Disney On Ice Review

Our start to the week couldn't have been better than with a trip Friday morning to Disney On Ice, Let's Celebrate! My mother in law came into town just to go to the show with us and we were all glad she did! Of course one can never have too many hands to help at keeping both kids entertained ;) I thought it would be fun to share our experience and any tips/tricks that we found useful so that if you plan to go, you can have the best, less stressed time too! 

I originally had front row seats in the first section that was stacked if that makes sense. The seats went from floor, to risers, to stacked seating (I guess is what they call it?) After seeing snapchats of friends at the show who had front row floor seats (rinkside) I jumped back on Ticketmaster to see if they had any available and if I could even switch and it just happened there were 3 seats left so I called and snagged them! I was so happy I did because it was so incredibly worth it! You could see absolutely everything, detailed and up close. The characters interact with you and if you're lucky, the princesses hand out roses to a few of the kids front row too.

The show started at 10:30 with doors opening an hour before, and we ended up getting there around 9. Sounds a little early but I think it was the perfect amount of time. We sat in the car while the kids ate their breakfast and then went in and found our seats. After taking it all in a few minutes, we headed up to all of the concession stands and souvenir tables, and even the photo booth! I think getting snacks and all before hand was the best option by far instead of waiting until intermission, which is only 15 minutes. Be sure and bring extra $$ with you, the souvenirs are over priced as you would expect, but we did end up getting the kids their own light up spin toys. They do sell all the princess dolls, swords, the whole 9 yards but I would recommend buying them somewhere else because 1. they'll be cheaper, & 2. they let you bring your own in anyways! We brought Viv's Elsa doll with us because I was a little afraid that's what she might want, so in her eyes she already had it all ;)

When the actual show starts it's incredible. It's about 1.5 hours long but that time flies by! We were all amazed that after sitting there for what felt like 20 minutes, had already been an hour. The kids were completely engaged and basically starstruck, haha. The characters went through just about every holiday and sang all the well known songs we all love! Character wise, they're all the classic ones. Mickey, Minnie, Alice, Cruella, Aladdin, etc. I think we all would have loved to have seen the more popular ones right now included, cough, Frozen crew, but overall it was a really great show and we would love to go again. 

I also have to give a shoutout to the staff of the show. I'm sure it differs from arena to arena, but we had gotten Vivian cotton candy that came with an Elsa crown that she didn't want to take off. Somewhere along the way to leave though, it must have fallen off and someone wasn't so kind as to letting us know and giving it back so we had a meltdown in the car once she realized she didn't have it. And I'll be honest, it really pissed me off  that someone wouldn't say something. However, we felt so bad that my mother in law ran back up to one of the ladies running the door and explained what happened and she let my MIL back in to go purchase another crown. So thank you sweet staff for making all of our day! 

Helpful tips & tricks:

1. Bring a blanket! Especially if you have seats super close to the rink. Finn enjoyed it during his nap the first half of the show. Viv devoured a snow cone and that mixed with the cool air had her shivering by the time the show was done. The blanket was a life saver! 

2. Don't worry about your "big" camera's. They won't allow "professional" cameras in and honestly I don't know that you would even want to fool with it. Our camera phones were great and didn't take away from missing anything in the show, or missing those sweet baby faces in amazement ;)

3. Have fun! No matter where you sit in the arena, you will have a ball! Pig out on cotton candy, eat too much popcorn, and take lots of pictures.

4. Get there early. Can't stress this enough. It helped with the overall stress, and allowed plenty of time to look around & take photos.

5. Bring extra $$. Like I said, you can bring your favorite Disney dolls & plush animals, but you do want to make sure you have $$ if you're planning to snack! Another tip for food, they do come down the isles with cotton candy & snow cones. So if you don't feel like waiting in line, stay in your seat & they'll come to you.

And that's it! We had a fantastic time and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to look forward to their kids napping on time ;) I'm kidding ... kind of. But no matter what show time you go to, you will have a blast! I'm keeping my eye out for Frozen On Ice if it ever makes it's way close enough ;) If you do go, or if you have been, I'd love to hear your experiences as well! Have a great weekend!

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