The “Disney on Ice” event features different shows with different themes featuring many of the beloved Disney characters. The skaters reenact parts of scenes from our favorite movies choreographed into an ice skating adventure for fans like me. If you’ve never seen a Disney on Ice show and are interested in attending one, then get ready for a fun-filled night that you and your children will enjoy. Don’t have kids? No worries, everyone loves Disney at any age.
We saw the Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart show last night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The show started at 7pm but we got there at 6pm. Even though we were an hour early, there was plenty of people already there. I highly recommend getting to one of these events an hour early because it allows you time to not only find your seats but you beat the rush. You can get your snacks first, your souvenirs first, and even take pictures in character themed settings (about $25 for a picture, yikes!).
Needless to say but I’ll say it anyway, this can easily turn into a $100 night as there is plenty of Disney merchandise to buy. The main toys they sold here were wands that light up ($20-$25 range) with different colors and feature beloved characters and Finding Nemo snow cones that come in a collectable Dory or Nemo cup. There’s also the golden crown that comes with every cotton candy purchase that is bedazzled with blue gems and gold mickey ears (will set you back $15). For the adults, there’s a bar complete with beer and mix drinks that you can expect to pay anywhere from $8 to $15 for. I got their Cali Margarita that comes in its own shaker cup. It had a pretty good ratio of alcohol to mix and tasted a little tropical but still had that Margarita finish to it. The Cali Margarita was probably their most expensive drink at $15.
Now that I got all the ways you can spend your money out of the way, make sure you go to the bathroom before you arrive or before the show starts. Restrooms fill up during the intermission and I had to take my 3-year-old at this exact time to pee because she refused to go before the show. So we had to stand in a long line, but at least it went fast. It was fun to see all the little girls dressed up as their favorite princess and there were a lot of Anna’s and Elsa’s there. My own girls were dressed up as Anna and Elsa and it was so cute to see them interact with other little girls their age because they would all get excited to see each other. It was like, “hey you are a part of my favorite movie too!” and I would say, “hey look, it’s your sister!” And then my girls would say, “hi sister!”
The show started off with a cheer routine and we went on an adventure to help Riley (Inside Out) find the courage to get past her fears and self-doubt so she could play hockey with her team. The next act was about Beauty and the Beast and how Belle helped the beast become a man again with love. Next we moved on to learn about friendship with Snow White, determination and overcoming fear with Rapunzel and Ariel, and bravery with Meredith. Mickey and the brooms danced did a routine as well (from the movie, Fantasia) but I don’t remember when exactly it was performed. In addition to all the ice skating there was a grand finale at the end of the first half complete with acrobatics that was really cool. I couldn’t help but to notice the constant smile my 3 and 4-year olds had on their little faces. My oldest said she wanted to go dance with the performers but I told her she couldn’t because the ice is very slippery and you need ice skates to go on the ice. She wasn’t too disappointed because the show continued to amuse her and she was happy to sit and watch and dance in her seat. Riley learned how to overcome her fears and made the winning shot to win the game for the Foghorns!
The next act we followed Dory through an under-water adventure to find her parents (Finding Dory). The show finished up with Frozen and we sang along with Anna and Elsa as they sang and skated to our favorite songs from the movie. In all I would say that the show is worth seeing and it’s fun for all ages. There isn’t a bad seat in the house so you can pretty much sit anywhere and still have a great view of the whole act. This was our second time going, the first time was about 6 years ago when I took my niece. Want to score early tickets to get your pick of seat? get on the mailing list and you will be notified when “pre-sale” tickets are available.
Disclaimer: I was not paid in any way to present my opinion or views of the show. I was not given free tickets or any kind of compensation for this review which is solely my opinion.