Last evening my family and I were guests of Feld Entertainment to experience Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic which is currently running at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA through Sunday, October 18th. When I wrote my promo/giveaway post I had a feeling that this show was going to be amazing and I was NOT wrong so I thought I would share my recap and review while it’s fresh in my mind…and you still have time to get to a show! Fair warning, this review is going to be a glowing one. 😉
As they always do, the show opened with an upbeat song featuring the classic characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy & Donald. This one was extra fun and taught the kids a dance they could do along with the skaters and characters. Then, they caught my crew by surprise with ‘Gotta Be Me’ from Teen Beach 2! My girls were so excited and were definitely singing along the whole time.
Do to the design of this show, rather than retelling a handful of Disney stories almost completely, they featured one song or a quick medley of songs from each movie but were able to feature A LOT of movies. Ex. within the first 20 minutes we saw characters from Pinocchio, Finding Nemo, and Beauty and the Beast quickly followed by a great medley of songs featuring all of the princesses! There was a lot of Disney royalty in one place! 😉
While you had to keep your head on a swivel, as not to miss anything, I actually liked the format a lot and I can see it playing very well to the younger crowd. No time to lose interest or get bored because it was an ever changing group of characters. Well, except Frozen…
As expected, the blockbuster hit from…well…ever kinda takes over the show for a quarter to a third of the time. If you have a Frozen fan (or are one yourself) it will be great for you. If you’re Frozen-ed out then an early bathroom/snack break may be in order to beat the rush that will come at intermission (which begins when the Frozen part ends). I personally didn’t really mind it but would have liked to see more movies featured with some of that time. It wasn’t a huge deal though and definitely didn’t take away from me liking the show.
On the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised with the time given to Aladdin! Probably because it’s being released from the vault this fall (I’M SO EXCITED!) but whatever the reason, it was nice to see, and hear, the Genie again. 😉
Mulan also had a decent chunk of time which my kids enjoyed (they’re fans thanks to Netflix) and it was nostalgic for me because our baby brothers (who are now 21) were HUGE fans of it when they were little so we were treated to Mulan on repeat for many months of our lives.
The absolute favorite part for the little man was the appearance of Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the green soldiers from Toy Story. He was rocking his Buzz sweatshirt AND hat and his face lit up brighter than the lights on the ice when they appeared. Definitely one of my favorite moments from the night.
As always, the show must end. Tear. It does so in grand fashion though, with everyone on the ice together… and me crying. Not really. Ok, maybe a little.
Seeing these shows really bring out the kid in you and, for a little while, take you to a much simpler time in life. You get the walking up Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, looking at Cinderella Castle feels without the $3500 price tag. 😉 It really is a fantastic time and I highly recommend taking your family when this show (or one of the many others) comes to a town near you.
Wishing you a Magical Day!
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