We attended Chugginton Live last night at the US Cellular Center in Asheville. We mentioned it to my son over the weekend, and his excitement built from there. Yesterday morning when he woke up he said, “what is it today?” I told him it was Tuesday (and that he had a dentist appointment) and he replied, “And then we go to Chuggington?”
I think I expected to see more excitement out of him. What we really saw was awe. He was totally mesmerized by the trains on the stage.
The music was fun and it was a fast-paced show. If this show is in your area, expect to be there under 90 minutes. The run time of the show is 30 minutes for the first act, a 15-minute intermission, followed by 30 minutes of a second act. We were home at 8 p.m. (we only live a few miles away from downtown Asheville.)
I know folks in our city were complaining about the price of tickets. We were in the balcony seats (much more inexpensive) and I think I preferred that to being down on the floor. Their tickets ranged from $15-$53 (plus Ticketmaster fees.)
My son is already requesting to go to another Chuggington “movie.” (He hasn’t grasped the concept between this show and a movie.) I would love to see more shows like this come to Asheville, but I think the ticket prices would need to be adjusted for most families to attend. The was the biggest downside to the show. (Some of the merchandise they had for sale there wasn’t too astronomical in price. I did buy my son a Wilson flashlight for $15. It’s pretty fun, and doubles as a toy train. The shirts, however, were $25.)
My advice if you’re considering a Chuggington show in your area:
1. Go for the balcony seats. They’re totally worth it.
2. Check out the merchandise when you’re alone, so there’s no peer pressure. Skip the t-shirt that your child is going to outgrow by summer.
3. Have fun. It’s a cute show.
**I received complimentary tickets to the show. All opinions are my own (and I wasn’t even asked to post this review after the fact. You’re getting that because we had such a great time!)