For the past five years, my family has made a tradition of going to Disney on Ice the weekend of Thanksgiving. Whether we attend the Saturday show or, like we have been doing that past couple of years, heading to opening night on Wednesday, it is always a fun experience for my kiddos.
Our first year, my oldest daughter was 2 years old with our youngest having just turned 1 in September. While my oldest sat attentively and took in all of the lights, sounds and spectacular skating, my youngest ended up toddling around in the walkway for half of the show.
As the girls got older, their attention span increased and the characters skating on the ice became more familiar after seeing them in films and TV shows. In the past five years we saw the stories of “The Little Mermaid,” “Rapunzel,” “Toy Story,” “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella,” “Snow White” and many more grace the stage and bring to life princesses and super heroes my girls love.
Always a hit with the girls is when Micky Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy make an entrance. I can remember the first time I saw Micky in real life at Disney World, and even at the age of 16, it was magical.
In our second year, my oldest saw her favorite characters hit the ice as Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the whole gang from “Toy Story” told the now classic tale of Andy losing his toys and their quest to get back to him. As a parent, I love being able to provide a place for a piece of their childhood to come to life, without having to travel thousands of miles to Disney World.
Two years ago, my youngest daughter had a dream come true with “Tangled” as the featured story for Disney on Ice. Decked out in her Rapunzel dress, fancy shoes and, after a purchase from the merchandise store, Rapunzel hair, she was ready to see her favorite princess. The joy that filled her eyes as the crew from Tangled came out on the ice is what makes the trip worth it every year.
Last year, kids young and old were delighted to see “Frozen” had been added to the line up. If any movie has been more popular since it came out, I’m not sure what it is. While the girls didn’t wear their Elsa and Anna dresses, of which we own both, they were decked out as princesses and sang along with the other hundreds of princes and princesses to “Let It Go” as Elsa skated around to her signature song.
This year, the format was a little different with several story shorts featuring multiple princesses being shown before larger features of “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen” were done before intermission and for the finale. The girls were a little confused why they weren’t seeing all of the characters generally associated with each princess, i.e. Beauty without the Beast, but they were excited to sing along to songs and add to their princess tally.
I know eventually the girls won’t want to go to Disney on Ice anymore, as they become teenagers and their interests change. I am just going to cherish every moment now with my two little princesses and look forward to next year and the amazing story we will get to see.
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