña colada mix and lime juice) for the next round, but after a long day at the office, no designated driver, and refusing to fall asleep in the theater, decided against it. Next time I am at Hard Rock Orlando, I’ll definitely try it out.
We were requested to power down our phones and cameras in order to fully submerge ourselves into the world on The Blue Men. If I could take every orchestra performance, Broadway musical, comedy show, dance hall party, and outdoor concert I ever went to, throw it onto a Tilt-a-Whirl, and send it into maximum overdrive, it would only begin to showcase the depth of the performance. Without any words spoken, save for narrations off stage, the Blue Men and their antics took me on a heady mix of Mister Toad’s Wild Ride meets Willy Wonka meets Alice in Wonderland (and I only had one drink!). I reveled in the experience, and it felt nice to enjoy it live-live (i.e. minus the viewing window of my phone or camera).
When the lights came up afterward, my head swam. The closing number gave me a flashback to the 2008 Fuji Rock Festival headlined by Underground;. It made me miss my friends in Japan, and a time when I used to do crazier things: like camp out for three days in the mountains of a Japanese ski-resort in the summer time for a music festival!
After the show concluded, I drifted into the lobby with my heart rate still pulsing. I really loved the music from that evening’s performance, so I was a bit bummed that it wasn’t available for purchase only soundtracks from previous shows. We were fortunate to meet up with a couple of the Blue Men in the lobby for a photo opportunity. The challenge was that there wasn’t a queue system, so one required the right balance of courtesy and patience. I was lucky enough to meet two of the three Blue Men after the show, and I would later meet the third once we went back inside the performance hall.
After the show, the guests attending with Florida Blog Con were able to return to the theater for a post-show Q&A with the media relation director, show manager, a member of the band, and one of The Blue Men (sans Blue Face). It was cool to be able to learn about the production, it’s history, the demands of the performers, and the longevity of the show. The difficult part was this was conducted as the clean up crew tidied up the theater. Even sitting in the front row, I had difficulty hearing the questions and answers due to the wet and dry vacuum cleaners. Without clear moderation of the Q&A, I found it to be a little frustrating as it was a bit of a free-for-all. Don’t get me wrong, I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to attend such a fantastic performance as well as get a behind-the-scenes peek, I just get a little irritated when I have to jockey for an equal experience to other event attendees.
For the After-Event Party, I headed back to HRC with two of my friends for one last round of drinks before heading home. There is a lot to be said about finding the right circle of friends to surround oneself with. I love to laugh and not take myself seriously, and it means the world to me that I have found people in Orlando who are kindred. After getting home, I tried to rest up for Florida Blog Con, but I was way too nervous.