*I apologise for the poor quality photos in this post*
Wednesday night saw me dashing home from work and bundling Ben and Chloe into the car as quickly as possible to try and get ourselves on the road to Liverpool before the tea time traffic hit. The drive to Liverpool from ours is fairly straight forward and relatively painless – unless you hit the M60 / M62 at rush hour and then you’re in for a rare treat . . . Luckily we managed to get set off and make good time so that in the event that Mummy wasn’t quite sure where she was going to park, took a wrong turning and added ten minutes to the journey . . . it didn’t matter. We arrived at venue in plenty of time to collect our tickets, enjoy some snacks having a brief catch up with the lovely Karen and her trio before a very special VIP meet and greet.
The audience was packed with children up way past their bedtime, dressed in a whole array of princess costumes clutching various Disney toys and spinning / flashing lights (sold at wallet busting prices on site). Special shout out must go to the little dude in the seat in front of us who was all of about a year old wearing his Olaf pjs and socks. He was a real cutie and kept turning round to beam at us.
The show began with a rendition of the Disney classic, “It’s a Small World” which set the scene perfectly for the Disney on Ice Silver Anniversary Celebration theme of world travel. Classic characters Mickey, Minne, Donald, Goofy and Daisy then appeared on the ice and explained that they were planing an exciting holiday. This thread ran through the show linking the performances together. I must admit that Ben and Chloe weren’t all that bothered by these little interludes, they’re not huge Mickey and Minnie fans really.
The first stop on the journey was Africa and The Lion King. Although Chloe has yet to see The Lion King (I know, shameful!) she loved this performance telling me she “liked the pretty white lion”, Ben enjoyed a rendition of “Hakuna Matata (who wouldn’t!) and personally I was thoroughly impressed by the “head banger” and the fact that someone could skate wearing that Pumba costume – seriously though, how?!
From Africa we travelled to London to visit Peter Pan – which by pure chance Chloe had watched a couple of times whilst she was off school with Chickenpox. Featuring flying sequences, epic spins, an incredible shadow dance routine and some spectacular props (including an enormous crocodile!) – Peter Pan was an unexpected highlight, so much so that it was talked about all the way home (the main topic of conversation being how we brought Tink back to life by believing in her, along with Ben and Chlo debating their own beliefs on the existence of fairies in general!) Chloe definitely has a new found love of Peter Pan and insists she needs a new Tinkerbell costume!
The interval was well timed as Chloe had just started to complain that she needed the toilet. We didn’t have to queue for too long and I managed to swerve the abundance of people selling snacks and souvenirs. (One in particular which caught my eye was an opportunity to have your photo taken with a cardboard cut out at the *ahem* bargain price of £15 . . . )
The second half took us under the sea to visit Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder and the terrifying Ursula. Ben loved the performance of “Under the Sea” and the final scenes, including an immense inflatable Ursula who fully dominated the stage, were dramatic. (I was surprised that Chloe wasn’t scared to be honest!)
And then came the grand finale. The part of the show we had all been waiting for. Frozen. At this point, all the very over tired little girls around us got their second wind and gave their parents the smiles which had made the evening worthwhile. The princesses were beautiful, Olaf a big hit and the snow machines a fabulously atmospheric touch. It made for a great end to the show.
This was a night of making memories. The Disney on Ice experience will be talked about for many weeks and months to come I am sure. Disney on Ice will be at Echo Arena, Liverpool till Sunday 20th March and there are still tickets available if you want to make your own magical Disney memories this weekend.
*We were invited to experience Disney on Ice at Echo Arena, Liverpool free of charge for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions remain our own*