Me, Flea, and 5,000 Princesses

There’s a new ice skating production touring the country this month – the Disney on Ice Heroes and Princesses show.

Be warned. If you are aged 10 or under, and attend wearing anything other than a synthetic princess outfit, you’re going to stick out like a sore thumb. Oh yes. It was an arena full of princesses that we found when we were given free tickets and invited to review the new Disney on Ice show in Liverpool last weekend. “Never mind,” said my niece, who is 9, and an emo. “We are TOTALLY the coolest people here.

The idea of the show is that Mickey and Minnie introduce a series of stories which are then performed on ice by a team of professional skaters. There are a series of short scenes from all the princess stories – Aladdin, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, the one with the mermaid… it’s really quite something to see.

There’s the usual merchandising before the show, and we kitted the kids out with popcorn and water, before settling into our seats – which had a great view of the ice. The show kicks off with Tinkerbell, and some really impressive jumps and spins. Overall, the skating throughout the show is excellent and there are one or two sequences with really very cool acrobatic skating. All the children loved the fire breathing dragon that makes an appearance in the second half.

Flea and her cousins (aged six and nine) enjoyed the show, but I think they were among the older children attending – most of the audience seemed to be aged 3 and 4. As a result, I think they did get a bit fidgety at times, with my nephew falling asleep for part of the show.

Perhaps part of the problem was that the sound levels were very low. If there was any kind of audience noise, it was impossible to hear the dialogue from the performance, and certainly we all struggled to hear any of the words to the songs. I’m not sure if that’s because it was felt loud music might scare the pre-schoolers, but it did mean the show was lacking in atmosphere, somewhat. It may have just been an issue specific to this venue.

That said, there is plenty about the show to love. The sequences from Princess and the Frog had the best music (we thought) and the Little Mermaid sequence was great. And for the skating alone, it’s a fantastic spectacle to watch. Overall, I’d recommend this show to families of younger children, especially those who love princesses – there’s more than enough Disney Magic in the show to keep them enchanted.

 

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

2 Comments

  1. 1st April 2012 / 10:44 am

    We loved the show too. Our performance was actually quite loud. IJ had her hands over her ears at one point, but then she often does that. Could have been because I was talking to her.

  2. 2nd April 2012 / 2:16 pm

    I loved the show, I was a bit disappointed it was all Princesses but it was very well done and extremely enjoyable. We travelled 4 1/2 hours to Sheffield to see it. The boys first Disney show and they loved it. The audience did seem to be very young. We too weren’t dressed up and felt a bit out of place 🙂

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