On Wednesday evening we headed down to Leeds after school to review Disney on Ice, 100 years of magic. It was always going to be a good night out. My children are eight and six now and the magic still hasn't worn off for them. We have been twice before and you can find my reviews here and here. This show was slightly different from the previous ones we had seen. It followed Goofy and Donald trying to find a good story for a movie.
In previous years, there have been larger chunks from fewer Disney films. This show fits in shorter parts from the films, but also an awful lot more characters. So there are some parts which are just one song from a film, but it means you get to see so many more characters.
There is still a good section of Frozen, a story which obviously lends itself to being told on ice. All the best songs from the film, along with Olaf, Sven Elsa and Anna. There were a lot of mini Elsa's dressed up in the audience and they all joined in with the singing. In fact, even the mum sitting next to me sang along very loudly.
I loved the addition of new characters to the show and Jessie, Woody and Buzz were definitely a hit. The toy soldiers looked amazing too. It would have been nice to see more characters from all three films and possibly another song or two, but it was great and they worked well on ice. It did make me giggle to see Buzz on skates as I didn't imagine he would be so nimble.
My absolute favourite part of the show was the genie from Aladdin. We saw the musical when we were down in London and really enjoyed it. The fact that there were so many genies was brilliant and it was quite a spectacle. Again it would have been fantastic to see a few more songs, but only because it's one of my favourite films!
It was really nice to see other characters though and to hear songs from loads of different films. Right at the beginning of the show we saw Pinocchio and the attention to detail is outstanding. The performers are incredibly talented and must work so hard to perfect those tricky moves.
Mulan was a welcome addition too. I really love the film and think Mulan herself is such a strong character and good role model. My daughter does karate and I think that she gets a lot of empowerment from seeing such strong women in children's films. Our latest favourite is Moana and we were all discussing whether or not that will feature in the next show. I think it would be a great one to see on ice.
We had a wonderful evening. If you are taking your children then do make sure that you take some money with you as the official snacks are quite expensive However most of them come with some kind of keepsake, for example my daughter got a slushy which came in a Mickey container than she can use again and again. We had a wonderful evening and really enjoyed getting to see the show.
I also filmed a Day in the Life video of our day so if you fancy checking it out (and seeing some of the action) then it is linked below.
If you want to see the show, it is on the following dates:
29th March to the 2nd of April at the SSE Arena in Wembley
5th April to the 9th of April at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff
12th of April to the 16th of April at the Genting Arena in Birmingham
For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Disney on Ice website.
Disclosure: We were provided with tickets for the show for the purpose of this review. These are all my own opinions.