8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

Even if you don’t live near a Disney park, you can still experience the magic of Disney close to home with Disney On Ice. Expect an evening of entertainment for the whole family, beloved characters swirling and spinning on ice, and the wide-eyed wonder for which Disney is renowned. To maximize the fun factor, check out these eight tips for Disney On Ice with kids.

8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids (Photo credit: Disney On Ice)

1. Use a discount.

There’s no reason to pay full price for tickets if you can get them at lower price, right? I have seen discounted Disney On Ice tickets for sale via both Groupon and Living Social. If you live in the Phoenix area, use discount code MOM5 to get $5 off your Disney On Ice tickets when your purchase here.

2. Stay warm.

When going to see a show with the word “ice” in the title, you’d think wearing something warm would be a no-brainer. I was surprised, however, to see many children and adults sporting tank tops or t-shirts with shorts at the Disney On Ice performance my family attended in Phoenix. As parents we are all so busy trying to remember when the next recital is and whose turn it is to feed the dog, it can be easy to overlook the obvious. Don’t let your little ones shiver throughout this chilly show. Be sure to bring jackets or a blanket so everyone can stay cozy and focused throughout the performance.

Disney On Ice with Kids tip: Dress warm!

My kids all bundled up on a warm Phoenix night for Disney On Ice (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Pick the right Disney On Ice for your family.

Before attending Disney On Ice, I didn’t realize there was more than one themed show from which to pick. In fact, there are six different themes in total! Go see Disney Frozen, Let’s Celebrate, Passport & Adventure, Treasure Trove, Worlds of Fantasy, or Princesses & Heroes. Choices vary according to location and performance date.

Cars characters in Disney On Ice World of Fantasy

“Cars” fans will get a kick out of seeing their favorite characters in Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy (Photo credit: Disney on Ice)

4. Get in on the glow in the dark fun.

Dimmed lights, dramatic lighting and even fire add excitement and drama to a Disney On Ice show. Of course, Disney has plenty of light-up electronic doo-dads for sale as well. If your kids are like mine, they will beg you throughout the event to purchase some sort of glowing, whirling toy. If you don’t mind doling out big bucks for the toys, go for it! But if you’d like your children to get in on the glowing fun without spending tons of cash, bring your own glow in the dark necklaces, bracelets or toys. Check out these affordable glow in the dark options available for purchase from the Travel Mamas Store.

Glow in the dark toys aplenty at Disney On Ice

Glow in the dark toys aplenty at Disney On Ice (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Dress up in Disney garb.

Why not make Disney On Ice even more memorable by sporting your Mickey Mouse ears or Disney character festooned clothing? (You will want to remove any distracting hats for the sake of other viewers during the performance, of course.) Take it up a notch and don a Disney costume. This is especially fun for the preschooler set, which loves dressing up as like their favorite Disney princess or Toy Story character. While adults are only allowed to wear costumes in Disney parks at ticketed Halloween events, there appears to be no restrictions on dressing up as Disney characters at Disney On Ice shows.

6. Set expectations for Disney On Ice with kids.

If your children have their hearts set on seeing a specific character that may not make an appearance in your Disney On Ice performance, be sure to give a word of warning before the show. My family saw Worlds of Fantasy, which featured characters from Cars, Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and Tinkerbell (Pixie Hollow), along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. My fourth grade daughter was shocked when the lights turned on. She said, “It’s over already! But where are the other characters? I thought we were going to see Cinderella and Frozen!” Still, she declared the show, “The most awesome thing ever!”

Disney On Ice Frozen with Elsa and Anna

Do your kids love Elsa, Anna and Olaf? Then you’re going to want to book Disney On Ice Frozen! (Photo from the Disney On Ice website)

7. Bring the fun of Disney On Ice home.

The fun of Disney on Ice isn’t limited to the ice rink. Get kids pumped before the show, or keep the magic skating along afterwards with these downloads. Print this Disney On Ice coloring sheet or this Disney On Ice word search.

8. Book early to nab the best seats.

The sooner you book, the better choice of seats you’ll get. Ticket pricing varies, with front row seats sold at a premium. Book your Disney On Ice tickets now!

Which of the six Disney On Ice themed shows would you like to see most? Let us know in the comments below!

Top photo credit: Disney On Ice.

A Note from The Travel Mama: Thank you to Disney On Ice for the tickets to Worlds of Fantasy presented by Yo Kids at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is a mom of two and the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of THE TRAVEL MAMAS' GUIDE, she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen teaches blogging classes and has given travel tips on television, radio, and as a paid video blogger. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing.

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