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Last night I, along with my favorite 7yo and his parents went to see Disney on Ice-Let’s Celebrate at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. We have seen Many Disney on Ice Shows over the years and this one ranks #2 for us, Toy Story 3 back in 2011 is still our favorite. I think the amount of Disney characters throughout the show and the cohesive theme were what made this show so good. You can visit DisneyOnIce.com to see when a show is coming to your area.
About Disney On Ice-Let’s Celebrate
It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits your hometown!
Mom Maven’s Thoughts-Disney on Ice-Let’s Celebrate
Act One was phenomenal! The opening number was full of Disney characters, the un-birthday celebration was a lot of fun. Sorcerer Mickey and his magic brooms cleaning up the un-birthday party was a very nice bit of classic Disney coupled with precision skating maneuvers. The Halloween Section with Jack Skellington and the Villians was well done, but there was a lot of smoke which made it hard to see at times. The huge Act One Valentine’s Day section was my favorite part. This included the Fairy Godmother, Minnie wishing for her prince charming and several of the Disney Princesses and their princes. The final number of this section was one of my favorite Disney songs, “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted!
Act Two was a bit less cohesive. It started celebrating summer vacation with Lilo, Stitch, Nani and David but then the show changed. Suddenly Mickey was using some electronic device, which wasn’t a part of Act One, to locate places with peace and quiet. Instead of finding what he was looking for he ventured to a Chinese New Year celebration and Carnivale in Brazil while Minnie went to Japan for the Cherry Blossom Festival. This whole section felt like they ran out of US celebrations and were reaching to fill time. The Act Two finale was “Winter Wonderland/Happy Holidays”. It was obvious by the set pieces and Santa Goofy that they were celebrating Christmas but they kept saying “Happy Holidays”. In our opinion, if you are saying “Happy Holidays” then why not celebrate Hanukkah in the piece as well, maybe add some Kwanzaa too. It seemed too politically correct…but not really and several adults near us were commenting about it on the way out of the show.
Matthew, the 7yo was happy because he just wanted to see “Magic Mickey” aka Sorcerer Mickey. Dad enjoyed the show except for the “Happy Holidays” issue. Mom, myself and several of the children around us were confused because it looked like Ariel was wearing Rapunzel’s dress throughout the show. In the opening number several of us were wondering why Rapunzel had red wavy hair, similar to Merida. Then in the Valentine’s section we realized it was Ariel in Rapunzel’s dress and this was still confusing. The reason we realized it was Ariel was because she and Eric skated to “Kiss the Girl” and she had a starfish in her hair. It confused adults and children alike. I tried to get a picture of her but unfortunately none of them came out well enough. This is actually a picture I took of the Disney On Ice YouTube video to illustrate my point.
Overall, we enjoyed the show. It is good wholesome family fun at a reasonable ticket price. Just remember to feed your family before you come and let them know you won’t be buying any overpriced souvenirs during the show, $15 snow cones and $12 popcorn is just ridiculous. We watched the family in front of us spend $112 on snow cones and popcorn before the show and then it was like every other roaming salesperson saw that they were suckers and they all swarmed them with overpriced lemonades, light up toys and swords-to no avail because they were now broke from the snacks they had purchased.