December 22, 2009
DISNEY ON ICE — A GREAT TIME HAD BY ALL
I was a little concerned that my daughter and her friend, tweens already disdainful of all parent-chosen entertainment, would find the DISNEY ON ICE show, as they say, “boring!” or too babyish — but they were enchanted.
There was a Mickey and Minnie opening to the show that they could have done without but the retellings on ice of “Little Mermaid,” “Cars,” “The Lion King,” and the after-intermission “Tinkerbelle” story really held them in thrall, particularly the moments of full on costume dance numbers (and remember this is on ice). Of course songs like “Under The Sea” and “Hakunah Matata” still resonate — and the opportunity to have a dinner of hot dog, soda, popcorn and candy is always appealing.
I went with another Dad, and we were discussing how much we still enjoy going to these shows. Truth is, that with very young kids, - and there were many, many young kids there, including some adorable young girls who came in their princess costumes (cute in the extreme) — there is more kid-management and less show enjoyment. You take them and they have a great time but the perfect sweet spot occurs when the kids are happy to be there and happy to watch, and even happy to let their parent also watch the show. I know — last night, I was there.
Here are some pics from the show:
The shows take place:
Staples Dec 17-20
Honda Center Dec 22-27
Citizens Business Bank Arena Dec 30- Jan 3
Long Beach Arena Jan 6-10
check out www.disneyonice.com for more info
For my friends at the FCC, let me repeat my prior disclosure of having been given free tickets by the show’s publicist—no doubt in the hope that I would write about the show,—which I confess that when I receive free tickets I do feel an obligation to write about more than if I do if I go to an event on my own dime and have nothing to say—and the hope that I would say nice things—which I don’t feel compelled to do if I don’t have nice things to say—I think part of my job is to provide my reactions, good or bad, and therefore let the people whose show it is, or venue it is, hear about what they are doing right or wrong, if there are matters that rankle or don’t appeal.