A Peek Into The LUZIA VIP experience

Have you wondered about the VIP experience at Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia”? Dreaming about how “the other half” lives?

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the private tent reserved for those who purchase a VIP ticket to the colorful show under the big top at Florida Mall.

The location: The VIP experience takes place in an exclusive tent. It has a couple of bars and its own souvenir stand to reduce time spent waiting in line. There are high-top tables, along with stools and couches. And don’t underestimate the appeal of line-free VIP restrooms, a row of high-class port-a-potties. The VIP tent opens an hour before showtime and is available during intermission, as well.

The food: Before the show, hors d’oeuvres are available from a shrimp-taco station (delicious). Other treats, such as skewers of meat and vegetables, are delivered by waiters. Intermission is dessert time — Nutella crepes and a banana mousse that is a gussied-up version of the comfort-food staple banana pudding, complete with vanilla cookie. Also, it is a circus after all — so there is a popcorn machine available. The bags even say it’s “VIP popcorn” so you don’t forget your status.

The drink: The VIP experience is sponsored by Hennessy, and its Hennessy Black cognac is the featured ingredient in a couple of specialty cocktails. I tried one infused with maple syrup – like breakfast with a kick. There’s also a variety of other alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine, up to Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte.

The souvenirs: VIP guests wear a special lanyard, but also receive a goodie bag to take home at the night. When I visited, a “Luzia” souvenir tote bag contained the glossy program detailing the show and a pair of “Luzia”-branded stemless wine glasses, or juice glasses if used at breakfast. (Unless you’re going for the Hennessy cocktail to jumpstart your day.)

The cost: $255-$265 per adult, depending on the night. The cost includes the best seats in the tent – front and center.

The details: “Luzia” runs through April 21 at Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando. For more information, VIP tickets or regular tickets, which start at $49, go to cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

{ SOURCE: The Orlando Sentinel }