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'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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.) 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!”

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.

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "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 gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.


  1. I give my vote to #3! So many people think that Disney on Ice is just for girls obsessed with princesses. My tween son enjoys the athleticism of the skaters and the actual production (he’s in the drama club crew). So far we have really enjoyed “Toy Story 3” and “100 Years of Magic.”

  2. Could you tell me how long the show was ? I am planning to take my 4yr old and 20month old. Does this sound like a good idea ? Not sure if can keep my 20month old in, throughout the show.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Rose – Disney On Ice is about an hour and a half long, with a 15-minute intermission. I don’t know if the show would be able to hold your toddler’s attention for that long. I would suggest going with another adult so you two can take turns taking your youngest for a stroll as needed or leaving the little one at home for a special mommy date with your oldest. Hope that helps!

    • if im of any help… i took my then 18-20 month old and my little then 6-7 month old to see the ringling brothers circus show… now my oldest then, sat thru the first half pretty ok, keeping in mind shes the “out of control” child in our family lol… but then the other half she lost a bit of intrest and was about half way done lol but made it thru 😁 thank the lord… and well my little baby then (shes the calmer one) sat perfectly fine thru the whole show… now present day, they will be 2 and 3 next month and we will be taking them to see disney on ice for the first time… and i think they’ll love it, because they are both fans of the little mermaid , frozen and cars! so like colleen said, just make sure they do like the disney characters and bring an extra person … and i think your todd will do just fine! 🙂

  3. great info! Do one year olds require tickets for Disney on ice?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Nope! Ages 2+ must have a ticket.

      • I’m waiting for my daughter birth certificate she’s one and pretty tall for her age do how else can I provide proof

        • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

          I don’t imagine that this will be a problem, but if you’re feeling nervous go ahead and bring her birth certificate. I bet that will suffice. Enjoy the show!

  4. This was so helpful. I love that there are moms out there who think of putting together blogs and check-list items like these. Thank you!

  5. Are the Characters out before or after the show at all for pictures?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      ReAnna – I did not see the characters out and about for photos before or after the Disney on Ice performance. I did a little research & this is what I found on on the Disney On Ice website regarding interacting with characters: “From time to time, we offer public meet and greets, which will be advertised as such. If there aren’t any meet and greets planned in your area, we hope you will enjoy seeing the Disney characters at the show!”

  6. Hi! Do you think my 4 1/2 year old will like the Disney on Ice (with the Princesses.)
    PS great website/forum!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Lynda – Have you taken your child to see a movie yet? If they are capable of sitting through a movie without much fuss, I bet they’d love Disney On Ice! The show isn’t too long and the different scenes and characters keep kids engaged. You may need to plan a potty break/snack break in the middle if they’re getting antsy. Enjoy!

  7. Quick question, what section is best for the show?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Karla – The best section would vary from show to show since the arenas will differ. I suggest looking up the seats at your location ~ hopefully they have a map online. Good luck!

  8. Is there a better place to keep strollers during performance?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Tammie – There should be a stroller parking area outside the auditorium. Enjoy Disney on Ice with your kids!

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