See those cute girls over there? I had the pleasure of taking them to see Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream last night. They had a blast! Minnie, Mickey and the crew came out to welcome the crowd and tell us that they were going to tell us of stories of three princesses that all had dreams. We started off the show with the story of Tiana from Princess and the Frog. I was surprised how much of the movie they were able to fit in approximately 30 minutes. The skating was done well and the effects were pretty cool seeing that they had people change to frogs! They did such a great job of bringing the non human or goofy looking characters to life. They even had the voodoo song and they brought the lights down and had people dressed in glow in the dark costumes. It was slightly scary, but the girls didn’t even flinch.
The second part of the show was Cinderella. They did a really good job with how the mice made the dress and the step sisters pulled the dress apart. The mice were really cute. They look just like the characters from the movie. They tried to get the audience going during Bibbity Bobbity Boo. They wanted the kids to sing along. They ended up splitting Cinderella in half and had the intermission in the middle of it. I thought they did a pretty good job of shortening Cinderella and still getting all the important parts covered. I loved the way they had the horses designed to pull the coach.
The last tale of dreamers was Rapunzel. The girls couldn’t get enough of this part of the show. I was curious how they were going to do Rapunzel’s never-ending hair on ice. Turns out they had her hair braided as if she was at the festival the whole time and they had these long beautiful yellow pieces of fabric hanging all over the ceiling that they draped down to use to fly through the arena. Monkey tells everyone that her favorite part of the night was when Rapunzel and Flynn were flying through the air. The horse, Maximus, was awesome! It was two people in the costume. I couldn’t imagine being the person in the back half of the horse trying to skate. I can barely walk without killing myself and others. Put me on skates with my head covered, attached to someone else?! That wouldn’t be good. They were flawless, though!
After Rapunzel they had a special surprise. They brought out every Disney Princess and her Prince! They got to do a special song together. It’s amazing how well Disney can match a cartoon character to a live person. The girls really did love every second of the show. My only complaint is the price of the swag they have at the shows. Grandma bought each girl a stuffed Disney princess for $30 EACH. OUCH! These dolls are normally sold at the Disney store for $19.50 each and you can find them on sale at other times as well. Cotton Candy was $12! For the average family to go to the show it would probably cost near $200. My suggestion is to make sure you eat and feed your kids well before you get to the show. It was definitely a great evening for the whole family. My winner from the giveaway was sitting in front of me and her daughter cried when the show was over because she wanted the show to to on forever. Click on the picture of Rapunzel’s tower below to see a few more pictures and to see the ones above a little bigger.
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Note: I attended this show in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.