Sometimes you just have to get over yourself and let go a little; sometimes letting the inner child out is good for the soul. Thanks to Cavanagh PR and Disney that is just what I did when I attended Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate yesterday.
Attending the show with me were two very excited seven year old girls and a grown up (but perhaps equally excited) friend. Watching children inch towards the edge of their seats in excitement and wonder is something I will never tire of watching. Disney on Ice provided plenty of edge of the seat excitement for two seven year olds.
As a child of the seventies, I grew up with Disney on my TV every Sunday night. It is something etched into my early memories. It was great to see some of the older Disney stories from my childhood and before my time making an appearance along with the newer ones. My favourite Disney movie is Fantasia, so I was more than a little happy when Mickey battled with brooms on the ice. There may have been a little bit of leaning forward in the seat from me too at that stage!
The ability of the skaters in general was fantastic. There is something magical about seeing lifts, spins and jumps live on the ice. The performers certainly knew how to put on a good show and the girls were spellbound from beginning to end.
There was some audience participation, almost pantomime style, such as yelling at Mickey not to eat the apple from the wicked witch that certainly helped keep younger audience members engaged.
As well as the live action, there was a large screen at the back of the ice. I did wonder how necessary this was. I am not sure it added to the show overall. I found it distracting rather than enhancing. By looking at the screen you missed the action on the ice. I also felt the princesses looking for their prince and seeking out true love may have been a little drawn out. The cynic in me wondered at the need for so much one day your prince will come action. I also would have liked to have seen more of the Toy Story Characters. Buzz and Woody were pretty big in our house when the children were younger, and for what it’s worth, I think they deserved a bit more time on the ice.
Overall though I really did enjoy myself. The skaters were fantastic, the show was lively and entertaining. The two children with me were enthralled, their excitement catching, so much so we could not convince them to leave their seats during the interval!
Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate is on in Melbourne now. Dates for Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide venues are below and tickets are available online here.
Wed 4 – Mon 9 July – Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Wed 11 – Mon 16 July – Allphones Arena, Sydney
Thu 19 – Sun 22 July – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Disclaimer: I received four complementary tickets to Disney on Ice as well as a VIP pass to meet Micky and Minnie after the show for a photo opportunity.