A visit to Disney On Ice is one of those golden childhood memories which brings a smile to most people who talk about it. I still remember my trips to see Disney on Ice more than 25 years ago as a child and the excitement it brought to tiny Launceston which didn’t even have a McDonalds back then.
So I was thrilled to be invited to share a Disney on Ice experience with Lady AB, who at 3.5 years old is just old enough to sit through a movie. On rainy days we have been working through lots of Disney films, starting from the most recent movie Frozen and tracking through the back catalogue of classics like The Little Mermaid, a film from my childhood.
This year Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove, which takes audiences on a journey spanning 50 years of Disney animated film. The two hour show was an incredible spectacle, with lots of recognisable and well-loved characters, bright sparkly costumes, talented ice skaters who twirled and jumped without fault and even a magic carpet and fireworks! I particularly liked the use of UV lights for the ‘Under the Sea’ number and the impressive animal herds in The Lion King. Some lucky kids also got to ride an Alice in Wonderland tea cup on the ice and send off lanterns for Rapunzel.
I think Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove is particularly good for younger kids because the show was not a single story arc that was followed for 2 hours. Instead, it was a medley of many films and stories familiar to Lady AB, including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story in the first half. I was planning on leaving after interval (as Lady AB has never sat through a show for more than 1 hour) but I’m glad I didn’t because then it was onto The Lion King, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.
As you can see our mid-height, side-facing seats gave us a good overall view of the huge rink. I don’t think it’s necessary to pay extra to sit in the front row, facing the stage as the action happens in every direction. If you hurry down to the rink at the end you might even be able to get a picture with your favourite character.
Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove delighted both Lady AB and I and it’s on in Melbourne only until Monday 7 July before it travels to Sydney 6-13 July.
Tickets from Ticketek: 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au/disneyonice.