See Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas

I have been to Las Vegas a handful of times, yet have never seen a show of any kind. Nope. Not even a freebie cabaret singer, Cirque du Soleil or anything that remotely resembled the Thunder from Down Under. So unfortunate.

This time I wasn’t leaving Sin City until I saw a show. It would be sinful.

Las Vegas SignMy preference would be Cirque du Soleil, but any fancy-schmancy, over-the-top one will do.

Even though I scoped out numerous websites to pre-purchase tickets, there were way to many glowing reviews for Tix4Tonight. I am usually an over-planner, but this company claimed to be selling “day of the show” tickets for half the price.

Before my necessity to over-plan, I am cheap.

Tix4Tonight has several locations, but we selected the closest one to our hotel at Mandalay. The box office opens at 9:30 every morning and, from everything I read, there will be a long line by 9. I had thought about pitching a tent and camping out like I was waiting for Justin Beiber tickets, but since this was a weekday, we settled for grabbing an early morning Starbucks and hitting the line at 8:45. We were only a dozen people deep, this definitely wasn’t a J-Beebs show.

While we waited, the shows available continuously scrolled through the monitor. There were a couple dozen to choose from, but my first choice of Cirque du Soleil Beatles Love was not playing that day. Darn. But, Cirque du Soleil Ka was. Score. Even though there were higher priced tickets, the service girl suggested the front balcony, claiming that so much happens in the air that we wouldn’t be disappointed. 99 bucks each. Was it a 50% savings? No. Was it a pretty darn good discount? Yes.
tix4tonight box office

Arriving at the theater, our Cirque du Soleil seats were right under this sidelines set. Even before the “real” show started, characters were swinging, hanging and soaring through the air.
Cirque du Soleil Ka

The next 90 minutes was a spectacular show filled with amazing sets, creative costumes,
Mountain Tribe Cirque du Soleil KaCirque du Soleil ka

and jaw-dropping acrobats.
Cirque du Soleil Ka

The beach scene of Cirque du Soleil Ka was one of my favorites.

The largest sandbox rotates as these whimsical creatures keep popping up from beneath the sand.
Cirque du Soleil Ka

After seeing Cirque du Soleil Ka, I can finally cross “See a Vegas show” off my Bucket List. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to do it again. Maybe Thunder Down Under next time. Do you think they do acrobats?

Have you ever seen Cirque du Soleil? What’s your favorite Las Vegas show?

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  1. Jan Ross December 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    We saw the Elvis Cirque show when we were there and it was fantastic. I think each Cirque a how is unique; I'd like to see them all!

    • Annette White December 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      That one would have been good too!

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  3. Andrea December 29, 2011 at 1:31 am - Reply

    We saw O (the water one) when we were there and it was the best show I've ever seen!

    • Annette White December 29, 2011 at 8:14 am - Reply

      I’ve heard that one is amazing too! Did you have the splash seats where you got all wet?

  4. Community Inspire February 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Ugh! This is totally on my bucket list! Jealous… I had some friends just go to Tulsa, OK for the Michael Jackson Cirque. I didn't even hear about it until afterward…. 🙁

    • Annette White February 21, 2012 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Bummer, I bet the Michael Jackson one would have been awesome!

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  8. estherjulee May 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    ka was one of the good ones! we saw several cirque du soleil and i think ka, o, and zumanity are our favorites. 😛 for diff reasons.

    • Annette White May 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      I have only seen Ka so far, but have heard great things about the others!

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