Friday, March 1, 2013

We Went to Disney on Ice...and it was OK

If you have been following along the past few months you know that January was a very Disney month for Team Tizzel. We had Disney World's Marathon Weekend followed by Disneyland's Tinker Bell Half Marathon. A few days after landing back home from California we went to see Disney on Ice "Rocking' Ever After" at The Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.
Dave was skeptical about the experience while Holly thought it would be a good show, but maybe not great. We debated on what tickets to get. Do we get some higher-up seats to get the full view of the ice, or do we sit up close? We ended up getting ice-side seats which put us 6 feet from the action. Dave expected "hockey walls" to be up, but there weren't any.

This was also a big merchandising opportunity. Tables were setup all along the arena lobby and there were lots of walk-around vendors. Disney park merchandise is lower priced than items sold here, but these items came with a 2-year warranty.

The basic premise was this would be a "rocking'" show. Some hit songs, like Vogue, we're integrated into some of the routines. The Fab 4 (no Pluto) came out with the ice chorus line, did a number and some shtick, and then introduced the first of four stories. In between each story was another little skit by Mickey or friends. Stories for the evening were The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Brave, and Beauty and the Beast. The entire show was just under 2 hours.

Overall we thought the show was good. Dave remained engaged the whole time, mainly because someone wiped out the first minute so there was potential for more. There were a lot more skaters in the show than we imagined. We thought that some of the princess parts were played by one skater, but we turned out to be wrong. Each story had their own male/female lead skater. The one scary thing about ice-side had to do with the other audience members' kids. Folks next to us we're not keeping their kids still and there were several times the kids were one step away from being on the ice. The usher gave us a look at first, but we were quick to point out those were not our children.

Here's a few minutes of video. We have Holly doing an intro, a few seconds of the opening, and a few minutes of the grand finale! Enjoy.....

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