This past Sunday, we braved the afternoon rain for a trip to Downtown Disney so that Dexter could attend his very first concert, featuring Sharky and Bones, the Jake and the Neverland Pirates band.
This is one of his very favorite shows to watch, and when I heard that they were giving free performances so close to home, I couldn’t help but get excited. For those who don’t know, Jake and the Neverland Pirates is an animated Disney children’s show based on the Peter Pan characters.
Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully are jolly buccaneers who set out to solve pirate problems and add gold doubloons to their secret treasure chest. At the end of each episode, two of the characters who work for Captain Hook, Sharky and Bones, appear in live action to sing a song. Dexter loves them and dances around the house in excitement, and Mark and I have seen most of the episodes so many times that we sing along with them.
Anyway, we headed out to Downtown Disney and got seats at the Waterside Stage a good half hour before showtime, and yet the place was already packed. Since Dexter had been a bit poorly that day, he was asleep in his pram right up until the characters came on.
I had wanted to wake him a few minutes earlier, as I knew he’d find it hard to get enthused when he’d just woken up, but he was so tired, I just let him sleep. Once the characters came out, I woke him up, and we skipped out on our seats and joined tons of other children directly in front of the stage so we could see them up close and personal.
And while his face remained serious and focussed during the performance, it was clear to us how much he enjoyed the whole thing. With mama singing along with him and daddy clapping and dancing around, it was 15 minutes that even the steady drizzle couldn’t dampen.
The band are playing every day until August 12th, so we are probably going to head back again sometime this week for an encore and hope that Dexter is more awake and ready to rock.