To kick off our Easter holidays in style last week, Olly and I were invited to see the latest Disney On Ice show, 100 years of Magic, at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.
I was really excited to take Olly along to the show as we had been given exclusive Meet and Greet tickets ahead of the show and I couldn’t wait to see which Disney character we would meet. We made our way to Lakeside Hospitality and met up with Beth from Twinderelmo and her family. To my absolute delight and of course Olly’s, in walked Mickey and Minnie Mouse ahead of our Meet and Greet. The actual real life Mickey and Minnie Mouse were there and Olly’s face was an absolute picture, it gave me goose bumps to see him so excited.
We got the chance to meet our Disney idols and it was just brilliant. We got high fives from Mickey and cuddles from Minnie and we had our photographs taken. I realise I’m a mid-30’s Mum of one but it was real-life Mickey and Minnie Mouse, I’m sure I was way more excited than my four year old. I was so proud of Olly having his photograph taken all by himself at the end of the Meet and Greet, he’s a shy boy most of the time and I got tears in my eyes watching him stand proudly next to Mickey and Minnie.
The show began at 6:30pm so we took our seats in the main arena and couldn’t wait for the show to start. Within a couple of minutes, the arena fell dark and four of our favourite characters skated onto the ice; Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald Duck. They introduced the show and before we knew it we were being swept into the Disney magic with music, songs and brilliant theatrical performances.
The show features over 50 well known Disney characters including Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen, all the Disney Princesses and lovable characters from Finding Nemo and the Lion King to name just a few. The show switches between 14 different Disney stories seamlessly and is really well done.
Olly’s favourite part was watching Woody, Buzz and Jessie skate around the ice whilst my absolute favourite part of the show was the dancing between Simba and Nala in The Lion King section of the show. It was just like watching ballet as they glided gracefully around the ice twirling and dancing in unison, and of course the music is just brilliant and everyone was singing along.
At the end of the show, all the characters come out onto the ice and skate around and seeing my little boy blow kisses back to his favourite Disney characters was just wonderful. Of course, it made me cry seeing him get so captivated and involved in the show. Such a wonderful thing to witness.
What’s good to know
- The show lasts just under two hours with a short interval in the middle for a comfort break.
- There are plenty of souvenirs and merchandise to buy as you would expect but it’s a tad pricey (in my opinion)
- There’s not much food on offer so take your snacks with you
We really enjoyed the show, it’s such a wonderful thing to watch and it’s something the whole family can enjoy together. It was so lovely to see Fathers bring their daughters all dressed up in their Princess costumes and Mums just like me with their Disney character costumed children. Such a feel good show that left us grinning from ear to ear.
You can find out more about the show schedule and get your tickets here.
Disclosure: We were given tickets for the show and invited to the Meet and Greet in order for us to review the show. All words are my own but photographs are published with permission from Disney on Ice and Simon Hadley.