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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Our adventures at Disney on Ice 'Dream Big'


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We were very excited to attend the opening night of Disney on Ice 'Dream Big' at Birmingham Arena as guests of Disney on Ice for the purposes of reviewing the show - all opinions are definitely my own however! I will include prices of some of the souvenirs too. This event fitted in well as the kids are on half term break and, as always, I vowed to set off early to get into the centre of Birmingham but after lots of faffing around at home it never happened and add a good dose of road works in Birmingham and very slow traffic you have a recipe for a little jog from the multi-story to the Meet and Greet! One day we will learn! Until then please remember if you are going to Disney on Ice to leave nice and early- do as I say not as I do! Anyway, we went through security, collected our tickets for the show and headed upstairs into the suite where we could recover from our jog in a nice long queue for the meet and greet. Despite being 'not into Frozen anymore' the kids were excited to be there and put on their best Disney on Ice smiles!

Elsa and Anna Meet and Greet

The kids were definitely excited to spot the goody bags afterwards including big Maui who turned out to be very comfy for leaning on and cuddling during the show! The kids have never owned a tattoo covered cuddly toy before!

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A couple of demi gods!

Disney on Ice Dream Big began with a warm up which was advertised as a celebration of Mickey's 90th. I didn't easily make that connection but it was a fun way to get the audience moving as is encouraged at Disney on Ice. I still loved the relaxed atmosphere at these shows which means kids can be moving around, on their feet, eating, waving light up toys or popping out to the toilet whenever needed.
Warm Up to Disney on Ice with Mickey and Minnie
Warm Up to Disney on Ice with Mickey and Minnie

The show began with Mickey and Minnie who both appeared, along with Tinkerbell, in between each of the different scenes. The focus of 'Dream Big' was the traditional fairy stories beginning with Aladdin accompanied by the Genie and Jasmine. Beauty and the Beast was next and 'Be Our Guest' was a highlight of the evening with Lumiere and lots of fabulous costumes- this showed off the choreography to its best.
Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest

This was followed by a short section with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider which I felt could have been developed or perhaps left for another show, perhaps in the next Disney on Ice show she will make a bigger appearance. The next section was Moana's debut in a Disney on Ice show and included some fun interactions between Moana and Maui, I really felt for Maui- that was quite a body to move around the ice!
Maui on the ice
You're welcome!

The bubbles were flowing from the ceiling during the Little Mermaid section which showed a number of scenes from the film and included the wonderful villain, Ursula. The choreography was strong with many dancers in colourful costumes.

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Under the sea!

The interval provided a much needed trip to the loo and the inevitable look at the merchandise stall. The merchandise varies in price, a programme with large pictures is £9. I thought £12 for a tshirt was quite reasonable, the light up toys were popular but cost more at £18 or £20. The cuddly toys like Maui were £25 and smaller ones like my daughters favourite, Pua the pig were £15. I was pleased, however, to see that they still sell a variety of the colourful felt flags which we had bought at previous Disney on Ice shows and that at £5 they were still a great option for a cheaper souvenir, my kids brought their own money and my son chose a Maui flag and enjoyed waving it around. We took some sweets with us but to give an indication a cardboard box of Disney popcorn was £4, slush drinks in a novelty cup were £9 or £11 and a bag of candyfloss with a novelty hat was £9.

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T-Shirts were £12

Drinks, popcorn and candy floss at Disney on Ice
Disney branded refreshments £4-£11

Felt flags at Disney on Ice
Felt flags for £5

Disney also provide photo opportunities with back drops rather than characters. The one we saw was Little Mermaid and a photo was £9 and in a special frame it was £14. We have had these photos on a number of occasions previously as I love the opportunity to be in photos and remind me of fun things we have done.

Little Mermaid backdrop for photos

The second half began with a great scene from Sleeping Beauty- Maleficent and the dragon were fantastic villains and there were some great fire effects. This was followed by Cinderella with a stunning carriage and Goofy made a great footman! I loved watching the villainous sisters, Anastasia and Drusella tripping and falling around on the ice!


The final section of the show was Frozen, a longer section with lots of snow but still a popular section judging by the number of people singing along around us, it wasn't just me! All the characters returned to the ice for the finale and it was great to see the princesses so beautifully choreographed all on stage together. This was definitely a crowd pleasing line up with a lot of different films included. Some of the costumes were stunning such as Maleficent's robes, she was so quick and the stage was so dark I couldn't get a good pic. She is one of my favourite Disney villains so I would have liked her to be on stage for a little longer-  she is definitely a character who could have a bigger part.


This show was classic Disney and a perfect way for us to celebrate our 10th visit to Disney on Ice! There are lots of Princesses in Dream Big but the next show in the spring, The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice, looks like it has a more varied line up- including the Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Dory as well as some of the Princesses. I still think this is a great way to see the Disney characters performing in the UK- I love seeing kids and adults dressing up for the shows and entering into the spirit.

Disney on Ice Dream Big is at Arena Birmingham until October 28th 2018, Belfast from 2-4th November, Dublin from 9th-11th November, Sheffield from 14th-18th November, Nottingham from 21st-25th November and the O2 in London from 26th December until the 6th January 2019. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.disneyonice.com/gb/en-gb/tickets


We were provided with tickets, the meet and greet and goody bags for the purposes of reviewing the show,




















6 comments:

  1. I admit that I am curious about how Ariel moved around the ice with her fin. It looks like you had a good time. I am now somewhat intrigued by this show!

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    1. Hahaha! Ariel's fin was cleverly a long skirt which she skated in and then dramatically removed when she gained her legs. The Little Mermaid scene had many characters including all of Ariel's sisters! I hope you get to check out Disney on Ice at some point.

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  2. I went to Disney on Ice as a child and I loved it! I want to go to one now, but my husband and son aren't really wanting to go. Maybe I should just go solo! :)

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    1. I would definitely go solo :-) I think Disney on Ice should be for all ages just like the parks.

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  3. Oh I’ve always wanted to do Disney on Ice! Your photos look like you guys had such a great time!

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    1. Thanks Nikky. It was a lot of fun! Great experiencd here in the UK where the parks can feel so far away!

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