Being the big kid that I am, I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to attend a special showing of the Disney on Ice presentation of Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo.

Joining me were two of my good friends — one who really wanted to see the show and another I thought would never go.

This just goes to show that there is a kid in every one of us.

We headed out for Staples Center on the dreaded 101 freeway at 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 21st.

Traffic actually is not that bad when you have good company to make the time fly by.

When we got to the Staples Center, we had to decide whether we wanted to park for $6 and walk three blocks, park for $7 and walk two blocks or park for $10 and walk one block.

Deciding where to park was like a scene right out of Seinfeld. We almost took the $7 lot, but since we would split the charge three ways, we parked for $10.

We went through the VIP entrance and were guided to a dining area to receive a Nemo goody bag.

I just love goody bags!

I opened the bag to find a foam rubber hat shaped like Nemo, a souvenir program, a mug shaped like Nemo, and a coloring book.

Of course, I had to put the hat on and make a swim for the buffet line that had mini-burgers, peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, cheese quesadillas, and chicken skewers in peanut sauce.

All of the finger foods were yummy. Stuffed like a turkey, we waddled our way to our seats in the stadium.

Our seats were right down on the floor about 30 feet away from the stage, which was perfect for us.

Disney on Ice’s Finding Nemo is a shorter version of the original animated movie about a young clownfish (Nemo) who drifts away from home only to be captured for a home fish tank.

His overprotective father (Marlin) and Marlin’s traveling companion (Dory), who is a scatterbrained blue fish, save Nemo.

The production was designed to give the audience the illusion that they are under the sea with tropical fish on skates and the costume design could not be anymore innovative.

This was definitely a colorful show.

The choreography was not quite up to par and I think that is what made the show drag a little for adults.

It definitely wasn’t Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi skating, but kids would love the vibrant rays of color.

My favorite part of the show was the chorus line of moonfish, the turtle (Crush) and Crush’s turtle friends swimming in a rip current with baby turtles.

This scene was just as cute as in the movie.

Another highlight of the show was the appearance before the start of the second act of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck.

The classic Disney characters appeared with a huge envelope to announce a surprise winner in the audience of an annual pass to Disneyland to honor the theme park’s 50th anniversary.

We were close to winning. They announced the winner in section 207 and we were in 107.

A surprise winner will be announced in every show.

I would recommend that the young and the young at heart see the show. Others can go just to try to win a free annual pass to Disneyland.

Disney on Ice’s Finding Nemo will be presented:

n at the Arrowhead Pond until Sunday, January 1st;

n at the Los Angeles Sports Arena from Wednesday, January 4th, through Sunday, January 8th; and

n at the Long Beach Arena from Wednesday, January 11th, through Monday, January 16th.

Tickets are $15, $20, and $25.

For tickets, Ticketmaster, (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.

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