We have been to this same show several times, both here and in California. It’s always enjoyable! Personally, I think it’s worth it to pay extra for the better seats. It’s fun to hear the horses breath as they pass, and see all the action up close.
Before the show, it always seems to be one of those “hurry up and wait” situations. In general, I tend to be on-time or early to things. So, I typically get to an event like this slightly before the time they said to be there. The problem is, they tell you to be there LONG before you actually need to be there. Invariably, we end up waiting outside just to get inside the building. Then we wait around inside the building for a very long time before getting seated for the show.
I believe they try to get everyone there super early for two reasons. This is partly so people who tend to be late will actually get there in time for the show, but primarily I think it’s so you will spend money on cocktails and souvenirs in the lobby before the show. Also, there aren’t enough seats in the lobby for all the waiting people. This is undoubtedly because they want you to be wandering around so you are more likely to buy something.
In any case, we always end up waiting inside for a painfully long time, usually sitting on the floor or some other uncomfortable spot. My recommendation is to come a little after the time they tell you to be there. This will shorten your wait time inside. Or if you do go early, send someone in your party to find some seats in the lobby as soon as you get inside. They can hold the seats while you get drinks or whatever.
One other thought: Your drink cups during the show are sometimes nice plastic souvenir cups. Don’t forget to take those with you when you get up to leave. They are nice to have around the house at home because they are sturdy and big.
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