As part of our new Christmas traditions, we decided to take Monkey to Disney’s on Ice – Princess Show. We went with my step mother, her daughter and her daughters children. We met for breakfast at IHOP and made the long drive in the snow together. Monkey had been out late the night before due to “Parents Night Out” at the church, so I was a little worried about “Grumpy” showing up for the act.

It was snowing so hard that Travis decided to drop us off at the door. My step sister jumped out the car to make sure we could bring our camera in, and we were headed inside. We took pictures with Cinderella and paid for overpriced parting gifts, then found our seats. As we were sitting down, Travis finally joined us.

When I asked him what the hold up was, he told me the people at the door wouldn’t let him bring our camera in, claiming it was against Disneys policy to bring in a camera with interchangable lenses. The idea of running the camera back out in the snow didn’t sit well with Travis, plus we had borrowed some lenses from his sister so we could try them out so he explained that we had asked prior to bringing it in and we were told it would be fine. Still, the supervisor would not budge, explaining no professional cameras were allowed in – only point and shoot per Disney. Travis explained that our camera is an entry level digital SLR, and we purchased it at Circuit City, and it simply was not a professional camera. Still the answer was no. Travis explained he was trying to do the honest thing here, and he could have hidden the camera in his coat or in my diaper bag, which they didn’t look in, if he was trying to do something against the policy. Still the answer was no. He then went on to explain there are point and shoot cameras that have better zoom and video on them, and Travis asked to see the policy and they said they could provide it to him after the show. (HUH?)

So Travis went all the way back out to the car in the snow and got our old camera so we could have a few pictures.

During the show I watched the girl in front of me shoot video with her “point and shoot” camera, and I just couldn’t understand how Disney could have such a ridiculous policy.

I was still thinking about it today, therefore I decided to look it up. According to the Disney on Ice (produced by Feld Entertainment) website the following is the camera policy as stated in the FAQ:

“Still cameras are permitted, providing they are non-professional cameras and the photos are intended for personal use only. No video cameras of any kind are allowed in the arena. Digital camera policies vary from arena to arena.”

My question regarding this the above is what constitutes a “non-professional camera”? I just received a Canon Digital Rebel for my birthday, and this is the camera we were trying to take into the arena. We purchased the camera from Circuit City, and paid less than $700 for camera and lens. Anyone who is a professional would expect to pay more than $700 for a camera, and certainly wouldn’t shop at Circuit City!

That being said, it is clear this security manager at The Denver Coliseum doesn’t have knowledge of the photography world… nor would I expect him to. That being the case why did he take it upon himself to make a judgement about a field he knows nothing about instead of taking the policy at face value? Furthermore, if he wanted to enforce the policy so badly, then why were camera phones allowed in? Almost all of them have video cameras now. We were at a kids event for crying out loud, its not like we were at a Bob Marley concert and I was trying to convince him my cigarettes were simply ‘hand rolled’.

What could we possibly do with professional photos anyway? Last time I checked professional pictures of the Disney princesses ice skating around weren’t going for much on Ebay, so how much harm could someone do anyway? And like I mentioned before, if it was our intent to profit, we could have simply put the camera pocket in my coat sleeve or diaper bag – neither of which they checked.

In spite of the meltdown on the way in, we had a good day. Monkey fell asleep on my lap before intermission (just like she did at the circus) and when I looked at the pale skin on her sweet face glowing in the dim light, I knew even though I didn’t have any pictures, I would remember that moment forever.