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.
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 via both Groupon and Living Social. Take a peek before you buy those seats!
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 so everyone can stay cozy and focused throughout the performance.
3. Pick the right Disney On Ice for your family.
Before attending Disney On Ice, I didn't realize there were 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.
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, 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 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 the Travel Mamas Store.
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 don a Disney costume. This is especially exciting 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!”
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.