|1. they are a big ripoff. the tickets, food, and unrelated junk they sell are ridiculously expensive.
2. it's all about getting you to buy stuff. there are stands EVERYWHERE with the stuff displayed so that the kids will beg for it. and it's pretty much the same stuff for every show/circus, all of it complete junk.
That's so true. Friends of ours recently got us tickets to see some Disney on Ice show, and it was fun for my dd and her friend, but I was horrified by the amount of stuff available for purchase! I mean, when I was a kid, there were those $2 lights you could swing around, and then the food. Well, not only were there stands every twenty feet or so selling a huge array of overpriced crap, but the vendors came into the arena and walked up and down the aisles with it, too.
Fortunately neither my dd or her friend expected stuff and were happy to just watch the show. I mean, sure, dd asked for something, we said no, that the tickets cost a lot of money and that we had come to see the show, not buy toys. She's pretty good at accepting that for an answer because we always stick to that rule (yes, we're those pooper-type parents, I guess!
), but it does bug me that the stuff is even there. And then you see all these other families blowing a ton of money on it.
I see that at the movies, too - I mean, if we go to a full-price show, it costs $24.50 for dh and I to take dd to a movie, and sheesh, that's plenty. I see these parents buying all sorts of candy and soda and popcorn for their four kids and figure that this one trip to the movies could be setting them back about 60 bucks!