Disney On Ice – Dare To Dream was everything one could expect from a Disney performance inside an arena. Everyone from two year old mini princesses in sparkling gowns to the elderly in Hawaiian vacation shirts and indoor sun hats were there to enjoy the lights, the ice skating, and the intoxicating smell of jalapeno cheese nachos that filled the air. In hindsight, I really should have got some. I mean, they were big.
After entering, I was then escorted to small private area where all the members of the media and their families received plastic coconuts for decoration and Lei necklaces. Once people were done decorating their coconuts, a small performance by a Polynesian dance group ensued. They danced a routine to Moana’s “You’re Welcome” to which was proceeded by the lead dance captian providing a brief culture lesson on the dances and words within Polynesian culture to the kids in the audience. As the group finished their performance, the room busted into excitement as Mickey and Minnie mouse walked in and started taking pictures with the kids. It took some time, but I finally managed to get a picture. Not with them, but of them. My girlfriend recently has a mouse problem and I didn’t want to make it seem like I support the mice by taking a picture with the most famous ones.
Once Mickey and Minnie proceeded to make their exit and people finished taking pictures in front of the Disney on Ice theme poster, we all cleared out of the room and made our way to our prospective seats where the Disney on Ice performance was to take place. As the show began, I was anticipating as to what film they were going to open with or perhaps what characters were going to do a number. To my surprise Disney started strong with dramatic lights, high energy, and a cheerleading routine. Not going to lie; I was a bit confused. Though I wasn’t sure as to how the cheerleading was related to Disney, it was still impressive to see them do all the lifts and twirls in a cheerleading routine on ice.
Proceeding the cheer routine were the two classic performances of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. They performed the well-known “Be Our Guest”; complete with cakes, spoons, Lumiere, and Cogsworth. A brief showdown between Beast and Gaston later and we move onto the story of Cinderella. In particular, the ball room scene where Cinderella and the prince dance. Afterwards, they followed through with the classic glass slipper routine while engaging the audience as well.
From there; the story of Rapunzel. This part of the performance was impressive as they not only skated around the ice rink in a musical fashion, but implemented some elements of aerial silk dancing (the thing were people twirl from the ceiling via a silky curtain) as well as they were lifted into the air during parts of their routine. I felt a little bad for the guy playing Flynn’s role, however, as he tripped on one occasion before the curtain was able to lift him into the air and dropped his wig on another occasion while lifting Rapunzel. I can imagine the frustration that guy must have felt.
Of course, it seems you can’t have anything Disney nowadays without implementing a bit of Frozen. After moving from Rapunzel, they proceeded to lead up to the world famous song “Let It Go” while implementing sparkling icicles hanging from the ceiling, a snow machine with snow that tasted like dish soap (yes I tried eating the snow), and a smoke machine. A couple scenes with Olaf the snowman later and the show essentially became Moana on ice as they basically did an abridged version of the movie. Since Moana was the final act of the show, Disney did not hold back. In addition to the well done lighting, they pulled all the stops in implementing and utilizing the boat from the movie, a ring of real fire, small firework explosions, and a disco ball. There were no mistakes and everyone played their role perfectly. I got the feeling they practiced Moana the most out of all the acts. The only downside to the entire Moana performance was that they did not implement the chicken.
I definitely felt as though I got the full Disney show experience from watching them perform the most well-known musical numbers in both recent and older films to sitting in front of the over excited two year old kicking the back of my seat. All jokes aside though, it was great performance. Despite some minor mistakes and mishaps here and there; it was still well done. The costumes were well-crafted and a majority of the choreography was on point. I will admit that watching the performers constantly move due to the ice skating took some getting used to, but once I did I hardly noticed it. For those looking for a nice family friendly show and kids and happen to be Disney fans, then I would certainly recommend Disney on Ice. It was fun to see how they adapted it the movies to the ice rink and I would certainly go again. And maybe next time I could even get some of those overpriced jalapeno cheese nachos.
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