The Independence Events Center has brought a variety of sporting and entertainment events since its opening, but this was the first event designed specifically for children. Mickey’s Rockin Road Trip was a big hit, if you can make that assumption based on all the giggling, laughter and smiles on the faces of children and adults alike.

The Independence Events Center has brought a variety of sporting and entertainment events since its opening, but this was the first event designed specifically for children. Mickey’s Rockin Road Trip was a big hit, if you can make that assumption based on all the giggling, laughter and smiles on the faces of children and adults alike. The night seemed to bring out the inner child in many adults including a grandfather sporting Mickey Mouse ears!

While children clutching the hands of parents and grandparents filed in, the show was already in progress with an interactive portion that kept the children engaged. The entire production of the show, which included a brief intermission and wandering characters, was probably responsible for the young crowd being so well behaved.  

The entire environment was like being at a mini Disney World. There were souvenir vendors, and the Mickey Mouse ears and twinkling lights were everywhere throughout the center. Popcorn and cotton candy were in every child’s hand. It all added to the magical world transformed for the children of the Independence area.

The premise of the show was Mickey and his friends Minnie, Donald and Goofy in search of talent for Mickey’s Talent Show. Along the way, much like a young version of “American Idol,” they found some great talent and then again, some not so great talent. 

Cinderella was not only the hit of the ball, but the hit of the talent show. She made two appearances, her audition and at the show, complete with her Fairy Godmother (who seemed to “skate” across the stage).  The production of “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” was absolutely delightful, including the “jazzed up” arrangement. 

Tigger also outshined the other acts with his “fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.” Bouncing is what “Tiggers do best” and what kids attending Mickey’s Rockin Road Trip do best.  The entire Independence Events Center was bouncing!

Other talent featured in Mickey’s Rockin Road Show included Buzz Lightyear’s juggling act as well as Woody and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl’s singing and dancing numbers.

Even if each child there didn’t find their favorite Disney character in the show, they were bound to find the entire production entertaining.

It was evident in little Mason (almost 4) and his brother, who although seemingly shy were, by the end of the show, bouncing and clapping in their seats. It was also evident with little Maria who came just to see Cinderella. 

Walt Disney, born in Chicago, but raised in Marceline, Mo., and here in the Kansas City area, knew then what it took to entertain a child, and the child in all of us. 

Even though his legacy has been passed down to a new generation of creative genius, his vision still remains intact.