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!

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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

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.

Comments
  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!

  9. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    Disney on Ice is so much fun! And it’s not just for little girls. All of our kids are in the tween years now, and we still have a lot of fun there. There’s some serious talent on that ice!

  10. Jeanette says

    I have never been to Disney on Ice with my kiddo, but I would like too! I know Disney knows how to entertain! I love all the tips you have here! I did not even think about bringing a coat since it would be cold in there!

    • My granddaughter is not 2 until June however she’s a great walker and talker for her age are they going to give me a hard tie whe. I tell them she’s not yet 2? I don’t really want to take a stroller as she’s a champ for walking.

      • Colleen Lanin says

        Hi Shelley – I doubt you’ll have any problems, but bring along her birth certificate if you’re very worried. Enjoy the show!

  11. My daughter just loved Disney on Ice. It is just a great show, as a parent I enjoyed it as well. We can’t wait for them to come back to our town.

  12. I’ve been to dozens of Disney On Ice performances with groups of kids as small as 2 and as large as 40. We always purchased the Disney glow wands or traditional glow necklaces at the dollar store prior to going. We’d tuck them in a purse or backpack and pull them out at the show, right about when the kids start wanting souvenirs. It also helps to buy small stuffed animals, action figures, and t-shirts ahead of time so your kids don’t beg for them at the show.

  13. Sapana V says

    Wow. nothing can be more amazing than this. Great tips.

  14. Cathi Crismon says

    Great tips! We’ve taken the grands to Disney on Ice a few times and I love booking early and finding a good discount!

  15. Amy Desrosiers says

    Thank you for the tips! I am very excited to hopefully bring my kids to see this show this year!

  16. Roger D Willis says

    Great ideas if my wife and I can take our grand kids to Disney on Ice! Emma would love Frozen, and not sure about Zak, as he’s 2 years old

  17. Shelley R Zurek says

    You have so many great tips. My favorites are to dress up, stay warm and choose the right show.

  18. gingermommyrants says

    My kids loved Disney On Ice. I would love to go again the next time it comes to town. Groupon is a great way to save some money on the tickets.

  19. Dawn Lopez says

    Disney on Ice looks like such a great family adventure! I would never have thought to find a discount coupon. Thanks for the idea!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      It often pays to check Groupon and Living Social before booking any tickets for live shows like Disney On Ice!

  20. I never did get the chance to take my daughter to see Disney on Ice. She would have loved this when she was younger.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      It’s not too late to go now! I’m all grown up and I loved Disney On Ice. It’s fun to see the characters but the ice skating is impressive too.

  21. Alicia Gonzalez says

    These are great tips! We’ve been to Disney on Ice several times and have used several of your approaches. I especially like your number 6. It’s great to set expectations.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Thanks, Alicia! Setting expectations is so important with kids (and adults!) in pretty much every situation.

  22. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    This looks SO much fun! We haven’t seen it yet but I know my kids will love this! Thank you so much for these tips!

  23. Brianne says

    We absolutely love this show and cannot wait till it comes to our area! So magical!

  24. Steve Springer says

    The SAP Center also offers group discounts. I purchased 15 for my sons birthday party at 408-977-4736. They are extremely helpful.

  25. what seats are best ceter or side sseatings

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Hi Cindy – Each Disney On Ice venue has different seating arrangements so I wouldn’t be able to answer that. Good luck in making your choice and enjoy the show!

  26. James Miller says

    Hi Cindy – Thanks for all your helpful information. Do you know if snacks can be brought to the show? We’re going in March in Minneapolis. I’ve read some other blogs that said they have, but I’m trying to be sure. Thanks again!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Hi James – I would think the snack policy would vary from location to location. I suggest checking with the venue in Minneapolis to get their policy on bringing your own food. Enjoy Disney on Ice!

  27. The costume rules are absolute (a word that starts with a “b” and “s” I can’t use here). Why can’t adults express their love for Disney just as much as the kids? Ever heard of cosplay, you guys? To get around the rule I’d either: wear a causal outfit inspired by a Disney character (aka Disneybound) or wear a costume of a VERY obscure character people won’t instantly recognize (Maid Marian from Robin Hood, Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.) or that of an obscure outfit of a well known character (Ariel’s blue dress, Anna’s green skating dress, etc.) that looks casual enough to pass for a normal outfit. You can wear a blouse, corset top, skirt and bow anywhere. The rules can be useful for screening out, say, child predators in costumes that can be threats to young guests, however, I find these rules very short-sighted and out of touch with fan culture for everyone else.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Taydra – I totally understand your frustration with the rule about no costumes for adults at Disney On Ice. I think, however, that they are trying to avoid children being confused about attendees being members of the cast. I think the Disneybound idea is a great one!

  28. Great Tips to take in consideration. Going tomorrow for Disney On Ice – Frozen @ Houston with my 4yr old. She actually dressed up as Frozen this past Halloween so Lucky me I don’t have to buy another custom lol.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      That’s awesome! I bet your little one adores the show & will enjoy getting another chance to dress up in her costume!

  29. Hello! I just bought tickets for our 5 year old daughter and I to go to Disney on Ice next month. We got tickets in row 4 section 110 at the Xcel Energy center. Here’s a link to the seating chart: https://www.xcelenergycenter.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-celebrates-100-years-of-magic. Do you think those seats would be good for the show or should I pay to exchange them for different seats (such as seats in section 104)? I like that it appears our seats would provide a straight on view of the backdrop and is also close to an exit (easier for potty breaks I suspect). Just want to make sure we’re in a great spot for her to enjoy the show, but don’t want to pay exchange fees if I don’t have to. Thanks!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I’m not sure if the ticket along the sides are more expensive because they show will take turns facing those sides, as opposed to facing front toward section 110. Your best bet is to call Xcel Energy Center and ask them. I will say that if you’re in row 4, I bet you’ll have a good view regardless. Enjoy Disney On Ice!

  30. Como puedo aser para tomar fotos con los personajes con mi niña tiene 3 años ya compramos boletos

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Hola Edgar – I don’t remember seeing any photo opportunities with characters either time we went to watch Disney On Ice. However, that may vary from location to location. Enjoy the show with your little girl!

  31. 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!

  32. Cheyenne Parker says

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

  33. 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!

  34. 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!

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