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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Dreaming Big with Disney on Ice- 5 reasons why we love these shows!

Dreaming Big with Disney on Ice- five reasons why we love these shows!

We are really looking forward to going to see Disney On Ice at Arena Birmingham this autumn. This is certainly turning out to be a year of anniversaries! This autumn Mickey Mouse hits his big 90th birthday and Disney on Ice will be joining in the celebrations in their pre-show fun, be sure to arrive early! Which brings me on to the next milestone- this autumn's show will be our 10th visit to see Disney on Ice having seen a wide variety of the shows since the kids were little. The last show we saw was in 2016 when I reviewed Disney on Ice presents Frozen. We are feeling very excited to be joining the VIP opening night of Disney on Ice in Birmingham this October and will be reviewing the show here on the blog and sharing all the fun through Facebook and Instagram.


It is great to see Disney on Ice returning with a brand new show produced with a fantastic line up. The Frozen sisters will be on the ice telling their story again but 'Dream Big' will also feature Moana and Maui for the first time in a European Disney on Ice show! It sounds likes it will be a packed performance with many princesses also making an appearance including Rapunzel, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Cinderella.



Here are 5 reasons why we love Disney on Ice!

1. The characters- This is a fantastic opportunity to see Disney characters performing without having to travel to a Disney Park and can be a great first introduction to Disney for little ones! It certainly was a lovely way to introduce my kids to Disney performances.



2. The Disney gang- There is always a range of characters who appear in each show but every show we have seen has involved Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy who have appeared between the acts. Some shows such as the latest one, Dream Big, may appear to appeal more to girls due to their line up of princesses but the Disney gang are a great way to add some more balance into the proceedings.


3. The atmosphere- As well as the show being lots of fun I always feel that the relaxed atmosphere at Disney on Ice shows make them a great first theatre experience for young children. Kids can munch popcorn, stand up, move around and go out to use the toilet and it is all good!


4. Dressing up- This is an opportunity for your little princesses and pirates to don their favourite dressing up costumes Although increasingly it isn't just the kids who are dressing up! Like on trips to Disney parks I've noticed that adult are increasingly enjoying wearing Disney themed t-shirts, outfits and accessories to Disney on Ice.  I am looking forward to choosing my outfit for our trip to the premiere night in Birmingham -watch this space!


 5. The time of year- Disney on Ice in the UK usually plays in the spring and in the autumn and winter - the shows are the perfect remedy to the long, cold evenings and provide a great indoor activity which is accessible whatever the weather.


And the other things it is worth knowing...
This is Disney, some of the souvenirs are quite expensive. It is worth knowing this so you can be prepared and think about your budget- a range of the souvenirs can be viewed on the Disney on Ice website here, although I couldn't spot the prices. We often have bought a felt flag from previous shows which has been a fun and relatively cheap souvenir, I think we have paid £5 previously for them. In the past we have also often stumped up for a programme which often comes with a souvenir attached, one year we got a cute Mickey ears hat which my son loved!  I have also occasionally paid for us to have our photo taken with a Disney on Ice background. I think that has costs around £15 so not a cheap souvenir but a special one- so often I am taking the photos rather than in them!



 And finally, the thing I have experienced on all our trips to Disney on Ice- the wait to get out of the car park at the end! I'm sorry but after 9 trips I have gradually come to accept that this is an unnecessary evil to have a very fun Disney night out!

Are you going to see Disney on Ice Dream Big this autumn? The show will be visiting Glasgow in September, Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham in October, Belfast, Dublin, Sheffield and Nottingham in November and will be at the 02 in London from 26th December until 6th January. More details including dates and ticket sales can be found at https://www.disneyonice.com/gb/en-gb/dream-big 

The spring tour has also been announced- The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a 'walk down memory lane' with characters from Finding Dory, Tangled. I can't wait to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on ice, along with Buzz and Woody, Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie and lots of Disney princesses- sounds like an amazing line up! Sign up for priority tickets at https://www.prioritycustomer.co.uk/

P.S. We have received complimentary tickets to the show and the VIP event in exchange for telling you all about Disney on Ice Dream Big.

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