Ringling Circus Train and "Built To Amaze!" coming to So. Cal.
The Circus Train is Coming to Town - Los Angeles, Ontario, and Anaheim!
This year it is the Red Unit and a new show as it is every year in our area. This year's show is
"Built To Amaze!"
The Anaheim Animal Walk has always been from the train at Cerritos
and Sunkist to the Honda Center in Anaheim. Others have said they
contacted the local paper or the Honda Center for the time of the walk.
By Carl Morrison, Carl@TrainWeb.com
Table of Contents
Experience The All-New Design Of Circus Excitement
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents BUILT TO AMAZE!
Coming to the Southland, July 10 – August 4
(Los Angeles, CA) - Ringling Bros. and
Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, an extraordinarily
engineered circus experience custom-built for family fun where Children
Of All Ages® find out what it takes to construct The Greatest
Show On Earth®. The visionary blueprints have been assembled with a
contemporary toolbox of unparalleled imagination that will be unleashed
from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes for the all-new
circus spectacular Built To Amaze! coming to the STAPLES
Center Los Angeles (7/10-7/16); Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario
(7/19-7/23); and Honda Center, Anaheim (7/26-8/4).
Andre McClain takes the Ringling Bros.® reins accompanied by his horse
Comanche, to lead his funny and mischievous circus supervisors to
construct a fantastic design of heart-pounding and wondrous
performances sure to amaze and thrill audiences. With more than
110 of the world’s best artists & athletes representing 17
countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals assembled together,
Built to Amaze! is highlighted by several unique acts this year
Nine-time international award-winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin
of Russia introduce their uniquely-designed brand of magic and humor
with their remarkable trained animals including poodles, ferrets,
rabbits, snakes and more!
The Trampoline Tower Tumblers,
a troupe of ten competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch
themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a
three-story high translucent tower
The popular King Charles Troupe
hailing from New York City brings one-wheeled excitement to the ring
with a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring ten
In addition, the show features the
electrifying high-wire acrobats, daredevil stunts on The Steel Vortex,
the youngest female Human Cannonball, remarkable hand-balancing duos,
the always hilarious Clown Alley…and of course no Ringling Bros. circus
experience would be complete without our four-legged star performers
including the majestic Bengal tigers presented by the charismatic
“Taba” and a fun-filled Asian elephant dance party.
sure to arrive early to join us for several exciting interactive
elements before the show starts! Opening 90 minutes prior to each
performance, all ticket holders are invited to tour the Animal Open House
to get up-close with our amazing animals. Then one hour before
show time, families can step onto the arena floor to meet our circus
performers and animals at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, FREE admission to all ticket holders.
L O S A N G E L E S
WHEN:Wednesday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 16
Wednesday, July 107:30 PM Thursday, July 1112:00 PM & 7:30 PM Friday, July 12 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM Saturday, July 13 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM Sunday, July 14 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM Monday, July 157:30 PM Tuesday, July 1612:00 PM & 7:30 PM **All shows include All Access Pre-Show experience
WHERE:STAPLES Center (1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015)
Ticket prices range from $26, $30, $45-$50 (VIP), $70-$80 (Front Row)
and $100-$120 (Circus Celebrity); Opening Night tickets are only $12
each (not valid for VIP or premium seating) Tickets available for purchase online
at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue
Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service
charges, facility and handling fees.
O N T A R I O
WHEN:Friday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 23
Friday, July 19 7:30 PM Saturday, July 2011:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM Sunday, July 2111:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM Monday, July 227:30 PM Tuesday, July 2312:00 PM & 7:30 PM **All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show experience
WHERE:Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764)
Ticket prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100
(Circus Celebrity) Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid
for VIP or premium seating) Tickets available for purchase online
at AXS.com or CBBankArena.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or
in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be
subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.
A N A H E I M
WHEN:Friday, July 26 – Sunday, August 4
Friday, July 26 7:30 PM Saturday, July 27 11:30 PM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM Sunday, July 28 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM Wednesday, July 31 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM Thursday, August 1 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM Friday, August 2 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM Saturday, August 3 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM Sunday, August 4 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM **All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show experience
WHERE:Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806)
Ticket prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100
(Circus Celebrity) Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid
for VIP or premium seating) Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or HondaCenter.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.
For more information, visit www.Ringling.com or on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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About Feld Entertainment:
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting
live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human
spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in
attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions
have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy
Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, Arenacross, IHRA Drag Racing, Disney On
Ice and Disney Live!
The Trainmaster of the Red Unit of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum
& Bailey Circus is Lonnie Robinson. In a telephone interview
with him when the show was in Phoenix in June, Lonnie listed the
consist for me: 4 animal cars; 34 coaches, which includes a
generator car and shop car, 2 container cars for concessions; and 19
flatcars. Lonnie is from Austin, Texas, and has worked his way up
to being Trainmaster of the Red Unit.
The Red and Blue units of the Circus make up two new shows every two
years. They then go on tour for 11 months and 1 week one year and
10 months and 2 weeks the second year.
I mentioned seeing the Trainmaster in recent years changing wheel sets
during their Anaheim stay. Lonnie mentioned that they carry two
wheel sets under the shop car and that they have wheel sets stored
around the country for use when needed. I know that the Blue
unit, with Joe Colossa as Trainmaster, went to Mexico this year, but
Lonnie said the Red Unit had gone there last year. I asked if the
stereotype of a dilapidated rail system in Mexico was still true, and
that they did not run with signals, but rather they run by radio as
they did when I rode the rails there in 2004. He said he
was surprised also, but they have all new rails and concrete ties and
the ride was great. He said the circus is sold out for years in
the future in Mexico. The Red Unit went non-stop from Laredo,
Texas, to Mexico City. The only down side, according to him, was
that they had to skip New Orleans and Corpus Cristi to get the time to
go to Mexico. He said that circus management and the trainmasters
all have positive things to say about taking the longest train in the
world to Mexico for shows.
Some other photos and videos of the circus that you might enjoy:
Performance photos from the Anaheim, California, Honda Center, August 2, 2013
Photos by Carl Morrison
(Click any photo below to see it with a black background, which makes the photo look more vivid in my opinion.)
The "Animal Open House" is 90 minutes before showtime. At that time you
can see tigers through double caging (thus the blur in the tiger
photos), and other animals in the show.
After a one-hour pre-show on the floor of the arena where performers interact
with the kids, the show starts with the grand parade and National
The theme, Built to Amaze, included this performer dressed in traffic cones and caution flashers.
Kiev Aerialist Enchantresses
Dmitry (Dima) Dolgikh and Nadejhda (Nadia) Tarasova
Robert Stipka presents an amazing display of synchronized horses
Tabayara Maluenda performs with 17 tigers at once.
Duo Solys (above and below) executes a never-before-seen hand-balancing routine that incorporates Cuban and French culture.
Duo Fusion - Virginia and Ihosvanys
Troupe Leader Mustafa Danguir of The Danguir Troupe
The Danguir Troupe
Shot from Cannon!
Elliana Grace after experiencing 7 Gs again.
In addition to being a Ringmaster, Andre McClain is an accomplished
animal trainer, cowboy, rodeo star, country singer and songwriter, and
above all, an admired dad. I have seen Andre McClain come up
through the ranks the last 6 years with Ringling with an animal act, as
a pre-show MC, and now the Ringmaster.
Tower Tumblers from the Ukraine
Alex and Irina Emelin (above and below).
The elephants are my favorite act, not only because they live on the
circus train, but they are the biggest mammals I've ever seen yet they
are so gentle and talented.
Eleven talented "Circus Girls"
Yulia Negrey is the creater of the Negrey Troupe from Russia, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine which includes former Olympic athletes.
Stars of the Steel Vortex
Another exciting circus show
transported by train moves out of Anaheim to perform again in San
Diego. To see when the circus will be in your town, you can go
to: Ringling.com, and click "Tour Schedule".
As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey red unit train
moved from Anaheim to San Diego, fellow reporter for TrainWeb.com,
Chris Guenzler, watched it pass Irvine and his photos are posted at: http://www.trainweb.org/chris/13irv.html
Learn more about the many great performers in the show by
going to Ringling.com and clicking "Explore the Shows" then "Meet the
Chasing the Circus Train in Southern California
As the Red Unit of the
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus left San Diego on August
12, 2013, fellow TrainWeb.com field reporter Chris Guenzler and I went
to Del Mar, California, to take a few photos of the train from the Del
Mar bluffs. Chris knew that if we parked at the west end of 7th
Street in Del Mar that would get us out on the bluffs where we could
see south all the way to the Hwy. 101 bridge over the tracks.
Locals might know where "Wally's Bench" is located and that is where we
rested while waiting from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the train to be coupled
and to reach us.
Our position allowed us to see much of the 59 cars of the circus train
as it stretched back to the Hwy. 101 bridge of the tracks with Torrey
Pines in the distance.
As usual, the animal cars are first with the residential cars for over 200 performers, staff, and crew following.
Following the residential cars are two container cars, then the flats which haul the circus wagons and equipment.
The white wagon behind the red truck is the Pie Car Jr. which provides
food to the performers and staff at the venue when they are between
The tiger cages are used to bring the tigers into the performing
ring. Tigers do not travel on the train, but rather are
transported in semi-trucks.
The large round water trough is inside the tiger cages at the venues so they can cool off and play in the water.
Chris Guenzler watches the last flat with the bus which takes the
performers from their living quarters on the train to the venue for
We drove north from Del Mar to Calafia Beach in San Clemente to view
the circus train making its way northward from San Diego on its way to
We parked, paid our $2 for one hour of parking, and walked on the
inside of the track, south, to a nice seaside vantage point for seeing
the circus train coming up from San Onofre.
This spot, next to a road which comes down from the public campground, also has a bench and restrooms at the bottom of the hill.
Within the hour, a few Coaster trains passed as well as the circus
train. At Calafia Beach, half way up the bluff, you can see
almost all the 59 cars of the circus train at once.
Looking north, you can watch the train while it goes to San Clemente
Pier and beyond, along the coast. This is a nice place for an
ocean view from the Surfliner and Coaster commuter trains as well as
the circus train residents once a year.
As the first residential coaches passed us, we could see the last flat in the distance coming around the corner along the surf.
A new generator car has joined the red unit since I last saw it two years ago.
None of the dog walkers, runners, and surfers we talked to this day,
who asked us what we were photographing, had any idea that the Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus traveled by train much less that
they have 2 trains either one being the longest private train in the
world. Chris and I gave them our TrainWeb.org/Chris and TrainWeb.org/Carl cards so they could learn about and see more photos of the circus trains.
Finally, we drove up the toll road from I-5 to Hwy. 91 near this
location in Anaheim for our final sighting of the circus train for this
We have had better situations on this triple-tracked horseshoe
curve. Today the circus train was on the middle track in between
some stored container cars and a container train. Even at that it
was better than if it was on the far track beyond a stack train.
Looking westward, we could almost see all the 59-car circus train from this location
With the three locations in
two counties for shooting the 2013 red unit circus train under our
belts, we headed home satisfied with the shots we had taken and the
extra benefit of sitting on a bluff on Wally's Bench watching the surf
in 63 degree weather. Thanks Chris for asking me if I wanted to
"Go chase the circus train."