I don’t think we have anticipated a movie more than we have Cars 3. There’s been quite a build up. So when Emirates invited us to watch the movie in celebration of their A380 airplane, it was a resounding yes.
Last year we attended a similar event after Emirates won an award (for the 12th straight year) for its inflight entertainment. This time the latest award was from Trip Advisor – Best Airline in the World. My family was quite happy to come with – although this time Nicky did not want to change into the pilot outfit. He was quite happy to suck on a lollipop though. I like the Emirates headdress. For those moments I fancy myself as a air hostess. Lol.
It was also good to see some other bloggers in attendance like Zoe (from Born Geek ) and Laura (from this blog and Harassed Mom), Thando from Modern Zulu Mom and Tanya from Rattle and Mum. Also from You, Baby and I we had Shaney’s hubby in attendance with Kitana. They were more successful than me with the dressing up!
Someone else who was not there but missed was Cassie, who now lives in Australia. You can read her comprehensive review of Emirates here.
Check out Nicola’s post also here of more info on Emirates and the event. Sorry if I have missed anyone else! Please let me know in the comments.
The other thing I really liked about Emirates was their commitment to the environment. In the movie they gave us the softest blanket which is recycled from 28 bottles. Nicky enjoyed cuddling it in the movies and when it fell on the floor I snatched it up. So soft I really felt like falling asleep.
I also found it interesting that since last year they dry wash their aircraft which saves on water.
So what is so special about the A380 that they are bringing back to SA? First class and Business class can enjoy an on-board lounge while the First Class may also make use of a shower. (If, like me, you’ve been driving past their billboards you would have seen the lounge and shower pictured on the corner of Malibongwe and Republic.)
But of course we are most interested in the way they care for the families and once again we were spoilt with “Fly with Me” travel buddy and carry buddy. You’ll see in my post from last year the super soft blanket is inside the carry buddy. Last year we had an eagle and this time we had a hedgehog. Both very cute.
Nicky utterly enjoyed the Cars 3 movie. The movie is about how Lightning has to find his place within a new generation of cars. He is completely lost until he works with his trainer, Cruz Ramirez, and finds a way to win through the recognition and promotion of her talents. A great moral to be able to step back and celebrate the strengths of others.
My son spends a lot of his TV time watching toy cars. Many of them are part of the Cars ensemble. He knew the names of the Cars 3 characters way before we did. Nicky also was celebrating his birthday in the same week, which made for a few really cool Cars presents.
The movie takes place in different locations. After his crash, Lightning practices in Radiator Springs, and this is still when he is wearing his grey primer. This cute Lego set has him going up a ramp with a police car tracking his speed. You can see Nicky put some prestick on the police car. Not sure what he wanted to do there, but it’s part of his playful nature.
When Lightning starts training with Cruz, one of the places where they race together is on the beach. This Lightning toy is a great one for the bath because it sucks up water when you pull it backwards and gives a light spray.
Right at the end of the movie they are having fun at a place called Willy’s Brutte. This toy track has a loop and when you press the foot pedal it shoots the car around.
Nicky also got a puzzle of Lightning and Mater travelling through space – appropriate since he had a space party.
There’s no doubt my boy will be watching more Cars videos and playing with his Cars toys because he is such a fan of these characters.
Thank you Emirates for keeping us entertained. It sounds like, with all these channels, comforts and perks, the hardest part will really be getting them off the plane.