You all know how much we love a good adventure, even more so if I can keep it a surprise! Last night I picked Ben and Chloe up straight from school and whisked them off to Liverpool to see Disney on Ice presents Frozen! They knew we were going somewhere exciting but had no idea what we were actually doing right up until we walked into the ECHO Arena and Ben suddenly recognised it from last time we saw Disney on Ice back in March. With Amy having been so poorly recently we decided that the super late night really wasn’t wise for her so we used her ticket to take Ben’s girlfriend Ferne & her mum with us instead.
After a bit of stress over traffic, parking and an emergency toilet stop we arrived at the VIP meet & greet just in time to queue up and have our photo taken with Elsa and Anna!
When the time came to take our seats we couldn’t believe our luck – we had rink side seats, literally the second row from the side of rink.
The show began with a brief introduction from Micky & Minnie about love stories and introducing all the Disney “couples” – Snow White and Ariel were particular favourites for us. (Props to Ariel who actually took quite a tumble during the opening sequence but was back up and on her feet so quickly that I’m quite sure it will have gone completely unnoticed by many)
I think it’s a fair assumption that Frozen and Disney on Ice would be a match made in heaven. But my word did it exceed all our expectations. From the incredible costumes to the generous use of snow canons, this was just epic. Helen described it as like “being inside the film” and she was right. Disney on Ice presents Frozen is literally like watching the entire film played out in front of you on the ice. It was pure magic.
I was torn between concentrating on the incredible show on the ice in front of me and just watching Chloe’s face – she was completely entranced by the fact her favourite film had come to life before her eyes. She’s often a little shy at shows or pantomimes but not so this time – she loved singing along to all her favourite songs (as did I . . . it was basically a full on Frozen karaoke session!) It’s such a shame we weren’t able to take Amy in the end as she’s fairly Frozen obsessed at the moment and I know she’d have adored every magnificent second of it. I had worried that Ben might not be that bothered by the show as he’s not really a massive fan of Frozen but he loved it just as much as the girls and was even dancing in the aisles by the end of the show. He told me his favourite thing about the performance was the songs except for “Let it go” which he listened to with his hands over his ears. The cheek.
Helen and I were just completely wowed by the incredible set design and the special effects – I guess as adults we are able to appreciate just how clever it all is. By far our favourite costume of the night was Sven – Ben made me laugh as he felt the need to point out to me that there were indeed two people inside that particular costume but he was impressed by how hard it must be for the back person to skate!
Although it’s a bit of a late night for a school night it’s absolutely worth it for the memories made and I can only apologise to Ben, Ferne and Chloe’s teachers this morning for the very tired children deposited in their classrooms this morning . . .
Disney on Ice will be at Echo Arena, Liverpool till Sunday 4th December and there are still tickets available if you want to make your own magical Disney memories this Christmas.