8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

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Even if you don't live near a Disney theme park, you can still experience the magic of Disney close to home with Disney On Ice. Expect an evening of unique entertainment for the whole family, beloved characters skating 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.

Disney On Ice with Kids Tips

1. Use a discount.

There's no reason to pay full price for tickets if you can get them at lower price, right? I've seen discounted Disney On Ice tickets for sale from Living Social. Take a peek before you buy those seats!

Olaf is a crowd pleaser in Disney On Ice Frozen! ~ 8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

Olaf is a crowd pleaser in Disney On Ice Frozen! (Photo credit: Disney On Ice)

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 the date of the next recital 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 to stay cozy when watching Disney On Ice with kids.

Bundle up for Disney On Ice with Kids

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 the first time, I didn't realize there were more than one themed show from which to pick. In fact, there are five different themes in total! Choices vary according to location and performance date. Click on the video below to for a taste of the new Disney On Ice Mickey's Search Party.

Disney On Ice 2019 show options

  • Frozen! – This performance focuses on the Frozen story, starring Elsa, Anna and Olaf. There are also special appearances by Disney princesses, Woody, Dory, Buzz Lightyear and others.
  • Dare to Dream – Disney princesses, including Moana, star in classic adventures.
  • Worlds of Enchantment – This sampler of Disney and Pixar stories includes Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Frozen.
  • Mickey's Search Party – Expect acrobatics and stunts as skaters follow Captain Hook's treasure map in search of Tinkerbell. Coco, Moana and characters from Toy Story, Frozen, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid make appearances.
  • 100 Years of Magic – A cast of 50 characters celebrate 100 years of Disney. In addition to classic characters like Mickey and Minnie, you'll see friends from Frozen, Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more.
Jessie, Woody and Buzz from Toy Story skate in Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment ~ 8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

Jessie, Woody and Buzz from Toy Story skate in some Disney On Ice shows (Photo credit: Disney On Ice)

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

Dimmed and dramatic lighting, and even fire add excitement and drama to a Disney On Ice show. To add to the fun, Disney has plenty of light-up electronic doo-dads for sale. If your kids are like mine, they'll beg you throughout the event to purchase some sort of glowing toy.

Save money at Disney On Ice with kids by buying your glow-in-the-dark items before you go

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

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 amusement 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 Amazon that you can buy without the hefty markup.


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.) Take it up a notch and get the kiddos Disney costumes. This is especially exciting for the preschooler set, which loves dressing up as like their favorite Disney princess or Toy Story character. Note that Disney On Ice does not allow costumes for attendees aged 14 and older.

Ariel and her undersea friend in Disney On Ice Dream Big ~ 8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

Ariel and her undersea friend in Disney On Ice (Photo credit: Disney On Ice)

6. Set expectations for Disney On Ice with kids.

You might be wondering if your child has the attention span for this type of performance. How long is Disney On Ice? Different shows vary in length slightly, but plan on spending about 1.5 to 2 hours at this ice show, including a 15- to 20-minute intermission. Before you go, explain to young children that they will need to sit still throughout Disney On Ice.

Additionally, if your kids have their hearts set on seeing a specific character that may not make an appearance in your performance, be sure to give a word of warning before heading to Disney On Ice with kids. The first time we went to Disney On Ice, my family saw Worlds of Fantasy, which featured all sorts of Disney characters. My then 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!”

Fans of Princess Elsa will love Disney On Ice Frozen! ~ 8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

Fans of Princess Elsa will love Disney On Ice Frozen! (Photo credit: Disney On Ice)

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. Or, take a look at this big Disney Pixar coloring book, available from Amazon.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are sure to make an appearance, no matter which Disney On Ice performance you choose ~ 8 Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

Minnie and Mickey are sure to make an appearance, no matter which Disney On Ice performance you choose (Photo credit: Disney On Ice)

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!

8 Fun Tips for Disney On Ice with Kids

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Have you ever seen Disney On Ice with kids? Do you have any questions or tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

My family paid for our Disney On Ice Frozen tickets in 2018. Thank you to Disney On Ice for the tickets to Worlds of Fantasy in Phoenix in 2015. All opinions are mine, as always. Top photo credit: Disney On Ice. This story originally posted in 2015 and was updated in 2019 to reflect new Disney On Ice shows.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, TravelMamas.com. She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Can moms wear mouse ears to Disney on ice as well!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Yes! Moms and dads and other grown-ups are welcome to wear mouse ears and other minor Disney garb. Be sure to remove any hats or ears that will obstruct the view during the show, though. Have a fab time at Disney On Ice!

  2. I came across several posts saying that they aren’t allowing non-Disney branded items in. Do you’ll know if that is true? I would hate to buy glow stuff and have to walk all the way back to the car.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hi Lory,

      I checked the Disney On Ice website’s FAQ and found this: “Every venue has a specific set of guidelines for what visitors can or cannot bring into the building. For an updated list of prohibited items, please visit the venue’s website or contact them directly for details.” So, if you’re concerned, I’d check with the specific venue in your area to see if you’re allowed to bring your own glow-in-the-dark items. Still, I think it would be hard for them to police every glow stick and it would seem very cruel to confiscate a child’s toy.

      I’d love to hear from anyone who has experienced any luck or any problems in terms of bringing in glowing toys for kids!

      Enjoy the show!

  3. Going to disney on ice road trip trying get idea of how much should I bring money wise have 8 yr old girl big jasmine and mona fan??

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Christy – It really depends on what you want to spend! Honestly, you could buy some glow-in-the-dark goodies beforehand and give them to your daughter as a surprise upon arrival. That would be much more affordable than paying the marked up prices there. It also depends on if you want to buy snacks or not — pricing is similar to what you would find at a professional sporting event. Once you buy your tickets in advance (and pay for parking, if needed at your location), you don’t really NEED to spend any additional money at Disney On Ice unless you want to! Enjoy!

  4. Cheyenne Parker says

    Can you tell me if they ever have any “sensory friendly” shows for special needs children?

  5. Irene Flores says

    My daughter is 2 years old, Would I need to pay for a ticker for her to get a seat or should I just sit her on my lap?

    • Colleen Lanin says

      According to the Disney On Ice website, children 23 months and younger may enter for free if they sit on your lap. Kids ages 2 years+ must buy a seat. Enjoy the show!

      • Thank you, Colleen – great tips!
        To clarify the 2y age thing:
        1) how is the age validated, what should we provide?
        2) what if the child is just over 24m but we still plan to keep them in our lap to see better and make them feel more at ease (they never been to a big production like Disney)?

        • Colleen Lanin says

          Hi Julia – I would check with the specific venue where you plan to see Disney On Ice. I’m guessing that they would not require proof of age, you might want to bring along a birth certificate to be sure. Enjoy the show!

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