Whoever came up with the idea to combine the childhood obsessions of princesses and ice-skating into the whirlwind of princess Disney costumes and special effects known as Disney on Ice deserves a pat on the back. If you can imagine an arena filled with thousands of toddlers and little girls dress up costumes filling every seat, enraptured with watching a Cinderella princess and a Snow White princess dance on ice with large scale features and special effects, then you can imagine how thrilling Disney on Ice is for small children. If you're planning on attending Disney on Ice with your young children, there are a few things you may want to be prepared for as you plan to make this family outing one of the best.
Unless you're looking for a memoir of the Disney on Ice experience, you may want to pack a few snacks to keep your children settled during the show. There are snow cones available in a souvenir cup to purchase at a steep $ 12, and cotton candy with a mouse-ear tiara for $ 10. Other snacks are available during the intermission at the snack bar, with more moderate pricing. You may want to pack a few wipes as well, just in case something gets spilled one of your Little Adventures girls dress up costumes.
It is almost essential to come to this event in a costume. Girls will have a tough time decided if they want to wear their Cinderella princess costume or their Snow White princess costume. Whatever they decide, the entire princess Disney costumes and princesses will be represented at the show! Putting on a Disney girls dress up costume (or another brand of costumes like Little Adventures) will allow girls to feel like they are truly part of the show. Small children experience the euphoria of being a princess vicariously as they watch it, and allowing them to be in a princess Disney costume will enhance this experience for them even more. Little boys will enjoy wearing a special cape, hat, or costume accessory (like a pirate shirt) to help them feel like they are part of the big event around them.
Parents will want to take note that the "scary" music and parts of the popular Disney movies is still present during Disney on Ice. If the witch who tempts the Snow White princess on the movie makes your child squirm, then you should anticipate your children burrowing into your arms during some of the "scarier" parts of the show. These are infrequent and have the same intensity as the movies do, and are targeted for some of the slightly older children. Some of the effects, like the fire-breathing dragon, can be a little frightening but are capturing and stunning to watch and are age appropriate for most children.
Depending on your kids usual nap times, you may want to bring a familiar toy or "lovey" for your child. The show runs about 2 hours long, with an intermission at the halfway point. If your children get sleepy early, having something familiar to curl up with will help ease the burden of a late night.
Pack the cameras, iron your Little Adventures girls dress up costumes, and pull your Cinderella princess out the door. Disney on Ice is a great way to get out as a family, and enjoy an evening unlike any other. The whole family will enjoy snuggling together, munching on snacks, and watching a live Disney spectacular with talented figure skaters.