Last night, my family attended opening night of Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream in Jacksonville.
The show was even better than I had expected.
They brought the stories of three princesses to life: first Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, then Cinderella, and finally Rapunzel.
When we arrived, it looked as though we were attending a princess convention. Every child there was dressed in some form of princess gown, tutu, or at the very least, a crown. My daughter, who’s almost 2, was loving it… so was my almost-5-year-old son, who didn’t mind that he was one of the only boys in sight among all the beautiful little girls.
The show kicked off with, not the princesses, but rather Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, who returned periodically throughout the show to narrate. My daughter — a huge Minnie fan — was out of her seat, clapping and jumping up and down, at her first sight of Disney’s beloved mouse.
Just about everyone was singing along when the music started and Miss Tiana skated on to the ice. We did have one minor meltdown, when my normally tough little guy crumbled to the floor, scared of what the Voodoo Shadow Man scene would be like. Thankfully, it wasn’t that scary, and the little guy eventually got back into his seat.
The show moved quickly, giving a brief rendition of Tiana’s story, complete with flapper-era costumes, dancing, and the couple turning into frogs with an impressive “Poof!” My favorite character of this part was probably the elderly voodoo woman, who was hilarious and somehow appeared just as she did in the cartoon.
After Tiana, the show continued on to the story of Cinderella. The crazy stepsisters were hilarious, ice skating as you would expect them too — horribly — and singing horribly, too. Cinderella was beautiful, winning the prince’s undivided attention at the ball, which included tons of dancers. There was an intermission after Cinderella ran out at “midnight,” and then the story picked back up afterward.
Finally came the story of Rapunzel, which was absolutely the show’s best feature. Flynn Ryder drops from the ceiling to steal the crown in the beginning, and the horse — Maximus — makes multiple appearances. The horse looks incredibly authentic, with a facial expression identical to that of the cartoon horse. Best of all, Rapunzel and Flynn use a long, blond curtain that represents Rapunzel’s hair to do incredible stunts. The “hair” literally lifts them into the air, they use it as a swing, they use it to escape trouble, and even the moms and dads in the audience were oohing and ahhhing.
The show ends with all of the Disney princesses and their princes skating onto the ice one-by-one: Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Tiana, Ariel, and the list goes on… the final princess to emerge is Rapunzel, who is welcomed into the sisterhood.
When the show was over, I was amazed to see both of my children still wide awake and smiling, way, way past their bedtimes.
“That FUN, Daddy!” my daughter exclaimed before she passed out in my husband’s arms. She had loved every second of it, singing along to all her favorite princess songs and clapping after every number.
If you’re debating whether to splurge on tickets for this show, let me tell you wholeheartedly that this will be money well spent. It was great fun for grown-ups and kids alike.
If you want to go, there is still plenty of time to get tickets, and of course we have a DEAL for you.
To get the deal:
To save $5 on regular tickets, use the discount code MOMD2D. This is redeemable online or by calling 800-745-3000; only valid for general tickets. Additional restrictions may apply. Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/
If you want to go:
- Thursday, April 4: 7:30 pm
- Friday, April 5: 7:30 pm
- Saturday, April 6: 11:30am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm
- Sunday, April 7: 1:00pm & 5:00pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL
Price: Tickets range from $15 general admission to $50 rinkside, plus fees. To save $5 on regular tickets, use the discount code MOMD2D. This is redeemable online or by calling 800-745-3000. Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/
For more Information: Visit DisneyOnIce.com.
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