On Sunday, my mother and I took the kids to see the Disney on Ice, Let's Celebrate! show at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise (as guests of Feld Entertainment). My daughter loves Disney on Ice and we try to catch it every time it makes its way to South Florida. The Disney on Ice shows are always such great fun and this one is no exception; my 2 1/2 year old daughter and 5 year old niece, not only loved the show, but they were able to sit through the whole thing!
Mickey and Minnie narrate this tour of Disney characters and celebrations from around the world. There are plenty of acts to keep the kids attention: there is the Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Japanesse Sakura (cherry blossom) festival and much more.
Let's Celebrate is one of the smaller Disney on Ice shows (only half of the rink was used and half of the arena was curtained off) but this made it a little more intimate. I don't know if it was due to the size of the show, but it seemed that there was more prompting for audience participation during Let's Celebrate, which was a lot of fun. Once the cast got half an arena full of kids to shout "Bippity Boppity Boo" in unison, that was it, the kids were 'hooked;' for the rest of the show, the kids yelled the names of every character that came out onto the ice. Being little girls, my girls' favorite parts included the princesses, of course, with their only complaint being that Rapunzel was not there. Maybe she'll make her way into the next show.
The best part of the show for the grownups had to be the rendition of that fantastic scene from Fantasia, where Mickey, as the sorcerer's apprentice, gets hold of the wizard's magic hat and spell book and pretends to be the wizard. The story here is the same as it was in the 1940 animated film; and Mickey is surprised to learn that he can command a broom to help him carry heavy buckets of water. Soon, the brooms are out of control and Mickey is in way over his head. The entire cast must have donned a neon broom costume to skate in impressive formation, taunting Mickey under the glowing black lights. I am still not sure what this had to do with a celebration; but the imagery, lighting and costumes during this part of the show were spectacular and elicited just the right amount of intensity, without being scary for the kids.
If you missed Disney on Ice at the Bank Atlantic Center, you can catch it at the American Airlines Arena from March 30th- April 3rd. And, Macaroni Kid readers get a discount on tickets, 4 for $44 by entering the code MOM when ordering tickets online from www.ticketmaster.com. Please note: some restrictions apply and this price does not include the Ticketmaster service fees.
I also have to add one comment about Feld Entertainment, the producer of Disney on Ice. Much to my great disappointment, our giveaway winner experienced problems obtaining the tickets provided by Feld Entertainment from the will call window at the Bank Atlantic Center and missed half of the show. As I understand it, the problem was due to a miscommunication between the public relations company promoting the show and the Bank Atlantic Center staff. Still, the great people at Feld Entertainment have assured me that they are going to compensate our giveaway winner with complimentary tickets and VIP treatment at the next Disney production to come to town, Disney Live, Mickey's Magic Show, coming to the Palm Beach Convention Center at the end of April. (And, stay tuned because we will be giving away a family four pack of tickets to that show as well!)