We excitedly headed up to Wembley on Saturday to watch Disney On Ice, the newest show for 2017, which celebrates 100 years of Disney magic from from Frozen, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Mulan as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse & co.
This was the first experience the boys have had of live Disney, all morning we were talking to them about it, but having never been they didn’t really understand what it was we were getting so excited about. I had heard really good things and read other people’s blogs about their reviews and experiences at Disney on ice and I was so looking forward to seeing their little faces, so on went the ears and off we went on our way up to London.
We pre-booked our parking online and chose the Yellow carpark, which was around £16 for the day. It was a really easy car park to get to and was about a 7 minute walk from the SSE Arena, which after deliberating about getting the train, was the much easier option for us coming in from Hampshire.
The show started, illuminating the stage and flooding the arena with shining lights. Immediately the boys sat up and looked expectantly at the ice rink ahead of us. Mickey and Minnie Mouse kicked off the show with a foot stomping introduction encouraging children to include fitness into their daily routine with a fun song focused around their ‘Fit To Dance’ program. Surrounded by backing skaters all dancing beautifully to the beat.
10 thousand twinkly lights flickered from the audience as children excitedly waved their glowing wands and swords around happily as each tale was unveiled, introducing all of our most loved characters in beautiful costumes and make up.
The Disney hits just kept coming, mixing longer features with shorter scenes from the likes of Finding Nemo, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Lion King, and of course Frozen. I love how they managed to include so much detail from the films in such a short space of time, without making them feel like they were rushed, each film flowing seamlessly to the next.
I loved the extended Frozen part, we entered the kingdom of Arendelle which Henry was most excited about (see video!) and ventured up to The North Mountain for a beautiful dance solo from Queen Elsa around her ice castle. Olaf was a huge hit with the audience, as he entered snow fell from the skies the audience cheered. His solo song “Summer” was a great song to sing along to with the brightly coloured insects cheerily dancing around him.
Our youngest is almost 2, and like most boys, doesn’t do sitting still for long. The first half is around an hour and a half and he was just getting a little restless towards the last 10 or so minutes of the first half. Which I think is pretty good going for a young toddler, nothing a few hugs and chair swapping with big brother didn’t fix!
During the interval we headed out to stretch our legs and find some snacks. Of course Henry wanted the £11 Olaf drink cup, filled with rainbow slushy ice. There were several stalls with brightly coloured toys and food to tempt the children but personally I found the prices to be really expensive for what they were – but this isn’t anything out of the ordinary for shows like this, I know.
Toy Story came on with the happy tune You’ve Got A Friend In Me which we all loved. Recently I’ve really got into the music from the films and see how they really add to the magic of Disney films. During the show the collection of Disney melodies included family favourites like “Hakuna Matata,” “Tale As Old As Time” and “Let It Go.” (All of which I’m pretty sure I know all the words to!)
The 100 years of Disney magic performance included music from 14 tales, with 30 songs and 50 lovable Disney characters and at the end they all came back on stage and received our cheers. It really was a magical show and the seed has definitely been planted in all of us to go and experience more Disney magic. One day I would absolutely love to take the boys to Florida, so that’s definitely something to save up for.
I was kindly gifted the tickets for us to go along and review the show, but we absolutely loved it and as always all views are my own.
Have you been to see Disney On Ice? I would definitely recommend catching the show while it is touring the UK in 2017. Keep your eyes peeled for the video of our day over on my YouTube channel.