Disclaimer: I did receive tickets to attend the production in exchange for sharing my experience. However, I’m not a window washer, chicken plucker or positive opinion only blogger. The opinions I share are my own.
Growing up dirt poor on a farm in Kansas you can pretty much guess I didn’t see much theatre as a child especially any on ice. Once a cousin of mine was in a touring production of Batman or something. I remember loving it. Even with my lack of viewing opportunities, my whole life I just knew I was meant to be an actress and perform. I want my daughter to have every opportunity to see everything I didn’t get to see as a kid.
Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire- breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora. Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! See Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes where believing is just the beginning!
After reading the above promo piece, I set my phone calender to remind me to buy tickets when they went on sale. I couldn’t wait to take my girl. She loves going to the theatre and has already gone to the ballet and the Disney Princess Sofia and Pirates show. We made it a girls night out and invited my friend and her daughter. After dinner downtown, we danced to a singer in City Market before finally heading to the theatre. Our girls were all decked out in their princess finest with all their bling. Thank goodness bling for 2 and 3 year olds is shiny plastic.
During dinner Baby guarded the jewels so the girls could eat.
We got great seats in the middle of the top tier. I’m not a fan of the seating at Civic Center in the MLK Jr. Arena. They are very close to together which is difficult with toddlers. The seats in the Johnny Mercer theatre are better. I do like the larger amount of restrooms available in the arena though. The ticket staff could be friendlier and helpful. We had some issues with my tickets and the tickets of my giveaway winners. I had to leave the theatre and go back down to the will call window to help out because they were being very unkind to my winner. Luckily we got it all worked out and made it back into the theatre just as the show was starting.
Say what you will about Disney (and believe me I have) they know how to put on a show for young kids. It is a perfect balance of music, movement, variety and awe. It started with Tinkerbell which thrilled my friend’s daughter. She loves Tinkerbell and spent the whole time screaming, “Tinkerbell! Hello! Tinkerbell!” and waving frantically. It was hilarious. Next, Mickey and Minnie arrived. This made my daughter very happy.
The adults loved the costumes. My friend and I decided the cutlery was one of our favorites.
I really liked how Mickey and Minnie narrated what was happening because some of the stories meld together for me. Plus, I’m not always up on my Disney characters. I thought Belle was Cinderella until the Candle came out. Tell me I’m not the only person in the world who didn’t know Sleeping Beauty’s name is Aurora? I will admit to being struck by all the romance of Disney. There is lots of hooking up which makes sense for Princesses and Heroes. I guess we could over analysis the unrealistic nature of Disney relationships but why? It is silly fun and ultimately produces hope and a sense of possiblity. I kind of would prefer my daughter hold out for Prince Charming then settle for a loser.
I loved the fire breathing dragon! My friend’s daughter was slightly scared by it but my daughter giggled and waved. I’m not sure which is the worse reaction.
There are some amazing tricks, fantastic skating, lively songs and laughs. My daughter was perfectly enchanted by the whole production! She sat on my lap enthralled by everything. After the first act, she started fading fast. I was having such a good time I didn’t want to leave but after my daughter put her baby up to watch while she rested her own eyes I figured we should head out.
All toddlers have an understudy, right?
My friend texted me to say I missed Rapunzel, some more action with Tinkerbell and fireworks. Fireworks!?! We missed fireworks!!! I would be sad but the show was so great even with missing the last 20 minutes I felt like it was a perfect evening.
Warning: Tons and tons of opportunity to drop coin on promotional stuff. My friend’s jaw dropped right before she numbly handed over $15 for a snow cone in this Tinkerbell cup. Worth the joy in her daughter’s eyes? Probably.
If you get a chance, go check out Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes. It is in Savannah until Sunday, November 3rd. For all my other readers, check for shows in your area. I know it is just starting to tour the whole country. I saw CA, NE, NC, MO, UT and more on the list. Rush over to their site and check the dates. You won’t regret seeing this show. I have been converted to a Disney on Ice fan.