Thursday, April 3, 2014

Disney On Ice

A few weeks ago we fulfilled a childhood dream of mine: we went to Disney on Ice! As a long-time figure-skating fan, I'd always wanted to go to one of these traveling ice shows, whether it was Disney or something else. My opportunity finally came when Disney on Ice came to town and I found out about it in enough time to get tickets. It wasn't the Olympics, but the show didn't disappoint and it was a fun evening for all of us. 

The seats we got were the best available when I bought the tickets. They were right on the floor by the ice, and it was cool (no pun intended) to be right up close to the action.

But it was really only good if you were in the first row, like the people in the picture above. We were in the second row, so our view was obstructed by the people in front of us. And there were three more rows behind us! One of the people in front of us was a woman who wore a silly Flounder hat the whole time (you can see her in the picture above), so her hatted head is in almost all of my pictures and was in my view most of the time. It was annoying and inconsiderate and I wanted to ask her if she wouldn't mind taking it off so that the people behind her could see better, but I didn't. I just rolled my eyes, sighed, and let it go ("Let it go!" I can't believe I still haven't seen Frozen. What kind of a Disney fan am I?). Anyway, the best seats with the best view would have been in the first level of the stadium seating. 

My pictures are not the best because it was kind of dark and there was a lot of action, which is not a great combination for good pictures, and like I said before there was a row of people in front of us, including the fish-hat lady, but I'm posting the best ones below.

The name of the show was "Passport to Adventure" and the idea was that Mickey and the gang were going to travel around the world having adventures. 
For some reason I got a number of pictures of Daisy and hardly any of the other characters.

First off was a trip to Africa for The Lion King.

Simba and Nala

Then they went under the sea. The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney movies and it was my favorite part of the show. 

"Jumpin' jellyfish!" as Sebastian would say.

Hey hat lady--look! It's your buddy Flounder! 

Prince Eric and Ariel did some cool spins.

There was a giant inflatable Ursula which was pretty cool. She collapsed when she was defeated by Eric. 

At the finale for The Little Mermaid, tons of bubbles came pouring down from the ceiling, which was fun.

Next the gang went to Hawaii for Lilo and Stitch. This was my least favorite part of the show. The movie is weird and I don't know why Disney keeps trying to sell it so much. I wish they'd gone to France and done Beauty and the Beast instead. A skating Lumiere would be so awesome. 

John enjoyed an overpriced treat during intermission.

Next up was London and Peter Pan.

Tinkerbell and Peter.

Peter and the Darling children.

This was neat! Peter and the Darlings "flew" right above us on their way to Neverland.

Captain Hook and Smee. Captain Hook was pretty creepy looking! 

 Captain Hook skates.

Tic-Toc Croc was another giant inflatable. Very fun!

Then for the grand finale of the whole show all of the characters from the different movies came out and skated together. 

And finished up with sparklers around Tinkerbell.

A miracle occurred in which I managed to get a decent shot of Mickey and Minnie skating by! 

 A miracle did not occur when Peter took this blurry shot of the kids and I.

The music, costumes, and choreography were all high-quality. My only recommendation to improve the show would be to cut Lilo and Stitch and replace it with something more popular and classic. (And one more--don't let people wear silly fish hats during the show! Ha ha.) Overall it was a great show. I recommend Disney on Ice!