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Disclaimer: I was offered tickets in exchange for this review.
I’ve never been to an ice show but I have taken my 4 year old twins plenty of places. And, although I don’t think it gets easier, I’ve definitely learned some tricks to survive it. So, when I found out we were going to Disney on Ice, I was of two minds.
One, go home and tell the twins that they were going to see a Disney ice show (let’s get excited!).
And, two, keep this secret very very quiet until the day of the show so I didn’t have to explain a gazillion times what it is and when we are going.
In the end, I compromised and told them on Sunday. (Truthfully, Annabelle wanted to wear her Cinderella dress to church, so I had to tell her the reason she couldn’t!) I spent the week fielding questions and preparing them for something that I really didn’t know anything about! But, I was cautiously optimistic that, with a name like Disney, it would be entertaining.
We had intended to see the show on Thursday evening, but due to a closed interstate, we decided to (had to) see the Friday morning show instead. We got up and dressed for the show in our Cinderella finest. Ok, only one of us had on a fancy dress. But we were ready!
We had a few hassles getting into the arena and into our seats. It could have started the day off poorly, but we were excited and nothing keeps us down long. So, we rushed into our seats and settled in for the show.
Within a minute of getting into our seats, skaters were on the ice, entertaining the crowd and doing tricks with toys. And my kids were hooked! Oliver said “I wish I could be down there.” And Annabelle was enthralled from the moment the skating started, until Mickey left the rink at the end of the show. She hardly blinked the entire time!
After an initial appearance by the Fab 4 (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy), the show began in earnest by introducing Riley (from the movie Inside Out). In an attempt to help Riley’s team win the big game, her emotions led us through memories of Disney classics, such as Beauty and the Beast, the Sorcerer’s apprentice, the Seven Dwarves, and the whole cast of princesses. For my little Cinderella fanatic, this was probably the most exciting part of the show. She kept pointing out the different princesses as they skated by and, as each one came out for their solo, she became more entranced. Honestly, at this point, Oliver was asking when it would be over. Initially, he was interested but he got a little bit bored with the princesses. In the end, though, Riley gets through her hockey game, with a little help from Sadness, and her team wins the big game!
After a brief intermission, we immediately dove back into the skating action. The second half of the show isn’t really a story, like the first half. It is more a collection of Disney favorites that I would have been disappointed to miss! We started with Finding Dory, and the most magnificent costumes of the show! Seriously, the costumes are amazing!!! Oliver was engaged in this half from the moment the first jellyfish hit the rink. From Finding Dory, we moved into Toy Story. We all loved the interactive song with the Toy Story crew, although watching 2 4 year olds dance near steep stairs is a terrifying experience. After the Toy Story gang skated off, it seemed the moment the crowd had been anticipating had arrived. Our family aren’t huge Frozen fans (gasp!), although we all appreciate the movie. So, we were a bit surprised by the reaction of the crowd to Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. Immediately, the fervor built in the arena and, when the first song began, the crowd went wild! Suddenly, it seemed as if the entire audience was singing along with the songs and cheering the plot turns and story lines. Even though we weren’t as invested as everyone else seemed to be, we all enjoyed being a part of such a fun atmosphere. And, again, my daughter sat, unblinking, soaking in every second of the Disney goodness.
When the entire cast came back onto the ice to wrap up the show, the twins were disappointed and sad to see it end. They chattered about their favorite parts through the parking lot and quite a bit on the way home.
If I am completely honest, I had no idea what to expect. I had never been to an ice show before but I am a Disney fan so I was cautiously optimistic. And, I was blown away!!! The show was entertaining and every bit as well done as anything Disney does. Actually, it was better than I ever dreamed it could be! Would I go back? Absolutely! A thousand times over, I would recommend this show for young children.
You can still catch Disney On Ice for yourself through Sunday in New Orleans, and then in Baton Rouge next week! Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart are available at disneyonice.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, the UNO Lakefront Arena box office and all Ticketmaster retail outlets. All seats are reserved.
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