Disney On Ice – Dare TO Dream
Disney on ice is apparently a rather common ice experience often known to everyone not living in Edmonton. For some reason it seems to go almost everywhere but Edmonton, instead making it’s temporary home in Calgary for my viewing pleasure, although not ease. I would have remained completely ignorant were it not for the grace of Jamie’s aunty, and unfortunate illness for her, that we received the tickets to the show. Making a mini road trip and night over with family we were able to take in the show. Curious as to what to expect, but also not wanting to ruin anything, we did a quick google to see what to expect. Even then, it seemed but the briefest of glimpses as to what was really in store for us. Arriving at our destination we were greeted by a lone woman at a podium offering programs at a cost. Not expecting them to be free, but also not expecting them to be an arm and a leg we were a bit shocked when the program came with a $25 price tag and a flattened flower as consolation. None the less, it was not about to get us down on the brink of our grand adventure. Funnelling down the hallways and corralled through the gates we trickled past tables and booths lined with trays and trays of snow cones housed in special Disney character cups, stacks of cotton candy with paper crowns with the princesses and foam Pascal (Chameleon from Tangled) hats for the boys, or you know, whatever floats your boat. Non-sugar rush booths hosted toys, wands, figurines and jewelry, all naturally overflowing with all things Frozen.
As we made our way to our seats the whole situation is reminiscent to watching your old favourites as an adult after many years, or visiting long forgotten locations from your childhood; not quite how you had pictured it and always on a smaller scale. The stadium/rink set up was scaled back to allow a sparse variation of VIP seating, practically on the ice, along with a large curtained area housing the backdrop props. Despite it’s scaled back look, it gave off an air of intimacy rather than that of insignificance and disappointment. A possible courtesy to parents with little ones turned out to be a convenient and pleasant announcement for me informing that the show would begin in 3 minutes. An odd integer of timing, but start in 3 minutes they did. This is a pleasant change to the monotoned announcement of a show about to begin with a miscellaneous and seemingly endless delay looming over the atmosphere.
The show began with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy introducing the show and each act, as well as the grand finale. Each act was broken into three stories to feature a specific princess. A bit to my dismay, there were only going to be four main princesses, none of which were Belle.
Act one began with a quick retelling of Tatiana from The Princess and The Frog. The modern princess encroaching on this stubborn old Disney classic that I am, but none the less she brought her upbeat tunes from New Orleans to help set the stage and get the excitement going.
Act two included Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The skaters wore large dwarf costumes and still managed to maintain their graceful strides, and even had a very cool talking mirror.
Act three retold the story of Cinderella and her mouse friends, their adventure to the ball equip with full pumpkin carriage and royal ball.
There was a brief intermission that allowed for necessary bathroom breaks and re-sugaring of children and bribery to sit still while giving into demands for more high priced goods. Once again thankful for the accurate and on time announcements.
Act four which had the most focus was the story of Tangled, Rapunzel for those not on par with the layman’s of the Disney world. Again, perhaps not a classic, but very much a sight to see. Rapunzel’s scene came with flowing yellow fabric that circled above the rink and hung down to the ice. Seemingly to be a mere decoration, the fabric became a spectacle with Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder soaring through the air with only the fabric wrapped around their arms and bodies to keep them from falling.
The final act which pleased all tastes in princesses included a royal finale of dancing and waving from all princess and their princes, yes even Belle and Beast.
Almost as quickly as the show had started, it seemed to be over with many wanting more. As for the cherry on top of the wonderful evening was a surprise snow cone from Jamie waiting for me housed in a Rapunzel tankard. I blended in with all the other children leaving the arena with blue teeth and tongue and stained and sticky fingers.
As most good things they must come to an end and we must talk business. You have heard all the good so lets get down to the nitty gritty of it all.
Ticket prices – Thankfully came at no cost, again thanks to Jamie’s aunty and unfortunate for her, but I do believe the standard ticket cost was around $70 which is not a small fee when it involves many little ones plus mom and dad.
Programs – as mentioned came with a price tag of $25, although not mandatory but I am a collector of unnecessary trinkets and memories.
Toys and merchandise – thankfully I steered clear of these tables with miniature people scrubbing and crying for more. The average princess wand or toy coming in at the $25 mark.
Food and drink – The stadium offered the usual pop, popcorn and hot dogs at the concession, but did you really think your child would want your $3 fountain pop when they could get a snow cone for $15 or a lemonade in a Disney sippy cup for $10?
Just when you thought you had dodged them all, ushering your child passed the tables still fully stocked with snow cones, cotton candy, and toys, they had people standing around selling coloring books for $5.
Considering that the arena was on a smaller scale, but still housed a fair number of people and children, let us break down this magical evening to that of a single child.
Ticket $70, Program $25, Snow cone $15, Popcorn $5, Cotton Candy – $10, washed down with a lemonade $10, a princess wand for $25, assuming you did not give into the merchandise table, but get roped into the colouring book at the end finishing you off for $5. That is a grand (average) total per child of $165.
When doing the math it can be a rather staggering figure and a definite deterrent to seeing Disney On Ice yourself, but perhaps for a little light, magic and pixie dust, you may consider comparing that Disneyland would be $95 for the ticket, $443 for the flight per child, not to mention the cost of tickets, flights, food and merchandise for the whole family on top of your $259 per night stay at your Disneyland hotel. With that being said… Who is up for a trip to Disneyland?
Disney On Ice – Dare To Dream is a fun experience for the whole family, no matter how young or how old, and the cost could be significantly reduced by deal watching for Disney and being a stern and frugal parent.
I hope you enjoyed this little recap of Disney On Ice and hope you consider catching one of the shows in the future.