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Friday, February 3, 2017

Five Awesome Monster Jam Tips and Tricks #MonsterJam

We went to Monster Jam at Angel Stadium over the weekend and had a blast!
We went about 3 years ago when I was pregnant with Grace and so it was so fun to
have her be there this time. Monster Jam will be back at Angel Stadium on February
11th and 25th and I've got some great tips to help you enjoy the jam.

TIP #1 - GET PIT PARTY PASSES
They are only $10 and it is so much fun! We didn't go the last time we went because
I was 8 months pregnant, but I'm sure glad we went this time! You can see the trucks
up close and even meet the drivers! There's also the opportunity to ride inside a 
monster truck and lots of yummy food options for sale.

TIP #2 - GET TO THE PIT PARTY EARLY
This is a lesson we learned this time. If you want to see some of the most popular drivers
(aka Grave Digger or MAX-D), you will want to get there early to get a pass to see them.
The passes don't cost anything, but the Monster Jam Security Supervisor told me that 
they only click out 200 tickets per MAX-D and Grave Digger. If you don't have a pass, 
then you can't even wait in line to meet the drivers. You can still take pictures with the 
truck, but you won't be able to meet the driver. There was a handful of people that were 
in a "stand-by" line just in case they had extra time before the Pit Party closed, but they 
weren't guaranteed the opportunity to see them.

Also, even if you don't care about seeing MAX-D or Grave Digger, at about 20 minutes
to the end of the Pit Party, they close the lines to all the drivers. So if you've waited
to get there the last hour (like we did), you might miss a driver you wanted to see if
it's close to the Pit Party closing.

TIP #3 - GRAB FRIENDS AND TAILGATE
The Pit Party is 2:30-5:30, but the show doesn't start until 6:30. So, if you come early 
to meet your favorite drivers at the Pit Party there's a good chance you'll have at least
an hour or two before Monster Jam starts to kill. We saw so many people tailgaiting
and having a great time! We decided it was a great idea and that we should do it next
time. We got to the Pit Party about 4:30 and so we still had an hour before Monster Jam.
The kids were hungry because it was dinner time, so we had to walk about a mile to the
restaurants nearby to get them some food. As we walked by all the tailgaters we sure
were envious of their delicious smelling food!

TIP #4 - DITCH YOUR BAGS IF YOU CAN
The lines to get into the venue are LONG due to the extra security measures, which
I totally appreciate, because I want to be safe. However, I noticed that the lines for
those with "no bags" were significantly shorter and moved more quickly. I have a toddler,
so being bag free isn't an option for me right now, but if you can leave yours in your
car, then you'll save yourself a lot of time. 

I also noticed that closer to start time, the lines at Gates 3-5 were shorter than 
Gates 1-2. I think that's because the parking lots near gates 3-5 are where the early 
coming Pit Pass holders park. Closer to start you are most likely parking on the other 
side of the stadium. So, there are a lot of people trying to enter. When we walked back
from dinner the lines for Gates 1 and 2 were OUTRAGEOUS! It was almost 6:30PM
and I was sure we were going to miss the start. We kept walking and when we got to
GATE 3 we had like a 7-8 minute wait as opposed to 150 people in front of us.

TIP #5 - DON'T FORGET YOUR EAR PROTECTION
Monster Jam is LOUD! I was trying to be all cool and not wear any, but after awhile
I was like, I need some ear plugs! Luckily my husband was smarter than I was and
had me throw some little ear plugs in my purse before we left. So about 30 minutes into
the show, I put mine in too. I'm pretty sure my husband got the kids' over the ear 
protection at Walmart for around $5-8 and I was glad they had them!

TIP #6 -HAVE A BLAST!
There really is nothing like the good, clean fun of Monster Jam. It something our whole
family enjoys. My brother, 5 year old, and my Dad went to see it when it was in Utah
earlier in January. No matter how old you are or if your a boy or girl, you'll find
yourself picking a favorite, getting sucked into the excitement, and cheering when one of
the trucks completes a BACK FLIP!!!


MONSTER JAM 2017

WHERE
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA

WHEN
February 11th and 25th

TICKETS
Prices start at just $25
Tickets are on sale now and all seats are reserved.
Purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000

PIT PARTY
Open from 2:30-5:30PM prior to each Saturday event.
Exclusive VIP Early Access to Pit Party at 1:30PM for
Total Access Pass holders.
Pit Passes available to purchase for just $10 each.


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