Disclaimer: We received free tickets to Disney on Ice in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts below are my own.
We just saw Disney on Ice here in Salt Lake City! I know I’m supposed to be on a social media break but I have to share photos before this show leaves town.
Kyle and I have been to Disney on Ice twice before (together) but we’ve never taken our kids so it was the first time for all three. Felix wasn’t a big fan because there were too many loud noises so bring earmuffs of some sort if you’re bringing a baby. As for our older two, they were very very happy with the show. Of course, it helps that they were born to two parents who have a serious Disney merchandising issue.
Also, you Disney fans will note that we showed up at “rope drop” and, yes, we stayed until the goodnight kiss. Well, until the usher practically swept us out, anyway. So, little prep note: I thought it was going to be cold cold cold in the show but we were plenty warm even though we were near the ice. I brought layers for everyone but we all ended up in short sleeves for most of the show – even the baby!
As far as snacks go, there were the typical concessions that they have at the event center plus cotton candy, snow cones, ice cream, and lemonade sold specifically for the show. The cotton candy came with either an Olaf hat or a Mickey crown so we got both bags. There was more variety for the snow cone holders but all three of the kids got snow cones from one of the vendors walking around and he only had the Anna/Elsa cups so that’s what they got. No complaints!
Be prepared for a slightly hard sell on the merchandise, only because there are so many stands in the outer edge of the arena and so many vendors walking around once you come sit down. If you have little kids, it’s really hard for them to see all that fun stuff paraded around if you aren’t planning on getting anything (which is, of course, a brilliant marketing strategy) so we had planned out ahead of time to let the kids each get one treat and one toy or souvenir. We ended up overdoing it, but only because we (the parents) are huge dorks and we wanted the stuff for ourselves. From what I saw, most of the groups that came in made one or two purchases for the show and that was that. It helped that people are allowed to bring in outside food like snacks, drinks, and treats from home. We just figure it’s one of those special occasions where the Morgan family is all in!
The Lightning McQueen hat came with the souvenir Disney on Ice program we got when we bought the Disney on Ice pennant and the Queen Elsa snow flurry wand. The wand is awesomesauce – it lights up and the little snowballs all go around in a circle – but it was a tough choice because there were a few different wands and light up swords. Prices were what you’d usually expect at a Disney event like this. I think the cheapest thing we got was the $6 pennant and the most expensive was probably the wand ($25?). Although you might not believe it from the pictures, there were things that we didn’t buy. To be specific, Calvin wanted an Elsa hair headband thing with the blond ponytail attached and Eva wanted a princess necklace. I also saw a cute Tinkerbell doll and Kyle checked out a pair of themed binoculars that made shapes (snowflakes?) out of the lights when you looked through them. So really, we didn’t go as overboard as we could have.
The show started with a little warm up by the ice dancers to get the crowd excited and up on their feet, dancing. After that, four of the classic characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy) came out to get things going and they introduced each of the different stories. If you’ve never been to a Disney on Ice show, it’s not always just one story. This one, Worlds of Enchantment, is made up from stories from four different Disney and Disney/Pixar movies: Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Frozen. The first one was Toy Story 3 and everyone in the crowd was so excited to see the familiar characters. Personally, I loved the Slinky dog – such a fun two-person costume!!
The Little Mermaid was next and the crowd absolutely went wild when she came out. Major princess fans in the audience! The puppets for this one were really cool. There was a giant sea horse that I had a hard time getting a shot of but it really looked like it was floating at the bottom of the sea. I only wish this part of the show was a little longer, because it was my personal favorite. I was Eva’s age when that movie came out and it’s always going to be in my top five for Disney movies.
I should note that we had good seats, but the whole event feels intimate and I don’t think there were any seats that I would have considered too far away, especially considering how big the movements were and how much was going on down on the ice. Plus, they had tight shots up on the monitor so people could see details a little more clearly no matter where they were sitting.
There was an intermission but the show felt like it was pretty fast. It turned out that we were in there for a few hours but I really didn’t feel it. Considering my older kids are three and six I would have thought that they would have been more squirmy but they were captivated the whole time even after being seriously overloaded on sugar. The only one that was really over it about a half hour before it ended was Felix. It is not a baby-nap-friendly type of event and I nursed him a couple of times to settle him, although I wonder if I should have walked him out during the really noisy parts. There were lots of loud explosions and sparks in the second half of the show, starting with the Cars. Calvin got a little nervous because he wasn’t expecting the fireworks the first time around but he wasn’t too scared to enjoy that part of the show.
It seemed like the most popular part of the show was when the Frozen story began and the moments where Elsa and Anna were out on the ice. You could tell that was who everyone was waiting for and their solos were so pretty. I’m sure those costumes were so much fun to make and they were beautiful under the lights. They added bubbles, snow, and a few sparks to this part of the show but the highlight was the skating itself. The kids loved seeing all of the spins and jumps, although I think Eva was a little nervous that the skaters were going to fall when they were doing all of their fancy tricks. I have to start introducing that one to more figure skating!
The show runs here in Salt Lake City through March 12th and tickets are still available so I hope you get to go! It was so fun to take the kids to a magical world for a few hours and it definitely soothed my need for a Disney fix. After all, I haven’t been in a Disney park since 2015 – you’ve got to get that pixie dust when you can!