There’s something about Disney …
When taking the kids to Disney On Ice I was expecting them to be excited to see some of their favourite characters and to be thrilled by the skating, the songs and the spectacle.
But as the lights dimmed and the Disney theme song began to fill the arena I was surprised at its effect on ME.
I’m not usually the ‘sentimental’ type, but those first few bars of When You Wish Upon a Star were all it took and I was immediately transported back to my childhood. To a time when life could feel ‘magical’. When Disneyland was the absolute ultimate in holiday destinations. When I would rush inside on a Saturday evening just in time to watch The Wonderful World of Disney on television. Oh my god, I’m showing my age now …
As an adult the opportunities for ‘magic’ are few and far between so it was a welcome surprise to feel my heart swell with the music and to sit back and wait for the show to have the same effect on my children.
And I didn’t have to wait long.
After Tinkerbell flew around the rink on her skates out came Mickey. Now, I’m not even sure how my three-year-old had become so familiar with the 85-year-old mouse (is it an innate obsession?) but his mouth dropped and his eyes lit up. My little girl, nearly two, wasn’t as quick to be enthralled but she never missed an opportunity to stand on her chair and applaud as the skaters leapt, spun and generally performed outstanding feats of acrobatics.
We did a quick crash course in Disney films to prepare for this show so The 3YO immediately recognised Aladdin and Princess Jasmine – the first characters to appear on stage recreating the thrilling marketplace chase scene. Eight Disney films – under the Princesses and Heroes theme – feature in this show. As well as Aladdin we saw characters from Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Sleeping Beauty.
I loved the Be Our Guest performance from Beauty and the Beast (my favourite Disney film) and the dwarfs’ Heigh Ho was also a highlight. The underwater scenes from The Little Mermaid were spectacular and who doesn’t love Aladdin’s Genie?!
But the 3YO said his favourite part was the spectacular moment when the evil Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty, transformed into a fire-breathing dragon. It was pretty full-on! He was equal parts scared and fascinated.
I enjoyed the show, but most of all I enjoyed watching my children enjoy the show. I can only hope the whole experience has injected a little bit of magic into their childhood!
Some interesting facts about Disney On Ice presents Princesses and Heroes:
– the production travels with three washing machines and three dryers.
– Not surprising given that there are 750 costumes pieces and each cast member has an average of five costumes each.
– It takes about 12 hours to set up the production and only four to tear it down again.
– There are 2005 lights on Cinderella’s carriage
– The dragon is made from spandex and aluminium
– There are 48,000 litres of water in the ice floor
This post was sponsored by Feld Entertainment, the producers of Disney On Ice. Enter a world of wonder with your family where heroes and hearts prevail! Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes is touring Australia this winter.
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